LA Angels Monday News Crash- Happy Birthday!

Happy 60th birthday to the Angels!  Luis Rengifo goes deep on Jaime Barria in the Dominican Winter League.  I bet Barria wishes he could have that one back.  What? What?  Arte’s a difficult boss?  Allegedly the Angels are focused on adding proven pitchers.  “Proven in what way?” I ask.  Lincecum was proven in a sense.  It was just not in a good way. 

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Former Major League Baseball player Chris Young went to the Rangers as their new General Manager.  Dr. Anthony Fauci gave a timeline for the return of full attendance at professional sports stadia.  Teams are asking Marcus Semien if he can play other positions.  Perry should call him up and see if he can pitch.  Phillies brass categorically deny they are shopping Zack Wheeler. Center fielder Haruki Nishikawa has been posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters.  OK.  This is sad.  Nationals catcher Tres Barrera and his wife Lindsey have lost their baby boy. 

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Brent
Super Member
3 years ago

How have I never known the Angels and I share a birthday?

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
3 years ago

RIP Dick Allen. Should be in the HOF. Baseball is losing legends left and right.

Guest
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Saw him hit a first pitch walk-off homer at Dodger Stadium when he played for LAD in 1971. Rode the escalator right behind Vin Scully that night (I was 11 and awestruck lol).

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

I know it’s early yet, but this Perry guy may just work out.

ChillRIL
Member
3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I think I see Perry’s emerging strategy: field a team whose every player’s last name is Iglesias. Interesting…

FungoAle
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Nice, very nice. Keep it up Perry. This is another nice move, bullpen just got much better. Noe was expendable, cool guy but he was never going to be good enough as a 8th-9th inning pitcher. The PTBNL could be of some concern but in the WIN NOW mode, this is make way too much sense.

ChillRIL
Member
3 years ago

Condolences to the Barreras. I can’t imagine a more painful loss.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  ChillRIL

could not imagine. Don’t want to.

Designerguy
Super Member
3 years ago

Impressive the 1961 Angels were able to field a team. The entire roster and management staff, not to mention the front office, was slapped together in three months. When the Diamondbacks and Rays joined MLB, they had more than two years to assemble a team.

Guest
3 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

The DBacks and Rays even had the ability to sign free agents for their inaugural team, and they still couldn’t best the record of the inaugural ‘61 Angels.

ChillRIL
Member
3 years ago

“Difficult” boss suggests a demanding boss, which is a challenge worth taking. But what if your boss is incompetent? Not sure how you navigate that one.

Designerguy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  ChillRIL

I’ve worked for both types of bosses. The demanding boss helps you achieve things you never thought possible. The incompetent boss sinks under the weight of his own stupidity. And it’s soooooo much fun to watch those idiots sink to the bottom.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

So now that Bauer is claiming on Twitter that he likes the direction the Mets are headed in maybe that will show folks that we were never going to to sign him.

I see Dr. Fauci is saying no full stadiums of sports until at least September. Another weird year coming up for MLB. I felt this was coming down the Pike. Another 10 months is going to get a lot of people rationalizing all kinds of strange ideas, started already here in this household last night. Mrs. GMB thinks 20 to 30 pct of announced deaths at hospitals from Covid-19 are for the purpose of hospitals to collect extra money from the Federal Government. I think people are to honest to do that………..SMFH. Hope we never have a Pandemic again, Good Grief Charlie Brown.

Happy 60th to all Angels fans, man does that make me feel old. I still remember opening day in 1961.

Have a great day folks and stay safe.

hockey_duckie
Member
3 years ago

I see Dr. Fauci is saying no full stadiums of sports until at least September.

That means Gov Newsom would keep it shut until after 2023.

What I don’t get is we’re nine to ten months in, but we haven’t expanded any hospitals, built separate facilities for infections diseases, or built mobile hospitals to where each idea helps to expand the capacity for any existing hospital or ICU unit. It’s asinine to acknowledge we shutdown in March for supposedly only 14 days and here we are in December locked down. This is similar to the Angels for the past five years, we knew we lacked pitching, but expected the current pitching core to hold without adding significant help.

The SF 49ers can’t even play in their stadium for a minimum of two games because of the recent CA lockdowns. They’re playing in Az for those games. Meanwhile, Florida is partially open and has been since July (they hosted NBA bubble). Both CA and FLA are similar in Covid cases, deaths, and death rates (under 2%), but CA is under deplorable lockdowns (have to wear a mask in your own home) and Florida is partially open. Makes me wonder why can’t we be partially open like Florida then?

DMAGZ13
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  hockey_duckie

I worse a mask at my moms house for 6 hours to protect her (we both did) and guess what, I didn’t die. I wear a mask when people come over to do work on the house and ask them to do the same, and so far none of them have passed out due to lack of oxygen intake. Their work performance hasn’t been affected.

The funny thing is if we wanted to end coronavirus as a pandemic by the end of the month we could. We could all stay locked in our homes, we could all wear masks and weed out the damn virus or send all those carrying to the hospital. The government could cut a one time check to cover everyone for a month. But people are more concerned about their loss freedom to go to a bar to get drunk so we don’t.

I feel so blessed that I can spend more time with my son and my wife . But the real American crisis is not the pandemic but that most Americans can’t stand to be trapped with people they live with for more than a few days.

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  hockey_duckie

We are definitely taking more extreme measures than other states.

I don’t have the answer. I do know that 10% of the population (those 75+) account for about 85% of the Covid related deaths and hospitalizations and they are scheduled to be vaccinated by Easter, along with the front liners. I’d hope that once our front line and most vulnerable are protected life starts getting back to normal.

With the way AZ and other states have operated, I’m hoping to continue my Spring Training streak and plan on catching the Angels in Arlington early on. But I expect CA to be the last state to allow fans.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
3 years ago

Well we signed proven pitcher…Jake Faria…to a minor league deal.