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The March 13th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels predicted to win the World Series, Pujols is done as an MVP candidate and much more...
The Story: A site called "The Prediction Machine" predicts the Angels to be the most likely World Series winner.
The Monkey Says: Not be a particularly overwhelming amount though and, frankly, who the hell has ever heard of "The Prediction Machine"? From what I can tell it is really just a gambling advice website and that always makes me dubious of anything, not that we shouldn't be dubious of any pre-season prediction be it one from a computer program or a human brain.
The Story: Albert Pujols is done as an MVP candidate.
The Monkey Says: The article isn't nearly as harsh as the title implies and makes a lot of valid points about Pujols, some of which we already knew. The change in his plate coverage is definitely a new wrinkle that continues to poor cold water on any projections of Pujols ever returning to super-human form.
The Story: The Angels have hired Michael Araujo to replace the late David Courtney as the team's new PA announcer.
The Monkey Says: Any LA Galaxy fans that can vouch for his work want to chime in here?
The Story: T.J. Simers chimes in on the Mike Trout salary debate by somehow relating his pay to the pay of a soldier.
The Monkey Says: I really don't even know what he was trying to accomplish in this latest trolling attempt. However, the article is worth reading because Simers actually quotes OC Register's Jeff Miller in it, which is like the most meta version of trolling I have ever seen. The snake is officially eating its own tail, people.
The Story: The new dynamic ticket pricing model the Angels are using is encountering some bumps in the road.
The Monkey Says: Ain't no skin off my back, I live in Seattle and can get a good seat to an Angels-Mariners game at the stadium ticket window two minutes before first pitcher for like $35. Oh, and I don't pay state income tax. SUCKERS!
The Story: A cumulative ranking of the Angels' top prospects.
The Monkey Says: The lack of low risk (meaning low chance they don't pan out) prospects is particularly disturbing and they don't even have that many medium risk guys either. Ugh.
The Story: Is Scott Kazmir's return an indictment on Mike Butcher?
The Monkey Says: I'm 50/50 on whether or not this post was meant as a joke. As for Kazmir, give me a break. The guy fell apart in disastrous fashion and then was out of the game for nearly two years with nobody wanting to take a chance on him until this spring, so it wasn't like there were other pitching coaches in the league who thought they could fix him. And who even knows if he is fixed? This is still just spring training, after all. The Rodney accusation carries a little more weight, but not much, not with me anyway. Rodney had been controlled chaos in his pre-Angels career as well. The fact that he magically turned into Mariano Rivera in Tampa due to a supposedly simple change in his position on the rubber screams fluke to me. Again, Rodney has been around for awhile yet nobody was convinced they could fix him, which is why Tampa got him for cheap. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if he flamed out again this season.
BEST OF MAXIM
Albert Pujols wobbled as he ran Wednesday. It was seen as a sign of progress. Such is life in the Angels' unstable universe.
Pujols, 33, underwent right knee surgery during the offseason. He wasn't cleared to run the bases in a competitive setting until this, the Angels' 17th game of the Cactus League season. And when he reached base -- twice, on a fielder's choice...
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has been
participating in spring training contests for the past week, but he ran the
bases for the first time this exhibition season yesterday, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
Pujols underwent surgery on his right knee in October. He
had been suiting up as the Angels’ designated hitter during his initial spring...
QUITE THE HONOR
Millville High School (N.J.). is honoring one of its most famous alums by renaming its baseball field after Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim phenom Mike Trout.
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer --
2013 Outlook: So clearly Joe Blanton isn't the "Big Splash" that everyone was thinking of when the Angels acquired a pitcher during the offseason. No one is here to argue that. However, like Hanson, Joe could prove to be a "Value Splash" based on a recent history (since 2010) of increased strikeouts...
Welcome to our annual series of ‘best player by position’ per division across all of Major League Baseball. Our goal in this set of articles was to set forth the player from each position that is the best in the division right now. No weight was given to a player’s glorious or dubious past. These are our opinions as to who is most likely to represent the division in top-tier...
anaheim angels superstar Albert Pujols ran the bases for the
first time since offseason knee surgery., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/albert-pujols-back-on-the-bases
For the first time in six weeks, the new closer for the Los Angeles Angels has thrown off a mound. After suffering a UCL tear and undergoing Tommy John surgery, Madson was working his way back this year. He looked ready for Opening Day until he had a setback. Now, he's trying to get back into shape and ready for Opening Day.
According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles...
Hi. I’m Jeremy Elwood. Let me introduce myself; I’m a new writer to this site, I’m a huge Angels Fan, and I’m a professional comedian and TV writer. Oh, and I live in New Zealand.
Figure that out in your own time.
So, as my introduction to Monkey With A Halo, I thought I’d use my slightly removed position to do a short series on the guys who aren’t dominating...
The MWAH prospect countdown finally crosses the finish line with the top prospect in the entire system and only Angel prospect to crack into any of the Top 100 prospect lists.
Position: 3B Highest Level: High-A
Bats:Switch Throws: Right Height: 6'3" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 20 Born: 6/2/92
2012 Season Stats
Low-A: 290 PA, .293 AVG, .348 OBP...
It didn't seem possible for a player to have a breakout season and a concerning decline all in the same year, yet Mark Trumbo found a way to pull it off. Will the Trumbo of 2013 be more like the Trumbo of the first half that made the All-Star Game or the Trumbo of the second half that lost playing time to Vernon Wells?
2012 Stats: 586 PA, .268 AVG, .317 OBP, .491 SLG, 66...
Sabermetrics! The new lens with which many view the game of baseball!
So ummm … what is it? What are all these new stats and measurements that GMs and commentators are using to evaluate the players we love (and hate)? Does it sometimes seem like you need to be a rocket scientist to figure this stuff out? Well, it feels that way to us too sometimes. So we decided...
The March 12th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Madson throws 20 pitch from a mound, C.J. Wilson talks politics, PEDs and Star Wars and much more...
The Story: Ryan Madson threw a half-speed 20-pitch bullpen session on Monday.
The Monkey Says: That doesn't sound like much, but it is progress and that's really all the Angels can ask...
Mike Trout had a double and a triple and Peter Bourjos homered as the star-studded Los Angeles Angels knocked the San Diego Padres around early but blew a lead late in an 8-6 loss Wednesday.
Bourjos' two-run homer in the fourth inning off Clayton Richard put the Angels ahead 5-2. Richard allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings.
Los Angeles starter Joe Blanton allowed...