LA Angels Weekend News Crash: Lockouts and Honors

MLB owners have locked out MLB players. That means no MLB signings, no trades, pretty much no nothing.

Coaching hires can still be made and it looks like the Angels are in the market for a new pitching coach.

And a former Angels coach, Brian Butterfield, could also join Showalter with the Mets if that is the direction they go.

There was one notable player signing a contract this week. Yasiel Puig is headed to the Giants. Not those ones, the ones in Korea.

Newest Angel Michael Lorenzen sat down for a nice interview with The Athletic. I’m rooting for this guy. Hope he shines, starts a family, and signs a team friendly extension that keeps him here and that baby in diapers.

Speaking of interviews, scouting legend Bob Fontaine joined me and TBW in a zoom chat this week. Definitely fire it up and listen to Bob’s stories with your morning coffee.

David Fletcher is a guy who can’t just sit still. He has to compete all the time. His latest venture is poker.

This was linked yesterday but is well worth a read. Jeremiah Jackson has wicked power for a shortstop. Let’s just hope he makes contact more often.

If there is a season, the Angels are hiring in a lot of capacities. I think I’d love to be an usher when I retire.

And while I could sit and lambast the lack of action, I think this pause gives us time to celebrate some of the players who at long last made it into the Hall of Fame. As I expect this lockout to continue a while, I’ll roll them out one or two at a time.

Buck O’neill was simply an amazing person. I can’t recommend Joe Posnanski’s book on him, The Soul of Baseball, enough.

Buck’s time in baseball spanned from Babe Ruth to the modern age. He scouted and drafted Joe Carter and Lee Smith, both of whom were emotional upon hearing the news.

In addition to being a Negro Leagues player, likely the first black scout for an MLB team, then the first coach of an MLB team, Buck’s personality managed to outshine his on field accolades.

He absolutely stole the show in Ken Burns’ Baseball. Check out his appearance on David Letterman.

Buck’s induction into the Hall of Fame is long past due. He wasn’t a HOF’er on the field, but nobody did more for to grow the game and keep the legacy of the Negro Leagues alive more than Buck. Sadly he won’t be alive to accept the honor, but check out his incredible speech at the Hall when 16 key figures of the Negro Leagues were inducted.

Enjoy your weekend and link anything I missed.

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Why doesn’t Perry do something about this lock out? I’m bored and I don’t care what excuses people make for him. He needs to get it done.

red floyd
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1 year ago

[insert unlabelled picture of Marvin Miller]

Fansince1971
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1 year ago

💪💪💪

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

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MarineLayer
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1 year ago

According to rotoworld, the Angels did this:
Angels signed OF Ryan Aguilar to a minor-league contract.Aguilar spent the last six seasons in the Brewers’ minor-league system after being selected in the 31st round back in 2016. The 27-year-old outfielder hit .146/.286/.249 with six homers and nine stolen bases across 258 plate appearances at Double-A Biloxi last season.

My question is in the whole universe of unsigned organization depth players, is this really the best they could do?

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Coming from the Braves, Perry must have owed him a favor. There are better OF options that have been and are still out there to sign on minor league deals.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago

Maybe he’s getting groomed for another Angel front office or coaching position?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Cowboy26

I suspect he was very, very inexpensive to sign….maybe a “Happy Meal” and a large juice?

Last edited 1 year ago by Senator_John_Blutarsky
gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  MarineLayer

This is definitely the best they could do. We should probably shit ourselves over the Angels signing Ryan Aguilar to an MiLB contract instead of not Ryan Aguilar. I mean, this is a make or break season coming up, and while I can’t actually think of anything specific that will be decided by the results of our 2022 record, I am certain that the distribution of at bats amongst the outfielders at AA Madison will be a major factor in how things work out. I’m not sure how I’ll ever get to sleep tonight.

Robbinsca
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1 year ago

I don’t think I saw this anywhere else. It seems like it might just be of interest as it affects the sale of the stadium.

https://news.yahoo.com/angel-stadium-sale-deemed-illegal-193725926.html

Jim Atkins
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1 year ago

PItcher Ben Rowen retires and joins the Halo front office as a coach/scout.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Good ol’ Ben. Finished his stellar career with an 6.25 ERA average. Welcome aboard, I think. Was wondering how this even made news on MLBTR.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  FungoAle

He’s being groomed to start once Thor’s arm falls off.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago

R.I.P. Jim Fregosi Jr. Only 57 yrs old.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago

And on a non-baseball note, RIP Michael Nesmith of the Monkees at age 78.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Too bad. We’re down to one living Monkee.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Whatcha talkin bout Willis?
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steelgolf
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1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Sad, very talented individual.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Interesting.Normally the Drummer’s the first one to go, not the last one to survive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW6W9iOjTKM

Last edited 1 year ago by Cowboy26
red floyd
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Wasn’t Peter the drummer?

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Not according to my lylin’ eyes 👁👁

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcXpKiY2MXE

red floyd
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I stand corrected.

Jim Atkins
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He choked on vomit. It wasn’t his.

Brent
Super Member
1 year ago

Puig in Korea? LFG…

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Brent

I’m still pretty sure he’ll be better than Trout any year now.

Twebur
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1 year ago
Last edited 1 year ago by Twebur
Biggiswrth
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Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

One of HB’s finest.

[Cue Conger bunt dirt somersault video here:]

Last edited 1 year ago by Cowboy26
ScoopleDoople
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That made me laugh thinking of that video  😀 

MarineLayer
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’m hoping someone will post it.

2pints
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1 year ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

nice, a fellow HBHS alumnus

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  2pints

And Ocean View Little League. Hank and his team were a trailblazer for the eventual Little League World Series Champs.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago

15 more days until…….

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago

Good morning my friends, hope you have a great day and fun weekend as lots of rain and snow is coming starting Monday night. Well, no shoveling after this snow falling yesterday as there was only a dusting. Anywhere from 1 to 3 feet arriving Tuesday and that may make it a White Christmas up here in Big Bear, kool, lots of fun. Between now and President’s Day we will be Jam Packed up here with locals cursing the Flatlanders not so much that they don’t want to share the winter wonderland, but the traffic and empty grocery shelves and trash left behind sometimes is overwhelming along with the fact that the noise and nighttime traffic and light pollution exist. But without the economy infused with the money brought up the hill we would not be here because winter skiing and summer lake use are what keeps us going up here. Got the Christmas spirit yet? I believe……

YOUknowulovetheIE
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1 year ago

Merry xmas from your local flat lander near 40th and harrison

Fansince1971
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1 year ago

Cue the 2002 Scrooge picture

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago

I wish that I had known Buck O’Neil, a Hall of Famer for sure.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Nice story about younger you. Thanks for sharing.

ScoopleDoople
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

My father an “Okie” and part Cherokee, told me stories of when he rode the freight trains from Tulsa to LA during the dust bowl (late 30’s). He had a good life lesson that he passed on to me of once when he was sitting around a camp fire at night by the railroad tracks on one of those journeys, and had his wallet stolen. But it was given back by the thief because they felt sorry for him that such a young kid was riding the freight trains. He also told me about wanting to go into a diner (I think it was here in LA) and the sign outside said “No Okies or Indians”.

Growing up my father took me to many Dodger and Angels games and I eventually stuck with the Angels. I loved going to those baseball games with him. He encouraged my love of baseball and acted as manager, equipment manager etc on all my teams from minor league thorough Colt league baseball just so he could participate with me.

My father had his Okie roots all his life too. He passed away almost 15 year ago now.

P.S. The thief was a “Lady of the night” as my dad called her.  🙂 

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  ScoopleDoople

Your father was an Okie Just like the Cowboy, Gene Autry.

I guess You were destined to be an Angel fan.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago

I didn’t know him, but I met him once at a museum function in KC, and he was grand!