Found October 14, 2013 on Monkey with a Halo:
The October 14th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trumbo the most damaging home run hitter of 2013, misunderstanding why coaches are fired and much more... The Story: Mark Trumbo was the most damaging home run hitter of 2013. The Monkey Says: In layman's terms, he is a brutal serial killer of baseballs. He is the Hannibal Lecter of sluggers and apparently Jerome Williams is the... whoa. I'm going to stop right there before I make a Mark Whicker-esque joke. The Story: Many Angel fans misunderstand why Picciolo and Eppard were fired. The Monkey Says: A common refrain echoed in these letters and elsewhere is that somehow those two are being blamed for the failed season. They aren't. They are being fired because the team wants to make changes but not totally clean house. Kicking those two to the curb gives them a chance to bring in two new voices and minds into the coaching fold and clubhouse mix. If anything, it shows that Picciolo and Eppard were considered the most expendable. The Story: Joe Blanton was one of the "unluckiest" pitchers in baseball according to xFIP. The Monkey Says: This is because xFIP assumes a league average BABIP, but Blanton's was sky high. Presumably that means bad luck, but the history of Blanton's BABIP suggests only a small amount of it was luck, if any at all. This is what happens when you just throw the ball down the middle in order to avoid walking people. [follow]

Jack Clark challenges Albert Pujols to take lie detector test about PEDs

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols filed a lawsuit against Jack Clark earlier this month. Clark, a four-time MLB All-Star and former Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach, recently accused Pujols of using steroids and Pujols vowed to take legal action against him. Clark, who was fired from his radio gig with WGNU after making the […]

Clark to Pujols: Take lie detector test

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Jack Clark, accusing the former All-Star, Dodgers hitting coach and broadcaster of defaming him when he made an on-air accusation that Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs more than a decade ago. Now, Clark has responded, challenging Pujols to take a dual lie detector test with him to clear...

Halo Headlines: Pujols challenged to lie detector test, Percival wants to coach

The October 15th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols challenged to lie detector test, Percival wants to coach and much more... The Story: Jack Clark and his lawyer challenged Albert Pujols to take a lie detector test regarding the PED accussations. The Monkey Says: Clark's lawyer is clearly loving his shot at the limelight with this...

Jack Clark challenges Albert Pujols to take lie-detector test

Former major league star Jack Clark says he will take a lie-detector test about his allegations that Albert Pujols took performance-enhancing drugs — if Pujols will do the same. Clark a four-time All-Star who played in the majors from 1975 to 1992 made the offer in a letter sent from his attorney to Pujols' legal team reports. Pujols sued Clark Oct. 4 over comments...

ALCS GAME 5 | Angels Classic Rewind | Dateline: October 13th, 2002

By Joe Haakenson, Contributor -  OCT. 13, 2002 ALCS GAME 5 TWINS AT ANGELS ANAHEIM -- Failure had been so enduring for the Angels franchise that some have wondered if it was cursed, if maybe the rumor that the ballpark was built on an ancient Indian burial ground was true. But after 42 years of futility, disappointment and even tragedy, 42 years after Gene...

2013 Angels player projections in review: Pitchers

Before the season, we fans all obsess over the various projections models that attempt to tell us how our teams and players are expected to perform. As Angel fans know quite well, these projections are far from perfect as the Halos have made a habit of soundly beating the projections or getting savagely beaten by them. Now that the season is over, it seems prudent to look back...

What will Jerry Dipoto do this off-season?

It took awhile but we now know that Jerry Dipoto will remain at the helm of the Angels this off-season (possibly with Arte Moreno's hand still firmly planted up his posterior, but at the helm nonetheless). Now that we know that, we are finally freed up to try and figure out what exactly the Angels are going to do to try and fix this mess. Given Dipoto's preference to play...

ALCS GAME 4 | Angels Classic Rewind | Dateline: October 12th, 2002

By Joe Haakenson, Contributor -  OCT. 12, 2002 ALCS GAME 4 TWINS AT ANGELS ANAHEIM -- What seemed so improbable for a franchise bereft of success is a single victory away. After winning a club-record 99 games during the regular season and dispatching of the defending American League champion New York Yankees in the Division Series, the Angels took a 3-games...
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