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The December 26th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels tops amongst 2013 storylines, Dipoto's transformation of the Angels and much more...
The Story: Trout and the Angels lead the top storylines headed into 2013.
The Monkey Says: Storylines, aka the narrative that the media is going to try to ram down our throats even if it no longer fits perfectly. That explains why the Trout vs. Harper angle is getting played up here again even though the two have still never faced each other in a game and have on real rivalry whatsoever.
The Story: How Jerry Dipoto was able to transform the Angels in a little over a year.
The Monkey Says: Tremendous work here. One thought occurred to me though while reading it and that is that Dipoto has overhauled almost every part of the organization except the manager. I've never really believed he'd do it before, but having his sweeping changes put into perspective like this makes it seem almost inevitable that Scioscia will be replaced unless he deliver big time results this season.
The Story: The Angels' roster has a growing crop of hometown players.
The Monkey Says: It is probably just a coincidence, especially since California produces such a large percentage of MLB players, but it does appear that Jerry Dipoto has gone out of his way to acquire guys who grew up in Southern California.
The Story: Mike Trout returned home to New Jersey for the holidays.
The Monkey Says: Not that anyone really cares. All this really is is another story about what a golly gosh good kid Trout is and how he hasn't let the success go to his head.
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Coming on the heels of trading Kendrys Morales for Jason Vargas, it seems as though the Angel’s starters are set. Barring injury, Jered Weaver, CJ Wilson, Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas and Joe Blanton will open the season in the rotation. There is even some decent depth behind them with Jerome Williams (Bullpen), Garrett Richards (AAA), Nick Maronde (AA) and, after a surprise...
The December 27th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels year in review, Angels and Dodgers to battle for LA and much more...
The Story: Reviewing the key storylines of 2012 for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: The troubling part of this is that a lot of those same storylines, specifically the negative ones, have a pretty good chance...
Jerry Dipoto is a man with a vision. He’s among the most detail oriented executives in all of baseball. It’s generally how his mind works, he’s analytical and calculating. Some call it diligence, others, obsessive. He’s also proven to be a risk-taker, which can be a very good thing or bad thing in this business. Before becoming the General Manager of the Los Angeles...