The September 21st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Wilson has closed-door meeting with coaches, Majestic denies stadium talks with Angels, more speculation on Scioscia getting fired and much more...
The Story: C.J. Wilson had another closed-door "strategy session" with the Angels coaches.
The Monkey Says: Sure, why not. The one they held a month ago didn't seem to work, so doubling down on it makes all the sense in the world. If anything, I wonder if they are just trying to get Wilson out of his own head as he was pretty upset about the early hook in his Wednesday start. The anger seemed directed more at himself than the coaches, but it is pretty clear that his frustration level is high and that isn't good for anyone.
The Story: Stadium developer Majestic Realty denies recent reports that they met with the Angels to talk about a new stadium in the City of Industry.
The Monkey Says: Of course they did. They have a lot at stake with their NFL bid, so they don't want to be perceived as not being fully committed to that endeavour, but they would be fools to not have a back-up plan ready as they are believed to be the current runner-up in the NFL bid. For what it is worth, the Angels have denied the reports as well. Frankly, I don't think it is the right site for what they would want to do as the LA Live location would be far preferable, but requires that they lose out on a potential NFL stadium first. Basically, it is all about the NFL.
The Story: Bob Nightengale believes it is "likely" that Mike Scisocia will be fired as a scapegoat if the Angels fail to reach the playoffs.
The Monkey Says: Again, another report that cites no real actual insider information other than nebulous talk of an "internal debate." There is definitely smoke here, but I am not convinced that there is any real fire just yet.
The Story: Angels playoff tickets went on sale yesterday.
The Monkey Says: That slipped under the radar, didn't it? I suppose there is good reason though.
The Story: Jim Leyland and Justin Verlander think it is ridiculous that anyone other than Miguel Cabrera would be considered for MVP.
The Monkey Says: I am all for them sticking up for their guy, but take it easy, fellas. The idea that Trout isn't even in the converstation is just dumb. The only thing dumber is saying you "don't believe in sabermetrics." They are real stats, not the Easter Bunny. Not "believing" in them isn't a thing.
The Story: Mike Sciosia took a more measured approach to lending his support to Mike Trout's MVP candidacy.
The Monkey Says: See, we don't need to resort to ad hominem attacks and crass language, do we?
The Story: Jerry Dipoto also offers a very even-handed assessment of the MVP race.
The Monkey Says: Classy all the way. Way to take the high road, guys.
The Story: Looking at how the margin of error in WAR weakens Miguel Cabrera's MVP case.
The Monkey Says: That is an interesting way of looking at it, especially for those who don't place a lot of faith in WAR. Also, I am now officially sick of arguing over the AL MVP. Let's just give it to Derek Jeter, that way everyone can be equally outraged.
The Story: Mike Scioscia believes Torii Hunter deserves a Gold Glove for his work in right field.
The Monkey Says: He has a strong case, but I believe that is Josh Reddick's award to lose. Although we now know who the Angels official "guy we are going to push for a Gold Glove" is this season. It worked with Aybar last year, so maybe they can get Torii some love too.
The Story: 10 "hot" managerial candidates for 2013.
The Monkey Says: I fully support keeping Scioscia and believe the Angels will do so, but just in case, I figured I'd post this since it might be relevant. I'm fully on board with Martinez and Maddux should the Angels, for the record.
The Story: The Angels rookies are being forced to carry teddy bears everywhere for the rest of the season as part of their "rookie hazing."
The Monkey Says: Ah, yes. September rookie hazing. The annual reminder that baseball players are all a bunch of immature, sophomoric meatheads.
The Story: Mike Trout is now a spokesman for BODYARMOR SuperDrink.
The Monkey Says: Well, he is Superman, so I guess I see the product synergy there.
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