Found December 31, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:
Picimg_mlb_feb_26_c37d
The December 31st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Cubs wanted to trade Marmol for Bourjos, Hunter 'uncomfortable' with a gay teammate and much more... The Story: The Angels reportedly turned down a trade offer of Carlos Marmol for Peter Bourjos and an infielder. The Monkey Says: Marmol for Bourjos is laughable enough, but asking for an infielder as well is enough to make me hope that Dipoto put a block on any phone calls from Chicago's front office.  On an unrelated note, as you can see, I added a banner to this daily feature to liven things up a bit.  I'm not sure how I feel about it though, so if you feel strongly one way or the other, leave a comment. The Story: Torii Hunter says having a gay teammate would be "difficult and uncomfortable." The Monkey Says: Once again, let's all remember that Torii is only to be thought of as a classy guy and nothing less.  Yes, he is entitled to his own opinion, and I guess he deserves a little credit for playing the Bible card instead of just saying gays were gross and icky.  The thing is, statistically speaking, Hunter has almost certainly shared the clubhouse with at least one if not several gay teammates in his career, he just didn't realize it. The Story: Two different sets (here and here) of New Year's resolutions for the Angels. The Monkey Says: My resolution for the Angels is to learn voodoo and use my magical powers to make their rotation overachieve. The Story: The Marlins are willing to listen to offers for Giancarlo Stanton. The Monkey Says: I don't think the Angels are a player for Stanton in any way, but I know people are going to ask, so here is what I would anticipate being the kind of package required to bring Stanton to Anaheim: Trumbo-Bourjos-Cowart-Maronde and maybe even Garrett Richards too.  So, yeah, that's a hefty price to pay though Stanton is pretty dang good. The Story: Kaleb Cowart is ready for the challenge of moving up to Double-A. The Monkey Says: Cowart showed great improvement last season, but the jump to Double-A is a big one and will likely be where he shows any major flaws that were hidden by the lower level of competition in Single-A.  This seems like a good time to mention that later today we will be rolling out the MWAH Top 30 prospects and following up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with in-depth profiles on one of the 30 prospects.  So get your butt back here for all that or I'm going to be very disappointed in you. The Story: Releasing Vernon Wells just for the sake of doing so is the equivalent of cutting of your pinkie. The Monkey Says: I almost totally agree.  I just don't trust Scioscia not to use Wells at the first sign of trouble with Bourjos or Trumbo even though Wells has done nothing to earn the trust that Scioscia seems so reluctant to grant to the youngsters. The Story: One thing from 2012 to like about every MLB team . The Monkey Says: You'll never get what fish-named player was the one thing that got liked. The Story: The addition of the Astros will make the rest of the AL West adjust. The Monkey Says: Yes, adjust to having a much easier divisional schedule.  How terrible. The Story: Vernon Wells and the fourth outfielder spot. The Monkey Says: Here is the thing people keep forgetting to mention about Wells as a reserve outfielder: he is a quality defender in the corners.  Playing defense is a big part of the bench job here too, so don't just focus on his awful bat.  Of course, Calhoun is a good defender too and could actually be a better hitter too.  People are hung up on him skipping Double-A last season, but the kid has a great plan at the plate and should be just fine. The Story: Tommy Hanson is the key to the Angels' returning to the post-season. The Monkey Says: "The key?"  No.  "A key?" Yes.  Hanson is the only one of the three new starters that has legit upside, so if he reaches it, he can push the rotation up a few notches.  If he doesn't, the Halos can still make the playoffs since Dipoto has put in a place a lineup that could slug its way to 95 wins. The Story: The top 12 moments for the Angels in 2012. The Monkey Says: I love the catch, but Weaver's no-no should've been first since it was such a sentimental moment what with his father being there.  Either that or Mickey Hatcher getting whacked, I suppose. [follow]  
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Matt Garza says he’s ready

Matt Garza says he's ready to pitch and guarantees he'll be ready on opening day. Garza said he has had no problems since he started throwing earlier this month. "If spring training started tomorrow, I would be ready to go," he said. "I'm not ready to pitch six innings today, but I will be ready to go when the season starts. I will be ready to go Opening...

Torii Hunter says he was misquoted on comments about a gay teammate

Let the damage control begin. Over the weekend, Kevin Baxter of the LA Times published a piece that quoted Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter as saying he would be uncomfortable with a gay teammate. He said his stance was based on his Christian faith, and as expected Hunter has been getting blasted for his lack of acceptance and beliefs that many feel are outdated. On Monday...

Player Profile #197: Jason Vargas | SP | LAA

Jason Vargas won 14 games last year for a Mariners club that finished 27th in runs scored. People say wins are bogus. For the most part that’s true. But if you toss over 200 innings with an ERA under 4.00, chances are you’re going to win a good amount of games no matter what offense is backing you. (That is, unless that offense is the historically pathetic Seattle Mariners from...

Torii Hunter on having gay teammates: “It would be difficult and uncomfortable”

Torii Hunter signed with the Detroit Tigers in the offseason for $26 million dollars over two seasons. The former Twins and Angels outfielder joins a Tigers team that made it to the World Series last season.Expected to be a clubhouse leader for Detroit, Hunter has started off on the wrong foot. He was quoted saying that having a gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable...

Media Fraudulence? Torii Hunter says he was misquoted in gay remarks, Twitter still reacts

Saturday, Kevin Baxter of the LA Times released an article entitled “In pro sports, gay athletes still feel unwelcome” stating that the country’s four major sports leagues remain among the last bastions of homophobia in the U.S. And within the article Baxter supposedly quoted current Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter (who spent the last several seasons in LA with the Angels...

Copying what other sucky team’s bloggers do

Having difficulty thinking of something to write about, I decided to look to other bloggers for teams that suck for ideas. The first idea came from a Royals blog that was comparing all the starters at each position in the division. Previous positions: Catcher We'll go around the diamond so 1st base is next. The starters for the NL Central teams according to RotoChamp are Anthony...

MWAH Top 30 Angels Prospects

The Halo farm system is... well, let's be nice and just say it is interesting.  The talent is there, it just takes a little digging to find it.  And when you do, it is soooo worth it.  Let's not forget that the Angels are a team built largely from their own homegrown products, even with the recent reputation for big spending.  13 of their projected 25-man roster members...

The top 10 MWAH posts of 2012

2012 is drawing to a close.  For the Angels, it was a bittersweet season as they welcomed superstars Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to the team, but also had to stomach the brutal disappointment of missing the playoffs.  But here at MWAH, it was all good as we had our best year ever and even capped it off with our best month ever in December.  How did it all happen?  Because of...

USAAAB: Hunter Finding Comfort Zone

Notre Dame commitment Torii Hunter Jr. sounds off on his strengths as a player and his future role in South Bend.

Torii Hunter: believes having an openly gay teammate would be “difficult” and “uncomfortable”

Newly acquired Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter has never been one to shy away from an opinion, especially when it comes to expressing his Christian beliefs. Over the weekend, Hunter was quoted by Kevin Baxter in a Los Angeles Times piece entitled “In pro sports, gay athletes still feel unwelcome” that having an openly gay teammate would be “difficult” and “uncomfortable”...

Top Ten List: First Post of 2013, Some Cubbish New Year Resolutions

We’re still recovering from a New Year’s celebration hangover…or in some cases, just being old.  I guess someone needs to jump-start 2013 on this blog while all our livers climb back from the abyss, so here’s an attempt. The lovely and always funny Ms. Julie DiCaro posted her Cubs New Year resolutions earlier.  I’m not above copying a good idea. Top Ten List   2013...

MLB Rumors: Torii Hunter Would Not Want An Openly Gay Teammate With Detroit Tigers

Torii Hunter is one of the most respected players in all of major League Baseball. He has always been an ideal teammate and citizen and leader for every team he played for, leading the Detroit Tigers to sign him to a two year deal this offseason worth $26 million. He is looking forward to playing with the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. Of course...

USAAAB: Notre Dame Represented Well

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Six future Fighting Irish will be featured in Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. NCSA Recruiting Director Randy Taylor got to take in the four starring for the West: receivers Torii Hunter Jr. and Corey Robinson, linebacker Jaylon Smith and lineman Steve Elmer. Taylor joins me to weigh in on their outings and explain what exactly they will be bringing to South Bend.

Halo Headlines: Angels have the top-rated outfield, Hunter claims he was misquoted about gay ...

The January 2nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels have the top-rated outfield, Hunter claims he was misquoted about gay teammates and much more... The Story: The Angels boast the top-rated outfield in baseball according to Buster Olney. The Monkey Says: I love his idea of the Angels outfield possibly getting 100 homers and...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.