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Analyzing Eppler’s past to predict his future

There isn’t a ton we can gather from Eppler’s time as the Angels’ General Manager, but with just over a year worth of data, we can start to put together patterns which could be applied in principle to this year’s free agent class in an effort to illuminate where the Angels might go.  First, let’s start with what Eppler has done so far. Signings OF Todd Cunningham, C Geo Soto, OF...
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October 08, 2016  |  Discuss

An All Too Early Look at What we can expect from the Angels this offseason

The end of the season is mercifully approaching for the Los Angeles Angels.  The roster itself is actually a solid one, worthy of contention in any given year.  There’s just no way any team could work around injuries to a Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Nick Tropeano, Tyler Skaggs led rotation and find success.  A General Manager should always plan for injuries, and clearly, Billy...
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September 23, 2016  |  Discuss

The Prospects that got the job done

Every game in an audition when you’re in the minor leagues.  The old saying that the cream rises to surface applies here.  When you take the most talented young baseball players on Earth, and force them to play against one another, the best will always rise to the occasion and put up numbers.  Hype, signing bonus’, lineage all goes out the window.  It’s just you versus everyone else...
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September 17, 2016  |  Discuss

New Book about Bobby Grich

One of my obsessions over the last few years has been former Baltimore Orioles/California Angels second baseman Bobby Grich.  One of the reasons for this is that his national profile does not get the attention it deserves, and I want to remind people just what a great baseball player he was.  For that reason, I spent six months finding out everything I could about the man, and then...
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September 13, 2016  |  Discuss

New Book on Angel History

Hey everyone out there who is still listening to Monkey with a Halo.  I have published a new book that is available now at Amazon.  It is This Day in Angel History, a compilation of my Today in Halo History articles, one for every day of the year.  As you know, I love writing about Angel history, and this book covers it all, from the origins in the early sixties, through the Jim...
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September 11, 2016  |  Discuss

End of the Year Farm System Leaders

With the minor league regular season just finished, now is a good time to look at who the leaders were on the Angels’ farm.  There will be a couple of familiar names on this list that even a casual Angel fan should recognize.  Of the six highest levels on the ladder of development on Angels’ farm, only the Rookie Level Orem Owlz made the playoffs, although the Double-A Arkansas Travelers...
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September 08, 2016  |  Discuss

The Quantum Mechanics of the Grand Old Game

As a baseball writer, I am a frequent visitor of such websites as baseball-reference and FanGraphs, and it never fails.  My initial reaction is always one of being hit by the staggering amount of information and the many complicated ways of looking at this information that exists for baseball and which is unprecedented for any other sport played by humankind.  And then after I shake...
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September 06, 2016  |  Discuss

There’s always a “but” when it comes to the Angels

Life can be complicated sometimes.  For the most part, those who are able to simplify it tend to be the happiest.  Baseball is a simple game, and thus it brings joy to fans around the world.  But the Angels, they’re a complicated team, and that leads to a lot of discontent.  Their fan base would probably be more pleased with their performance if there were any certainties with this...
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September 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Who The Heck Is Robert Eenhoorn?

Wanna hear something crazy?  When I was doing some research today for a new baseball book that I’m writing, I came to read about an Angel third baseman named Robert Eenhoorn from the 1996 and 1997 seasons who is a knight.  A knight!  As in Sir Paul McCartney or Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Robert Eenhoorn was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1968 and was playing in the highest...
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September 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Hermosillo Steals Spotlight from Meyer

On a night when all eyes were watching Inland Empire 66er Alex Meyer, the pitching prospect acquired by the Angels in the Hector Santiago trade with the Twins who is working towards a September call-up to the big league team, it was center fielder Michael Hermosillo who made everyone take notice. The 21-year-old Hermosillo was playing center field and batting lead off for the 66ers...
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August 29, 2016  |  Discuss

The Angels may not spend again this winter

Last off-season was the most disappointing for Angels fans since 2010, the year Tony Reagins showed up inexplicably late to the winter meetings, fled on foot to avoid having an interview with Jon Heyman and failed to sign the two players who basically were linked as strong as any player could be linked, to the Angels (Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre). That offseason proved to be...
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August 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Perhaps It’s Time for a Different Approach in Left Field

Ji-Man Choi went 4-for-4 in his game with the Salt Lake Bees yesterday, and the Korean is now hitting .343 in 48 games for the Triple-A club, and it makes me wonder what he could have done with the Angels if he had been given regular playing time. This year, there have been nine players who have played in left field for the Angels, and none of them have gotten any regular playing...
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August 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Eric Aguilera Suspended for the Rest of Season

I received a little punch to the gut when I was surfing around the Angel baseball sections of the internet and saw that first baseman Eric Aguilera of the Angels’ Double-A Arkansas Travelers was suspended for the rest of the season on August 21st.  Angel officials are keeping details of the suspension out of the media for the most part, saying only that a poor attitude was to blame...
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August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Angels sign Manny Banuelos, and it might be a big deal…..

Throughout the course of a season, a General Manager tends to make dozens of moves.  Most of them never merit a headline on MLBTR.  In fact, Billy Eppler just made one such move by acquiring LHP Manny Banuelos.  If the name brings a bell, it’s because Banuelos is a former consensus Top 50 prospect in all of baseball. Banuelos was one-third of “The Killer B’s”, a former trio of promising...
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August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Obscure Prospects You Need To Know

Everyone and their mother posts a top prospect list for their respective teams.  We’re no different (just better ;).  But the top prospects are just a small fraction of the actual amount of minor leaguers each team has (typically closer to 300).  Believe it or not, there are some prospects that most sites aren’t noticing, and most certainly the national media hasn’t really heard...
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August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Should the Angels Retire Garret Anderson’s Number?

Before today’s game against the New York Yankees, a ceremony will be held to induct the newest member of the Angel Hall of Fame, former outfielder Garret Anderson.  He will rightly join the fourteen other inductees already enshrined in the club’s hall, but the question on many fans’ minds is, in addition to his hall induction, should he also have his number retired by the Angels...
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August 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Four Reasons to Be Very Excited about 2018

So this year was a total bust for the Los Angeles Angels, and people all over the baseball world are trying to make sense of it.  The most optimistic are holding on to the hope that the Halos will be able to bounce back in 2017, while at the other end of the spectrum, there are others who think the Angels will never again be contenders during the Mike Trout era, but let me tell you...
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August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Today in Halo History: Pujols Homers in the 19th

Forty minutes after midnight at Angel Stadium on August 10th, 2014, crew chief Dale Scott removed his headset, raised his arm into the cool air, and twirled his fingers around in a clockwise motion to signify that the review umpire in New York agreed with the call on the field and that Albert Pujols’ home run in the 19th inning would stand.  Mike Trout and Erick Aybar dumped what...
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August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Today in Halo History: Pujols Homers in the 19th

Forty minutes after midnight at Angel Stadium on August 10th, 2014, crew chief Dale Scott removed his headset, raised his arm into the cool air, and twirled his fingers around in a clockwise motion to signify that the review umpire in New York agreed with the call on the field and that Albert Pujols’ home run in the 19th inning would stand.  Mike Trout and Erick Aybar dumped what...
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August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Burned by the promise of a bullpen before

The Angels farm system may be lacking in many things, but relief pitching appears not to be one of them.  To name a few, LHP Kevin Grendell is rocking a low-to-mid 90’s fastball that jumps on hitters and a lethal curveball,  RHP Eduardo Paredes throws a four-seamer in the upper-90’s and a wicked two-seamer in the mid-90’s, and RHP Keynan Middleton routinely hits triple digits with...
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August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Burned by the promise of a bullpen before

The Angels farm system may be lacking in many things, but relief pitching appears not to be one of them.  To name a few, LHP Kevin Grendell is rocking a low-to-mid 90’s fastball that jumps on hitters and a lethal curveball,  RHP Eduardo Paredes throws a four-seamer in the upper-90’s and a wicked two-seamer in the mid-90’s, and RHP Keynan Middleton routinely hits triple digits with...
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August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

The Angels’ OPS+ Gods

The 2016 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not going to be invited to this year’s post season tournament, so that leaves fans to relax and just enjoy the incredible defensive plays performed by Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, and Andrelton Simmons and root for Albert Pujols to climb ever higher into the upper echelon of baseball’s home run hitting immortals.  But even while enjoying these...
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August 08, 2016  |  Discuss

The Angels’ OPS+ Gods

The 2016 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not going to be invited to this year’s post season tournament, so that leaves fans to relax and just enjoy the incredible defensive plays performed by Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, and Andrelton Simmons and root for Albert Pujols to climb ever higher into the upper echelon of baseball’s home run hitting immortals.  But even while enjoying these...
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August 08, 2016  |  Discuss

For the first time in years…optimism

The Angels farm system became likely the worst in baseball around 2014 or 2015.  But this wasn’t an overnight occurrence.  This farm system had been improperly handled for a solid five plus years before it went into an irrevocable tailspin.  Large contract free agent signings resulted in loss of first round picks.  Major trades at the major league level were financed in terms of...
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August 04, 2016  |  Discuss

For the first time in years…optimism

The Angels farm system became likely the worst in baseball around 2014 or 2015.  But this wasn’t an overnight occurrence.  This farm system had been improperly handled for a solid five plus years before it went into an irrevocable tailspin.  Large contract free agent signings resulted in loss of first round picks.  Major trades at the major league level were financed in terms of...
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August 04, 2016  |  Discuss
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