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Questioning Chris Iannetta’s 2014 season

He didn’t get much credit for it, but Chris Iannetta turned in one heck of a season, at least offensively. He nearly beat out Mike Trout for the best OBP on the team and once again established himself as the primary catcher in the ever-changing Mike Scioscia catching depth chart. When did Iannetta become such an offensive force? I know, right? Iannetta ended up having a terrific...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Pujols and Calhoun nominated for Gold Gloves, Kershaw edges out Trout for Sporting News Player of the Year

The October 24th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols and Calhoun nominated for Gold Gloves, Kershaw edges out Trout for Sporting News Player of the Year and much more… The Story: Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun are nominees for Gold Glove awards. The Monkey Says: Pujols has a shot, Calhoun probably doesn’t since he’s a West Coast guy. Keirmaier...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Angels offseason acquisition targets

Yesterday, we looked at what the Angels need this offseason. That’s great. Now we just need to figure out how to fill those needs. Fortunately, I’ve got just the blog post for that. It is almost like I planned it that way or something. Weird, right? Anyway, let’s start scouring this pisspoor free agent market to see if there is anything that can help. STARTING PITCHERS Thanks...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Questioning Joe Smith’s 2014 season

Joe Smith was the reliever with the pedestrian name but the excellent numbers in 2014. Despite a very impressive year, Smith still appears to be flying under the radar. But maybe that is for the best since it seems like he might have been pitching well over his head. Should the Angels have signed Smith for so much money (3 years, $15.8 million)? The general sabermetrics stance on...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Hamilton and Peavy are emotional contrasts, Angels claim C Jackson Williams off waivers

The October 23rd, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton and Peavy are emotional contrasts, Angels claim C Jackson Williams off waivers and much more… The Story: Josh Hamilton and Jake Peavy are emotional contrasts. The Monkey Says: This seems a little forced and a bit cheap to me. Dragging Hamilton’s placid demeanor out for another flogging...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Angels needs going into the offseason

The Angels are needy. All they do want, want want. They were the best team in baseball in 2014 with 98 wins, yet here they are acting like greedy little brats, demanding more toys for their roster so they can be even better. Ugh, what an insufferable ballclub. Fine, let’s humor this spoiled brat and actually take a look at these supposed needs and determine which of them are...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Questioning Kole Calhoun’s 2014 season

For most Angels fans, the only acceptable question about Kole Calhoun‘s 2014 season is, “how much do you love, Kole?” While he might be the most beloved Angel, non-Trout division, we are still going to poke and prod at his performance a bit. Try not to take it as a personal affront. Was Calhoun actually good as a leadoff hitter last year? If you judge your leadoff hitter...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Scioscia named Sporting News top manager, Angels drafted Buster Posey but never offered a contract

The October 22nd, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Scioscia named Sporting News top manager, Angels drafted Buster Posey but never offered a contract and much more… The Story: The Sporting News named Mike Scioscia the top manager in the AL. The Monkey Says: As voted on by other AL managers, which probably carries more weight than that arcane BBWAA...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels on the free agency and trade block

The offseason draws nigh. As soon as the Royals finish fulfilling their manifest destiny, the Angels will be free to go about fine tuning their roster for another playoff run next year. However, before they can do that, they need to take care of some housekeeping. No, I’m not talking about sweeping all the rat turds out of the bowels of Angel Stadium (though they should probably...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Questioning Hector Santiago’s 2014 season

There may not have been an Angels pitcher who had a more question-rich season than Hector Santiago. At times he was frustrating, other times he was fine and other times he was incredibly frustrating. All in all in left everyone feeling a lot like this: Was Santiago good or bad in 2014? Let’s see, his 3.75 ERA suggests that he was decent. However, his 4.29 FIP suggests otherwise...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: A’s denied permission to interview Hansen, Aybar was better off bunting

The October 21st, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including A’s denied permission to interview Hansen, Aybar was better off bunting and much more… The Story: The Angels won’t let the A’s interview Dave Hansen for the hitting coach vacancy. The Monkey Says: Oops! Yesterday, Hansen was a candidate, but they must not have gotten to the whole “ask...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Questioning David Freese’s 2014 season

Today, I am starting a new series for the offseason because I clearly don’t do enough offseason series (i.e. top prospects, player projections, free agency preview). This series will functionally be a season in review for each player, but I’m not going to bother with all the basic info. You watch the Angels, you know this stuff already. Instead, I’ll be looking back at some...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: the best teams should make the World Series, Hansen under consideration for Oakland hitting coach

The October 20th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including the best teams should make the World Series, Hansen under consideration for Oakland hitting coach and much more… The Story: The best teams should make the World Series. The Monkey Says: Less talking about the Royals, more talking about how the Halos should have gone to the World Series. I liked...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

AngelsWin.com's 10th Anniversary Member Appreciation Interview with tomsred

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at AngelsWin.com we've focused our attention on our writers, contributors, moderators & website members. Today we put the spotlight on our moderator, contest admin and long time member, Tom Anderson. Tom, who goes by "tomsred" on our forum is both an active contributor in discussions and has headed up our Gameday Prediction Thread...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels release 2015 spring training schedule, a ridiculous Josh Hamilton trade rumor

The October 17th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels release 2015 spring training schedule, a ridiculous Josh Hamilton trade rumor and much more… The Story: The Angels released their 2015 spring training schedule. The Monkey Says: Yup, that’s a spring training schedule. It sure looks a lot like most previous spring training schedules. The...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays sign reliever Michael Kohn

Reliever Michael Kohn is joining the Tampa Bay Rays. The team announced the signing of the right-hander to a one-year major-league contract Thursday, which brings Tampa Bay's 40-man roster to its full capacity. Kohn, 28, made the Los Angeles Angels' Opening Day roster this season and produced a 3.04 ERA in 25 appearances before he was optioned in June. Selected by...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels announce 2015 spring training schedule

The American League West champion Angels announced the 2015 spring training schedule on Thursday. The Angels will train in Tempe, Ariz. for the 23rd straight season and kick off their spring slate with a March 5 matchup vs. Milwaukee at Temple Diablo Stadium. The squad will play 15 home games, including a March 28 showdown with crosstown-rival Dodgers, and will conclude spring training...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Rumors: Cody Rasmus could move into starting role

The Los Angeles Angels head into the off season following a 98-win season but a disappointing sweep at the hand of the American League Champion Kansas City Royals. At first in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Angels appear to have little worries on offense. They could improve on a staff that was in the middle of the pack in ERA. One pitcher who could give the starting rotation...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Rasmus preparing to be a starting pitcher, David Eckstein reads mean blog posts about himself

The October 16th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Cory Rasmus preparing to be a starting pitcher, David Eckstein reads mean blog posts about himself and much more… The Story: Cory Rasmus is preparing to be a full-time starter. The Monkey Says: This appears to be his choice as the Angels haven’t told him what to do one way or the other. They...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Every Jerry Dipoto move for the 2014 season, reviewed

Jerry Dipoto is going to be getting some play for Executive of the Year during awards season. By and large, he seemed to have a good season. But did he really? Or did it just seem that way because the Angels won 98 games? To make that determination, let’s take a look back at every move, and I do mean EVERY move*, that Jerry Dipoto made from the end of the 2013 season to the end...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

AngelsWin.com's 10th Anniversary Member Appreciation Interview with BaseballMom

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at AngelsWin.com we've focused our attention on our writers, contributors & website members. Today we put the spotlight on our resident mom, BaseballMom. Jody has been to almost every spring and summer fanfest event we've had to date, including our annual softball tournaments that benefits our favorite charity, the OC Miracle League...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Pujols drops out of Japan Series, the sad reliever rankings

The October 15th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols drops out of Japan Series, the sad reliever rankings and much more… The Story: Albert Pujols has dropped out of the Japan Series. The Monkey Says: He says it is for family reasons, which is real nice of him. Personally, I’m just glad he isn’t subjecting his body to anymore wear and...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Los Angeles Angels

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (30) | 2013 (30) | 2012 (18) | 2011 (15) | 2010 (26) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [98-64] AL West AAA: [60-84] Pacific Coast League - Salt Lake AA: [75-65] Texas League - Arkansas A+: [62-78] California League - Inland Empire A: [68-71] Midwest League - Burlington Graduated Prospects C.J. Cron, 1B | Cory Rasmus, RHP | Mike...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: top Angels moments of 2014, Angels minor league All-Stars

The October 14th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including the top Angels moments of 2014, Angels minor league All-Stars and much more… The Story: The top Angels’ moments of 2014. The Monkey Says: Cut me some slack, Angels news is pretty sparse nowadays. The Story: MiLB.com presents the Angels organizational All-Stars. The Monkey Says: Not quite...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Player Power Ranking – Final 2014 Edition

The 2014 season has come to a close. It’s over and there’s nothing you or I can do about it. We have no choice but sit back, watch the Angels lick their wounds and accept that the Kansas City Royals will soon be our new baseball overlords. Well, there is one more thing we can do: rank all the Angels one last time! Yes, it is the final Angels Players Power Rankings of the 2014...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss
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