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The June 18th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton doesn't know why he didn't play on Sunday, Madson resumes throwing and much more...
The Story: Ryan Madson has resumed playing long toss but is still dealing with pain.
The Monkey Says: That he is throwing is nice and all, but even he admits that they still don't know what the source of the pain is. This is not looking promising.
The Story: Josh Hamilton still doesn't know exactly why he was scratched from the lineup on Sunday.
The Monkey Says: Scioscia claims it was both mental and physical, but basic logic suggests that it was just that Sosh didn't think Hamilton could be effective against C.C. Sabathia. Why he couldn't make that clear to Hamilton though is a mystery.
The Story: Mike Scioscia is confident that Jered Weaver is making progress.
The Monkey Says: He hasn't been that sharp in his three starts since coming back from injury, but he did miss 50 days on the DL and really only had one simulated game as his rehab, so it isn't a huge shock that he might still be a bit rusty. The fact that his velocity has held up is a very good sign, now he just needs his command to come around.
The Story: Mike Trout became the fastest player to score 200 runs since Ted Williams.
The Monkey Says: Imagine how much faster it would have happened if he didn't have depleted versions of Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols hitting behind him.
The Story: For Mike Trout, there is no ceiling to what he could accomplish.
The Monkey Says: A nice fluff piece on Trout, but given that it is in the Washington Post, I can't help but wonder if this isn't a columnist trying to troll the Nationals and Bryce Harper.
The Story: The Angels continue to be plagued by one of the worst defenses in baseball.
The Monkey Says: This one is a mystery to me because they are generally a very talented defensive team. Callaspo obviously has his struggles and playing long periods without Bourjos and Aybar don't help, but they still shouldn't be this bad.
The Story: A look at prospect Mark Sappington's progress this year in High-A.
The Monkey Says: Sappington has posted solid numbers with the 66ers, but the reports of noticeable arm speed issues and an inconsistent breaking ball are discouraging. The general consensus has been that he will wind up in relief and this report does little to change that although some of his flaws are of the fixable variety.
The Story: A look at the shift in Albert Pujols' hot zones for power within the strike zone.
The Monkey Says: It looks to me like he is still more dangerous inside, it is just that the ceiling for his danger has been lowered, likely because of reduced bat speed. How much of that is from mere aging and how much is from his leg ailments, it is hard to say.
The Story: C.J. Wilson talks about what MLB players think about when it comes to the hotels they stay in on the road.
The Monkey Says: Wilson lords his clean eating over the other players who are all primarily interested in eating overpriced candy from the minibar.
BEST OF MAXIM
Josh Hamilton grounded into three double plays and struck out the other two times he came to the plate. Mike Trout did everything he could to will his team's offense into something resembling legitimacy. Instead, he was anchored at first, with Scioscia failing to employ his favorite (until this year) offensive tactic of activating his speedy base runners.
Faith is a funny thing. For some it defines who they are as a person. It serves as the guiding principle of their entire life. For others, it is a crutch, a convenient excuse, a self-defense mechanism. In a lot of cases, it is both of those things for one person and there is no better example of that than Josh Hamilton.
We all know that Josh Hamilton is a man of great faith....
The award for the most creative stadium giveaway this season goes to the Los Angeles Angels.On Tuesday, the Angels gave away mesh hats featuring a fish protruding from the center in honor of All-Star center fielder Mike Trout. How awesome is that, folks?A big round of applause goes to the team's marketing department for coming up with the clever idea.The fashionable cap sure...
Last night in Anaheim, Josh Hamilton had a really bad game. In five trips to the plate, he hit into three double plays, and in the two at-bats where he didn’t make two outs, he struck out, including a ninth inning strikeout with the winning run in scoring position. For the day, he finished with a -.48 WPA, so while he didn’t single handedly cost them the game, he was the primary...
When Howie Kendrick was first called up back in 2006 it wasn't a question of if he would win a batting title, it was a question of how many would he win? It was believed that Kendrick was some kind of hitting savant who was going to hit .330 just by showing up for work. It was an expectation that was so unrealistic that it bordered on criminal, yet we all bought into it.
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Mike Trout - With the week he just had, the Angels should see to it that his entire extended family attends every single one of his games. I imagine giving him a fat contract extension would allow for him to pay for that himself. Sounds like a win-win...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
JUNE 16, 2002
GAME 66 - ANGELS AT DODGERS
LOS ANGELES – A Tim Salmon home run helped push the Angels to an early lead, but Jarrod Washburn gave up back-to-back home runs in the sixth and the Dodgers rallied for a 5-4 victory before 52,183 at Dodger Stadium.
Salmon’s two-run homer in the fourth inning off Dodgers starter Hideo...
“One thing I’ll always knows, is that you’ll never know what will happen in baseball. Today, I’m wearing a hat with a fish on it.” – Reuben, the usher to the Angel Stadium press box.
Well, it seemed like that quote was true, as tonight, four solo home runs, and extra inning heroics were the final offensive factor in tonight’s 3-2 victory for the Seattle Mariners, over...
Josh Hamilton has seen his star go from red hot on the Rangers to ice cold on the Angels, and he’s just in year one of a five year deal.
Hamilton’s struggles at the plate have reached historic lows and there’s no signs indicating a turnaround in sight. Hamilton has 4 more years left on a 5 year $125 million contract he signed in the off season with the Angels.
During the recent draft, I happened to be on vacation, and even though I love this game and I LOVE prospects, there isn’t much that could take my focus away from my wife, the Atlantic waves and a cocktail. Still, I’d done some homework before the draft on some players and did a little more digging following the draft as well. We here at MWAH do our best to talk to the right...
Don't take the title too literal folks. No, the man didn't have a near death experience and almost become an angel. It was something totally different. Back in the high school days he was nearly drafted by the Angels--Los Angeles Angles (or Anaheim back in his day I believe).
Like many kids in high school, Tebow was a multi-sport athlete and played baseball in the...
Over the years the Angels have done well by themselves by beating up on the drecks of the AL West. If they are going to emerge from their season long slumber, they'd be wise to start doing that very thing once more. Granted, it didn't work out so well against the Astros, but when all else fails, there are the Seattle Mariners.
For a minute there it looked like the Halos...
Excuse me, but I need to soak my head in a bucket of ice water.We held on - fingers to chalkboard - to beat the Los Angeles, California, Angels of Anaheim, basically because they ran out of young players in the ninth inning, and had to send up old Albert Pujols, who is practically as ancient as Mariano.I worry when balls keep dunking in against Mo. That's what happened. Nobody...
Mariano Rivera struck out Albert Pujols with the bases loaded to
end the Angels' five-run rally in the ninth inning, and the New
York Yankees snapped their five-game losing streak with a wild 6-5
victory over Los Angeles on Sunday.