LA Angels Thanksgiving Links: A Full Plate

Happy Thanksgiving all! There’s so much to be thankful for in life. This little community of Angels/baseball enthusiasts is definitely one of them as is baseball in general. It is great chatting about and enjoying the great game with you.

Ok, so let’s get going we have a full plate of links to go with your full plate of food.

The Angels are raiding the Mets for good pitching. First it was Thor for a year and a cool $21 million. This week Perry Minasian picked up my off season piece and did exactly what I said he should: sign Aaron Loup.

This week Noah took to the talk circuit and talked about the signing.

As we know, Syndergaard is back healthy after Tommy John surgery just like Justin Verlander. What can we expect out of them in 2022?

The Angels are still on the prowl looking for pitching. Kevin Gausman is a current target. Gausman is a guy whose spin rate took a nosedive after the umps started checking for the sticky icky. Not sure how deep I’d want to go here.

The Angels are filling holes in the roster but still have a ways to go. One addition this week was super utility man Tyler Wade who gave a really nice Q and A to The Athletic.

Of course, as talent comes in roster cuts must be made. Keon Wong and Hector Yan were given their release.

The Angels were also in on Steven Matz who went to the Cardinals for 4 years and $44 million. That’s a pretty decent gamble considering his injury history. But if he’s even 75% of what he’s been the last few years, that’s a good signing.

It also takes another good arm away from the Mets, which angered owner/insider trading extraordinaire Steve Cohen who stated “I’ve never seen such unprofessional behavior.”

Perhaps he doesn’t have a mirror.

There could be another flurry of activity as MLB moved the non-tender deadline up to November 30th, one day before the CBA expires.

Taking a look at non tender candidates, there’s definitely some talent Perry might find intriguing. Some swing and bullpen arms, maybe a backup catcher. These are the depth moves that often separate teams over the course of a 162 game marathon.

I’m kind of surprised Perry didn’t claim former number 5 overall pick Kyle Zimmer. After all, he could have cut loose Sam Selman or Jimmy Herget to add Zimmer’s upside.

Sorry to bring up a subject likely to upset your stomachs on the day of a feast, but Artificially Big Papi and A-fraud Rodriguez are on the Hall of Fame Ballot. They hit the list just as PED poster boys Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa take their last laps.

Perhaps the Hall inducts a “Steroid Class” and denotes that these were the biggest players in the game but their career numbers are as artificially inflated as their egos. I’m not talking about individual plaques that would make them seem equal to the real HOF’ers, I mean one exhibit that notes the dark chapter of the game factually.

And, no, Pete Rose likely throwing games because he owed his mob bookies money doesn’t make him better than the steroid guys or worth of induction. But, hey, if you’re going to commit a crime and break baseball’s most sacrosanct rule, make sure to write a check to cover your tab.

Now that the Tums are kicking in, let’s head for the dessert portion of the day. Hard call between pumpkin and pecan pie here for me. Might as well go with a bit of each.

Ohtani took two slices of pie this week. He was named to the All MLB Team’s as both a hitter and a pitcher.

Enjoy your holiday, be safe, and wish for a full slate of Spring Training games.

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2002heaven
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11 hours ago

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Can’t blame bad scouting on this…..

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  2002heaven

O czym ty kurwa mowisz?

Twebur
Super Member
6 hours ago

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red floyd
Super Member
10 hours ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Please allow me to quote from the Community Guidelines (you can find it under “WELCOME!” in the menu bar.

PESSIMISTIC? Bitch once, then offer a solution. Don’t bitch twice, it’s alright.

Mia
Super Member
Mia
10 hours ago
Reply to  red floyd

Unless there are people younger than you on your lawn, then you get to bitch every damn day.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
13 hours ago

Angels killer moving to the NL!!!

Mets to sign Mark Canha

Mia
Super Member
Mia
12 hours ago

Canha get an amen?!

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WallyChuckChili
Super Member
12 hours ago
Reply to  Mia

Your amen has been Marked.

red floyd
Super Member
10 hours ago
Reply to  Mia

I Canha break the laws o’physics!

Mia
Super Member
Mia
10 hours ago
Reply to  red floyd

You gotta get yourself one of those tic tacs the navy has caught flying around.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

The Marlins drafted him in the 7th round in 2010…. and let him get drafted by the Rockies in the rule 5 draft in 2014… then he was traded to the A’s…. now he’s on the Mets. Who did we draft instead? Kaleb Cowert! And Josh Osich in the 7th round. Billy is so stupid! 😂  🛎  🔚 
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WallyChuckChili
Super Member
12 hours ago

Yep. Sometimes players decide to play for other teams. Many of us have had to come to grips with this fact, most of us by the time we were 10 years old.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
11 hours ago

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unfortunately he chose to sign here with his Swiss cheese shoulder. 😠  💩 
Nice going Billy E……

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  2002heaven

You mean the LEFT shoulder he destroyed diving for a ball, making it so he couldn’t ever really swing a bat again? You’re one of the only guys I know who tries to cherry pick and comes down out of the tree with a fist full of twigs.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

But if only we had made a half dozen moves different than the moves we made, while a half dozen other teams also made different moves, then we could have this fairly good outfielder. Doesn’t that make you see how cheap and evil Arte is?

I bet the Pirates also signed Starlin Marte for $10,000 before he played for three other teams too.

Where is my rec?

Cowboy26
Super Member
20 hours ago

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/11/mets-rumors-starting-pitching-rotation-bad-contracts-trade-prospects.html

That settles it. We should bite the bullet and trade Justin Upton’s contract to Billy so he can acquire our no.1 draft pick Matt Thaiss.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 day ago

Next Game, Go Bills!

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 day ago

First Football Game of the day is ova, Bears pull it out16-14. Now Dog Show or mas futbol? Go Raiders.

angelslogic
Super Member
1 day ago

Checking in (from Texas). Go Cowboys!

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Run Back on a Kick Off, Jeez.

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GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  angelslogic

You’re still in it Logic, at 30-22 with a TD and 2pt. conv. This is the first Thanksgiving that the first 2 games have been close to the end in a long time.

Cowboy26
Super Member
23 hours ago

How about now?

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
20 hours ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Not so much but there is always next week.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 day ago

Trouty & Ohtani = Pumpkin Pie and Whipped Cream.

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
1 day ago

If we add pitching, we can have pie a la mode?

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 day ago

Berry or Cherry or Apple pie.

Designerguy
Super Member
1 day ago

Then beisbol would be berry berry good to us.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Funny stuff.

red floyd
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1 day ago
Reply to  Designerguy

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JackFrost
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  red floyd

I remember loving those SNL skits.

Chico Escuela; “School Boy.” Lol.

Cowboy26
Super Member
23 hours ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Beisbal been berry berry good to me.

red floyd
Super Member
21 hours ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Béisbol

max
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max
10 hours ago
Reply to  red floyd

Who’d we pick instead of, which round?

red floyd
Super Member
1 day ago

Apple.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 day ago

If a team signs a FA today does that mean the player is a Turkey?

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
1 day ago

Or stuffing?

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 day ago

Is there a Black Friday on FA Pitchers?

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 day ago

If we sign one more Mets pitcher tomorrow they have to throw in Mr. Met.

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 day ago

Drove by the Big A this morning, judging by the cars in the parking lot I have no idea if a big deal is imminent.

(iykyk)

red floyd
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Mia

I thought you were in Colorado?

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 day ago
Reply to  red floyd

I’m home for Thanksgiving, my dude.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Mia

Team store should be open tomorrow , if you want to pick something up before your trek home.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Great prices on
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Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 day ago

I’m not sure they could give those away.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Mia

Last one I bought, I pulled off the Pujols and it said Mathis underneath

Cowboy26
Super Member
1 day ago

And if you pulled that off it would say Downing?

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 day ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I have a rule against shopping on Black Friday.

red floyd
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Mia

Did it exactly once. Picked up a big screen TV. I actually made a post about it on the old site.

https://www.halosheaven.com/2008/12/1/676657/forgive-me-halos-heaven

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 day ago
Reply to  red floyd

14 year old me forgives you.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Mia

haven’t seen anything yet. Maybe they’ll introduce Wade.

Fleckstein
Member
1 day ago

Why choose? Try the pecan-pumpkin pie. Less custardly than a regular pumpkin pie but a bit sweeter and crunchy too. I couldn’t find a picture of one to explain how you should have drafted it, but Happy Thanksgiving!

red floyd
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Fleckstein

I’ll pass, thank you. I don’t like pecan pie, and I don’t like pumpkin pie.

I’m an old school (emphasis on the old) Apple Pie guy.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  red floyd

My Mom said bring a pie.

Nailed it!
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Designerguy
Super Member
1 day ago

This calls for the world’s most accurate pie chart…

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Mia
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Mia
1 day ago
Reply to  Designerguy

3 servings left.

Designerguy
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Mia

I’ve been around people who would claim there’s a single serving left. Learned to be cautious around those types since any attempt to get an extra serving could result in a fork or knife to the back of the hand to fend one off. No one wants to display their Luca Brasi impression.

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 day ago
Reply to  Designerguy

If I had some really great weed I could probably polish that off, but i’d be sick.

My dad, uncles, and grandpa are those kind of guys, though.

red floyd
Super Member
1 day ago

Miss UCSB and I are going to Maggiano’s for Thanksgiving dinner tonight.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 day ago

Happy Thanksgiving everyone !!!!! I’m prepping to deep fry the turkey for my family and in laws.

red floyd
Super Member
1 day ago

Happy Thanksgiving to all y’all! And if you’re going to smoke your turkey today, make sure you have plenty of Zig-Zags!!!

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Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 day ago
Reply to  red floyd

Colt .45 and two zig-zags, baby that’s all you need.

Mia
Super Member
Mia
1 day ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

It’s just song lyrics to me, never actually had Colt 45. A few shots of vodka and a blunt on a Friday evening tho…👀

steelgolf
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Mia

You will need to make Colt 45 a bucket list item! 🤣

Cowboy26
Super Member
23 hours ago
Reply to  steelgolf

You mean the original Astros?

Designerguy
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  red floyd

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Fansince1971
Super Member
1 day ago

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁

The importance of good pitching is fully on display as arms seem to be the only thing that teams are interested in at this point. Not a whisper about position players.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  Twebur

Jedi can sign him and try again

red floyd
Super Member
1 day ago

Please do, Jedi! And give him another $8MM!!!!!

h27kim
Trusted Member
1 day ago

As a sign that baseball gods are trolling us, he’ll rake then.

Cowboy26
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Twebur

FU TBW

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
2 days ago

Happy Thanksgiving CtPG

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