LA Angels Monday News Crash

Adrian Gonzalez retired. Other than that, several guys I never heard of got minor league contracts. The news situation is bleak.

Maybe Matt Shoemaker will get on with the Yomiuri Giants.

Sorry.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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RexFregosi
Super Member
2 years ago

be carefull what you wish for:

clamouring for Angel news, are we? The Skaggs/Kay trial starts this week. :-/

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

be carefull what you wish for (Part 2):

So MLB isn’t testing players for steroids now because of the lock-out?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAdG-iTilWU

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Maybe they figure they’ll need the roiders to bail them out again after this fiasco?

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

This^^^ is probably the most in depth analysis of the upcoming baseball season(s)

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Really good piece on the trial on the Athletic.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 years ago

As a staff we’ve been diving for links for a couple of months. It is tough sledding out there right now.

Credit to Charles and John for trying to do this multiple times a week. I only cover Friday’s and that’s a chore.

Mia
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Mia
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Hard to cover a sport that doesn’t exist. 🤷🏻‍♀️

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Feels like the Angels have become the media traing ground for other teams, Adaya to Dodgers and now Mota. If we go back a little further we have Torres to the Giants

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

You forgot about Alden Gonzalez with ESPN but I doubt the Teams really have that much say on what club the writers will be assigned to by their publication.

Going way back you could probably include Don Drysdale in that mix since he cut his broadcasting teeth with Enberg before moving over to the Latrine.

Last edited 2 years ago by Cowboy26
Marcotor
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Drysdale stopped in Chicago for about 6 years between Anaheim and LA. And don’t forget he did Rams games for a couple of seasons with Enberg mid 70’s. What a time to be a sports obsessed kid in SoCal.

rspencer
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2 years ago
Reply to  Marcotor

Don’s sojourn with the Rams did not go well, as Jim Healy fans know well.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  rspencer

Are you kidding ? This is HOF radio commentary:

“Kind of knocked his eyeballs, a little goofy, a little bit.”

rspencer
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Well, you love it and I love it, but I got the impression that Gene did not like it.

RexFregosi
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2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

Dave Niehaus was an announcer in the 1960s for the club with Dick Enberg.

He left for the expansion Mariners in 1977 and became a HOF broadcaster spending >30 years up there.

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

Joe Torre was the Angels TV play by play guy 1985-1990, then he went back to manager.

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

Alex Curry to Fox. Speaking of fox…

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 years ago

There’s an article on Mota leaving in the Athletic. With just a very little reading between the lines, it sounds like Mota wanted the play-by-play job but Moreno/Carpino weren’t going to give it to him, so Mota decided to go get the job with another team.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Spanish speaking PxP? Do the Angels still have a Spanish speaking station?

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Yeah, he got the shaft. That’s too bad. I found his voice to be non-irritating when reacting to an element of surprise or high-level of excitement.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Not sure I knew what he was saying though….

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Did Mota die? The only time I ever see anybody who sucked at his job get polished up as a “terrible loss” like this is when a guy dies. The guy was an unintelligible mess half the time and people in the Halosphere constantly laughed at it or wanked about it.

Or are we just that desperate to complain about something?

What’s next? “I miss Buttercup! It’s a real pip of a song and the guys in The Foundations are super nice. One of them said hi to me once.”

Last edited 2 years ago by gitchogritchoffmypettis
Cowboy26
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2 years ago

Yep. Now you mentioned it, I’m starting to miss the old buttercup myself.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
2 years ago

He didn’t bother me, but neither did rex hudler. Mota was here for more than half of my life, so I’m appreciative for that.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
2 years ago

I’ll always hate buttercup

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago

Is the Stupor Bowl this Sunday?

max
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max
2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

and then nothing until hoo fucking knows when

WallyChuckChili
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2 years ago
Reply to  max

Should I go to 1st base and ask him?

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago

I don’t know!

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 years ago

The Lakers struggling with Westbrook’s contract reminds me of the Angels dealing with the last few years of Gramps contract. The lesson learned is releasing a sunk cost is better, in our case elevating Jared Walsh to the All Star team as soon as he was given a chance. For the Lakers, sadly, there is no Walsh on their bench.

Last edited 2 years ago by MarineLayer
LanaBanana
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Speaking of gramps, I heard that when baseball eventually resumes, it’s pretty certain that the DH will be universal. Good news for gramps.

Eric_in_Portland
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2 years ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

too bad the strategy is to blow up part of this season. And there’s nothing we can do!

SC_Halo
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2 years ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

i’d say Malik Monk is capable of that Walsh role (my opinion). With Vogel’s job on the line as it is, i don’t think he’s worried about Westbrook’s feelings right now.

That contract is the new albertross for my favorite team.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Unfortunately, unlike baseball, there really is no farm system to pull from in the NBA. And Considering the Lakers have traded away pretty much all of their assets and are completely handcuffed by the salary cap, the price for letting Lebron run their team means they are now beyond screwed.

Hell they even alienated the 83 year old Logo. I think It’s time for Jeannie and the kids to sell the team.

Last edited 2 years ago by Cowboy26
SC_Halo
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Agree! It’s been a rough decade for my fandom.

Mikeal1st
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2 years ago

I laughed and I cried while reading today’s Crash.

LanaBanana
Super Member
2 years ago

According to the OC Register, Jose Mota is joining the Dodgers broadcast team.

GrandpaBaseball
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2 years ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Jarrin retired, so it’s a step up to PxP, good for him. He was here a long time and did very well.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago

He definitely was good enough until last out.

FungoAle
Legend
2 years ago

FU-Arte…that is the first thought that entered my mind.

Of course, Jose should have remained here after his long standing commitment to the organization. I never would have imagined how bad things fell apart after Victor left.

Jeff Joiner
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2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

As much as I like Jose as a person, would we have wanted him to replace Victor? I’d imagine not.

I still don’t understand letting Waltz go.

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I’m liking Waltz a lot right now.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  FungoAle

I kind of get the feeling “FU Arte!” is your first thought pretty much all the time… when you realize you’re out of milk…. when you get stuck in traffic… when it rains….

2002heaven
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2 years ago
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Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago

OT: On this day in Feb 1974, a movie quoted frequently here, and the one of the funniest movies of all time, Blazing Saddles is released to the world.

GrandpaBaseball
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2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

One of the funniest movies ever made.

Jim Atkins
Super Member
2 years ago

My name’s Jim, but most people call me … Jim.

red floyd
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Fifteen is my limit on schnitzengruben!

Eric_in_Portland
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2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

On this day in 1964, a British group arrived in the United States. I’d like to see this be a National Holiday. Also, two days from now should be another National Holiday to remember that British group being on a newspaper columnist’s TV show.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago

Herman’s Hermits?

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Mrs Jones did have a lovely daughter.

BruinsAngelsKings
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Just like the doyers, never did like the beatles.

Last edited 2 years ago by BruinsAngelsKings
Cowboy26
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2 years ago

The Doyers hate John, Paul, George and even Ringo?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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That was a fantastic Queens Royal Lawn Bowling Association team that year.

BruinsAngelsKings
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2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

No way that movie could get made today.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago

That’s because Mel Brooks and company got it right the first time.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Designerguy

Anti-Semite racism run amuck. I feel unsafe in this space.

GrandpaBaseball
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2 years ago

Welcome to Super Bowl Week in SoCal. Good morning Ya’ll and get out your shorts this week as the temp’s are going to summer numbers.

FungoAle
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2 years ago

Let’s go Bengals!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  FungoAle

Yes. I my team can’t win it I’d like to see a team that never has win it and I like a lot of their players. I like the Rams too, I just want OBJ to die ringless. But if they win my brother will be stoked, so that’s cool too. I love Superbowls where I’ll be pretty happy no matter who wins.

Marcotor
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Technically, the LA Rams have never won a Super Bowl 😉

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  Marcotor

Nothing technical about it. That would be like saying the Cleveland Rams won a Super Bowl.