Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 2/8/13
The February 8th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including optimizing the Angels' batting order, the Halos have the best defense in the league and much more... The Story: Optimizing the Angels' batting order. The Monkey Says: I'm pretty sick of this topic, but the point about Hamilton being such a free-swinger making him a poor fit behind Mike Trout does make a lot of sense. All the crap about fastball percentage and "quality of fastballs" is pure nonsense though. Just put Callaspo there because he can get on base and work deep counts. The Story: The Angels have the top-ranked defense in all of baseball. The Monkey Says: No argument here. They have an above average or much better defender at every position save maybe catcher, and even then Chris Iannetta probably isn't much worse than average. The Story: Josh Hamilton is the very definition of a streak hitter. The Monkey Says: That was true last year, but not previously. In fact, Hamilton hadn't had a single month where his OPS was under .800 since July of 2009. So, one could argue that he was actually quite consistent before he started having all that weird stuff going on with caffeine and chewing tobacco. The Story: C.J. Wilson has been named the Head & Shoulders "Mane Man" for MLB. The Monkey Says: This ranks pretty high on the list of stories I don't give a **** about. Alas, I link to it because it inevitably means we are going to be subjected to a terrible TV commercial starring C.J. in the near future. Sigh. The Story: Kole Calhoun is #86 on the "names you should know" for 2013. The Monkey Says: This is kind of like a top prospect list, except for prospect-ish players who are ready to actually make an impact in the majors this season, which is a pretty cool idea. The Story: A look at Kole Calhoun's highly productive minor league season. The Monkey Says: At some point Calhoun is going to be such a widely accepted sleeper that he is going to jump the shark and somehow end up being overrated. The Story: A look at how Mike Trout's unexpected power will likely contribute to him regressing in 2013. The Monkey Says: Does it have to though? Not everyone thought Trout would top out at 25 homers. There is reason he was drawing Mantle comparison, you know. I agree that regression is the most likely outcome, but I'm not totally sold that Trout has already exceeded his power ceiling. The Story: Torii Hunter ranks as the seventh-best acquisition in Angels history. The Monkey Says: Yeah, but he's the best baseball acquisition in the history of Del Taco. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Adam Jones: Bengals dominated Steelers in playoff game

Robert Griffin III on QB battle: Only one of us runs 4.3

Gordon defends friendship with 'good friend' Manziel

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Geno Smith ‘kind of pissed off’ about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s return

Bell admits he knew about missed drug test, lied to media

Report: Chargers rookie Joey Bosa to hold out of camp

Doc Rivers blames ‘bloggers’ for Blake Griffin trade rumors

Jason Peters: Eagles practiced too much under Chip Kelly

Report: Giants’ Victor Cruz cleared to practice

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

Five NFL teams set to underachieve in 2016

WATCH: Belichick gets annoyed by Jimmy Garoppolo question

Ronda Rousey denies being pregnant despite rumor

Eight most overpaid offensive players in NFL

Giants acquire All-Star Eduardo Nunez from the Twins

Vikings QB injured trying to kick open door

Josh Gordon thankful for support from Browns

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.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker