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The April 5th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Mike Trout's strikeout problem, Hamilton ready to return to Texas and much more...
The Story: A look at Mike Trout's one weakness of striking out too much.
The Monkey Says: I don't think it is really a big deal, but it is weird that he whiffs so much given his good eye and approach. If anything, I think the strikeouts are a product of him being too patient and working himself into a lot of two strike counts. It clearly didn't hold him back in 2012, so I don't see why it would hold him back now.
The Story: The Angels are bracing themselves for Josh Hamilton's return to Texas.
The Monkey Says: He's going to get booed. So what? The worst thing that could happen is Hamilton trying too hard to show up the Rangers and having a bad series. The best case scenario is that does try extra hard and actually does show up the Rangers.
The Story: A Dallas columnist calls for Ranger fans to actually cheer Hamilton instead.
The Monkey Says: Not going to happen, although I do think that cheering him might mess with his head a lot more than a loud chorus of boos would.
The Story: Albert Pujols is still working through his plantar fasciitis issues in his feet.
The Monkey Says: It sure seemed like he aggravated the injury when he slid into home yesterday. Expect Pujols to DH during the series in Texas and possibly well beyond that.
The Story: A look at how Josh Hamilton and Jason Vargas could have their performance greatly affected by their homefield.
The Monkey Says: I'm not too worried about Vargas since the Big A plays like a major pitcher's park. However, that could be bad news for Hamilton, though I don't think it is going to cause his numbers to totally crater. No, his deteriorating plate discipline will take care of that just fine.
The Story: Mike Scioscia has an opt-out clause after 2015.
The Monkey Says: Apropos of nothing, it is just an interesting note. I don't envision a lot of scenarios in which he would quit despite having success with the Halos. I know some worry he'll jump to the Dodgers, but he has resisted that talk for a long, long time. If anything, Scioscia will get fired before ever getting a chance to opt-out.
The Story: Reds announcer Thom Brennaman dropped his cell phone out of the broadcast booth during yesterday's game against the Angels.
The Monkey Says: Add clumsiness to the list of reasons why I don't like Thom Brennaman as a broadcaster.
The Story: With the recent realignment, it seems likely that the DH will be adopted by the National League very soon.
The Monkey Says: Hard to argue with that. And after watching the Angels play without a DH for a series and being reminded how annoying it is to watch pitchers hit really makes me pine for the day that the DH is used throughout the league.
The Story: Andrew Romine and J.B. Shuck are both focusing on being ready to contribute off the bench in pinch roles.
The Monkey Says: I'm already concerned about the Angels bench. The Shuck over Calhoun thing really perplexes me because the Halos now have zero power on the bench aside from Hank Conger who will seldom ever pinch-hit since Scioscia won't want to burn him in case Iannetta gets hurt during the same game. I had kind of hoped they'd scoop someone off the waiver wire, but it looks like they are stuck with Shuck for the time being.
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ARLINGTON, Texas While the boos and jeers rained down on Josh Hamilton during his return to Rangers Ballpark, he got some comforting words in the dugout.
"He said, 'Where was Jesus got-after the most? His hometown,'" said the deeply religious Hamilton, who declined to name the source of inspiration. "Baseball wise, this is my hometown."
ARLINGTON, Texas Josh Hamilton's return to Rangers Ballpark didn't go so well on the field or in the stands for his family.
While Hamilton said his family was fine, there was a security guard around his wife Katie and their daughters.
"Just guys being ugly, inappropriate to my wife," Hamilton said. "People being dumbasses."
A Los Angeles club official...
NO SURPRISES THERE
Friday was the home opener for the Texas Rangers after opening the season down the road in Houston, and their opponents for the first series of the year with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and former Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton. Hamilton came to the plate for the first time in the top of the second, and as you can tell in the video above, the Rangers faithful weren't...
Josh Hamilton is headed back to Arlington, Texas, the place where his baseball career came back to life and where he put up some of his biggest numbers. But the slugger, who signed with Los Angeles this offseason, isn’t expecting a warm welcome — and he knows exactly why.
Shortly after Hamilton signed with the Angels, he angered much of Texas by calling Dallas “a football town...
Josh Hamilton returned to Arlington on Friday and did about as well as could be expected with a pair of strikeouts as the Rangers went on to win 3-2.
The fans gave him the kind of reception they thought he deserved, and after the game that was one of the things that he was asked about. However, what I love about his interview is his subtle little message for the fans in Texas...
ARLINGTON — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton says his wife had to call for security before his first game against the Texas Rangers because fans of his former team were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family.
The All-Star slugger said Saturday that security guards stayed near his wife, Katie, and their children, and there weren’t any major incidents...
Josh Hamilton will be in the other dugout when the Texas Rangers play their home opener Friday.
Texas is coming off an opening series at Houston, when Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game and Rangers pitchers struck out 43 batters in posting two shutouts. But so much attention in the first home series will be on Hamilton being in a Los Angeles Angels uniform.
Josh Hamilton did not have the smoothest end to his time with the Texas Rangers at the end of last season nor when he opted to sign with a division rival over the Rangers. Fans were not too distraught over his departure with the way he played down the stretch, but that does not necessarily mean they wanted him to go.
Once he regained control of his demons again he'd be back to...
Josh Hamilton's return to Rangers Ballpark didn't go so well on the
field or in the stands for his family. While Hamilton said his
family was fine, there was a security guard around his wife Katie
and their daughters.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer in the home opener, beating Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Friday.Hamilton was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP while with Texas before going to the AL West-rival Angels with a 125 million, five-year contract...
Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer in the home opener, beating Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Friday.
Hamilton was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP while with Texas before going to the AL West-rival Angels with a $125 million, five-year contract over the winter...
Think back 10 years. What do you remember about the MLB? I remember stars all over the place. Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Nomar, Clemens, and A-Rod just to name a few. Albert Pujols was beginning his 3rd season. Miguel Cabrera was about to splash on the scene as a skinny leftfielder for the Marlins. But just a few years later, something happened and these stars were gone. Bonds, Sosa,...
Albert Pujols homered twice to offset another tough day for Josh Hamilton in his second game back in Texas, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 8-4 Saturday.
Pujols hit a two-run shot to the lawn in center field off Matt Harrison in the first inning and watched Hamilton strike out twice and fly out behind him after taking three intentional walks.
The only other time the...