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They were called old-timers or purists, those who blanched last fall at the thought that Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera might be passed over for the MVP award after achieving the Triple Crown, leading the American League in batting average, homers and RBIs.
On the other side of baseball's dividing line stood new-school thought, people who argued just as vehemently that advanced statistics left no doubt the Angels' Mike Trout was best in the game.
The debate continues to rage, long after Cabrera captured the award and as a new season dawns, and has thrust the notion of baseball analytics into the public consciousness.
This weekend, some of the game's brightest minds - team executives, statisticians, economists and more - have gathered to take a deeper look into the numbers behind the box score.
The second Analytics Conference, put on by the Society for American Baseball Research, is a three-day feast of America's pastime. But instead of jersey-wearing fans pining ...
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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera homered among his three hits and had four RBIs, but Venezuela, playing hours after the death of President Hugo Chavez, lost to the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Tuesday night in a tuneup for the World Baseball Classic.
Cabrera's two-out, two-run homer down the left-field line off Jordan Smith in the seventh gave Venezuela a 5-3 lead. The reigning...
Much of the hoopla coming out of Angels Spring Training has been surrounding Fat Mike Trout. The second year star rolled into camp weighing in at 241 pounds, roughly 15 pound heavier than he was last season.
Also, Trout is now a full 5 pounds heavier than teammate Albert Pujols. Weird.
That’s what makes this Men’s Health Magazine cover so interesting. The discussion with Trout...
Some may say it is only preseason and there is no need to go all out, but that seems to be the only way that L.A. Angels outfielder Mike Trout does it.
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I have a feeling that the Angels are going to be sorry that they stiffed him on his contract. Last season's American League Rookie of the Year and runner up MVP only made about...
Mike Trout’s agent, in his talks with the Los Angeles Angels, implied that the outfielder wanted a $1 million salary for 2013, according to major-league sources.
Such a figure would have been the largest ever paid to a player with fewer than two years of service. But Trout’s agent, Craig Landis, could have asked for $25 million and it wouldn’t have mattered.
Trout, as a pre...
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander sat down with CNN's Carol Costello to talk money, gay rights and more. Verlander was asked about the comments he made about the $200 million contract, his response: "They got taken out of
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has been managing under one-year contracts for the past few years, which he likes because it allows him or the Tigers to part ways without complications, but he made it clear Friday he has no plans of
It’s well-documented. Mike Trout had one of the greatest individual seasons ever in 2012. Mike Trout is your new favorite Angels player. He is the Phenom of all Phenoms. Naturally, Angels fans young and old want him to stick around, and to be perhaps the first player to enter the hallowed halls of Cooperstown with the Halo’d insignia gracing his plaque.
So when Trout’s...
Baseball HQ's Ron Shandler makes some ostenibly persuasive arguments as to why Trout should not be drafted anywhere near his current price tag (top-three overall pick or $40-plus dollar buy), as does my industry colleague David Gonos. While there's little doubt it would be wise to bet on regression from his monster rookie year, I think both overstate the case and that Trout...
Tonight on the AngelsWin.com Internet Podcast, hosts Adam Dodge and Geoff Stoddart welcome AngelsWin.com Founder, Chuck Richter, and Director of Marketing, Brian Ilten. Tonight's topics of discussion included …
* Angels horrible Spring Training start. Something the fans should worry about?
* Mike Trout's new contract. Was he jobbed, or was it a good move by the team...
The March 6th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols makes a surprise appearance in the lineup, how Trout provides value on the bases and much more...
The Story: Albert Pujols made a surprise return to the Angels lineup yesterday.
The Monkey Says: This came out of left field, but it can only be a good thing. Albert went 0-for-3 and pretty...
The March 7th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout's agent asked for $1 million, Weaver trying to recover his old arm angle and much more...
The Story: Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Trout's agent asked the Angels for $1 million for his 2013 contract.
The Monkey Says: As the article states, that would've been the highest payday...
The voting process for all of Major League Baseball’s major awards have been long under criticism. However, few awards in any sport have taken as much flak as the Rawlings Gold Gloves.
The Gold Gloves are voted on by fans and coaches, and the argument against that process has been twofold: Not only do the voters strongly tend to play to long-established favorites and bigger names...
I look out side and see snow on the ground and find it hard to believe that it is actually baseball season already. Then I look on the internet and see the box scores, I check my email and see the fantasy league invites, I got the store and see the Spring seasonal beers on the shelf...
Yeah. Baseball is back baby! We've already seen some great plays out of the likes of...
More often than not, fantasy baseball owners head into their draft with a list of players they’re targeting and have a general idea of how much they’re willing to spend to acquire said players. But two-to-three hours into an auction, when teams are filled up, targeting specific positions or possibly not even paying attention, other owners may capitalize by securing players with...