The October 9th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Reviewing Iannetta's new contract, Maronde and Cowart rising up prospect rankings, Angels attendance expected to continue declining and much more...
The Story: A look at the logic behind Chris Iannetta's new contract.
The Monkey Says: This is one of the first real in-depth, impartial reviews of the deal I have seen. I can't say that I agree with all of it, though that just might be my bias. It definitely isn't as high on Iannetta as I am, but I do think a lot of the value of the deal is merely the Halos finally having some stability at the position.
The Story: Nick Maronde and Kaleb Cowart are both in the preliminary top prospect lists from John Sickels.
The Monkey Says: Neither is terribly high in their respective top 50, but at least they are listed. No other Angels are, which is discouraging but not surprising. I can't help but wonder though if Maronde would have ranked so high if not for his late-season relief work, which is fair, but also kind of weird because it makes it hard to judge whether or not he is ranking so highly because of his potential as a starter or a reliever.
The Story: After another down year in attendance, the Angels can expect more of the same in 2013.
The Monkey Says: I'm kind of picking at a throwaway line, so don't get too worked up. The logic is that attendance dropped for the second year in a row, but by an even larger percentage this season despite the off-season additions of Pujols and Wilson. So how can we possibly expect the Halos to see an increase in attendance? We can't really, can we? What could they possibly do to earn a bump? They already tried bringing in a marquee name and continue to have fan-friendly prices. There are no more quivers in the arrow with the exception of the Angels getting a new state-of-the-art stadium in Los Angeles. It is the only way for Moreno to take the next step both in terms of stadium revenue generation and team profile enhancement. Winning would help, sure, but even that doesn't last forever, as the Angels are now finding out.
The Story: The troubles the 1964 Angels faced are still the same as many problems baseball in general still faces.
The Monkey Says: This is really kind of crazy that their name was a source of contention even back then and that, in a very indirect way, the Halos are responsible for interleague play. Dammit, Angels.
The Story: Angels fan Ricardo Marquez's time is drawing to an end in the Fan Cave.
The Monkey Says: Wait, how does this whole article glorify his time in the Fan Cave and completely fail to mention that he got to MEET KATE UPTON?!!?!
The Story: A vote to leave Nick Maronde in the bullpen in 2013.
The Monkey Says: I co-sign on that, though I do so hesitantly out of fear that his development as a starter will be stunted. Maronde has been effective and the Angels need effective relievers, but 60 innings of a really good left-handed setup man aren't nearly as valuable as 180 innings of even a slightly below average starting pitcher and Maronde has the potential to be a lot better than that in the rotation.
The Story: Parody song lyrics about WAR and Mike Trout.
The Monkey Says: Yup, it is that slow of a news day.