LA Angels Thursday News Crash

This LA Angels Thursday News Crash features a story about The Angels having two of the best players in baseball. The Angels Mike Trout is not only the best center fielder in Major League Baseball per Bleacher Report projections, but Anthony Rendon is the best third baseman.  No Mariners appear in this list. Kurt Suzuki brings the intangibles.  Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh go in on MLB Photo Day. 

Rage of the day:  Here is the Lookout Landing assessment of the Angels for 2021.  Admit it.  Beating the Mariners feels good.  We beat them March 7 and continued hitting jacks after pummeling them to a loss.  Let the rage flow through you.  Our next chance to beat them will be March 17.  Save the date.  The Rangers are going to have a 100% capacity crowd on opening day. What could go wrong? Here is the bodycam video of Johnny Damon’s DUI arrest

This just in.  Pitchers are weird. But hey!  Whatever gets the job done

Injuries

The Yankees Zack Britton will have elbow surgery.  It’s not Tommy John Surgery.  He will only miss three to four months.  Jonathan Hernandez of the Rangers suffered a low grade strain of his UCL and will be shut down for at least four weeks.  Joey Votto tested positive for COVID-19. Padres Right handed pitcher Jacob Nix has an elbow injury and may need Tommy John surgery.  Carlos Carrasco has elbow soreness and will stop throwing for a while.  George Springer is day to day with abdominal tightness.  The Astros’ Forrest Whitley will be getting Tommy John surgery. 

Cover Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

I dislike all the other AL West teams, I’m an equal opportunist of dislike.

LanaBanana
Super Member
3 years ago

The Mariners, they hate us, they really really hate us. 😂😂

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

And yet the Mariners remain my least-disliked team in the AL West. In fact, I almost always look forward to the Angels playing the Mariners.

LanaBanana
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

I probably wouldn’t dislike them as much as I do if it weren’t for Lookout Landing.

hockey_duckie
Member
3 years ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

hahahah I was just wondering if it was for LL. Suspicion confirmed and agreed with. They really do hate us. hahahha

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Odd group. When I headed over there years ago to ask advice on my upcoming Seattle trip they couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful.

But they’ve made consistent jokes about Adenhart’s death and genuinely despise all things Angels and particularly Rev.

red floyd
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

As Agent K says, “A person is smart. People are dumb.”

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

They have a MLB team in Seattle?

Brent
Super Member
3 years ago

If you had Reyes and McCurry as the next Angels pitchers to get TJ surgery, you’re correct!

https://twitter.com/jefffletcherocr/status/1370042181768028169?s=21

Guest
3 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

In the baseball of my youth, pitchers (and others) were constantly tearing up the rotator cuff in their shoulders, now torn up elbows are all the rage. How come rotator cuff injuries have subsided? What are today’s players doing differently to avoid that injury?

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago
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in the baseball of my youth they just called it “dead arm” and the pitcher was “washed up”.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to 

Interesting.

I’d assume it is something mechanical. Guys somehow moving the stress of pitching from the shoulder to the elbow. Perhaps just better conditioning programs to improve shoulder strength and range of motion.

I’m seriously going to nerd out on this.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

let us know what you find, good question boywithapple

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
3 years ago
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Maybe SPIIIIIIIIIIIN RATES

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Love the photo of Adell and Marsh. These two, if they both pan out, could be a dynamic duo for many seasons. The other hoot made me excited for the future. Hopefully they make many All-Star games together.

Seattle’s anger and bitterness is hilarious. Maybe it’s the weather.

Finally, Texas is a joke. Probably a few hundred will die from that crowd statistically. Even if it’s a few dozen, is that worth it?

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

yes, great photo! Assuming they become like Ruth and Gehrig it might be a good idea to save a copy of this photo. I use “Ruth and Gehrig” generically, of course. Any two talented teammates would work.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago

thanks for the links, I actually enjoyed LL view on the Angels, Its not like they’re off. Our org treats fans (especially low paying ones) like crap and we basically have very little to be ‘proud’ or organizationally or on the field. I am here because I chose the Angels as my favorite team long time ago and I want them to do well. I also chose this site (whoever wrote that one piece on Josh Hamilton and got kicked off HH calling him out I also liked) because members here don’t just blow smoke and mirrors up peoples ***.

red floyd
Legend
3 years ago

That “whoever” was Rev Halofan, the guy who FOUNDED the original site.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

that was the one detailing all the mishaps of the organization over the past so many years, right? I read the edited version but wouldn’t have minded reading the original. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I’ll never be the one with a pitch folk trying to force change.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

yes… exactly this!

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

For some reason I was thinking rex fergosi because he’s been posting more, but yes Rev Halofan is my guy too. Life isn’t filled with sunshine and rainbows. I’ve enjoyed going to seminars like Jocco Willink’s extreme ownership and the such. So calling it like it is is fine by me 🙂

Born_in_59
Member
3 years ago

I read the LL piece as well and didn’t see anything that hasn’t already been mentioned by commenters here. The only part I disagree with was the end comment about if Trout had said something, Calloway would already be gone. The FO may indeed be cowards, but so would I if my actions would result in a lawsuit for wrongful termination. Regardless of the many things that could go wrong for the Angels this year, I rather like their chances over that team in Seattle, whoever they are.

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Born_in_59

Exactly. It sucks the Angels are getting hammered for not firing Mickey (yet) but we can almost certainly thank the lawyers for that.

And side note, every franchise and entertainment venue likes per caps.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Born_in_59

Also, if Trout did what they suggested and Calloway was actually fired, Trout would probably be sued for defamation and intentional interference with a contract.

Even if he would win (truth is a defense to defamation) he shouldn’t be obligated to expose himself to litigation just to expedite the process of firing a person before the investigation is complete.

The rest of the article was entertaining.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Born_in_59

Well, of course I don’t agree with everything they said. I didn’t even know what LL stood for before clicking the link. I don’t think I’ve gone to an opposing teams site to read about them, in any sport. Apparently LL hates on us a lot. Have the mariners ever done anything?! I mean Ken Griffey was cool when I was a kid but thats about it. I agree with the previous comments on dick pic mick, let the legal course do its things so we don’t have to pay him.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
3 years ago

Seattle has Griffey, one incredible regular season, and Griffey.

They did beat the Yanks in a playoff series once.

Great ballpark. Loved it a few years ago. Probably surrounded by piles of human feces now

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

Well to understand LL and to understand Mariner fan you have to remember that there is only one team in all of major League baseball that has never been to a world series and that team, of course, is…..the Seattle Mariners.

Bariclaw
Newbie
3 years ago

I’d be curious what the player’s association has to say about 100% capacity. I would presume that the first row or two would be empty? I would think that they would be wary of any play in foul territory where a beer guzzling unmasked Texan dingus might be in close contact with any player.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Bariclaw

those in the sponsorship department probably want to keep some of those tarp advertisements over seats too.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Bariclaw

is her name Annie?

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago

Johnny Damon, lol. I was waiting for the “Do you know who I am.?” Sadly, it didn’t come. Despite the fact he’s a rich, white former pro-athlete I can’t say I blame him for being nervous. Even if he had not been a drunk driving idiot the anxiety around police is fully understandable.

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Johnny Damon says “Hello” to Lenny Dykstra and former Angel Chad Curtis…..UGH! Next stop Date Line or 48 Hr’s for these guys?

Last edited 3 years ago by 2002heaven
Commander_Nate
Member
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Lookout Landing is why Kurt Cobain killed himself.

halofansince1978
Super Member
3 years ago

Sport Lodge prediction for Angels in 2021 is AL West Champions with 88 wins.

Love me some of that Halo Honk optimism but come on Roger….way out there.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
3 years ago

Stranger things have happened. If the pitching stays healthy, I could see that. Astros are already hit with the injury bug, and the As didn’t get better in the offseason.

halofansince1978
Super Member
3 years ago

I hope you get to be right.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago

Kind of agree. The Rangers are crap, and having lost Lynn the pitching is seriously weakened. The Mariners are the Mariners, and of course the Astros have had an exile of talent with Springer and Cole already gone from the last WS team and we saw last year what a buzzer free Altuve really is. As usual, I think the A’s will be our biggest challenge as they have had our number for awhile. Things would have to fall our way and we’d obviously have to have alot of luck with injuries and the pitching over-performing, but I don’t think it is outside the realm of possibility.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago

Like your logo matt… california angels is and has always been my favorite team name/jersey for them

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago

Uh Oh…..us gettin better by hopin our opposition gets worse again?
Whut about Seeatle BTW? They have a ace in Marco Gonzalez and we dohnt.
Being a 400lb fat guy and hopin Ursain Bolt breaks both his legs isn’t a improvement on our part.

Last edited 3 years ago by 2002heaven
GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

Angels breakout player of the year in 2021 will be Walsh.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
3 years ago

If you’re right, this lineup could get scary.

Trout, Rendon, Ohtani look to be elite.

Upton and Fletcher can be slightly above in deferent ways.

Iglesias, Stassi, Suzuki, Fowler are no slouches. And Marsh likely replaces Fowler soon.

If Walsh can be in either of those top tiers, that’s 6 guys above average. Add in Marsh and that’s 7 with the others still being decent.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

But can he pitch?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

Who are Cantu and Robertson writing for Lookout Landing? That is a brutal assessment of Trouty and the Halos, yikes. Am I wrong to feel peeved by this attack or just way to sensitive? Is it to brutal or am I wishing for to much such as making the playoffs. What is the truth Magical Eight Ball? Please take an assist here and tell me the truth.

Magical Eight Ball to GPB, “You can’t handle the truth!”

halofansince1978
Super Member
3 years ago

Note to Lookout Landing: Jealousy is a very bad look for you.

TRUTH: We have a Ring and you don’t…HALO POWER BABY!

red floyd
Legend
3 years ago

That sounds like an MFY argument. “27 rings!!!”

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Best way to shut up that pasty, angry mob up north is to win.