LA Angels Thursday News Crash: NL Wild Card

The results are in for the NL Wild Card Game. The Dodgers advance into the playoffs while the Cardinals go home.

Angels Links

Jo Adell was named the top MLB prospect in the AAA West

The Angels affiliate for the Arizona Fall League this year is the Glendale Desert Dogs.  Jeremiah Jackson, Anthony Mulrine, Robinson Pina, Orlando Martinez, Nathan Burns, Coleman Crow, and Zack Lingenfelter are going there from the Angels System. 

“We had numerous injuries on the mound and some performance issues.”  says Perry Minasian.  He says he would like to add three or four front line starters but, “Realistically, that’s really difficult to do.” 

Matt Vasgersian will announce more Angels games, but still probably won’t be full time. Specifically, he is leaving Sunday Night Baseball.

Firings And Demotions

The Padres finally fired Jayce Tingler

In addition to their hitting coach, the Cubs have also ditched their Associate Pitching/Catching/Strategy Coach Mike Borzello

Now Cleveland fired their hitting coach, Ty Van Burkleo. 

It looks like the Twins demoted coaches Edgar Varela and Kevin Morgan. 

David Ross, on the other hand, might get extended by the Cubs

General Baseball Links

Theo Epstein doesn’t want to work in the Mets front office

The 2022 draft order is here, although nobody knows exactly when that draft will be held. 

This link is just a news report, not an invitation to begin a political debate in the comment section!!!  We mean it.  Now for the link:  MLB will require all the minor league players to be vaccinated prior to the 2022 season. 

Job Posting:  Dodgers Baseball Operations Junior Analyst

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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2002heaven
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16 days ago

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Perry needs to talk to Saint Louie about him, they have yet another good youngster ( Edmundo Sosa knocking on their door ). Cardinals know good infielders and how to develop them.
Go Get him Perry, we need a SS!!!!! 💪  🤓  🤔 

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2002heaven

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2002heaven
Trusted Member
15 days ago

Tommy Herr, a 1980’s All Star 2B
Must’ve been a undrafted FA, because I can’t find any MLB Draft history on him. You’re making my criticism and wrath of our team’s scouting and player development easier. Meanwhile we had to trade for Rob Wilfong. 😭 

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Wow, you are really bad at this. DeJong is losing his starting position in St. Louis (already lost it, to be fair, to Sosa). He is hitting below .200 on the season, the third season in a row his stats have dropped. He is 27, and already making 4M. And you want to trade FOR him?

Seriously, just play Rengifo who is younger and has upside (at least) (and costs nothing). If you don’t want to get a SS that improves the game, no need to spend the money. Even with a bad first half (needing to get sent down to AAA to work things out) he still had a better season.

Last edited 16 days ago by matthiasstephan
2002heaven
Trusted Member
16 days ago

De Jong has HR power .
Since when has this organization ever had a power hitter at the SS position ( Like never actually!! ). Can’t help it if this team sucks at scouting and developing certain positions ( shhhhhh…….catcher & SS ).

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

DeJong wouldn’t be too bad a gamble if he were released or we could trade for him without giving up much. He plays SS OK and does have a track record of hitting OK.

I wouldn’t hold him up as an example of why we suck, but I am certain we’ll hear worse ideas over the course of the winter.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
15 days ago

Eye Dooo Reeserch 💪  💪  💪 
Just looked up Fletch and DeJong and how many here at CTPG wanna have him at SS next season. DeJong had 19 hr’s this season while Fletch has just 12 for the entire 4 yrs he’s been here!!!
Power and low BA doesn’t faze me. See Albert Pujols’s 2017 season for us and 2021 compare Pujols to DeJong. DeJong wins!! 💪  💪  👈 
PERRY, STL WENT HOME TWO DAYS AGO, NOW GO CALL THE RED BIRDS AND START TALKING ABOUT A DEAL!!!

2002heaven
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16 days ago

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Edman beats Fletcher in WAR, HR’s, RBI’s this year, both were 6th rd picks a year apart.
according to BRef 🤓  🤓  🤓  🤔 
I do reeeserch…

Last edited 16 days ago by 2002heaven
gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  2002heaven

99% of Kangaroos are left handed.

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Yes, it is amazing, isn’t it, that in a down year for Fletch, Tommy Edman is almost as good (with the bat, and without the ability to play SS). Nice find. Well done you.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
16 days ago

Today will be weird. I absolutely detest 3 of the 4 teams. On Tuesday I found out I hate the Skanks more than I hate the sux. I didn’t know until the game started! I expect it’ll be like that for this horrible early game.

Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago

Sux hate is more for me.

max
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max
15 days ago

I understand. I found out I hate the dodgers more than the roid suck in 2018

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

Drafted after the Angels pick in 2016. Zomms!
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matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
16 days ago

I really wish I understood the rules of this game. Seems like it could be fun.

steelgolf
Super Member
16 days ago

Rules? There are no rules, just post a random picture of a baseball player …… or anyone for that matter…. hell, post a picture of Clark Gable, or Chuck Connors, maybe even Pee Wee Herman.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  steelgolf

At this point I just feel naked if the Links don’t have a picture of someone who is NOT an Angels player posted…. solely because they are not an Angel. I think the original intent of 2002Heaven was for a pile of people to say something like….

“Aw shit! We could have drafted Hudson Potts in 2016! Dios Mio! Arte is so stupid, Billy Eppler is a tool! I wish I could have babies so JeDi could give me one! I am so angry!”

“Yah. Me too!”

“Yah Yah. Me also too!”

“I looked into how this horrific error happened. Apparently, when it was the Angels turn to pick a player, they picked a different player.”

“That’s bullshit! Why aren’t they smart like me!”

And we all feel the warm glow of cheap affirmation.

What’s really happening is I’m so bored with it that I am just posting players from 1984 who are also not currently Angels, or hot dog girl, or mid sized bank managers from small cities. Anything to kill the tedium a little.

I may move on to MLB Players…. and the dog breeds they look like.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
16 days ago

But since nobody responds that way (we should have signed him!) a much shorter reply would be “ho hum”.

Or you could do your own shtick, the mockery you enjoy.

Cowboy26
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Uh, Excuse me. It was Pee Wee Reese not Pee Wee Herman that played for the Doyers

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  Cowboy26

Unless there are pictures of them in the same place at the time, they are the same person.

Last edited 16 days ago by Senator_John_Blutarsky
red floyd
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16 days ago

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red floyd
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

This is how I feel about 2002’s unlabelled pix.

steelgolf
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

This guy looks like a NASA guy.

Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Or Max Stassi’s father…….

steelgolf
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

 😄 

red floyd
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

There’s a reason for that….

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

to the moon and back

2002heaven
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Because he is
The name is Frank Borman a retired USAF Col and NASA engineer and born in Indiana ( a lot of NASA people came from the Midwest for some reason ). BTW he’s 93 now and yes he looks like he was a cast member on the 1960;s sitcom “I Dream Of Jeannie”. Wonder what Gitcho’s take is on the fashion and look of the 1960’s suit? 😎 

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  2002heaven

I like those suits.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Pee Wee King – Catty Town. I guess I could link it…take my word, it’s a hopping western swing-y song.

red floyd
Super Member
16 days ago

Are you saying we could have signed BB King?

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

yes, but then we’d be out on…

Cowboy26
Super Member
16 days ago

Muddy Waters? ( Although it seems we have a lot of those)

Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

T-Bone Walker  “Considered the Father of Electric Blues Guitar”

All hit, no glove like the Plumber.

red floyd
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He went to the Doyers.

Oh wait. That was SHITTY Waters.

max
Trusted Member
max
15 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Ooooh Chuck Conners in his doyer uni!

SC_Halo
Member
17 days ago

anyone else in this camp: you respect the historical impact on the game of baseball that the Dodgers have. They have put together quit a little run here the last 5-6 years of consistent tenant chasing. and you want to tip your hat to this success, especially to the real fans that have stayed with them for forever through the heartaches til now. But it’s the 90% of that fanbase that just makes me not respect the franchise at all. I guess I have to learn to differentiate better but these bandwagon fans (shocker for So Cal, i know) make it difficult. Go Rays!

Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  SC_Halo

No, not in your camp. I prefer to hate the Doyer’s with every cell in my body. Personally I think they are cheating and have yet to be caught, not sure how or what, but they are cheating. This heartaches you speak of, brings me great joy. I wish all Doyer fans, young, old, gangbangers and nun’s much pain and disappointment that lasts for decades.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  Twebur

Sooooo….. go Astros?

Astros/Giants World Series…. BURN BLUE WORLD BURN!!!!

Last edited 16 days ago by gitchogritchoffmypettis
Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago

If it’s Red Sox’s or Houston vs Doyers……..I’ll just ignore the outcome.

If the Doyers get past SF they’ll smoke the Brewers or Braves.

steelgolf
Super Member
17 days ago

Can’t say I’m excited about Matt V calling more games for The Angels next season. I may have to go to listening to the radio broadcast while watching the game.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I just don’t understand why the Angles cannot commit to a dedicated 2-man crew for TV.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  FungoAle

I think they want Matty V full time because BIG SPLASH and they are just taking what they can get from him for now.

Cowboy26
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Yes I agree . Its extremely obtuse.

red floyd
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

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Cowboy26
Super Member
17 days ago

Ex Halo Ty Van Burkleo got fired as a hitting coach? I didn’t know we had any ex Angels that knew how to hit.

Twebur
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

seem to have a surplus pitching coaches that played for us in Wise and “The Butcher”.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

Personal feelings aside regarding the Dodgers, it was a great game last night. I can’t wait to see the Giants kick their ass (although I’m not a Giants fan).

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
17 days ago

If it were any other team. I’d agree, but having lived in the Bay Area where their hatred of SoCal is so strong, I’m Dodgers all the way in this series. I hope they then get blown hard in the next one. Go anything but Frisco teams!

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
16 days ago

I have a bad feeling LA takes them. Although I’d love nothing more than to see the dodgers knocked off by their biggest rivals.

FungoAle
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

It will be tough but I am happy to see them square off. Truthfully and not a shocker, the Dodgers have much better personnel, just go across the infield and outfield and compare. Only at catcher do the Giants clearly have the better player. But as we have seen, the Giants play mistake free baseball and play as a team. They were underdogs during their previous WS runs in 2010, 2012 and 2014. You never can count them out.

The Giants may not win the World Series this year, but please beat the M.F.Ds.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  FungoAle

The Giants and Rays are “teams of destiny density” this year

AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Giants were 10-9 against the Dodgers during the season. If that is evidence of anything, its that both teams have a chance.

Jim Atkins
Trusted Member
17 days ago

How about some predictions for today’s series? No deep analysis here, just some gut feelings garnished with deep-seated Boston hatred. I’m thinking Houston over Chicago. Been quite a while since the White Sox played a meaningful game, could be well-rested, could be stale. Kinda figure this is Houston’s last hurrah with a few of their players, motivation to win one for Carlos Correa. Like Rays over Sawx, TB seems more of a complete team, with a quietly brilliant manager. Besides, it’s the freaking Chowds.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  Jim Atkins

I’m with you: Houston vs. TB in the ALCS.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Red Sox will get through along with Houston.

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I desperately hope you are wrong on both counts. (Nothing personal).

FungoAle
Super Member
16 days ago

Nope, no offense taken. Enjoy the games!

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

That would be as bad as the Sux/Dodgers Series a few years ago.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Honestly, at that point, I’d just root for the Asstros beating dyh Doyers in the WS. Then I’d go outside and pull the wings off some flies.

red floyd
Super Member
16 days ago

I still want TB vs MIL in the World Series, just to f*** up ESPN and Fox.

steelgolf
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

 😅 

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  red floyd

That would also be some damn fine games I’d imagine.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Boston has had to fight so hard for so long just to get into the playoffs they are either fatigued or battle hardened by now. I’m hoping fatigued. And I think TB’s pitching is more complete. I’ll take the Rays in that series and I’m rooting for them.

Houston won more games than Chicago while playing in a tougher division and having a greater run differential. I hope the cheating bastards lose, but I’d bet they win this in 4.

toad2065
Member
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Won’t be a popular opinion here, but I’m pulling for Dusty Baker. He’s been unfairly maligned over the years but has been a winner everywhere he’s been. Coming out of retirement to help clean up the Astro mess deserves respect. I’ll save my disgust for the last Astro manager and those absolute idiots in Detroit that hired him!

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  toad2065

If they have been cleaned up, I would support that. I am not entirely convinced.

Jim Atkins
Trusted Member
16 days ago
Reply to  toad2065

Yeah, Dusty is one of the good guys in MLB. I’m old enough to remember him as one of the Gang Of Four for the Doyers. Still hate Houston, though.

Designerguy
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  toad2065

Thanks to some of Baker’s managerial moves, the Angels won in 2002.

So he’s got that going for him…

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  Designerguy

Can you imagine how tender and gooey and sugary and gross it would be if the current Astros team did the whole “our kids are in the dugout with us, look how hole some we are.” thing in the social media/mommy media era?

red floyd
Super Member
16 days ago

You mean a-hole some.

They certainly aren’t wholesome.

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