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The February 25th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Weaver "doesn't give a (expletive)" about lost money, Burnett and Madson to ramp up throwing programs and much more...
The Story: Jered Weaver "doesn't give a (expletive)" about the money he left on the table when signing a contract extension.
The Monkey Says: He has certainly suggested he feels this way before, but never in quite so, um, colorful language. You stay classy, Jered.
The Story: Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson will both be stepping up their throwing on Monday.
The Monkey Says: Burnett is supposed to throw for the first time since tweaking his back and he isn't too concerned about lost progress since his layoff was so short. As for Madson, he'll be throwing on consecutive days for the first time, but still seems far off from throwing off a mound.
The Story: Mike Scioscia called playing split squad games on the first day of spring training, "Absurd."
The Monkey Says: He also said, "It makes no sense." Those are some awfully big words coming from a guy who spent several seasons playing Jeff Mathis over Mike Napoli. You really want to talk about things that make no sense, Mike? Glass houses, my friend.
The Story: None of the projected member of the Angels rotation will appear in spring games until March.
The Monkey Says: Don't be alarmed, this is just how they are choosing to handle the staff in light of the extended spring training schedule. It seems they've elected to make sure nobody gets overworked.
The Story: A look at the best individual defensive season performance for each franchise.
The Monkey Says: Erstad actually had the best season of anyone listed, yet for some reason he was only mentioned in the sidebar, which is kind of weird.
The Story: Going into the season, the Angels have the fourth-hardest schedule.
The Monkey Says: A lot of this has to do with the AL West, which I am not convinced will be as strong this year, so take that rating with a grain of salt.
The Story: The Angels are introducing dynamic pricing for single-game tickets.
The Monkey Says: This sounds innovative, but it also sounds like it could blow up in their face. It will likely lead to more filled seats against teams like the Astros, but it could also lead to die-hard fans getting squeezed out of games against Texas, Boston and the Yankees in favor of people who simply have a fatter checkbook.
The Story: Howie Kendrick talks about the expectations of winning a batting title.
The Monkey Says: This is like taking a defibrillator to a dead horse so that people can start beating it all over again. Thanks, Howie.
The Story: Jerome Williams is not taking a roster spot for granted.
The Monkey Says: Given his career path, I don't blame him. I also am not so sure that he isn't going to get traded so that the Halos can keep Garrett Richards around as their swingman instead.
The Story: Garrett Richards is just hoping for a consistent role with the team.
The Monkey Says: On one hand, I think he makes a good point about how getting shuttled between the rotation, bullpen and minors can cause inconsistency, but on the other hand, I kind of feel like he should probably just shut up about it and not do anything to contribute to the rumor that he has an attitude problem.
The Story: Barry Enright thinks his restored delivery can make revive his career.
The Monkey Says: Naturally, Enright went on to get shelled in his start over the weekend. There is still plenty of time for him to turn things around but this had to be a blow to his burgeoning confidence.
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Albert Pujols is in the starting lineup to make his 2013 spring training debut for the Los Angeles Angels, about 10 days ahead of schedule following offseason knee surgery.
Pujols was down to be the designated hitter and bat third against Cincinnati on Tuesday, saying he wanted to ''see some live pitching,''
Angels manager Mike Scioscia says Pujols ''feels...
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By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer --
It takes a lot to make a successful Little League baseball season. It starts
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donated by the parents who make it all happen (especially the team moms!). It's a labor of...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a third baseman who deserves a shot in the majors but probably won't get one, at least not with the Angels.
Position: 3B Highest Level: Triple-A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 205 lbs.
Age: 25 Born: 1/18/88
2012 Season Stats
Triple-A: 517 PA, .309 AVG, .334 OBP, .495 SLG, 38...
The Los Angeles Angels enter the 2013 season with a roster filled with superstars, but none may be more popular than Mike Trout. The 21-year-old burst onto the scene last year and was one of the best players in baseball. Had it not been for Miguel Cabrera winning the Triple Crown, Trout could have easily taken home the American League MVP award. How popular is Trout in LA? Of the...
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Albert Pujols is nearly ready to start running on the field in the Los Angeles Angels slugger's deliberate recovery from offseason surgery on his right knee.
Pujols is taking batting practice and running on a treadmill at spring training, and he participated in fielding drills Tuesday. He's expected to start running on the field later this week. The...
The February 25th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Wells to retire after 2014, Wells not likely to be traded to the Yankees and much more...
The Story: Vernon Wells intends to retire and buy a minor league franchise after the 2014 season.
The Monkey Says: It is good that Vernon is planning this because he was probably going to be forced into...
C.J. Wilson got his wish by getting a big fat contract to return to Southern California to pitch. But that dream turned into a nightmare by the end of the season. Will everyone's favorite straightedger be able to redeem himself in 2013?
2012 Stats: 202.1 IP, 13-10, 3.83 ERA. 4.04 FIP, 181 H, 91 BB, 19 HR, 173 SO, 1.68 GB/FB, 2.5 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 193.1 IP, 3...
By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer --
One of the things that I love most about baseball is that it constantly teaches me something new every day. As a child, it taught me how to play hard and fair play. As a teenager, it taught me how to work hard to achieve greatness. As a young adult, it taught me to maintain my faith in my team through challenges and triumphs.
There is a stupid premium on Jered Weaver. Stupid as in dumb. Not stupid as in, "Yo, Grey your feathered hair is stupid fresh! Farrah Fawcett is prolly jealous in heaven. Flap your wings, Greyseph Hawkins, you are my angel on earth. I love you." In the top 20 starters for 2013 fantasy baseball, I went over some of this so if you've been there, read that, skip...