Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/15/14

The August 6th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels file an official protest over Friday's loss, C.J. Wilson pushed by coaching staff to be more efficient, Takahashi throws a tantrum in the bullpen and much more...

The Story: The Angels officially filed their protest for the controversial call in Friday's game.

The Monkey Says: They aren't going to win.  They should, but they won't.  I just don't think MLB would ever allow that to happen because it would be a massive black eye for the umpires.  The brutal part is Scioscia thinks he has a good case because the umps admitted Konerko was outside the basepath.  The problem is that they judged that Konerko did not interfere with the throw.  Watching the replay, it seems pretty clear to me (and I am horribly biased) that it did.  But that's the thing, it is a judgment call.

The Story: C.J. Wilson held a strategy meeting with the coaching staff where he was pushed to be more efficient with his pitches.

The Monkey Says: Good luck with that.  Efficiency has been one of Wilson's biggest issues since he shifted to the rotation.  When he first signed, that was one thing Rangers fans were quick to point out as a major flaw (after they finished calling him a douchebag and a choke artist, of course).

The Story: Hisanori Takahashi had a tantrum (sort of) in the bullpen after he was passed over in a key spot during a game last week.

The Monkey Says: Scioscia was completely right in passing him over because had he come in Napoli would've been called on to pinch-hit.  Also, Takahashi is bad at baseball.  So there's that too.  I imagine a lot of his "tantrum" had more to do with his diminished role and recent demotion to the minors than it did not getting the call in that one specific game situation.

The Story: Erick Aybar is expected to be activated from the disabled list today.

The Monkey Says: And not a moment too soon.  Aybar has had a rough season at the plate, but he is a step up from Maicer Izturis with the bat and a big step up (most of the time) with the glove.

The Story: Jordan Walden will start throwing off a mound again today.

The Monkey Says: If all goes well, he could be activated in what I would estimate to be two weeks.  Waldo is hardly a savior considering the kind of season he has had, but he'd be a easily better option than the likes of David Carpenter and Jason Isringhausen.  Plus, the Angels just need a fresh arm.  There is even some hope that with his arm fully healthy, he could actually pitch like a high quality late-inning reliever again.

The Story: Vernon Wells is struggling to find a groove at the plate.

The Monkey Says: Really, you think so?  Tell me something we didn't all know back in April of 2011.

The Story: The Angels need more than Pujols and the other big names for their offense to click.

The Monkey Says: Isn't that true of every team?  It certainly does make a lot of sense right now because part of the reason the Angel bullpen is killing them right now is because the offense hasn't been giving them huge leads (save the first meltdown in Texas).

The Story: The Greinke trade is bold but still under review.

The Monkey Says: Well, duh.  Everyone knows the Angels traded for him hoping that he would re-sign long-term.  Where I disagree a little bit is in using the post-season as a criteria.  If the Angels flameout in the ALDS, but Greinke pitches great in his lone start, you can't say picking him up was the problem.  Maybe that's just me though, I'm more worried about Greinke re-signing than the post-season success determining the quality of this deal.

The Story: Is the AL West now the toughest division in baseball?

The Monkey Says: I think at the end of the year, the answer will be the AL East is slightly better, but that is just because I expect the A's to cool off again before long.  Hopefully starting today.

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Paul Pierce could opt out of contract, join Clippers

Report: NBA exploring moving start of Finals up

Isaiah Thomas: Danny Ainge wants my input on free agents

Brian Matusz suspended eight games for substance on arm

Report: Ray McDonald arrested again for domestic violence

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Baseball players in the military: A tribute

'Free Tom Brady' rally draws about 150 Patriots fans

LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win in OT thriller

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

WATCH: Khris Davis trolls umps after controversial homer

Is Adrian Peterson leveraging himself out of the league?

Mascot creates controversy with 'Police Lives Matter' sign

The Talented Mr. Blatt

The curious case of Frank Kaminsky

Is the Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova a dirty player?

LeBron lifts Cavaliers to brink of Finals, but are they ready?

Will Phil Jackson give himself a chance to succeed with Knicks?

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Pierce could opt out of contract

Could the NBA Finals be moved up?

The Talented Mr. Blatt

Is Dellavedova a dirty player?

Ballplayers in the military: A tribute

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

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.