Found March 29, 2013 on Monkey with a Halo:
The March 29th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Weaver is the most important player in MLB, Madson feeling better and much more... The Story: Jered Weaver is the most important player in MLB. The Monkey Says: That sounds like hyperbole, but I actually agree. The Halos need to have some frontline pitching to back their offense and thatt isn't going to happen if Weaver isn't his normal self. Even if Wilson and Hanson step up, they need an ace like Jered, which is why it is so important that he be able to either regain his velocity or continue to be effective without it. The Story: Ryan Madson is feeling fatigued, but much better than he has all spring. The Monkey Says: He has gotten a few more bullpen sessions under his belt but isn't throwing full out yet. The hope remains that he will only miss the first month of the season. The Story: Garrett Richards claims that Mike Trout eats a lot of Domino's and can consume two dozen chicken wings in less than 10 minutes. The Monkey Says: Yeah, the Fat Mike Trout jokes are clearly all out of line. The Story: MLB executives voted Mike Trout the best player in all of baseball. The Monkey Says: Miggy Cabrera was voted fourth-best. Once again, the BBWAA proves to have nailed the 2012 AL MVP vote. The Story: The LA Times reminds us that the Angels and Dodgers both could end up as big money disappointments. The Monkey Says: Let it never be said that the LA Times missed an opportunity to troll their own readers by casting a dark cloud over anything and everything. The Story: Dan Haren compares Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. The Monkey Says: But he sheds no new insight on the contrived rivalry. Thanks for nothing, Danny. The Story: The Angels are hoping for a fast start this season. The Monkey Says: As if there are teams that hope to slowly ease their way into the season. Still, focusing on April is a smart thing because their month of April is kind of brutal, from a schedule perspective. The Story: Accuscore projects the Angels to win the AL West with 91 wins only to lose in the ALCS. The Monkey Says: The projection systems all seem to quite like the Angels this year, which probably doesn't mean much, but it certainly is better than it being the other way around. The Story: Baseball Nation previews the AL West and still thinks the Angels, Rangers and A's are pretty much neck-and-neck. The Monkey Says: Human thoughts, however, don't lead to quite the same conclusion that the Angels will likely qwin the division. They do all seem to agree though that Tommy Hanson is pretty critical to the whole process. The Story: If a computer had human emotion, it would lose its mind trying to project Josh Hamilton. The Monkey Says: No need to tell me, I burned quite a few calories trying to come up with my own human projection of Hamilton for 2013. He doesn't get nearly enough press for being a pretty big unknown going into the year. The Story: Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of Gene Mauch's retirement. The Monkey Says: I like how he blamed Mauch's health for his retirement and not Donnie Moore's failure because, well, you know... [follow]

Fat Mike Trout Transformed To Jacked Mike Trout

Last month BC and countless other blogs were gawking over the fact at how fat Mike Trout looked. There were photos, tweet…

"Age Disparity" - Jerry Dipoto's Intellectual Design

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer --  This year, has been very fortunate to have two opportunities to learn from Jerry “JeDi” Dipoto, the General Manager for the Los Angeles Angels. As I wrote in the introduction to the interview conducted in January, listening to Jerry Dipoto is as educational an experience as it is an entertaining one. The man...

Halo Headlines: Trout in GQ, Angels sign Mark Lowe, trade Geltz

The March 28th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout in GQ, Angels sign Mark Lowe, trade Geltz and much more... The Story: The Angels signed reliever Mark Lowe to a minor league contract with a invite to spring training. The Monkey Says: It looks like the Angels are getting really nervous about the bullpen's performance. It seems the plan...

Knowing the competition – Los Angeles Angels

In only 17 games against the Yankees, Trumbo has 7 home runs.   Threat Level: 9 No team in the offseason went with the “win now” philosophy more than the Los Angeles Angels. They signed Albert Pujols to a long contract last year and signed coveted free-agent Josh Hamilton to big five year deal this offseason. They made long term commitments over the last two seasons and have...

Player Profile #9: Albert Pujols | 1B | LAA

He’s 33 years old and coming off a career-worst season where he posted career lows in runs (85), homers (30), batting average (.285), on-base percentage (.343), slugging percentage (.516), and walk rate (7.8%). So why do we have him ranked 9th overall? Well, he’s Albert Pujols and he’s not human. That’s not to say he doesn’t carry any risk—he’s one of the riskier first...

Can Chris Snyder win the back-up catcher job?

With the Angels constant souring on Hank Conger reaching an all-time high a decision from inside the organization was made to bring veteran catcher Chris Snyder into the mix earlier last week. Hammerin' Hank has been stashed in the minors for a while, and it was just a few years ago that he was touted as the Angels "catcher of the future". Now it seems as if Hank...

2013 Player Projection: Mike Trout

And now we finally get to the projection you have all been waiting for. And now a player that needs no introduction... 2012 Stats: 639 PA, .326 AVG, .399 OBP, .564 SLG, 129 R, 30 HR, 83 RBI, 49 SB, 5 CS, 139 K, .409 wOBA, 170 OPS+, 10.0 fWAR 2013 ZiPS Projections: 695 PA, .282 AVG, .364 OBP, .507 SLG, 122 R, 29 HR, 83 RBI, 47 SB, 8 CS, 149 K, .371 wOBA, 142 OPS+, 7.4 fWAR...

Rangers collect 14 hits in loss to Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia is very excited about Ernesto Frieri and the rest of his bullpen. Frieri pitched a hitless inning in Los Angeles' 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. On getaway day for the Los Angeles Angels and with most of his starting lineup already on the way to California, manager Mike Scioscia gave several glowing reports...

Angels 6, Rangers 3

Garrett Richards, who figures to open the season in the bullpen, started for the Los Angeles Angels and threw 2 1-3 scoreless innings Wednesday in a 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Richards made his fifth spring appearance and second start. He allowed three hits. Jerome Williams followed Richards and struck out six in 3 2-3 innings. He gave two runs and six hits. Lance Berkman...

Fantasy Baseball: AL West Offseason

LA Angels: New additions Ryan Madison (RP) and Jason Vargas (SP) will both be good options on the mound. Vargas, who put together a solid season on the Mariners staff last season, should see a spike in the wins column with the added run support. But, of course, the big story here is Josh Hamilton (OF). While he is a big injury risk, he is also one of the best power hitters out...

The Boys Are Back In Town!

By Geoff Stoddart, Director of Social Media “The Jukebox in the corner blasting out my favorite song The nights are gettin' warmer it won’t be long Won’t be long ‘til summer comes Now that the boys are here again The boys are back in town, the boys are back in town!!! The boys are back in town, the boys are back in town!!!” You’re like a modern day Paul...

Angels put Madson, Taylor on DL

The Los Angeles Angels set their opening day roster and 40-man roster following Saturday night's exhibition victory over the Dodgers, placing right-hander pitcher Ryan Madson and lefty Andrew Taylor on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. The club also selected the contracts of right-hander Mark Lowe, infielder Brendan Harris and outfielder J.B. Shuck. Right-hander...
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