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Monkey with a Halo:
Los Angeles Angels
When a team surrenders the season, it’s obvious. One of two things happens that signals a club has raised the white flag and turned their eyes towards next season. Either a team goes on lockdown and starts drawing up contract extensions and planning arbitration hearings, or they have a fire sale and start clearing cap room.
With the moves of Scott Downs and Alberto Callaspo, it’s clear the Angels have chosen option two.
Now, the trade deadline has passed. Opportunities to move players have become far more limited until after the World Series when free agency opens up. From there, it’s anyone’s guess what the Angels will do. Waivers aren’t as big of a barrier to trades as they used to be, and for all of the doors closing, there are still options to explore. But how deep does this knife cut? How many trades and cuts does the team make?
Howie Kendrick was tossed around as trade fodder, as was Erick Aybar. The coaching staff is far from immune as the names of Butcher and Scioscia feature prominently on the execution list. Regarding the front office, Jerry DiPoto probably has a handcart ready to take his belongings home on a moment’s notice. It seems the only people not in danger of losing their job are Arte Moreno, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton.
Maybe the so-called “nuclear” option is what the club needs. Hit the giant reset button on the team. Wipe the last few years away in one swift action. Anyone that’s ever played a video game console can attest to the almighty power of the reset button. All of the efforts, mistakes, improvement, and failures are gone with a press of the button. A clean slate is presented and taking the first step by pressing “Start” to begin the game anew is preferable to dealing with the mess you left behind.
So let’s reset the Angels completely! Tear out the seats. We’ll get new ones. Tell the sponsors “Thanks, but we’re going a different route” and get the competing companies to sponsor instead. You’ve got the Budweiser Pavilion? Now it’s the Coors Cold Zone. The stadium sells Pepsi? Switch it to Coca Cola. Farmer John brand hot dogs? Better call Nathan’s. Yokohama tires? Naw man, drive a Firestone. ESPN Radio and FOX Sports television? Switch ‘em up! The team’s branded in LA? Bring it back to Anaheim!
(...yeah, still a little bitter about that last one).
Let’s go even further! If we’re going to trade away talent, and switch sponsors, let’s go all the way and change everything! Concession workers, sorry, you’re all gone. We’re going to have concession robots instead. Instead of ballcaps, fans will wear fedoras. Say goodbye to “Buttercup” for the 7th inning stretch and let’s bring in some symphonic death metal. Hell, let’s remove the dugout railings (Mo Vaughn hasn’t been on the team for over a decade) and bring back the old LED style, single-color scoreboard. Let’s knock over this Jenga tower of a club and build it from scratch! We’ll change everything we hate, throw out everything we love, and stop just short of stocking Dodgers and Yankees merchandise in the team store.
You can call it re-building. You can call it transition. You can call it “Well, they suck, they’ve gotta do SOMETHING”. Whatever you call it, the Angels are in flux right now. There’s no telling when or how moves will be made, but they are coming. The starting lineups you see in Spring Training will carry many unfamiliar names. You’ll have seen some on other teams. You’ll have seen some in scouting reports. Hell, there will probably be some you remember from a high school or college class you had with them. What’s important to hold on to is that at the core, this is still Anaheim’s team. It’d be easy to hop bandwagons and ride another SoCal team, but that speaks more to an individual’s character than the character of a team. Don’t be Randy Quaid in “Major League” and call for the bulldozers because what was a super-team on paper ended up being a flop on the field. The season is all but over, but the gamesmanship and chess match of finding the right talent for next year's team has only just begun.
Let’s just hope everyone involved is smart enough to ritualistically burn any trade offer that has the words “Mike” and “Trout” too close together.
BEST OF MAXIM
Albert Pujols hopes to rejoin the Los Angeles Angels at some
point this season. While it’s certainly admirable that he hopes to return, even
if the Halo’s chances at the postseason are slim to none at this point.
However, it’s best for his long-term interest if the Angels take their time
with his recovery and allow his plantar fasciitis to fully heal before he
After watching JB Shuck's amazing robbery of Jose Bautista last night and recalling Peter Bourjos' incredible leap over the fence to take a home run away from JJ Hardy earlier in the season, it got me thinking. What Angels player had the most amazing catch of all time?
Below you'll see this videos of Bourjos and Shuck's amazing catches this season, but also our...
Angels' outfielder Peter Bourjos took batting practice yesterday in the batting cage for the first time since he suffered a fractured right wrist on June 29th.
Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register spoke with Bourjos after he stepped out of the cages:
#Angels Peter Bourjos took BP in the cage for the first time today. Said it felt good. "Moving in the right direction...
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What?!?! The Angels are allowed to win! I had almost forgotten that was even possible. I have to say, it feels kind of nice, even if the win was completely meaningless unless you really think there is anything on the line in this epic battle between two of the most disappointing teams in baseball.
I think what really feels the best about it is that it featured another strong...
The trade deadline is behind us, and there was no big news.
One thing Angel fans wanted this off season was pitching: that lead to Jerry DiPoto to sign SP Joe Blanton, RP’s Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson. Then DiPoto traded Jordan Walden for Tommy Hanson and sent Kendrys Morales to Seattle for Jason Vargas.
Lets see how these pitchers are doing right now:
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
AUG. 1, 2002
GAME 107 - YANKEES AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM -- The Angels have had a nice little season, winning some games and making a name for themselves. But now August is here, and until Thursday night, the one team in the American League the Angels had not played -- the New York Yankees -- were in town.
``We've heard a lot...
Angels fans are used to seeing leaping catches in the outfield by Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos, but J.B. Shuck may have topped them all.
Shuck fell into the stands while robbing Toronto's Jose Bautista of a homer in the fourth inning Friday night in Anaheim, holding on to the ball while tumbling head over heels over the short fence in left field.
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Trumbo homered in the Angels' four-run first inning, Garrett...
Kole Calhoun punctuated his first four-hit game with his first career homer, a tiebreaking two-run shot in the eighth inning of the Los Angeles Angels' 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
J.B. Shuck's triple drove in Chris Nelson with the tying run in the eighth for the Angels, who rallied against All-Star reliever Steve Delabar (5-2) for their second...
The August 2nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols doesn't need surgery, wants to return this season, Frieri to share closer role and much more...
The Story: Albert Pujols doesn't need surgery and is adamant about playing again this season.
The Monkey Says: Because he tore the plantar fascia, it essentially took care of the surgery...
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J.B. Shuck's triple drove in Chris Nelson with the tying run in the eighth for the Angels, who rallied against All-Star reliever Steve Delabar...
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