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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 of repeating in 2013.
The Story: 2013 should be the first real Battle for Los Angeles between the Angels and Dodgers.
The Monkey Says: This title sounds like a lot of bluster and manufactured narrative, but for once it actually holds water. For the first time that I can remember, the Dodgers and Angels are both entering the season with huge expectations. And thanks to the Angels being so competitive and so willing to spend for the last decade, the Halos are actually on somewhat equal footing in LA instead of just the also-ran down the freeway. Unfortunately, there isn't going to be any real pay-off unless the two teams somehow wind up meeting in the World Series.
The Story: The Angels should sign Kyle Lohse.
The Monkey Says: No, they really shouldn't. He isn't that good, won't be worth the money or the forfeited draft pick or the logjam in the rotation. They say you can never have too much starting pitching, but the Angels didn't sign Blanton and trade for Vargas and Hanson just to move one of them to the bullpen in favor of Lohse. Really, this is just an incredibly poorly thought out idea and cheap grap for page views. In fact, I beg of you to not click through that link.
The Story: Projecting every Angels player for 2013.
The Monkey Says: This is just a link to the final page, but they did do the whole roster. I'm not entirely sure what the methodology is. That's not a criticism, mind you, as I provide my own "finger in the air" projections every year. In fact, those will return in 2013, starting in February, which is right after the MWAH top prospect countdown begins right after the new year. Stay tuned!
The Story: Will the Angels regret letting Dan Haren go?
The Monkey Says: I think it boils down to a question of opportunity cost here. Would signing Haren have just cost them Blanton? Or Blanton and Burnett? Or Blanton and Madson? Or might it have scared off Moreno from bringing Josh Hamilton on board. How Haren performs almost doesn't even matter.
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The December 28th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including the Vernon Wells dilemma, new batting practice caps and much more...
The Story: The dilemma that is Vernon Wells.
The Monkey Says: It actually is a tough spot for the Angels. They obviously don't want Wells, but they kind of need him too. He is essentially the primary back...
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...
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...
By Rob Goldman - AngelsWin.com Historical Writer
With the acquisition of Reggie Jackson in 1982, the Angels drew closer to the to top then they ever had. The four team MVP’s- Jackson, Don Baylor Fred Lynn and Carew-proved a diverse and potent mix. While they were putting up big numbers in the box score, their equally big egos had to share space in the clubhouse, Carew says the...
By Rob Goldman - AngelsWin.com Historical Writer
“He won’t dare come in on me." Carew thought to himself as he got down in his stance to face Frank Viola.” If it’s a Breaking balls outside- I’ll take it the other way, aim for the gap.”
Viola ran the count 1-2 and Carew knew he’d be seeing more breaking balls. Viola didn’t have his best stuff this inning. He...
What's that you say? There's no Angels new you say? Well, of course not. It is the annual holiday lull in baseball, which makes things pretty had on us blogger sorts. This year seems to be even more difficult, for me at least, since Jerry Dipoto has already wrapped up his off-season shopping, put a bow on it, stuck it under the tree, had the recipient open the gift...
Here's a look back at one of the many highlights of 2012 that we will be bringing awareness to over the next few weeks.
Our 2012 annual AngelsWin.com softball game featuring AngelsWin.com founder Chuck Richter, Angels Broadcaster Victor Rojas, Fox Sports Analyst Chris McGee, Riley Breckenridge from the popular band Thrice and AM 830 Angels Talk show host Jason Brennan.