Found June 01, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:

The June 1st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Nolan Ryan to throw out the first pitch today, Mike Trout is off to a historically impressive start, Angels invited media scrutiny with their high-profile free agent signings and much more...

The Story: Nolan Ryan will throw out the first pitch for today's game against the Rangers.

The Monkey Says: So let me get this straight, the Angels are starting their first home series against their division rival by having the rival's owner throw out the first pitch?  And then on Saturday, everyone in the stadium is going to wear cowboy hats... against an opponent from TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If the Halos lose this series, I 100% blame the Angels marketing department.

The Story: Mike Trout is off to a historically impressive start.

The Monkey Says: Considering the others that have posted similar numbers, it sure seems like Trout is on pace to be as good as advertised, if not better.

The Story: The Angels invited media scrutiny due to their big free agent signings.

The Monkey Says: I think we all knew that was going to be the case.  That is also exactly what Arte Moreno wanted when he made the signings, to be elevated in the eyes of the national media.  Of course, he thought it would be a little more positive, but that is all part of the give and take.

The Story: Mike Trout is already making his mark on the Angels at age 20.

The Monkey Says: Yesterday was apparently, "let's all stroke Mike Trout" day.  There were at least three more articles just like this that I didn't post.

The Story: Thus far, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo are amongst the league's most valuable players, according to dollar per WAR.

The Monkey Says: And Ervin Santana and Erick Aybar are amongst the least valuable, so they wash each other out.

The Story: The All-Draft Team for the Los Angeles Angels.

The Monkey Says: Putting Salmon at DH is cheating, but I'll allow it.

The Story: Get an autographed Angel baseball in the Gold Ball Mystery Grab Bag fundraiser.

The Monkey Says: How much would it suck if you ended up getting one of the Vernon Wells balls?



Electric Trout energizing streaking Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. The Angels knew they had something special in Mike Trout. The truth is, they didn't think they'd see it this soon. Trout didn't make the 25-man roster out of spring training. Their outfield was already full, and the Angels wanted him to stay at the minor-league level, get more experience, then perhaps earn himself a promotion at some point this season...

Trout continuing to come through for Angels

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout didn't hesitate when asked which made him more uncomfortable Friday -- appearing on MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" or batting with the bases loaded in a tie game. "Oh, Intentional Talk definitely," he said with a big smile. "I'm not big on speaking in front of people." That might be the only...

At 20, Angels' Mike Trout making big-league mark

(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Mike Trout chuckles at the memory of his major league debut. As a raw 19-year-old with minimal minor-league experience, his head was often spinning during two call-ups over nine weeks with the Los Angeles Angels. One season later, at the ripe old age of 20, Trout feels he's much more prepared to do his thing...

Mike Trout helps Angels cut into Rangers' lead

Electrifying youngster stays hot as LA continues to reel in Texas.

Astros add J.R. Richard to Walk of Fame

In his day, the late '70s, he was among the most dominant pitchers in baseball. By 1980, he was the best pitcher in either league until a near tragedy during the season ended his career. He stood 6-8 and threw as hard as any pitcher, including Nolan Ryan. He was an intimidating figure to opposing batters. From 1976 through the first half of 1980, James Rodney Richard averaged...

Any player/Any era: Nolan Ryan

What he did: I always thought Nolan Ryan got screwed playing nine seasons on the Houston Astros. That's what I used to think at least, looking at years like 1987 when Ryan led the National League with a 2.76 ERA but finished 8-16. Certainly, those Astros went 76-86 and scored two runs or less in about half of Ryan's starts with him going 1-13 in those games. But there'...

Ryan, Maddux helped lure Oswalt to Rangers

The Texas Rangers banked on relationships being their No. 1 drawing point to lure free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt. Based on Oswalt's first comments Wednesday after signing a minor league deal with the club, it certainly appears the relationships paid off. Among those ties: Club president Nolan Ryan worked with Oswalt in 2000 when Oswalt was playing for Class AA Round Rock...

Top Ten Right Field Prospects Update #2

The baseball world is captivated by the simultaneous promotions of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. The comparisons are inevitable, but Trout’s trial last season proves that most prospects fail in their first tryout. Trout came back late in 2011 and started to turn it on. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him continue to perform better than Harper in the short-term....

Why do the Angels hitters get thrown so many fastballs?

This morning, I included a link to a story about how Mike Trout faces a higher percentage of fastballs than any hitter in the league.  That was very interesting, but once I paid a little more attention to that article, I noticed something else very interesting: PlayerPct. Fastballs Seen Mike Trout 62.8% Alberto Callaspo 62.3% Maicer Izturis 61.2% Jemile...

Nolan Ryan: Always an Angel

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer In college, I once wrote a paper about a baseball player entitled “Why There’s a G-d, and Why He’s a Baseball Fan”. It was about the greatest pitcher I have ever had the pleasure to watch play the game, Nolan Ryan. When I was a kid, Nolan Ryan was synonymous with the Angels. One couldn’t think of one without the other...

Kinsler's error costs Rangers loss vs. Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Trout hit an RBI triple in the sixth inning and a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. Jerome Williams (5-3) allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings and struck out four against the AL West leaders. The Angels won for the ninth time in 11 games. ...

The True Red and Blue: Lisa

This season, I have decided to use off-days as a time to introduce you to some of the great people I’ve met because of the Rangers and social media.  These are people I watch every game “with” via twitter.  I’ve tried watching without my Twitter family, and let me tell you it’s just not the same.  //// Now, let’s meet Lisa Wilkinson of Caddo, Oklahoma. When and how...

Are the Texas Rangers the Best Team Since the ’98 Yankees?

The Rangers are the best team since the ’98 Yankees. Do you agree? Tom Verducci made this statement yesterday to John Feinstein and Bruce Murray during their mid-day show on Mad Dog Radio. I think Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels have done a fabulous job turning around that ballclub, but they should not be discussed in the same breath as one of the best baseball teams...
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