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The January 8th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including ZiPS projects the Angels, thoughts on Bourjos' job security and much more...
The Story: The 2013 ZiPS projections are now available for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: The good news is that the rotation shapes up a bit better than most expect. The bad news is that ZiPS does not have a rosy forecast for the likes of Hamilton, Bourjos and Trumbo. Obviously these are just mathematical projections, so don't fret too much, but don't just ignore them either.
The Story: Alden Gonzalez believes another slow start could cause Peter Bourjos to give way to Vernon Wells.
The Monkey Says: I totally agree. That is I agree that Scioscia might do that, not that it is a good idea. Honestly, I'd rather see Kole Calhoun get a shot at bumping Bourjos out of the lineup rather than Wells.
The Story: Projecting Mike Trout's 2013 season.
The Monkey Says: Thus far ZiPS is the most pessimistic but it is also the most advanced system used in the article. A lot of the fluctuation seems to hinge on his BABIP, but I think the .322 BABIP projected by ZiPS is too conservative. The lowest BABIP he posted at any level of the minors was .346 and he even notched a .390 at Double-A Arkansas which was his longest stop in the minors and all the least hitter-friendly environment he played at. Obviously the minors and the majors are much different, but given his speed, he should be able to post a very high BABIP to keep his numbers at superhuman levels.
The Story: Looking ahead at the 2013 season for Josh Hamilton.
The Monkey Says: Personally, I think Hamilton is impossible to project. He just has so much going on physically and mentally that there is no telling what he is going to be able to overcome and what weird thing might sidetrack him.
The Story: Sign this petition to change the voting process for the Hall of Fame.
The Monkey Says: Normally I am against calling for change without a suggested solution, but I think that might actually be the best route in this case as the BBWAA does not seem like the kind of organization that takes kindly to being told how to act or think. Giving them an open-ended petition like this could at least push them to look inward at how they could overhaul their process and maybe do something to at least clarify the guidelines for hot button issues like the Steroid Era players.
BEST OF MAXIM
While Albert Pujols is hitting home runs for the Los Angeles Angels...his wife Deidre is swinging for the fences in the kitchen.Sorry. I had to go there.What apparently began as a "hobby" in 2008 is now a full-fledged business. Introducing...Pujols Kichen cookware! No, seriously, the Pujols family is in the business of selling pots and pans.From the website:Pujols...
Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections, which have typically appeared in the pages of Baseball Think Factory, are being released at FanGraphs this year. Below are the projections for the Los Angeles Angels of You-Know-Where. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other 2013 Projections: Astros / Athletics / Cubs / Giants / Nationals / Phillies / Rangers.
The January 9th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including getting excited about Mike Trout, Pujols now selling a line of cookware and much more...
The Story: Getting excited about Mike Trout's improvement in 2013.
The Monkey Says: You know what's weird? Everyone writes about how Trout will regress. Nobody is talking about the...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a college legend who is big on results but not so much on raw talent. Can he continue to overachieve and defy expectations or will his winning magic finally run out?
Position: Pitcher Highest Level: Rookie
Throws: Left Height: 6'1" Weight: 210 lbs.
Age: 22 Born: 2/15/90
2012 Season Stats
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a former first-rounder looking to rebuild his prospect stock after nearly two years after losing nearly two years to Tommy John surgery.
Position: Pitcher Highest Level: Low-A
Throws: Right Height: 6'0" Weight: 205 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: 10/2/91
2012 Season Stats
Low-A: 82.2 IP, 3-11, 6.31 ERA,...
With the new year off to a jump-start, the gyms are packed, the e-cigarettes are flying off the shelves and self-improvement is on everyone’s mind. Every new year brings a clean slate. It can be seen as a 365-day chance for people to re-evaluate and improve themselves. Professional athletes are no exception. Far from it, the pinnacle of human ability is only achieved by continuing...
The January 7th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including the Angels lineup ranks as the best, C.J. Wilson developed a 'zombie-proof' SUV and much more...
The Story: Buster Olney ranks the Angels' lineup as the best in the majors.
The Monkey Says: This shouldn't come as a surprise, but I think it might to some even after the...