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The February 28th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels to have four-man closer competition, Hall tweaks his quad and much more...
The Story: Ernesto Frieri, Sean Burnett, Scott Downs and Kevin Jepsen will all compete for time at closer until Ryan Madson is ready.
The Monkey Says: A closer by committee where the pitcher is picked according to the best matchup instead of some predefined assigned role? I think I might cry tears of joy! Let's see if Scioscia actually follows through with this and at least let's Frieri and Downs or Burnett form a closer platoon while Madson is out, although Frieri is excellent against lefties too, so he is more than capable of holding down the job himself, but that would restrict him from pitching earlier in the game in higher leverage situations.
The Story: Bill Hall is day-to-day after tweaking his quadricep in Wednesday's game.
The Monkey Says: He may be a non-roster invite but he is off to a hot start and looking like a mortal lock to win a roster spot. That is unless this quad injury keeps him out too long, but that doesn't sound like it will be the case.
The Story: Chad Cordero has been promoted to major league camp.
The Monkey Says: I suspect that this is just an administrative move, but it is a sign that Cordero is impressing the Angels brass thus far.
The Story: The Angels will soon make Mike Trout the most underpaid player in the league.
The Monkey Says: Ah, yes, the pre-arbitration contract dance begins. I've always wanted to know exactly how those negotiations go seeing how the player has zero leverage. I will say though that while the idea of a contract extension for Trout is downplayed in the piece, I do think that this is the time when the groundwork for such a deal would be laid if it is ever going to happen. I'm guessing it won't though and the Angels will honor Trout by paying him about $850,000.
The Story: Kaleb Cowart is working on his left-handed swing in Spring Training.
The Monkey Says: If that starts to click for him, he could be on a faster track to the bigs then we expected. He definitely put on an impressive display yesterday that is sure to get some wheels turning in the player development department.
The Story: A Rangers blog for a local Dallas news station started a Hamilton Failure Watch.
The Monkey Says: Once again, Rangers fans and reporters keep it classy. Honestly, this is what the internet is for. I'm just surprised to see it emerge from an actual media outlet rather than a fan blog. That probably only serves to show just how bitter Texas fans are about how Hamilton's tenure with the Rangers ended. This ain't going away anytime soon.
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By Geoff Stoddart, AngelsWin.com Director of Social Media --
Over the years, AngelsWin.com has been honored to welcome such guests as Arte Moreno, Terry Smith, Jose Mota, Rex Hudler, Jerome Williams and Victor Rojas to their Spring Training Fanfest. These guests took the time to speak with the fans, answer questions and even pose for pictures. They have made each year...
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols' daily routine hasn't changed much since spring training began 2 12 weeks ago. He's taking batting practice, fielding ground balls hit right at him and jogging on a treadmill. He has not yet run on a field, and he appears at least two weeks away from playing in an exhibition game.
But the Angels first baseman, who underwent surgery to clean...
Last season, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout put fans in awe after robbing a homer from Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy. Trout went a long way in tracking the baseball and eventually timed his leap perfectly to secure the would-be solo shot. It was truly a glorious sight to behold.On April 13, the Halos will commemorate the magic moment by giving away a bobblehead...
Mike Trout says the reports that he showed up to spring training overweight are inaccurate and overblown.
Many fans and analysts were concerned that Trout fell out of shape over the offseason after word circulated that the reigning AL Rookie of the Year had put on weight. The report seemed to emanate from Angels beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, who tweeted this...
No reliever makes Angels fans more nervous than Kevin Jepsen, but no pitcher might be more important to the Halos in 2013. Needless to say, it is going to be quite the interesting year, either good or bad or maybe both, from the up-and-down reliever.
2012 Stats: 44.2 IP, 3-2, 2 SV, 3.02 ERA. 3.21 FIP, 39 H, 12 BB, 3 HR, 38 SO, 0.84 GB/FB, 0.6 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 58...
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Although two prominent managers recently have called for a ban on collisions at home plate, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said he is not convinced a rule change is in order.
"It's a tough thing to legislate with any kind of rule," Scioscia said.
San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy and St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny former catchers each...
By Brian Waller, AngelsWin.com Columnist --
This is the time of year all baseball fans look forward to. The weather is warming up, spring training games have started and each of us, no matter which team we support, have at least a glimmer of hope that this could be the season our favorite ballclub makes the post season. As fans look forward to the upcoming season, managers...
The February 27th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Callaspo reported to camp overweight, Hamilton makes his spring debut and much more...
The Story: Alberto Callaspo showed up to camp 20 pounds overweight, but has already lost most of it.
The Monkey Says: It seems Alberto was nursing a shoulder problem in the off-season so he didn't work...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a slugging outfielder who is hoping to make a name for himself.
Position: OF Highest Level: High-A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 22 Born: 8/13/91
2012 Season Stats
High-A: 575 PA, .298 AVG, .335 OBP, .488 SLG, 30 2B, 9 3B, 18 HR, 71 RBI, 92 SO, 16 SB, 6 CS, .329...
There is a stupid premium on Jered Weaver. Stupid as in dumb. Not stupid as in, "Yo, Grey your feathered hair is stupid fresh! Farrah Fawcett is prolly jealous in heaven. Flap your wings, Greyseph Hawkins, you are my angel on earth. I love you." In the top 20 starters for 2013 fantasy baseball, I went over some of this so if you've been there, read that, skip...
Tweet Last June eventual American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout made one the defensive plays of the season when he robbed Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy of a would-be home run in Baltimore. Re-watching the video never gets old, but if you would like another way remember the moment these will be available [...]
Mike Trout's 2012 season is much like a fishing story. It just seems to get more extravagant with each telling of the tale. I've heard the fables, "Oh man, I caught this 12 lb walleye in my bath tub!"; when in reality the guy probably dropped a 12 lb turd in his toilet after eating Taco Bell. The plastics and tainted horse meat will do that to a guy. You'll...