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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 100 steals combined. That is a big stretch since it would mean a pretty huge year from Bourjos, but I have to imagine that has never been done before.
The Story: Torii Hunter, predictably, claims he was misquoted regarding his comments about a potential gay teammate making him feel "uncomfortable."
The Monkey Says: The only thing that bothers me more than a bigot is a hypocrite and Hunter appears to now be both. Kevin Baxter, who wrote the story, immediately refuted Torii's claim and says he has the recorded audio of the interview to prove it. Way to go, Torii.
The Story: The year in heat maps, featuring a great Trout map and a frightening Hamilton map.
The Monkey Says: My favorite part of Trout's map is how he murders pitches inside because that was the early book on him when he was first called up. Everyone thought they could beat him inside with a good heater, but that lasted about two weeks before he adjusted and raked anything and everything on the inner half. My favorite part of the Hamilton map is... LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR YOU! I'M COVERING MY EARS. LA LA LA!
The Story: Jim Bowden lists the biggest risks of the off-season and doesn't include the Angels signing Josh Hamilton.
The Monkey Says: How he thinks moving Aroldis Chapman to the rotation is a bigger risk than giving $125 million to an injury-prone former addict with an alarming drop in contact rate is beyond me. Oh, wait, not it isn't. I forgot for a second that Jim Bowden is a dim-witted buttchunk.
The Story: Mike Trout is featured in the top catches of 2012.
The Monkey Says: But only once. ONCE. I think I might have to launch a grand jury investigation into how that happened.
The Story: 10 questions for the Angels as they enter the new year.
The Monkey Says: Secret question #11: when are they going to hurry the hell up and lock Trout into an extension already?
The Story: Katie Hamilton talks about God and supporting her husband Josh.
The Monkey Says: But mostly God. Pretty much all God. Between the two of them, I wonder if they all they do at home is just sit around and talk about how great God is and how much they are blessed. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just know that I want to punch myself in the face everytime my wife tells me a story of hers that I have already heard seven times. I guess what I'm saying is the Hamiltons have more patience than I do.
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Detroit Tigers center fielder Torii Hunter will likely have to wait a little longer to see his son play for Notre Dame.
Torii Hunter Jr. , a wide receiver who committed to Notre Dame in September, broke his left femur while running a route on the second day of practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Hunter Jr. underwent surgery on Wednesday and is expected...
By David Saltzer,
AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
Sometimes you read something and you just have to respond.
The words are just too powerful to let go. Not saying anything gives approval
of the statement.
Yes, I’m talking about Torii Hunter—just not in the way you
think I am.
For those not familiar, at the end of December, Kevin
Baxter, a reporter for the Los...
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...
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...
It seems as if the ripple-effect made by the Kendrys Morales trade has stretched farther into the roster than many might think. A lot of Angel fans were unhappy, or I could say outright pissed, that Kendrys was traded for some third-rate inning eating starter from the lowly Mariners. I mean, not only did the Angels trade away one of their biggest power bats for a mid-tier starter...
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...
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2012 (18) | 2011 (15) | 2010 (26) | 2009 (25) | 2008 (11)
2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [89-73] AL West
AAA: [73-71] Pacific Coast League – Salt Lake
AA: [62-78] Texas League — Arkansas
A+: [66-74] California League – Inland Empire
A: [53-86] Midwest League – Cedar Rapids (Burlington beginning 2013)
Arizona Fall League Players...
The MWAH prospect countdown begins! Kicking things off this season is last year's #14 prospect. How did he fall so far so fast? SPOILER ALERT: He forgot how to hit.
Position: C Highest Level: Double-A
Bats: Both Throws: Right Height: 5'11" Weight: 210 lbs.
Age: 24 Born: 3/19/88
2012 Season Stats
Double-A: 323 PA, .204 AVG,...
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...
Notre Dame commitment Torii Hunter Jr. sounds off on his strengths as a player and his future role in South Bend.
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.
The January 3rd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including uncertainty in the Angel rotation, battle of the AL West nicknames and much more...
The Story: The Angels' rotation is their biggest question mark for the first time in years.
The Monkey Says: There isn't that much uncertainty. Vargas and Blanton are pretty much known quantities...
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.
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...