LA Angels Thursday News Crash: Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Shohei Ohtani and Yu Darvish got a chance at a photo opportunity while the Angels visit the Padres.

Here are the latest updates on the Alex Cobb situation and the Mike Trout situation. 

In defense of the Angels, they have apparently already produced 350,000 documents in Eric Kay’s case. I suspect that’s the number of pages, actually.

The Rays promoted their former General Manager, Erik Neander, to President of Baseball Operations and gave him a multi-year extension. 

Tigers catcher Jake Rogers underwent Tommy John surgery.  Dustin Garneau might get a chance to play some more big league catcher. 

The Dodgers dismissed a bunch of their scouts this year, four of whom are over 60. Sixty five year old Tim Schmidt, who is one of them, is suing the Dodgers for age discrimination. Grab some popcorn. This should be interesting.

Job postings: 

Part time paid writer for MLB Trade Rumors

Minnesota Twins Director of Baseball Research.

Milwaukee Brewers Coordinator– Scouting Operations.

Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Systems Positions.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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MikeSalmon
Trusted Member
16 days ago

I clicked on the injury update article that mentioned Cobb and Trout…and about 15 other Angels. Guys who, if NOT injured, might have gotten us a WC spot. The level of injuries to key guys, and the severity of some of them, was…really maddening.

Then, at the end of the article you see “Did you like this article?”

Uhh. No. No, I did not.

rosstrade
Member
16 days ago

Wonder if there is a chance we’ll get to see Davis Daniel pitch with the Halos this season…..?

Cowboy26
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  rosstrade

doubtful. Hes not a Rule 5 risk and putting him on the 40 man roster would handcuff us and block a much needed spot.

rosstrade
Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

great insight… thanks

RexFregosi
Trusted Member
16 days ago

The 350,000 number actually refers to the number of Tommy John surgeries the Angel pitching Staff had while Skaggs was a member of the team.

AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Or how much Arte saves every year by hiring a sub-par medical staff.

James
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Or saves on starving the minor league players?

Last edited 16 days ago by James
Mia
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Mia
16 days ago
Reply to  James

The beer and parking prices are worth it right? Right?

RIGHT?!?!

Last edited 16 days ago by Mia
rosstrade
Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Oh Man, I don’t know….

I’d rather see good awesome Halos pitching and defense and our minor league players not living at Taco Bell every night

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Unused 714 tickets per Week

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
16 days ago

while perusing the standing just now I see something interesting. We were discussing that the Angels have such a poor record against winning clubs. Well now I see that the fall of Oakland has happened because they’ve finally run into good teams to play and they’ve been losing.

vs .500 or better
Houston 43-31
Seattle 36-35
Oakland 27-44 (!)
Us 34-52
Texas (if you’re curious) 30-57

All four of the top AL East teams are over .500 in that category. Also of interest, the White Sox are below .500 against winning teams, boding badly for them in the playoffs.

AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
16 days ago

Of course, if the Angels make it back over .500, then the A’s record against .500 teams will immediately, retroactively, substantially improve.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Now that’s a great point I hadn’t considered!

Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago

Took me a second to wrap my head around that….

A more simplistic way to look at it, if the playoffs started today…….. We won or split the season series with 5 of the playoff teams, didn’t play 2 of them, and received an ass whipping by 3 of them.
Something positive.

rosstrade
Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Wow…!

James
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Not going to guarantee the Angels will win today but I will guarantee they will not lose.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  James

Well I think they will win today, just to keep from having to explain a the loss.

James
Trusted Member
16 days ago

Positive as always

2002heaven
Trusted Member
17 days ago

There you go Arte……always hire a disgruntled Dodger scouting and farm system employee.
They’ll be motivated to do better and stick it to their previous employer. 💪 

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

Pujols OPS+ with the Dodgers: 112

His message to Arte and crew:

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Yep – agree. Albert hasn’t hit this well since 2016.

AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

I think it is largely attributable to his limited role with the Dodgers.

He’s played in about 2/3 of the games for both the Angels and Dodgers. However, he started almost 100% of the games in which he appeared for the Angels and averaged ~4.0 PA/game. With the Dodgers, he only starts half of the games in which he appears and averages ~2.5 PA/game.

That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a part of him trying harder with the Dodgers to try to prove the Angels made a mistake (and to avoid getting released a second time).

James
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Betting on them releasing him after the season. Guy isn’t getting and faster.

Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

His career was in cardiac arrests. Going to the doyers was nothing but an adrenaline shot and the resuscitation worked. And I’m sure he was/is more motivated seeing the “real” end of his career coming.

He’s played well, give him credit, impressively with a lesser AB’s. Personally if he went to the Giants or Padres, Rays, White Sox’s, I’d root for him. Anyone but the Doyers, A’ss, M’s, Asstros, Yank, Red Suxs.

So I’ll continue to giggle when he does his go to move of GIDP and blame Arte for the worst contract in the history of America sports.

I’ll also wait for Albert to be a character witness for the Doyers in the age discrimination lawsuit……..what better evidence than the signing of a 50 year old to a MLB contract.

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

He also has better ‘protection’ – in the sense that pitchers would rather pitch to him than nearly anyone else in the lineup. If that is what it takes to be slightly above average, good for him.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
16 days ago

He’s a National League guy.

Cowboy26
Super Member
16 days ago

112? An OPS+ of 112 x nothing is still nothing. Everyone of his home runs he has hit with the Dodgers is against LHP. In fact I think he has only one homer against a RHP this whole season . To put this in perspective since August 7 the Doyers have played 31 games Pujols has only appeared in 19 of those games and has only averaged 1.8 PA’s in those 19 games. 90% of those at bats were against LHP’s He has a total of 6 hits over that span for a .207 batting average but 6 of those hits ,4 of which left the yard. He’s walked only 2 times and struck out 7 times over that span. So that is what grandpa has become. A old washed up one dimensional player who can’t field anymore can’t run anymore and certainly can’t hit anymore except maybe a solo home run against a Left hander.

Thanks God we’ve been spared this shell of show.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  Cowboy26

No one is saying his OPS+ is Troutian. Since leaving the Angels he’s put up better stats than when he was here. It is what it is.

OPS+ of 100 is league average. 112 is above league average. It’s the best he’s done since 2016. All I’m saying is the Dodgers found a way to squeeze out some results.

Cowboy26
Super Member
16 days ago

Is an OPS+ of 38 kind of horrendous? Because thats what Grandpa’s is this year against RHP’s . The Dodgers have multiple versatile players and a deep pitching staff (and no DH) that actually can absorb a completely one dimensional player ( until he stops hitting home runs against lefties.of course and then they’ll have absolutely nothing)

bradllee424
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Can’t believe we only ended up 3 runs down. This is what is so infuriating with the owner and management of this team. It shows there was no excuse for what has gone on the last few seasons.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  bradllee424

If only someone would call them out on this.

Fansince1971
Super Member
17 days ago

Adell has played 33 games this season and has 26 RBI which is on pace for 130 over a season. He’s also got 30 strikeouts which is on pace for 150 over a season. If he can cut that strikeout rate, the kid has the ability to be very very good.

Gorbachav5
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I can live with a strikeout rate at 150 per season with his power. What needs to improve is his walk rate. If he can bump that up from 30 per season to 50 or 60 per season, he’ll be a star. That’s a huge request, though.

AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Gorbachav5

But the most likely way for him to improve his walk rate is to not swing at pitches outside the zone, which would also likely decrease his strikeouts.

Last edited 16 days ago by AnAngelsFan
Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Swinging (with better pitch selection, of course) is a scary thought for the opposing infielders with his world class speed. They can’t get to the ball soon enough, every throw is rushed, translates into a ton of infield hits.

It will be fun to watch his development……..and his power potential.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  Twebur

I still think he’s totally finished and hope we can just get a bag of balls for him.

JackFrost
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Gorbachav5

You don’t think he’s already a star ???

If Shohei is not a “star” then nobody is, lol.

Gorbachav5
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Fansince1971 was talking about Adell. Of course Shohei is a star.

Cowboy26
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

he has over the 15 games. where he’s only struck out 10 times in 58 PA’s while slashing .321/.368/.547. I show he’s cut his strike out rate almost in half during that span compared his first 18 games since his promotion in early August

Fleckstein
Member
17 days ago

At least the kids put up with some fight after going down 8-1
I have been listening to the home announcers since the pandemic on MLB and was blown way as the Pads color announcer (Mike Sweeney maybe?) sounded to me just like John C. Reilly playing the catcher in the film For the Love of the Game.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
17 days ago

Very rare treat for us yesterday as we were able to listen to Terry and Langston on the radio for a few hours on our return trip from San Diego. We thankfully missed that night mare of a second inning. Patricka should not even be in MLB, and this is not the first time I have stated this as he just does not have the stuff to be there.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

Agree with you on Paprika, but he is useful towards the “no tank tank”. He should be featured prominently through the end of the season, and then unceremoniously kicked to the curb before reaching the clubhouse after the last game of the regular season.

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toad2065
Member
16 days ago

Ditto for Selman and Guerra. None of the three can be relied on to come in and throw strikes. All are worthless.

steelgolf
Super Member
17 days ago

Dodgers will probably find it would have been easier and cheaper just to pay the scout until his age 67 social security retirement age. I think seniors are a protected class when it comes to employment law.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I surely hope so. Seniors should not be taken advantage of and especially now with all other minorities being protected.

BruinsAngelsKings
Trusted Member
17 days ago

No one should be taken advantage of in the workplace or anywhere else for that matter.

AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Anyone over the age of 40 is protected by employment laws.

However, the fact that the Dodgers kept for younger scouts with no experience hired in 2020 is not, as the article seems to imply, a factor in favor of the plaintiff. You can fire more experienced, more expensive workers in favor of cheaper works that can be trained in the specific methods your organization uses without having to break bad habits ingrained by other organizations, even if the fired workers happen to be older.

Two key facts here will be whether the Dodgers retained any scouts who were older than the dismissed ones (who either made less or were better at their jobs) and whether the Dodgers also released younger, higher-paid scouts.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

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You’re all hired……..when can you all start?
Sincerely the Los Angeles Dodgers. 😆 

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James
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Looks like my kids birthday party when we were back in Bakersfield years ago.

Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

That Rainbow Coalition of “youts” needs some improvement. Not enough diversity.

toad2065
Member
16 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Where did Petey the dog go? You can’t have The Little Rascals without Petey.

Cowboy26
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Can any of them pitch?

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