Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/14/14
The February 15th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout up to 240 pounds, wondering if Hamilton's weight loss is PED related and much more... The Story: Mike Trout is up to 240 pounds after adding 15 pounds this off-season. The Monkey Says: I'm going to assume it is 15 pounds of muscle. Either way, I'm not sure I like this. The muscle could give him more power, but threatens to slow him down. More power is great, but he already has good power that was likely going to improve naturally regardless. Yet his speed is going to degrade, and probably soon. Adding the weight only serves to hasten that process and thus strip him of the his greatest tool. Who knows? Maybe Trout won't be affected at all, but I think I'd rather he not have put on the weight. The Story: Speculating about whether or not Josh Hamilton's weight loss might be PED related. The Monkey Says: I knew someone was going to try and connect these two dots eventually. I think it is totally baseless here, but at least it is handled in a somewhat non-loathsome manner. Personally, I just don't get why we all have to obssess over who might or might not be using PEDs anyway. It is never going away and MLB is trying to keep it to a minimum, why can't that be good enough? The Story: Ernesto Frieri's new pitch is apparently a cutter and not a change-up. The Monkey Says: This is even less encouraging. While a cutter can be very effective, there are plenty of guys who throw a cutter that isn't great and really just a crappy slider in disguise. With Ernie, I'd rather see him have a secondary pitch that introduces a big change in velocity, like a change-up, as opposed to a cutter which is usually just two miles per hour slower and runs the opposite direction of a two-seamer. I just don't think it is as good a complement to his best pitch. The Story: Ryan Madson thinks his setback might actually be a good thing in the long run. The Monkey Says: He pretty much owns up to maybe pushing himself too hard to try and be ready for Opening Day. I'm not sure how that will prevent him from once again pushing too hard once he realizes he might not get the closer job back from Ernesto Frieri though. The Story: Albert Pujols has started doing agility drills and light running on his surgically repaired knees. The Monkey Says: It is starting to look more and more like he could be playing a lot of DH to start the season, which is fine by me so long as he hits a homer before the end of April this year. The Story: Albert Pujols is content to let Josh Hamilton take the spotlight. The Monkey Says: Who is he kidding? The spotlight is clearly Trout's and Trout's alone. Also, I'm not sure I want Hamilton in the spotlight. In fact, I think he could benefit from not being such a focal point like he was in Texas. The Story: Mike Scioscia plans to use the DH role to keep Hamilton and Pujols fresh. The Monkey Says: I think this was always a given, but at least Scioscia is letting everyone know early that they should be ready to DH a fair amount if the situation calls for it. The Story: Highlights from the Trout, Pujols and Hamilton press conference yesterday. The Monkey Says: There were only nine God references yesterday, which was well below the 14.5 over/under for the presser. The Story: Grading the Angels' off-season as a B-minus. The Monkey Says: Finally a grade I agree with, not that the grade matters, but it pleases me to see someone get it right. The Story: Looking at the odds of whether or not young stars like Mike Trout can improve in 2013. The Monkey Says: I've been trying hard to come up with an article on this topic, but ultimately, I think we can all just safely say that he is still going to be really good. How good is up for debate, but I don't envision many scenarios in which he is actually considered disappointing. The Story: Could the Angels' three new rotation member end up being a bargain? The Monkey Says: No need to overthink this one. If Tommy Hanson pitches well, they are a bargain. If he doesn't, then they'll probably just be properly paid. The Story: Vladimir Guerrero ranks as the second-best acquisition in Angels history. The Monkey Says: An overlooked additional positive for his acquisition was that the Halos pretty much swiped him out from under the noses of the Dodgers. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cavs beat Hawks without Kyrie Irving, take 2-0 lead

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Minor League team cancels 'A-Rod Juice Box Night'

Dolphins teammate on Dion Jordan: It’s a bad situation

Texans reportedly the favorite to be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Goodell will not recuse himself from Brady appeal

Will Smith suspended eight games for 'foreign substance'

Report: Kobe Bryant likely to retire following next season

Don Shula named in painkiller lawsuit from former NFL players

Kyrie Irving questionable for Game 2 versus Atlanta

Michael Sam signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

The Los Angeles Angels are finally finding their groove

Re-evaluating all 30 MLB teams at the quarter mark

Is virtual reality training the next leap forward for football?

Warriors a very shaky 2-0 against the Rockets

NFL icon Bud Grant zings Pats with Deflategate joke on Twitter

RG3 announces birth daughter's birth on social media

Don't listen to Nick Saban, the bowl system is just fine

MLB scores partial victory in minor league wage lawsuits

Ranking the NBA Playoffs' most significant injuries

WATCH: Will Smith ejected for foreign substance on arm

Guy behind NFL's social media trolling of Pats is a Jets fan?

In defense of 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie

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

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

TUF weekly recap by NOS® Energy Drink

Ten players who could benefit due to PAT rule change

Five QBs set for breakout campaigns

Report: Lakers will pursue Thibodeau

MLS leaders struggling with attendance

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.