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The June 29th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including more appreciation for Trout's stellar catch, an actual Vernon Wells trade rumor, Kole Calhoun named to the Triple-A All-Star team and much more...
The Story: Breaking down the awesomeness of Mike Trout's stellar catch against the Orioles.
The Monkey Says: My favorite part is still his reaction just because you can tell that he is even incredibly impressed with what he just did.
The Story: Buster Olney speculates that the Dodgers might be interested in trading for Vernon Wells.
The Monkey Says: See, this is the kind of thing that happens when you hire Mickey Hatcher for your front office. This also seems to be Olney just throwing crap up against the wall and hoping something sticks. I can't imagine anyone trading for Wells even if the Angels eat most of the money. His mere name is radioactive at this point and the only reason any GM would trade for him would be if he was daring his owner to fire him. But wait... there's more!
The Story: Vernon Wells may not be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Angels try and send him elsewhere.
The Monkey Says: Morosi seems to have taken Olney's speculation and ran with it, which is several different kinds of stupid since he also lumped in Cleveland as a potential destination if only because he wants to have some of his own crap on the wall along with Olney's. "Hey, Mr. Wells, would you say yes to a totally fictional trade idea that some other reporter pulled out of his butt?" That's a clown question, bro. Wells, to his credit, gave a diplomatic answer so as not to sound as if he is unhappy, but he would be delusional to believe he is going to get anything more than a bench player once he returns from the DL, so the idea of him invoking his no-trade clause so he can stay in Anaheim, ride the pine and get ridiculed by fans is decidedly far-fetched.
The Story: Kole Calhoun was named to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League All-Star team.
The Monkey Says: Assuming he doesn't get traded, there is a high probability that Calhoun will have a bench job or more on the 2013 Angels. He has a limited ceiling, but he is a guy the front office and coaching staff all think pretty highly of.
The Story: Garrett Richards is likely headed back to the minors after the All-Star break.
The Monkey Says: But we knew this already. The Angel bullpen is so strong now, there is no sense in keeping him up as a reliever or converting Williams to the bullpen. This is a good problem to have though as they now know they can count on Richards should the rotation suffer another injury or if Ervin Santana goes sideways again or if Dan Haren doesn't snap out of this funk soon.
The Story: Mike Trout would be the starting outfielder for Keith Law's "real" All-Star team.
The Monkey Says: The roster is based on ZiPS projections for the rest of the season, so don't start calling for the bias cat. Looking at the other names on that list, one realizes just how meteoric Trout's rise to elite player status has been.
The Story: A look at what the Angels might need via the trade market in the next month.
The Monkey Says: I hate to say it, but this is an uncharacteristically off-base BPro piece. They call out shortstop as a potential need, but I highly doubt the Angels even look at that given Aybar's contract and relative resurgence in recent weeks. They also suggest they might become big players for a starting pitcher, but that seems unlikely to happen unless there is something physically wrong with Dan Haren. Strangely, they totally overlook their growing need at catcher, where the Halos could be in dire need if Chris Iannetta's recovery doesn't start moving forward. Also, they make no mention of the Angels looking to add another lefty reliever, which most rumors suggest they are actively doing.
BEST OF MAXIM
A few weeks ago, I did this hard-hitting investigative report that proves Mike Trout is the last son of Krypton, Superman. In case that didn't convince you, and how could it not, Trout provided us with even more evidence today with this jaw-dropping catch:
That's levitation, homes. It might also be the best catch of the season and the best catch...
Mike Trout has transitioned from talented rookie to unbelievable talent in one smooth leap. He used to be a phenom, but it's quite possible that the right word hasn't yet been invented yet to describe the things he does.
So how about "Troutacular"?
Really, there's no other way to describe the Angels' 20-year-old outfielder, who takes his game to new levels...
The Angels have been pretty pleased with the play of their 20-year-old rookie, Mike Trout… to put it lightly. On Wednesday night Trout again flashed his glove and robbed a would be home run. I’d say this young man will be in the big leagues for quite a while.
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Mike Trout made an amazing catch on Wednesday night to rob JJ Hardy of a home run. In what will likely go down as one of the best catches of the 2012 season, Trout leaped high in the air and then crashed into the wall after making the catch.
Closer examination of the play reveals just how high the 20 year old top prospect jumped to make the play. A graphic displayed on MLB network...
It was the Catch of the Day. Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout added another breath-taking moment to his growing highlight reel Wednesday night, going high over the center field wall at Camden Yards to steal a home run from Baltimore's J.J. Hardy in the first inning of a game the Angels eventually won 13-1 over the Orioles. "There's no doubt it was as good a catch...
The Angels' season began on a brilliant April evening, with a shutout of Kansas City and rousing ovations for Albert Pujols at Angel Stadium. The same night, Mike Trout collected two hits for the Salt Lake Bees in an 8-7 loss in front of some 4,000 fans in Tacoma, Wash.
Trout spent nearly all of that month traveling to Pacific Coast League outposts like Reno and Tucson, while...
Eventually we’ll find out something Los Angeles Angels sensation Mike Trout can’t do on the baseball field. Coming into tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles he led the American League in batting with a .335 average so we know he can hit. Despite not playing his first Major League game this season [...]
Mike Trout pulled a Torii Hunter on Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore, and fittingly, Torii Hunter was the first one to congratulate him for it. Trout robbed Baltimore's J.J. Hardy of a home run by leaping well over the right-center fence at Camden Yards, right in front of the Southwest Airlines sign. Talk about flight. Check out the catch of the year below. Your browser does...
So, apparently making up Vernon Wells is a thing now. If you checked out the Halo Headlines this morning, you were treated to not one but two different stories from respected(?) national reporters who both suggested that the Angels could find a taker for Vernon Wells at the trade deadline. This is, in a word, laughable because:
Vernon Wells has the worst contract in baseball...
Which is the best highlight from last night?
And guys, please don’t have a bias point of view. I know some of you HATE the Phillies like I do, but Utley’s homerun was incredibly dramatic. Also, to see a guy overcome an injury like he had is always nice to see. Any baseball fan has to appreciate it. The Chapman flip is hilariously awesome...
TORONTO (AP) -- Rookie Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run homer, Alberto Callaspo added a solo blast and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-7 on Thursday night for their 14th victory in 18 games.
Trout went 2 for 5 to raise his American League-leading average to .345 as the Angels, who have won 25 of 33 overall, improved to 14-1 in their past 15 road contests...
The only thing that saved Dave Haren from a loss Thursday night in Toronto was the Angels' offense.
If not for Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, Albert Pujols and everyone else who contributed in an 9-7 win over the Blue Jays, Haren would be sitting on his eighth loss of the season.
He won only because the Angels kept pounding out hits to put him in front. Every time he gave up a lead...
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All of the talk last night (and this morning) was about Mike Trout's amazing catch against the Orioles. But Darnell McDonald of the Boston Red Sox had a pretty awesome catch of his own in Boston's 10-4 win over the Blue Jays during the day. Kelly Johnson hit a deep fly ball to right center that McDonald tracked down, leaped high...