LA Angels Labor Day News Crash: The Kids Are Playing

The Angels are 68-69. They will not make the playoffs. We’re now seeing open auditions for 2022.

With a combination of young rookies, journeymen, and players looking to take their next step, the Angels are fairly unrecognizable from the way they started the season.

We’ve all heard about Jack Mayfield, but it seems like he has a chance to make the team in 2022. Mayfield is under control until 2025.

Although Luis Rengifo made a key error in Sunday’s game, he also tallied two hits and sent a ball to the warning track. He’ll likely split time with Mayfield as the Angels continue to monitor his development.

Brandon Marsh has been playing better, and Jo Adell walloped two home runs Saturday. Justin Upton is on the Injured List.

The Angels are now pitching guys like Janson Junk, Kyle Tyler, Elvis Peguero, Jimmy Herget, Oliver Ortega, and Andrew Wantz. José Marte, Austin Warren, and Reid Detmers hope to come off the COVID list soon.

It’s definitely an interesting experience that will play out at the park for the rest of the year, but it doesn’t all have to be bad. Perhaps some gems will emerge from the rough.

Happy Labor Day!

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GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
19 days ago

Well is this the game thread for tonight?

AllenB
Trusted Member
19 days ago

I’m sure hoping they aren’t planning on Rengifo and Mayfield being the answer at short. That’s not real comforting.

Twebur
Super Member
19 days ago

The Wire and Board Walk Empire fans
https://apple.news/AmtokIF19Ra-rKFPPRmQ7nQ

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  Twebur

Dang it. I really liked that actor.

red floyd
Super Member
20 days ago

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Twebur
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

Joe is a Free-Range parent

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
20 days ago

The all blue doyer uniforms last night were embarrassing.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

Ed Orgeron Sissy Blue?

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Good News!!! We don’t play the Sux till next year.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Twebur

Good luck with that.

FungoAle
Super Member
20 days ago

Vladdy just bombed #40. Let’s go Sho!

rosstrade
Member
19 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Would be nice to see an Angel lead the league in homers.

Don’t think it’s ever happened, even when Glaus hit 47…

Born_in_59
Member
19 days ago
Reply to  rosstrade

Once again according to Baseball-Reference, Glaus did lead the AL in homeruns the year he hit 47 (2000) although Sosa and Bonds hit more for the NL. Previously, Reggie Jackson tied with Gorman Thomas for the major league HR title back in 1982.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  Born_in_59

Those were the days – PEDS for everyone!

jco
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jco
19 days ago
Reply to  rosstrade

Glaus led the league (not the majors) in 2000. Bobby Grich tied for the league lead in 1981. Reggie Jackson tied for the league lead on Monday in 1982. Others anyone?

Cowboy26
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BoyWithApple
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20 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Stroman is a huge Mike Trout fan. He’s a free agent at the end of the year. He would be a great signing for the Angels — he could help the young Halo pitchers get through their lumps and bumps next year and then head the rotation in 2023 with Ohtani as the Angels storm back into the playoffs.

Twebur
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

That was the same hope last off season……

h27kim
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20 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

He also fits the idea of “pseudo ace” that I’d been thelrowing about also–someone who can provide inning and perform at an above avg level with some consistency, but not quite a “real ace” stuffwise. But he will be exp and it’s not obv that we’ll be able to afford him unless Arte is dissuaded from splurging on yet more position players.

2002heaven
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19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

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No theez guyz if they’re available. 💪  💪 
Anthony DeSclafani & Robbie Ray

Last edited 19 days ago by 2002heaven
MarineLayer
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19 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Ray will regress to his 6 walks per game self if we acquire him. Disco isalready fading.

Cowboy26
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

The Jay will Overpay for their Ray

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I always think of Dan Ford when I see “Disco”.

Cowboy26
Super Member
19 days ago

I think of….superballs.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2002heaven

Yah. I’d take either one of these guys.

BoyWithApple
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20 days ago

Shouldn’t batters come to the plate with a card in their back pocket that they can look at after every pitch that explains what the pitcher on the mound typically throws when the count is 1-0, 0-1, 2-0, 0-2, 1-1, et cetera? If the pitchers get to look at a card after every pitch that tells them how to attack the particular hitters, it only seems fair that the hitters have something comparable. 

Just kidding. I hate the cards the pitchers and defenders take with them out onto the field. Looking at the cards after each pitch slows the game down. Players should have this information in their heads. Having baseball smarts used to be one of the qualities that separated good players from mediocre players.

Twebur
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

Hitters are more high tech….I think the giant sunglasses they wear now have 5.5 inch plasma screens in the lenses….MLB version of Google Glass.

Cowboy26
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

They don’t need no stinkin cards.

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
20 days ago

The big problem with rushing all these kids to the Major Leagues.

Is they have no business being anywhere near the Major leagues.

Major League hitters are going to dominate them as we have seen.

The end result being many will lose their confidence and be failures.

BoyWithApple
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20 days ago

I understand your concern, but if we want to get Trout into the playoffs before his window closes, this is something the Angels have to do. Another thing the Angels have to do is treat 2022 like a year of development for Adell, Marsh, and all of these promising young pitchers. Get them MLB experience. Let them fail and learn. This is the only way to get the Angels back into the playoffs by 2023.

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

The long term outlook of our pitching staff is not about Trout.

It would indeed be great to put the “Fat Kid” into the playoffs.

But not at the expense of all this great young unproven talent.

If Trout never wins a playoff game he wont be the first or last.

Okay tar and feathers out there…I understand what I just said.

Cowboy26
Super Member
20 days ago

So whats the deal with the double spacing? I thought you were going for some type of Haiku or maybe a limerick?

Last edited 20 days ago by Cowboy26
halofansince1978
Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Just something I do.

My style I would say.

We all have our thing.

Cowboy26
Super Member
20 days ago

So a limerick it is.

Twebur
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Title

The “Fat Kid” into the playoffs….

grichmanpoorman
Newbie
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

All these worlds are yours.

Except for Europa.

Attempt no landings there.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  Cowboy26

Pitchers never sign

The market thin as paper

The blog poster weeps

Twebur
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

In two-thousand-two
Angels won the world series
Never again, fail

FungoAle
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

2023? I don’t think you can take a mulligan on 2022. Angels need to approach next year aggressively as they can, to win it all. That should not equate to just committing to Adell and Marsh to flounder in the big leagues, like now. There will come a make or break time with these guys. Angels are expected to win, now. We’re not a small market team. They better get to the damn post season next year.

I’m not sure Perry is as smart as I thought he was taking the job. That is my big concern. Can he get us there? His pitching acquisitions thus far has been dreadful. That needs to change plus adding Rendon and Trout back to the everyday lineup will be huge, Sign D-cell get an accomplished OF and it’s game on. We can be top 5 in offense and this is with a $1.5M SS. I’ll put money down on a WS futures bet if Perry can figure it out.

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I give up whose nickname is D-cell?

FungoAle
Super Member
20 days ago

The Closer

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Thank You!!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

It’s a nickname that doesn’t really work. Thankfully it’s also not really his nickname “RamRod” from Supertroopers is smoother off the mind than Raisel = Duracell = D-Cell. Though, being a baseball player his nickname is probably something as dead stupid as Raiselo.

There is nothing as sad as players weekend when you see all the player’s nicknames on the jerseys… makes me miss Travis “ProDonk” Hafner.

Cowboy26
Super Member
19 days ago

Probably just “Iggy”

BoyWithApple
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Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

It is truly frustrating to be the fan of a franchise that has been floundering in mediocrity for the past seven years, but I just don’t see how the pitching will be ready in 2022 to lead the Halos back into the post season.

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

You would have just loved the nineties.

Disney years were horrid and bizarro.

Cowboy26
Super Member
20 days ago

and then that World Series thing happened. So Bizarre .

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That was all about Mike Scioscia.

clover_black
Member
19 days ago

hah

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

Who would of thought our starting pitchers this season would have been so good as they were from May through July before the injuries took over. We lost Sandoval and Cobb and Canning and still keep going.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  BoyWithApple

It doesn’t matter if you can make it work in your head, just demand it. Demand it loudly and constantly. Then it will totally happen.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
20 days ago

It is and always has tough to watch the growing pains of the kids, but it is necessary if we are to get better as a team. Our veterans are just not enough to rise to the occasion and put us over the top.

Funny thing is most here want to see the “Kids” and we are rooting for all of them especially right now Marsh and Adell in the OF. What PTP is doing is rebuilding the team, even without losing our prized possessions. We are not Playoffs bound so why not play the youth? Especially the young pitchers.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
20 days ago

Kyle Tyler looked good in his MLB debut giving promise for 2022. Thanx H.T. for listing all the potential arms we may see in ST in February as I was not aware yhere would be so many. This is a good sign that more “Kids” will come up to the Big A.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
20 days ago

Good Morning and Happy Labor Day.

BoyWithApple
Member
Trusted Member
20 days ago

Remove this comment if you please, but GB’s greeting brought up in my mind an old question that I haven’t gotten a satisfactory answer to — is Labor Day a capitalist holiday or a socialist holiday?

Fansince1971
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

Everyone- and I mean EVERYONE- loves a day off of work – particularly missing a Monday.. So let’s just leave it at that.

Cowboy26
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

The correct answer is yes

Twebur
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

You’re wrong, he’s right………no

Mas_Angeles
Member
20 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

I think a _union worker’s_ holiday would be more precise (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day). It doesn’t quite have the same overtones that May Day does.

But with the mnemonic device of “labor comes after 9 months” — maybe it should be considered a mother’s holiday. 😀

2002heaven
Trusted Member
20 days ago

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Same……thoughts & prayers with Ida victims in the NE and LA areas.

red floyd
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

What are you, some kind of Brit? Or maybe an Aussie?

Twebur
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

Just happy it’s not the Hammer and Sickle.

Cowboy26
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

How do you feel about the Ball and Chain?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a9wowg4AjI

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