Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 9/3/13
The September 3rd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels could drop Anaheim from name, what happened to Josh Hamilton and much more... The Story: The Angels are working on a stadium renovation deal that would keep the team in Anaheim, but drop the "of Anaheim from the team name. The Monkey Says: Good riddance. I've always preferred the Anaheim Angels because of the geographical accuracy and alliteration, but if Arte is going to insist on hte Los Angeles thing, then losing the punchline that is "of Anaheim" seemed like an inevitable product of these negotiations. Now, if these renovations can also include replacing the plastic rocks in center field and we'll really be making progress. The Story: What happened to Josh Hamilton? The Monkey Says: There are a lot of theories thrown around here but the weight loss angle seems like it has some real legs. That only really explains why the ball doesn't go as far when he makes quality contact and not so much the reduction in quality contact. My belief is that he is just a weird and complicated guy and his struggles last year combined with the drama surrounding his move to the Angels messed with his head and got compounded further when he fell on his face out of the gate. Dipoto says he still believes in him, but I am fairly convinced he has gone the Vernon Wells route. The Story: Johnny Narron believes Josh Hamilton will turn things around. The Monkey Says: As his former accountability partner Narron is decidedly biased, but he does know him better than a lot of people including a certain blogger who just said he thinks Josh Hamilton is Vernon Wells. The Story: The Angels recalled Ryan Brasier. The Monkey Says: With all of their top three affiliates in the playoffs, the Halos apparently felt Brasier was the only guy that those teams could spare. More should be on their way soon, but it isn't like there is anyone worth getting excited about unless they want to drop some guys off the 40-man roster to add Cron or Lindsey so that they can sit on the bench for a month. The Story: The disappointing season has taken a toll on Mike Scioscia. The Monkey Says: He probably isn't going to find a lot of sympathy though. In fact, people are probably more interested in finding out if he'll pay with the ultimate toll of his job. The Story: Why Mike Trout's defense is down in 2013. The Monkey Says: Guys have bad defensive seasons, or just seasons that reflect poorly in certain systems. I don't think anyone is going to actually take those metrics to mean Trout isn't a good defender. The Story: Arte Moreno should share his vision of the future with Mike Trout. The Monkey Says: Well, yeah, it couldn't hurt with getting him to sign an extension, but stroking his ego is all they should do. The last thing the Angels need to do is start giving yet another voice some say in the already tumultuous internal politics. The Story: Why we should have known the Angels would be so disappointing. The Monkey Says: Nobody knew the pitching was going to be this bad. That being said, even if it had performed up to expectations, the Angels probably still wouldn't have been legitimate playoff contenders. The Story: A look at infield prospect Ismael Dionicio. The Monkey Says: This is an odd one to even do a profile one. I can't figure out for the life of me why one would be excited over a kid who took until his age 21 season to get out of the Dominican Summer League and has shown absolutely no power whatsoever and even according to the profile probably isn't going to be a special defensive player up the middle. [follow]
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