Angels Finish 2020 Like a Blister in the Sun, Shutout by Dodgers, Eppler Fired

Once again, the Angels are finishing the season outside the playoffs looking in…

The highlight of the Angels 5-0 loss this afternoon was Dodger Stadium organist Dieter Ruhle playing “Blister in the Sun” as Patrick Sandoval melted on the mound early in the game.

In a season where sub .500 team(s) will make the playoffs, the Angels are on the outside looking in yet again. It appears they will have the ninth pick in the 2021 draft if that is a silver lining. Highlights of the season were the shred of normalcy and familiarity that Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza calling the games brought to all of us during the most disrupted year of the century.

But wait until next year…

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Brent
Super Member
3 years ago

It’s finally over. Fuck this year… the Angels should be playing playoff baseball. God, I feel bad for Trout.

Turk's Teeth
Editor
Super Member
3 years ago

#9 draft pick.

Fail better, Halos.

Rahul Setty
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Trusted Member
3 years ago

Maybe 2021 is our year, guys!

Jessica DeLine
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Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Depends on how much Arte allows Dombrowski to spend

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Jessica DeLine

So we’re hosed

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Don’t you mean new GM Mike Scioscia?

Jimmuscomp
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3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Shut. Your. Mouth.

But, well played.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Rahul Setty

Sure, anything is possible

FungoAle
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3 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Not with Puljos playing semi regularly.

VictoriousVIC
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Well here’s to more years of suckage. No matter who comes in as long as Arte Moreno is still the owner nothing is going to change. Eppler definitely had his flaws and it was his time to go but until Arte actually invest heavily into player development, scouts, front office execs, and his employees, we will continue to be the laughing stock of Southern California. 10 years and now there’s going to be 4 different GMs, 1 playoff appearance and 0 playoff wins. This all falls back on how shitty of an owner Arte has been and he deserves 100% blame for this. So fuck you Arte (September) thanks for running us down the gutter.

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago

Joe Maddon just said Billy Eppler was great talent evaluator. Huh? Have you seen the pitching rotation the last 5 years Joe? How about their draft?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  steelgolf

Was he talking about baseball talent?

Jessica DeLine
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Super Member
3 years ago

Clubhouse attendant talent. Oh wait, not that either.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Come on golf, what is he supposed to say, “We’ll, Eppler really sucked.”

You have to take the high road on those questions.

Guest
3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

They caught a few episodes of DWTS together.

steelgolf
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3 years ago
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That is guaranteed to create magic.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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The book on Arte has been written for years, and Eppler knew what he was getting into. He had 5 years to produce a winner and did not get the job done. He’ll land on his feet with another MLB gig.

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago

Was Eppler actually fired or did they just not extend him.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  steelgolf

Probably was told he would not be offered a contract.

VictoriousVIC
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3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

He was actually fired. According to Jeff Fletcher and all Angels beat writers, the Angels extended Eppler to one year in July she he had one more year left on his contract.

Smsica
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3 years ago

Thoughts on Dave Dombrowski and his odds at the job?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Smsica

60/40 he gets the gig if he wants it

VictoriousVIC
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Arte is definitely going hard for Dave. But like you said who knows if Dave will even want the job considering the shit show he’s gonna get himself into. He also has that Nashville ownership venture so his hands might already be tied.

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago

Angels going into this humiliating series were like slug in a barrel of salt.
Get Outta Here Billy!! 😣  😡 

Jim Atkins
Super Member
3 years ago

Fabian Ardaya is reporting on The Athletic that Eppler is gone. Lot of figures backing up our collective perception that the pitching absolutely sucked for the last five years.

Smsica
Member
3 years ago

And a quick bye Billy announcement by Ken. https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/1310338918273945601 Breaking: Angels fire general manager Billy Eppler, sources tell The Athletic.

Last edited 3 years ago by Smsica
FungoAle
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3 years ago

My biggest disappointment, Letting the Dodgers walk all over us. That bothers me than missing the playoffs.

Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago

Rosenthal: Eppler fired

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

DowningDude
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3 years ago

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, hey (there’s 3) we still suck