The September 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout-Cabrera MVP debate rages on, Scioscia not worried about job security, a look at Weaver's odds at 300 wins and much more...
The Story: Jon Morosi believes the AL MVP will go to Miguel Cabrera if he wins the Triple Crown.
The Monkey Says: Morosi is now the champion of the old school thinkers who still believe RBIs matter and completely overlook defense when it comes to voting on MVP. As you might imagine, his standpoint (which he only hammered home more directly on Twitter), created quite a stir and reignited this debate which some don't think should even be a debate at all.
The Story: The MVP race is still over and Mike Trout wins.
The Monkey Says: Just to give you a contrasting point of view from the other side. If you are sabermetrically inclined, this one is for you.
The Story: Comparing the different values of Trout and Cabrera.
The Monkey Says: And now a more even-handed look and one that doesn't even really include WAR, which I know rankles the more traditional fan. It still seems clear to me that Trout should win in a landslide, but BBWAA writers are an odd bunch, so there is no guessing how they will come down on this.
The Story: Mike Scioscia is not worried abotu his job security.
The Monkey Says: I don't think this is lip service. We all know Scioscia' one game at a time mantra, so I can't imagine he gets caught worrying about losing his job. Besides, he has to know damn well that he would be unemployed for all of an hour if the Angels do let him go.
The Story: Jon Heyman believes that Mike Scioscia could be replaced since he and Jerry Dipoto don't have a great relationship.
The Monkey Says: I have a hard time buying that. The only real evidence we have of a strained relationship is Dipoto firing Hatcher, Scioscia' long-time friend. There is no evidence otherwise that Sosh and JeDi don' get along. Heyman alludes to some nebulous rumors, but without something more concrete, I would chalk this up to nothing more than speculation.
The Story: Can Jered Weaver win 300 games?
The Monkey Says: No. He can't. I highly doubt anyone will win 300 games for the next several decades. It just isn't feasible in this day of pitch counts and specialized bullpens. Besides, pitcher wins are wildly overrated, so who really cares?
The Story: Many believe the Dodgers will make a serious run at signing Zack Greinke away from the Angels.
The Monkey Says: This is why it is important that the Angels try and get him locked up before he hits the open market. He may be picky about where he plays, but I wonder if that will hold up if the Dodgers just deliver the contents of Fort Knox to his front step.
The Story: Mark Trumbo is feeling more comfortable at the plate.
The Monkey Says: Really? The results suggest otherwise.
The Story: The Angels have been relegated to scoreboard watching.
The Monkey Says: Stars... their just like us!!!
The Story: Alberto Callaspo's 2012 Topps baseball card is actually a picture of farmhand Alberto Rosario.
The Monkey Says: Waaa, waaa, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
The Story: The roster for the Angels winter instructional league.
The Monkey Says: There are maybe five people in the world who care about this.