Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 2/29/12

The February 29th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Athletics interested in trading for Callaspo, Mattingly and Kemp say LA belongs to the Dodgers not the Angels, "El Hombre" campaign to be ceased and much more...

The Story: The Athletics have interest in Alberto Callaspo after losing 3B Scott Sizemore for the season.

The Monkey Says: As the article states, they aren't interested in giving up much to get him.  The Angels shouldn't be opposed to moving Callaspo, especially if Trumbo shows signs of promise at the hot corner, but depth is a good thing to have, so moving him for a middling prospect likely isn't worth it.

The Story: Don Mattingly and Matt Kemp speak out to say LA still belongs to the Dodgers, not the Angels.

The Monkey Says: The Dodgers have a richer history, so it is hard to argue, but over the last decade, the Halos have the upper-hand.  The mere fact that Dodger players are even being asked these questions shows just how much the Angels have closed the gap.  Also, Matt Kemp is scared of the Rally Monkey.  So there is that.

The Story: The Angels have agreed to end the "El Hombre" billboard campaign.

The Monkey Says: This really is just so dumb that this is even a story.

The Story: Alberto Callaspo is unsure of his role, but is taking it in stride.

The Monkey Says: See, Bobby Abreu?  This is how you handle a potentially diminished role.  Suck it up, put in the work and everything will work itself out.

The Story: Arte Moreno broke his media silence to appear on the Jim Rome show yesterday.

The Monkey Says: Arte said nothing terribly noteworthy, but at least he is talking again, though I'm not 100% positive that is a good thing.

The Story: The Angels intend to play Albert Pujols all 162 games this season.

The Monkey Says: They better given how much money he is making.  Also, this only makes sense if they DH him at least a handful of times over the year.  He is in tremendous condition, but it isn't going to hurt for him to get a little bit of rest.

The Story: The Angels will continue to allow beer in the clubhouse and on team flights.

The Monkey Says: Thanks for making this a story, Red Sox.  What an interesting concept, allowing grown men to handle their own alcohol assumption responsibly and not treating them like children.  It is so crazy that it might just work.

The Story: Mike Scioscia is slimmed down for this spring training.

The Monkey Says: This means that Mike Scioscia is in... wait for it.... THE BEST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE!

The Story: Jerry Dipoto made it clear that Mike Trout will not stay in the majors in a reserve role this year.

The Monkey Says: That is 110% the right decision, but I don't think I've heard the team actually say it out loud yet.  Good to know that they aren't stupid.

The Story: Peter Bourjos wants to earn the right to bat leadoff.

The Monkey Says: He doesn't control the strike zone very well, but he was very effective against southpaws last season, so it is possible he could get a taste of the leadoff spot on a part-time basis this season.  Mike Scioscia flirted with it a bit at the end of 2011, so don't be shocked if he tries it again to start this coming campaign.

The Story: Recently retired Bengie Molina stopped by Angel camp as a guest instructor.

The Monkey Says: I'm quite glad to see that he did this as he did not part on good terms with the team once they let him go in free agency.  It would have been a shame for him to hold a grudge about it.

The Story: The Angels have a somewhat easy schedule to start the season.

The Monkey Says: Their first month actually looks pretty cushy, if you ask me.  The Yankees and Rays are good, but every other April opponent looks like a powder puff, though the Indians might be a little above average potentially.

The Story: A history of Mike Scioscia's famous spring training "special assignments."

The Monkey Says: Long live the legend of the ostrich.


Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Seahawks’ Frank Clark rips Cam Newton ‘that boy a b—‘

Report: Tom Thibodeau has 'always wanted' Knicks job

Report: Luke Walton will not consider coaching offers until offseason

Budweiser: Peyton Manning not paid for Super Bowl beer plug

Archie Manning: 'I think Peyton's done in Denver'

Donald Trump: I told Tom Brady not to endorse me for President


Marshawn Lynch: Complicated and talented NFL anti-hero

Hue Jackson lets Manziel and ex know they aren’t alone

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

Tyronn Lue faces backlash for Cavs record since Blatt’s firing

Report: LeSean McCoy assaulted off duty Philly police officers

John Elway was right, the Broncos didn’t need a Plan B

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Lisa Ann wants to reward Emmanuel Sanders for Super Bowl win

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

Nine best and worst players from 2015 NFL playoffs

Rodman wants Phil Jackson to know he’s ready to coach Knicks

Wade Phillips trolls Cam Newton with dabbing tweet

Top defensive performances in Super Bowl history

FBI questions Jeremy Shockey about drug and gambling ring

Coldplay drummer thought Johnny Football was real name

Ranking every game from 2015 NFL Playoffs

PHOTO: Panthers LB shows gruesome arm injury after SB

Patriots, Panthers early Super Bowl 51 favorites

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.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker