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The February 21st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols won't play in games until mid-March, Rangers fans to give Hamilton the silent treatment and much more...
The Story: Albert Pujols will not appear in Cactus League games until mid-March at the earliest.
The Monkey Says: Most guys like Pujols don't play in games the first week or two anyway, so this isn't that big of a deal so long as he actually does start playing in game by that designated deadline.
The Story: Some Rangers fans are planning on giving Josh Hamilton the silent treatment when he return to Arlington.
The Monkey Says: You know what? I actually like this plan. I think maybe Texas fans are overreacting to his comments, but by not booing him or holding up offensive signs or anything like that they are taking the high road. The silent treatment is a great way to show your displeasure without being overly disrespectful.
The Story: Sean Burnett's back is already starting to feel better.
The Monkey Says: That's great. Now, let's hope he wises up and has someone else do the grocery shopping from now on.
The Story: The Angels will be auditioning PA announcers during their first several spring games to replace the late David Courtney.
The Monkey Says: Ugh. I had forgotten about Courtney's passing. What a bummer.
The Story: How every team went about fixing their biggest hole from 2012.
The Monkey Says: Really, the bigger issue for the Angels isn't getting a better back-up, it is getting Iannetta to stay healthy so that the back-up catcher isn't used so damned much.
The Story: Some interesting non-roster invitees in the AL, including Brendan Harris.
The Monkey Says: So you're saying that Brendan Harris is going to make the team and not hit a lick in April, just like Albert Pujols. Got it!
The Story: A look at which teams drafted the players that eventually got nine-figure contracts.
The Monkey Says: The Halos have two such players on their roster, but never actually developed such a player... at least until Trout gets his mega-deal in the next few years.
The Story: The Angels are impressed thus far with reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi.
The Monkey Says: Don't get your hopes up yet, this reeks of the team just saying nice things about a guy to give him some confidence and motivation.
The Story: Kole Calhoun is hoping to win a bench job.
The Monkey Says: He's definitely qualified, but I think he'll lose out to Hall or Harris because of their ability to play multiple positions. I'm sure the team probably wants to get Calhoun regular ABs as well which is not going to happen in Anaheim unless someone gets hurt.
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Money changes everything. Just don’t tell the Los Angeles Angels that.
Josh Hamilton (left), Mike Trout (center) and Albert Pujols are the focal point of the Angels offense.
The Angels entered 2012 as the hands down favorite to represent the American League in the World Series. After all, during the off season, Angels owner Arte Moreno became the Western version of Yankees...
First of all, Mike Trout is 21. He can booze as much as he wants. You won’t find us beefing with Trout over booze. In fact, we encourage all athletes to booze and upload those photos to Twitter or Instagram. It’s good for the BC brand.
But don’t be shocked when fans are furious over Mr. Baseball coming to training camp at 241 pounds. According to the Los Angeles Times, Trout...
Tweet Los Angeles Angels star outfielder Mike Trout took the Majors by storm last season. The Angels 21-year old phenom won the AL Rookie of the Year award and was second in MVP voting after putting together one of the best rookie seasons in history by batting .326 with 30 home runs, 83 RBIs, [...]
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The February 20th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Burnett hurt his back lifting his kid, why we need WAR and much more...
The Story: Sean Burnett apparently suffered his back injury while lifting his child into a shopping cart.
The Monkey Says: This is something of an annual tradition for him it seems. If I recall, he hurt his back last spring...
The February 22nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Scott Downs interested in an extension, Cordero's return from tragedy and much more...
The Story: Scott Downs is interested in signing a contract extension.
The Monkey Says: Yeah, not so much. Downs was terrible in the second half of last season and plagued by shoulder problems, so even...
Yep, he's still here. The object of every Angels fan's ire, Vernon Wells is back for a third season of what is sure to be more disappointment even though the bar continues to get lower and lower.
2012 Stats: 262 PA, .230 AVG, .279 OBP, .403 SLG, 36 R, 1 HR, 29 RBI, 3 SB, 1 CS, 35 K, .296 wOBA, 91 OPS+, 0.6 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 449 PA, .248AVG, .290 OBP, .426...
As far as insults go, ex-Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton wasn't exactly Don Rickles when he sat down for a one-on-one with CBS11's Gina Miller over the weekend. Asked about the boos he received at the Ballpark in his final days with the club, he basically attributed it to folks who only understood football.
He actually said that Dallas-Fort Worth wasn't "a true baseball...
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Josh Hamilton's new team says it won't ban beer from the clubhouse to accommodate him, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
The Angels did not institute a beer ban in 2009 after 22-year-old pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver.
Hard liquor is not allowed in the clubhouse, but the Angels have not made special arrangements with Hamilton, who signed...
In my first article, I wrote about the limitations of the linear weights system that wOBA is based on when it comes to the context of unusual team offenses. In my second, I explained how Tom Tango, wOBA’s creator, also came up with a way of addressing some of these limitations by deriving a new set of linear weights for different run environments, thanks to BaseRuns. Today, I will...
Even though the man produced mammoth blasts (upwards of four in one game), drove in runs, and inspired many, fans of the Texas Rangers were slowly getting tired of Josh Hamilton towards the end of the 2012 season as he appeared to mail-in performances both at the plate and in the outfield. And still, Hamilton was the biggest free agent this offseason. And, of course, he jetted-away...
The biggest signing in the history of the Angels, Albert Pujols career as a Halo got off to one of the rockiest starts in the history of rocky starts. While he repaired much of the damage by season's end, questions remain as to whether or not Albert's best days are already well behind him.
2012 Stats: 670 PA, .285 AVG, .343 OBP, .516 SLG, 85 R, 30 HR, 105 RBI, 8 SB, 1...
By all rights, Garret Anderson was a greater baseball player than Tim Salmon.
Salmon beats Anderson by .099 points in OPS, so he was probably the better overall player. But, in the context of Angels history, Anderson played two more seasons in a California/Anaheim/Los Angeles uniform, had 2,529 hits to Salmon’s 1674, had 1,365 RBIs to Salmon’s 1,016 and hit a bases-clearing double...
The Red Sox’ offseason may have lacked that one big, defining move, but all in all it was a very successful winter in Boston.
There wasn’t a Zack Greinke or Josh Hamilton coming the way of the Sox, but the team did make itself significantly better than 2012. In lieu of high-priced shocker, the Red Sox made a litany of cost-effective moves which shored up key positions that were...