Baseball is Back! WeekendLinks in HaloLand

Yes, you read that correctly! Baseball is back! (Tomorrow)

The Angels will open the 2020 Spring Training Campaign on Saturday, February 22 with a split-squad matchup against the White Sox and the Royals. Manager Joe Maddon says the regulars are not likely to play, but baseball is baseball!

User KelN90 writes a FanPost quickly summarizing the Angels’ roster and what kind of production we can expect out of each position. Doing our job for us already!

Brett Anderson destroys the A’s…(and says what all “slegna” fans know about that nasty Coliseum…)

Anthony Rendon is back after having gone home for the birth of his second child…

David Ortiz blasts Mike Fiers…by my count, the players that have been angry at Fiers for ratting out his teammates include Astros on that roster (the cheaters) and Ortiz…makes a person wonder…

In addition, also looks like the Astros are doing great!

I know we have had issues with Forbes in the past, but maybe it’s a new era…in any case, they saw through Crane a long time ago

Poor Kershaw…after Game 1 of the 2017 World Series, he was on his way to turning his postseason legacy around…he reflects on it

Sure, the Angels have pitching injury problems, but everyone on the Yankees is dropping like flies, including Luis Severino…Gerrit Cole must be wondering where all the other starting pitchers are (not that he wouldn’t be doing the same thing on this team)…

Move over, Andrelton Simmons…there’s another defensive wizard on the up-and-coming

I don’t know what happened to Angels social, but it’s amazing so far…

Finally, I must say I cackled at this joke…

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LanaBanana
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Split squad. Both games called for rain. 😢

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

boo! I want baseball!

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

It would seem all the Twitter embeds on the site stopped working overnight. The links aren’t even hyperlinks.

Just a heads up for the mods, I tested it in multiple browsers and no joy.

eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago

We need to rip off his shirt

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Tree
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  eyespy

This Guy Might Own the 20’s

Commander_Nate
Member
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  eyespy

Hide yo thatched-roof cottages, MLB.

hockey_duckie
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  eyespy

OMFGoodness! You put Trogdor as his shoulder tat!!! Amazeballs!

hahahha Whenever Ohtani hits a homer, I can see myself scream aloud, “TrooooogdooooooooooooooooooRrrr!” And when he rounds the bases, I’ll have that Strongbad skit of techno music: link.

Tree
Member
1 year ago

This Angels Team is Going To Be Legendary

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
1 year ago

I admit I don’t pay much attention to the Dodger injuries so I didn’t know until today that Verdugo has a back problem.

And the Red Sox are ok with that and are waiting for him to get healthy. I bring it up because it tells us that their concern about Graterol was phony. Otherwise they’d have balked at Verdugo, too.

And this confirms to me that there was some restructuring going on due to angry Sux and Doyer canvases, thus putting me on the pro Arte side.

I hope one of these days we find out which prospects of ours were in the original deal and how that changed.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
1 year ago

I wonder what word I typed that got “corrected” to canvases.

Oh…fan bases

eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago

yea right, more like, fan-asses

Tree
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Tree

This is why Rob Manfred is Finished as League Commissioner, the fans and players are now at risk. Imagine angry Dodgers and Yankees fans flooding Angel Stadium parking lot and Houston fans coming in with a chip on their shoulder, our parking lot is going to look like Dodger Stadiums, with 10x the police presence and that is going to be repeated across the country, this is going to be ridiculous. The complete and total lack of justice, the drip of more damning bad news, the lack of any real league oversight while this was all going on, the blaming of the union, the disastrous rollout of every single part of this. Rob Manfred is completely done and his most important act as League Commissioner is accepting responsibility, Resigning, and calling for an independent investigation and interim league commissioner to oversee the Astros/Boston scandal. Fans need an outlet which isn’t vigilant or violence, or displaced anger online, and to use the fans as a weapon to enforce the rules through sheer anger and negativity with no MLB resolution what so ever is beyond a scandal, it’s a malpractice, it’s dangerous.

red floyd
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Tree

I was just reading FB, and someone responded to Rev’s post with the lit Halo saying that the Big A was going to be a sea of blue….

Oh shit.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  Tree

Time for the Mitchell Report 2: Electric(sign stealing) Boogaloo.

AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Tree

I already knew there are worse people in this world than the Astros cheaters.

This did, however, make me look up Reddick’s stats. His Avg and Obp in 2017 are off the charts compared to the rest of his career. It’s almost like he knew what was come ng.

Jeff Joiner
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Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Tree

That’s ridiculous. The dude cheated at a baseball game. Family is off limits. Just goes to show how tough keyboard warriors can be when they can hide behind anonymity.

If I heard somebody in the stands say that, I’d tell that person to STFU. Boo all you want, but there are lines.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Agreed, the reaction is now over the top. As far as something in the stands in the way of threats at the Big A, the offender would be escorted out in a hurry at the demand of the fans, would not be tolerated as well it should not be. Booing is fine, but getting so worked up you yell threats at the Astros players is just poor judgement.

hockey_duckie
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Agreed.

halofolife
Member
1 year ago

I love the fact that Ortiz can pass judgement on other cheaters, without any sense of irony.
Damn I hate the Red Sux

red floyd
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  halofolife

You, me, and anyone else outside of New England that doesn’t work for a certain four-letter network.

VictoriousVIC
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  halofolife

I have never understood the fascination over Ortiz. He’s the biggest hypocrite I’ve ever seen in the game. I still remember his interview on hammering players getting caught used steroids and how they should be banned for life. A year later he gets caught and SILENCE.

Screw Ortiz. If I had my F bomb for the month I would use it right now lol.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Sadly, I don’t think we’ll get any games tomorrow. The forecast for scottsdale is 100% rain all day.

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 year ago

Trout will call in a favor, it’ll be fine.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

I almost posted something similar. Work your magic, trout.

red floyd
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Or else he’ll be out doing weatherman stuff.

fishfarm
Member
1 year ago

how does it rain in arizona

eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  fishfarm

From the ground?

Commander_Nate
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Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  fishfarm

Biblically and in August usually.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  Commander_Nate

This ain’t monsoon season

GeoKaplan8
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Just taking a moment to mention I am entering this Spring Training season in the best shape of my life.

eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  GeoKaplan8

Game over man

DowningDude
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  eyespy

“Hudson! This little girl survived longer than that with no weapons and no training.”

Designerguy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  GeoKaplan8

So am I! I always tell people…round is a shape.

So there.

Simba
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Symmetry is beautiful …

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eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Simba

That’s a blue comment

Rahul Setty
Admin
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1 year ago
Reply to  GeoKaplan8

My typing fingers are ready!

Jim Atkins
Trusted Member
1 year ago

If anybody needed another reason to subscribe to The Athletic, I just finished Joe Posnanski’s profile of Rod Carew in his Baseball Top 100 series. Best baseball writing since Roger Angell, and if you haven’t read The Summer Game or Late Seasons, do so. NOW. Joe’s profiles run from December 18 to Opening Day and he’s up to #35, George Brett. Just plain excellent.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
1 year ago

So happy to have baseball back. And right when I graduate from cubicle life to having a real office. Flat screen getting installed shortly.

Tomorrow will be a great day. Angels game, light the grill, right into Wilder vs Fury 2.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Wow. That Wilder/Fury fight…. what a shit show. The fight couldn’t have looked more like Wilder went in thinking “he’s white, pudgy and lucked out last time. I’m not even gonna bother keeping my left hand up.” Wilder should change his name to Huggy Bear, fought like an out of shape twat, took an early beating, looked like he gave up by the end of 4, and then the excuse explosion began via various media mouths. I have never heard so many commentators and ex fighters grope for reasons for Wilder getting his ass kicked. I stopped counting after the 7th “reason” Wilder lost that didn’t involve just getting punched a lot, but they just kept making up reasons. Fury had a plan and you could tell, other than smothering his close in combinations late in the fight, he totally executed it. I was really surprised, I thought Wilder was gonna come out like a mad dog but by round 3 it looked like the ref was just trying to keep Wilder from looking too pathetic. I’m glad you didn’t pay a bunch of money to go see that.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago

So Glad that we can see the end of winter ahead of us and we soon will enjoy Terry on the telecast proving that we have made it to Spring Training games and the season is right around the corner. Having Joe as the new leader will be fun also as he never has the same line up two days in a row and that will provide endless posts. Watching games will be more interesting as good hitting is like the watching people enjoy potato chips, “bet you can’t eat just one” type thing, as one hit will lead to another. Our collective fingers will be crossed hoping that our pitching is solid enough each night and that they can make it to the fifth inning or better. Every season fans of the 30 different teams feel the same hope and anxiety and that ST will be good enough to provide a winning start to the season. GO Angels!

OMAHALOFAN
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Hallelujah! I just bought my Halo tickets for the Rangers home opener series and for the series at Kauffman, spring is almost upon us!!

VictoriousVIC
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  OMAHALOFAN

Let’s us know how Globe Life Field is Omahalofan! I’m always fascinated by new stadiums and baseball stadiums in general. There is nothing like every ballpark being distinctly different and no two alike. Something you can’t get in the NBA or NFL.

IEAngel
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  VictoriousVIC

It has to be a giant improvement. The two times I was able to go to Arlington, their stadium was as bland as could be. Especially since it was next door to the Cowboys stadium, which is about as gaudy as any sports stadium on the planet.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  IEAngel

You won’t be melting into the seats, that’ll be the best improvement.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

First lineups of the year. How sweet it is!

https://twitter.com/maria_torres3/status/1230879343854833665?s=20

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

The “Away” game looks like it will be a fun game to see.although the number 3 hitter is a bit strange.

red floyd
Super Member
1 year ago

Maybe Maddon thought that the “boom” part was his nickname?

Sharkysurf
Member
1 year ago

Crash those pearly gates! Baseball is here!

OMAHALOFAN
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharkysurf

It is indeed!!! For all of those Halo fans who don’t live within the FSW broadcast area (like me), and don’t subscribe to MLB.TV, here is the MLB Network ST schedule:

For those of us who subscribe to MLB.TV, your ST schedule is here:

Enjoy my fellow Halo brethen and sistren!!

OMAHALOFAN
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  OMAHALOFAN

Ok, so evidently my comment formatting skills suck. The 1st line of green type is the MLB Network ST skedule, and the 2nd line of green type is the MLB.TV ST sked. Sorry for the confusion, my bad.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

“it’ll blow over by spring training.”

Just another out of touch billionaire. This is going to be a season long thing, every time they show up in a new city that scab will be ripped open. The push to “move on” from the commissioners office and Houston is just going to make this all worse. No one feels like justice has been done, strip the goddamn title, Rob. No one won in 2017 and they shouldn’t be allowed to call themselves champions and profit off it it. The last World Series winner in the AL West came in 2002. Clearly the public embarrassment wasn’t punishment enough.

Get ready for guys to be thrown at, brawls on the field, hard slides, pimped home runs. Drama finally comes to MLB. The days of players lacking in personality is over, I think.

David Ortiz shows the world he is who we always thought he was.

Thanks to big pharma for beating the Asterisks, I guess?

Jim Atkins
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Yeah. The only people this will piss off are the 10,000 or so remaining Asterisks fans. Only way to get rid of this problem is to lance this infection.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

I sure am glad that owning Asstros stock is not in my portfolio. And David Ortiz is now relegated to only being popular in the New England area alone, where cheater’s are accepted as they bring home the “it’s only a piece of metal” trophy’s as ill gotten gain. Red Sox will visit us too this season, and the fans will let them know that we know that cheating is not taken lightly on the “left” coast. Some games are just going to be more fun than others in ’20.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Exactly! And we shouldn’t be worried about the sensibilities of cheaters and their sympathizers. For the sport to move on, the Astros have to lose the title, otherwise you make the cost of cheating palatable. I worried about this back on the old site, that if they weren’t harsh enough in their punishment that it would just embolden others.

Manfred can still salvage this, he just has to make a statement that he didn’t feel like the Astros showed proper remorse and that he felt like more punishment was needed after listening to the players and fans.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Manfred isn’t going to do a thing.

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Oh, I know. I just haven’t accepted it yet.

benjiface
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Too busy eating paste in his office

toad2065
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Have to disagree, Mia. Manfred can’t solve this or anything else. He is toast. You can bet that the owners are burning up the cell phone minutes getting organized to dump him ASAP. I just hope they have learned from this debacle. It is never a good idea to make a freaking lawyer the face of your business. They have their place, but it isn’t running an organization!

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  toad2065

If they fire him, the problem still stands. The punishment wasn’t enough.

So, either they bring in a new guy who will discipline them properly, or changing the commish won’t help the current opinion we all have of the office.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Vacating the Astros title would be nice. Even compared to the titles won in 2004, 2007, and 2009 where massive steroid cheats fueled runs the Astros look bad.

That was a couple of players on each team. The Astros was a team wide, organized effort.

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I’m of the opinion that knowing what is coming is worse than steroids. Because, like you said, it’s not the whole team. In Houston most position players are tainted, the pitchers benefitted by pitching with more run support. It’s just a top to bottom cheating scheme.

And when a player gets caught on roids we actually punish them with suspensions. Ortiz can still get f**ked, though.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Cheating is Cheating, no degrees, no one to ten rating, no one being worse than another, CHEATING is never a course of action that is acceptable in any circumstance. Cheating is a ways and means of coming out one top for a reward and done against honest people. Cheating to win is stealing and rates right up there with lying. i raised a lot of children and everyone was taught the same way and l can trust each and everyone of them. I really do dislike Cheats, liars, and thieves and l do not believe in second chances in most cases.

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 year ago

Would you rather have your entire lineup know what pitch is coming, or have your #3 hitter on steroids? I know which one I’d choose, and it’s the more effective option. If I had no soul.

All cheating is bad, yes. Stuffing the ballot box to win homecoming queen and stuffing the ballot box to win a mayoral election are both cheating. One is worse than the other, though.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

l do not see it as a choice to determine if it is cheating. Both are cheating, can’t be compared side by side because MLB slapped the hands of the cheaters in both scenarios. Cheating after the 1919 scandal was what saved the game along with Babe Ruth. Today like the Steroid Use Era were handled very poorly. The integrity of the game is in question, If severe penalties had come down for Steroid use for cheating maybe the sign stealing would not have happened but that is speculation only. In both cases there existed a fear of the Union and that is just wrong. Get it right in the next agreement and eliminate all cheating in the future. Being expelled from the game with no pay or future benefits being the penalty should do it.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
1 year ago

I’d hardly call purposely losing games cheating. That’s pretty much the polar opposite of cheating.

Yes, baseball had to establish credibility after the Black Sox. But nowadays the issue is guys trying too hard to win.

Designerguy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Houston better get ready for years of abuse from fans and the media. The scandal will follow these guys around for the rest of their lives.

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GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Now that’s funny shyt

halofolife
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Designerguy

That’s a rec

losangel
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Manfred has botched this whole thing. Way too long between Red Sox punishment and the Astros. Now he’s just strung it out and it’s all going to reset the clock once he announces the results from the Red Sox. Everyday he waits, the worse it gets with the black cloud moving more and more over the start of the season.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  losangel

I absolutely could not agree less than you. He is scared to admit he has given amnesty once again to the Cheaters. He is a pencil necked geek with a lousy physique. Really a Jelly Spine like Selig.

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 year ago

We can criticize people for their actions without attacking their appearance.

losangel
Trusted Member
1 year ago

I’m not sure what part your disagreeing with GPB? I said he botched it and taking a long time in between announcing the Redsox punishment isn’t helping

Did he not botch it? Is it helping to continue to wait to announce the Red Sox punishment?

Signed, Confused.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  losangel

Did not say l disagreed, l could not agree less meaning that l agree with you, maybe even more.

Tree
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Ortiz finished his age 40 season with a numbers that soared, which team mates is he the most afraid of exposing how he did it. It was Boston 2016 when Ortiz slashed .315/.401.620, numbers more akin to a late stage Barry Bonds then a 40 year old whose slugging when up 100 points, his BA when up 4o pts, his obp 50points, what was Ortiz on?

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Tree

Papi out Barry’ed Barry. He led the league in slugging as a 40 year old, even eclipsing Mike Trout. Not even Barry did that.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

This was a guy who had been let go by the Twins 15 years earlier. As l have said before Boston loves a good cheater. If l were to find out that Trouty takes the Juice l would feel betrayed big time and would not be an Angels fan ever again. Well at least for a long time. It all goes back to the cheating thing.

Simba
Member
1 year ago

Unless the Angels aided or looked the other way, that would not affect my Angels fandom, but my Trout fandom. I don’t know how substantiated they were, but was Glaus reputed to have roided? If true, did that change your outlook?

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Simba

You’re right, only my respect for Glaus changed. But l’m not sure that the Angels knew, but it would be hard not to be aware of Steroid use today. But it would be possible for undetectable steroids today. I just don’t believe Trouty is doing anything wrong other than eating wife’s cooking and working out.

Simba
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Tree

Whatever Ortiz was on, I want some.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Simba

Not sure I’d want my head to double in size, but yeah. I definitely didn’t get bigger, stronger and faster as I hit 40.

KelN90
Member
1 year ago

Thanks for the shout out in the links. Unfortunately, my dive into expectations was incredibly brief partly because the computer I use is painfully slow and I was slowly getting more and more frustrated switching between tabs and word documents and waiting for the computer to catch up. 😆

losangel
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  KelN90

A little more ram and an ssd and your computer will feel like brand new for under $100!

fishfarm
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  losangel

no truer statement

SSD hard drives are the greatest step forward for consumer computing in a long time