Angels MondoLinks News Crash

Sigh. There really isn’t much baseball news coming out, and no baseball action to return to. Let’s breathe as I scramble to assemble the piddly links I can find.

Bob Nightengale reports that MLB could play the 2020 season in spring training facilities with different divisions of their preseason cohorts.

It seems like most prep players would opt for college experiences, given reduced signing monies for those drafted post-5th round.

In the same article, the Blue Jays are looking for starting pitching and a center fielder. Want Mike Trout?

David Laurila of FG explores if Jim Edmonds was better than Andruw Jones…

The Marlins have some noteworthy arms, but shipped off prospect Zac Gallen looks to be better than them all…..

Seattle’s Mitch Haniger is still recovering from injury

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Jim Atkins
Trusted Member
2 years ago

I’ve been working on getting my bobblehead shrine under the wall-mounted TV in good shape. Scored a David Eckstein autographed ball to go with my Bobby Grich ball for a centerpiece. Want to find something to make a Rally Monkey throne out of.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
2 years ago

l am getting cabin fever, played an APBA game with the cards from the 2016 season, boring. Went to the desk top PC and played a season of Baseball Mogul, less noisy but still boring. I have done watched rerun baseball games and l am done with that.
As for who was better at having a CF’ers career Edmonds by far. Besides Jones was a ‘roid user.
MLB won’t start until who knows when, with virus’ they can keep popping up because they are never really gone gone. Hope the Pharm business or research scientist come up with a vaccine soon.
Question; If there is no MLB season, do the owner’s have insurance for something like this?
Stay safe folks.

RexFregosi
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Good afternoon everybody! It’s time for some baseball!
Video from Tempe on 2/24/20

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMyM5L2

RexFregosi
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

simultaneously smiling and crying – is there a word for that?

RexFregosi
Trusted Member
2 years ago

The Cactus League/Grapefruit League split is certainly a worthy topic to discuss. FanGraphs (ZiPS) projects us to be a .500 club there, but says are playoff chances are slightly improved from the AL/West projections (29.4% vs. 21.8%).

It’s really disappointing to see us projected below so many teams like the Padres, Reds and D-Backs and I just don’t buy it.
Either way, i still don’t think the suits in NYC really understand how bad the summer heat is here and Florida, and i can’t see it working that well unless it was a short season.

Then again, some baseball is better than no baseball. I’m glad they are thinking out of the box, but they need to think more.

RexFregosi
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Essentially, we traded the Astros and AL East for the Dodgers and NL West

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Only idea thus far worth considering. The teams in Phoenix would have a huge benefit in limited travel. Sloan to Suprise is maybe an hour outside of rush hour and many parks are just minutes from each other (as you well know). Contrast that with driving across the state in the Grapefruit League.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
2 years ago

out there in simulation world….

Baseball Reference: Angels in last place, Trout hitting .208, Upton and Ohtani far and away the leading hitters, But also Ohtani pitching which he wouldn’t be at this time so BR’s simulation can be tossed as inaccurate.

Strat-o-matic: Angels 5-11 so far, with Trout at .311 and Rendon .300. Heaney and Andriese lead the starters with 1 win.

CBS Sports is doing one, too, and the last I saw had the Angels at 9-4 (as I remember). I don’t see an update but this clearly is the most accurate of the three simulations.

halofolife
Member
2 years ago

Thanks for attempting to give us baseball news. What little there is. Stay positive and healthy everybody.

Mia
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Mia
2 years ago

Could there have been a worse time in the last 20 years to start a new baseball site? I will say a bright spot is seeing the only commenters on Halos Heaven are the two writers pushing out articles. Ghost town.

How are all of you holding up? I read an article that said consumption of food, alcohol and cannabis is skyrocketing, the Corona 15 are gonna be a real thing. Hope y’all are finding ways to keep sane!

Did you try your hand at making bread like everyone else? The best thing i’ve ever tasted.

Fansince1971
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2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

More like the ‘Corona 19’. Food and wine consumption has been something to behold in this household.

Slowly losing my mind. And agree, not the greatest timing on starting a baseball site (that made me chuckle). But this will pass and be a distant memory.

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I’ve had to switch to cheaper stuff because my consumption is up lol.

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

How has this affected your schooling, or have you graduated?

ryanfea
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

I’ve actually eaten a bit healthier, cutting out late night fast food I’d usually get coming home from work. However, the increased alcohol consumption has certainly offset that.

Brent
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Brutally funny how dead it is there. Just checked the What’s Your Favorite Angels Memory post and just legit LOL’d at the last line then seeing no replies.

red floyd
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Brent

Vox/SBN did it to themselves. They took what was probably one of the highest activity MLB sites and turned it into tumbleweeds.

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  Brent

Just shows you how much people cared about that site that we all abandoned it when it lost what made it great. Solidarity.

red floyd
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Reminds me of my sister-in-law. She quit her job to go into business for herself. Franchised a Maui Wowi, and started all the paperwork in late 2006. Permit got held up for whatever red tape reason, and she opened in early 2008. Just in time for the Great Recession.

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Oh man, that is some luck.

RexFregosi
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

i need a haircut.

Fun fact: in AZ, i was able to get my dog groomed at a commercial place on Saturday, so he just got one, but barber shops are closed.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Made a decision last week that I’d let my wife try to cut my hair, fully ready to just shave it all down if she messed up. Yet another talent discovered, it looks good. Probably helps that I’m half bald up top ha ha.

rspencer
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

My wife cuts my hair and trims my beard, and she does a great job of it. It’s an especially handy thing now, because the older I get, the more grooming I need. Without it, after a month I’d look like the Unabomber.

Mia
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Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

So do I! Luckily I don’t have see anyone right now.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Working out, almost like I’m doing time. Pushups, burpees, heavy bag, been raining too much to get out on the bike all that often. Probably the strongest I’ve been in a while as I tend to ride a ton and forget my upper body.

But huge thanks to the contributors for keeping us going and posters for coming back. I know there’s not a lot for us to cover right not, but we will build this into the best Angels site the world has ever seen and we can’t do it without you.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

You still working Jeff, from the office or home? Or has everything in your line of work just shut down?

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I feel that. I’ve been running more just to get out of the house.

When we are all locked in at home, places like this become even more necessary, we’ll be here when baseball is back. Of that, I have no doubt!

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

I’m still working a regular schedule. Cut out sugars as much as possible, to help curb the sadness this shit is causing.

I’ve been baking bread for years, but now cant, due to no flour and yeast, in the stores.

If people are not self isolating, they seem to buying up all the goods in the stores here. By the time I can get there after work, the shelves are bare. Not complaining, just sucks to not have resources locally available. Everything comes by boat.

Stay brave, stay healthy

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  eyespy

Hard to find flour here too.

rspencer
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

I’ll admit to increased whiskey consumption, but if anything I’ve been eating less than usual. What has been getting me down is the crappy weather, which has made it hard to get sufficient exercise to banish the blues. Tomorrow I plan to get out there and give the front yard a thorough and badly-needed grooming.