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The September 30th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Scioscia doesn't know if he will be back, luxury tax concerns could prevent a Trout contract extension and much more...
The Story: Mike Scioscia still hasn't heard whether or not he will be back in 2014.
The Monkey Says: All signs point to Scioscia staying, but I don't buy that Dipoto will stay too. Rumors have it that Scioscia is going to lay down some demands regarding his coaches and likely make a play for more sway in the organization, so I don't see that working out well in an already strained GM-manager relationship.
The Story: Luxury tax concerns could prevent the Angels from working out an extension with Mike Trout this off-season.
The Monkey Says: A $300 million extension is pretty outlandish, but an extension with a $25 million average annual value isn't out of the question. This is a real concern for the Angels on that front, but it also isn't a back-breaker. First off, the assumption is that expensive arbitration cases like Hanson, Williams, Bourjos and Trumbo will all be brought back next season. They could shave a few million off by dumping some of those guys as non-tenders or via trades. They could also create the necessary wiggle room by trading Howie Kendrick or Erick Aybar, but even that would still create problems with adding other pieces like Masahiro Tanaka. It is quite possible that the Halos will just wait until next winter (where they would lose leverage) but would clear a big chunk of tax bill when Vernon Wells rolls off the books. It is also an option for the Angels to just pay the luxury tax for one year. If they only exceed the threshold by a few million, their penalty won't be substantial as they are first-time offenders. It will, however, put a lot of pressure on them to get under the tax threshold in 2015.
The Story: The Angels could trade Mark Trumbo for pitching this off-season.
The Monkey Says: The question is what kind of pitcher can they get in return? Trumbo is a good player, but he has some real failings that will limit his value. The Angels definitely need to clear the logjam in the outfield, so moving Trumbo, Bourjos or Calhoun makes sense, it just is a matter of which player will return the most value.
The Story: The Angels have the 15th pick in the 2014 draft.
The Monkey Says: Or at least they do for now. It is always possible Arte Moreno will lose his mind and forfeit the pick so that they can bring back Ervin Santana.
The Story: Mike Trout is the third player ever to collect 190 hits, 100 walks and 30 steals in the same season.
The Monkey Says: The others were Ty Cobb and Lenny Dyskstra, so I guess that means Trout is going to become either a homicidal bigot or a sociopathic con man. Or both. Probably both.
The Story: C.J. Wilson and Mike Scioscia both claimed that Wilson was given slippery balls to pitch with in Texas.
The Monkey Says: The thing is, I kind of believe them, though it seems like a pretty pathetic excuse. For both to have examined the balls and made the claim hardly suggests that they are making it up, but both admit that Texas was assuredly using the same slippery balls. It is possible that the umpires simply did a half-assed job of rubbing down the balls before the game. It is also quite possible that I have spent too much time about gripping and rubbing slippery balls.
The Story: Mike Trout expects Miguel Cabrera to win the AL MVP.
The Monkey Says: Give him credit for being a realist and give the BBWAA no credit for the potential to evolve their groupthink opinions.
The Story: J.B. Shuck has a sold case AL Rookie of the Year.
The Monkey Says: NOPE.
The Story: The late season turnaround of the pitching staff could help Mike Butcher's job security.
The Monkey Says: Should it? A lot of the improvement came from getting Weaver and Vargas back from the DL, moving Richards into the rotation and bumping Hanson and Blanton into irrelevancy. Butcher certainly deserves some credit as he is said to have really done a lot of work with Richards, but he also saw several reliever fall apart under his watch in the second half of the season.
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ARLINGTON, Texas Josh Hamilton's 2013 season started with a rude reception in Arlington and it ended with one.
Hamilton, who flew out in his final at-bat to chants of "Baseball town", tipped his helmet to the fans at Rangers Ballpark to a chorus of boos as he headed to the Los Angeles dugout for the final time in the ninth inning Sunday.
Hamilton said there was no...
The Angel season has been over for nearly 48 hours now and we still don't know who, if anyone, Arte Moreno is going to fire in the wake of the bitterly disappointing 2013 season. Reporters have tried and failed to get to the bottom of the question on everyone's mind: will Scioscia and/or Dipoto get fired?
Now, I am no reporter, nor would I ever try to be one. However...
Mike Trout’s Opening Act
Even if the Angels outfielder doesn’t win the MVP this season, no other hitter has been this great at such a young age
Baseball is the sport that launched a thousand barstool arguments, and unlike Helen of Troy, it inspires new fleets to disembark all the time. No sooner is one debate resolved than another one arrives to take its place. This time...
Angels centerfielder Mike Trout has become only the third major league player since 1900 with 190 hits, 100 walks and 30 stolen bases in the same season.
Trout got his 190th hit Sunday on a home run in the first inning of Los Angeles' season-ending game at Texas.
The only other players to reach all those marks in the same season were Ty Cobb in 1915 and Lenny Dykstra in 1993...
The Rangers are still clinging to their playoff hopes on the final day of the regular season, but former Ranger turned Angel Josh Hamilton planned to do his best to keep them from getting achieving that goal.
Hamilton has struggled adjusting to life with a new team, as he’s been unable to continue last season’s success. After setting new career highs with 43 home runs and 138...
The sloppy conditions of a rain-drenched field at the end didn't really bother Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
That sloppy defense? Well, that was a different story.
The Angels had five errors that led to three unearned runs and they lost 7-4 Saturday to the Texas Rangers, who with their sixth straight victory will go into the regular season's scheduled finale...
(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Mike Trout believes he doesn't deserve the AL Most Valuable Player award if his team isn't in the playoffs.
After another lost season for his Los Angeles Angels, Trout is hoping he'll be worthy of bigger honors next October.
The Angels finished 78-84, posting their lowest win total in a decade...
When Josh Hamilton went to the plate for the final time in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels, the slugger was serenaded by the fans of his former team that still has a chance to get in the playoffs.
There were repeated chants of ''Baseball Town!,'' a reference to comments the slugger made after leaving the Texas Rangers about the Dallas-Fort Worth market...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
SEPT. 28, 2002
GAME 161 - MARINERS AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM – The Angels warmed up their bats for the playoffs with a 14-hit performance against the Seattle Mariners on their way to an 8-4 win before 43,202 at Edison Field.
The Angels did nearly all their damage in the sixth inning when they scored seven runs to put the game out...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
SEPT. 29, 2002
GAME 162 - MARINERS AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM – The Angels wrapped up the regular season with their club-record 99th win of the season, a 7-6 decision over the Seattle Mariners before 42,878 at Edison Field.
The Angels scored five in the first inning, fueled by a grand slam from Troy Glaus, his 30th home run of the...
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout had a tremendous sophomore season in 2013, and from a statistical standpoint, he’s the logical choice for the American League MVP award.
In fact, the 22-year-old became just the third player since 1900 (Ty Cobb and Lenny Dykstra are the others) to tally 190 hits, 100 walks and 30 steals in a single season.
But the Angels superstar doesn’t...
This is the big one. The season ender. No longer are we ranking the recent past. With the season now complete, we are going to take a walk, a painful walk, down memory lane to rank every player that donned an Angel uniform by their entire 2013 performance. We've got 49 players to cover here, so you might want to move your schedule around a bit.
By Glen McKee, AngelsWin.com Columnist & Satirist
Well, that’s it. This dreadful season is finally over, but the results of it will linger like gas after too much cauliflower. After any sports season, for the teams that are sitting home for the playoffs (and their fans) the focus turns to awards. We need some sort of recognition for our season, our version of the...
Mauledbypandas' team gained 3 points the final week in our league, Cracking The WHIP, to finish 4.6 ahead of three teams - Waco Night Terrors (Imposing Sea Creatures), the remains of the bay (Beef SAGNOF!), and Retro Vertigo (ECFBL). Josh Hamilton's Fake Stache led the overall standings early, but stumbled in the middle of the season, dropping as low as 15th on July 22nd...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
SEPT. 30, 2002
OFF DAY - NOTEBOOK
NEW YORK -- It's baseball's version of David vs. Goliath.
The Angels face baseball's most storied team in the New York Yankees starting Oct. 1 in Game 1 of the best-of-five Division Series at Yankee Stadium. In order to advance to the American League Championship Series, the Angels...