Questioning John McDonald’s 2014 season

Am I really going to spill digital ink about John McDonald? Is it really worth spending time reviewing the season of a guy who was more coach than player? I guess we’re about to find out. Why is John McDonald?The best I can tell, McDonald existed on the Angels roster because of their desire to improve team chemistry. McDonald has purportedly lasted in this league as long as he...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #162: Next – Mariners 4, Angels 1

It’s all over, folks. The regular season is done and the Angels are moving on to the next challenge. Sure, they ended the regular season with a bit of a whimper after getting swept by the Mariners, but that isn’t really irrelevant. Get worked up about momentum if you want, but the Halos now have three days to rest up, get everyone healthy, line up their roster and get to a confident...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels end regular season; get swept by Seattle

There is only one game left in the 2014 MLB Regular Season for both, the Angels and the Mariners.For the Halos, looking to avoid to end their season the exact same way it started, a three-game sweep. For Seattle, a must-win game, and hope that Oakland loses as well.Cory Rasmus and Felix Hernandez were the starters in the series, and season, finale.Michael Saunders gave the Mariners...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

9/24 Angels lineup – Beckham at short, Lucho actually playing

Well, go ahead and pencil in Gordon Beckham for the postseason roster. If he actually handles shortstop well today, you can write it in ink: Series finale and Game No. 159 line-up. — Tim Mead (@TMeadAngels) September 24, 2014 David Freese gets another day off while Luis Jimenez gets a token start for some reason. Why not John McDonald? Why not Grant...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #154: Hector Blantiago – Rangers 12, Angels 3

It was another disaster of a start for Hector Santiago. Or should we start to call him Hector Blantiago? It was so frustrating that I am struggling to put it into words, but sometimes actions speak louder than words… Yeah, that sums it pretty well. Run Expectancy Rundown The starters hit like they were still hungover, but some of the reserves did some things of note. C.J. Cron...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting the Angels playoff roster

Now that we are well past the point of worrying about jinxing things (if the Angels now lose their next 19 games, I apologize), it is time we start talking about what the Angels playoff roster is going to look like. The Halos have had a remarkably stable lineup and pitching staff the last few months, especially by Scioscia standards, but there are some things they need to sort out...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #140: Not making it look easy – Angels 7, Twins 6

Another win for the Angels, but they once again made it look much harder than it had to be. Not to complain too much since they did win and did expand their lead in the AL West, but it sure would be nice to see them have a few nice, comfortable wins against these weak teams. With 22 games left, they are running out of time to convince us they are firing on all cylinders headed into...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #133: Overloaded – Angels 4, Athletics 3

It is only the first game of this series and already I feel like I am on sensory overload. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Angels and A’s played a tightly contested game that was decided by one run. Even with that normal expectation of tension, this game really ramped it up. That was primarily because the Angels not once, but twice, left the bases loaded, including in the...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks’ Unbelievable Play Against Angels Overturned (Video)

Will Middlebrooks robbed John McDonald on Monday. He nearly took a hit away from Albert Pujols on Tuesday. Pujols ripped a ball down the third base line in the third inning of the Boston Red Sox’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Middlebrooks made a sensational play, although the Angels successfully challenged the initial out call. Middlebrooks showed great reaction...
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks Absolutely Robs Former Red Sox John McDonald (Video)

For a moment, John McDonald probably regretted teaching Will Middlebrooks a thing or two. McDonald, now playing for the Los Angeles Angels, suited up for the Boston Red Sox down the stretch in 2013. The veteran infielder almost was like an extra coach, with his tutelage of Middlebrooks spilling into the offseason, where the two worked out together. Middlebrooks returned the favor...
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll: 'Boston' A's Clear Back-Up Rooting Option

Early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll indicates that the Ex-Red Sox-Laden Oakland A's are the clear "back-up" rooting option for readers in 2014. As the table shows, almost two-thirds of all voters (64%) single out Oakland as the top AL alternative rooting option. The fact that the A's have Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss doesn...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #94: Break time – Angels 10, Rangers 7

Time for the All-Star break, just in time to force the red-hot Angels to cool their heels for a few days. Momentum is for suckers, right? Run Expectancy Rundown Oh, so many doubles. Doubles as far as the eye can see! OK, so six doubles, but that’s still a lot. Mike Trout was the only Angel to double up on doubles as he easily led the offensive attack. Every Angel, save late-inning...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday Scorecard: Angels at Indians, June 16, 2014

Angels 3 - Indians 4 Jered Weaver pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits including to home runs in his loss to the Indians. The Angels matched Cleveland’s offense early on, tying the game twice on a two-run double by Chris Iannetta in the 2nd and a sacrifice fly by John McDonald in the 4th. But the Halos continued to struggle with timely hitting, batting 1-for-9...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Lee, Phillies Welcome Trout, Angels for Two Game Series

Aside from the homecoming of the pride of Millville, Mike Trout, plenty of other names with local ties are back in town. Angels manager Mike Scioscia is from Upper Darby. Raul Ibanez did a recent tour of duty with the home club and John McDonald who spent some time with...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown Game #31: Walkabout – Angels 4, Yankees 1

Six walks, no hits, no errors, three runs and a victory. This is the kind of thing you seldom expect to see. If you do see it in an Angels game, you almost certainly expect to see their bullpen as the offending party. No, this time they were the recipients of the bullpen buffoonery, which is good because they certainly weren’t getting anywhere trying to actually hit the ball with...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown Game #30: So much for the run differential – Rangers 14, Angels 3

Suddenly the Angels’ run differential isn’t so impressive anymore. Thanks a lot, Texas. Run Expectancy Rundown Mike Trout‘s dominance of Yu Darvish came to a screeching halt. Darvish wasn’t at the top of his game, as the Erick Aybar leadoff homer showed, but he did more than enough. C.J. Cron continue to impress with two more hits. Hey, look! A John McDonald sighting!!!...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown Game #9: That’s more like it – Angels 2, Mariners 0

The Angels have defeated the Seattle Mariners, as they used to do with great regularity. This is cause for great celebration as everything is now back to being as it should be. All is right with the world except for the part where J.B. Shuck is back on the active roster. Run Expectancy Rundown Once again, it was pretty much all Albert Pujols. John McDonald, of all people, was the...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

John McDonald’s Wife Picks Up World Series Ring During Ceremony At Fenway

John McDonald knows how unpredictable baseball can be. Thus, the 39-year-old infielder wasn’t going to take any chances when it came to his 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series ring. McDonald, now with the Los Angeles Angels, originally was going to wait until the Halos visit Fenway Park this season to receive his ring. But after further consideration, McDonald’s wife, Maura, picked...
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels annouce their Opening Day roster

Following the 6-2 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night, the Angels announced who made their Opening Day roster. The final two bench spots went to right-handed-hitting outfielder Collin Cowgill and left-handed-hitting infielder Ian Stewart. They’ll be alongside utility infielder John McDonald and backup catcher Hank Conger. The final four bullpen spots went to RHP’s Matt Shoemaker...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Player Projection: John McDonald

The Angels needed a few small things to fill out their roster this spring. One of them was a utility infielder with a good glove and some clubhouse leadership. They think they got those things in John McDonald.   PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB% SO% ...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: McDonald makes the team, Freese not concerned over spring slump

The March 26th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including McDonald makes the team, Freese not concerned over spring slump and much more... The Story: John McDonald has made the Angels roster in what might very well be his last season. The Monkey Says: This was expected, but now it is official. I'm not sure what McDonald has left to give on the field...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels purchase contract of John McDonald, Nationals release Mike Gonzalez

The Los Angeles Angels will begin the season with John McDonald on their bench. McDonald, 39, will serve as a utility infielder for the team. Ideally he will not see the field often but if he does he gives the Angels flexibility to play across the infield. Not known for his bat, McDonald appeared in 51 games last season hitting .118/.197/.174 for Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philadelphia...
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Trout has heard nothing new on an extension, McDonald facing roster placement ...

The March 25th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout has heard nothing new on an extension, McDonald facing roster placement deadline and much more... The Story: Mike Trout hasn't heard any news on his potential contract extension either. The Monkey Says: In summary, nobody knows anything about anything. The Story: John McDonald faces...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Anaheim Angels acquire pitching depth from the Tigers

From Alden Gonzalez of The Anaheim Angels converted an out-of-options utility infielder into some much-needed starting-pitching depth today, when Andrew Romine was traded to the Detroit Tigers for 24-year-old left-hander Jose Alvarez. The Tigers were in desperate need of infield coverage now that shortstop Jose Iglesias may miss the entire 2014 season with a stress...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking at the Angels bench permutations

There isn't a whole lot of intrigue in Angels camp this year. The lineup, the rotation and most of the bullpen spots are pretty much already spoken for. Really the only unsettled part of the roster is the bench. Unlike past years, the Angels actually have a good kind of bench problem in that they have a number of players that they'd like to carry, but not enough spots as opposed...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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