Mike Trout scored his 1025th run on Friday to take the all time franchise record for runs scored. Overall the Angels offense erupted for 12 runs in that game. The next day, Shohei Ohtani put on a masterful pitching performance to earn the Angels their second shutout in a row. On Sunday they completed the sweep.
Heritage Auctions just sold a 1952 Mickey Mantle card for $12.6 Million.
The Mariners signed Julio Rodriguez to a humongous extension on Friday. Meanwhile the Mets released Johneshwy Fargas. The Rangers selected Dallas Keuchel, who is now on his third team for 2022. Right hander Tyler Duffey opted out of his minor league contract with the Rangers. Right hander Vinny Nittoli opted out of his minor league contract with the Blue Jays.
The Pirates claimed Robert Stephenson off waivers from the Rockies. First baseman Jesus Aguilar cleared waivers so the Marlins released him. The Marlins selected the contract of left hander Jake Fishman. Right hander Dany Jimenez of the Athletics went on the 60 day injured list with a right shoulder strain.
Aroldis Chapman went on the 15 day injured list with a “leg infection.” It apparently resulted from a tattoo. The Reds placed Mike Moustakas on the ten day IL with a calf strain. Brendan McKay of the Rays injured his UCL on his first pitch back from the injured list after rehabbing from thoracic outlet surgery. That guy apparently can’t catch a break. Clayton Kershaw is expected to return from the 15 day IL this week.
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi
Albert another blast…shaming our 1st basemen
my hope is that he stops doing that! And also that we keep Judge from hitting #50 or #51 or #52.
Wait. I’m guessing another Grandpa HR against a shitty team left-hander ?
it’s so funny watching the homerun trot…and trot it is! Takes forever and looks like he’s working hard
Headed to the Big A! Excited to see Ohtani and Trout for the first time at home in awhile.
So we replaced Jose Rojas who was batting .140/.161/.301 with Matt Duffy who just came off of his AAA rehab assignment where he batted .171/.237/.257
Such a huuuuge up grade. of course the next extra base hit one of these losers can muster will be their first
Duffy is quite robust – bubble gum clean-up more stressful than batting clean-up.
Rojas had clearly lost his confidence. Duffy is a legit major leaguer when he is healthy. He even played ok for the Halos before injuries derailed him. Rojas was hitting about .100.
No! Duffy was not a major FA pick up. Thus, he sucks. Complain about him NOW! or you will have your card pulled.
In 143 PAs this year for the Angels, Duffy has exactly 4 doubles and ZERO home runs and an OPS of .599. Not sure I would consider any of his season this year to be Ok.
We can certainly do better.
NO! We can not do better! Arte!
Arte Gone Fishing.
I’ve been away since last week. Who the heck is Ford?
Model T guy. Assembly line.
Some Yankees castoff that is now play 1B since Walsh is out for the season.
An alleged first baseman with no power and mediocre glove who likes to swat at the ball.
He had a 163 PA debut back in 2019 where he crushed it to the tune of .259/.350/.559 Since then in 224 PA’s .147/.272/.253 not so much
His bad speed is…yikes.
Y’all missed your chance to try to convince him that we signed Harrison Ford.
Disco Dan is back!
Hits more like Betty.
He used to be a Postman
Jesse is gone
What? The team is without it’s “Tank Commander”?
Minasian is the First Lieutenant
I was thinking more like Sergeant Schultz
I wish that I had Jesse’s Grill
I wish that I had Jesse’s paychecks. $22.5M career to date.
Damnit! Wanted him as our closer for next season! WTH we gonna do now!?!?
reading too much into small samples and then extrapolating in an absurd way:
O’Hoppe has played 16 games for Rocket City with 55 at-bats. That’s easy to figure out the pace for 160 games, just add a zero to everything. So 550 at-bats. That’s about right for a full season. 7 homeruns….so 70 for the year. He’s gonna hit 70 homers for us!!!!
Meanwhile, Neto is Neat-o! .317 in 15 games.
The pitching crew down there looking good, too. Eric Torres, 1.80 ERA, 69 Ks in 45 innings, Silseth pitching well, as are Murphy, Bush, Bachman, 105 mph throwing Joyce.
If we can get to 2024 we’ll be great!
Every time I read a story about Gramps looking like his old self at age 53, it makes me wonder why he sucked so badly through most of his contract with us. Was it physical or mental? I don’t care. I hope he doesn’t reach any of his goals. I don’t want to hear anything else about him, besides he is finally retired.
Arte. Arte literally forced him to suck, and take a quarter billion dollars of his money, for ten years. That’s how deep the evil. That’s how wide the cheap.
I had never considered this angle – i really think you’re onto something here
I just think he finally discovered the therapeutic effects of Metamucil
Such an easy fix.
Albert is doing things at an advanced age that cannot be done. The numbers are extreme — and having watched him here we know what he can bring and cannot. The answer is easy. Please tell me you can figure it out.
So they make Steriods that only allow you to hit lefties?
I saw this. It makes me happy, but not for the reasons most people probably like it.
I think, years in the future, this will cause a proliferation of regional semi-pro leagues that are mostly pro.
Why? Because unicorns aren’t real. The MiLB players need more money, etc. But the MiLB players that are actually worth that money generally have been given that money via bonuses.
The MLBPA is an example of the most bullish and shitty labor unions ever. They will just use this to squeeze owners into paying THEM more money via the players. They will attempt to “own the future” by “representing” a bunch of dumb kids. It will end up costing owners far more than the actual “labor” of a lot of these guys are worth.
So, as has happened every time labor decides the Gah damn numbers are a lie and they will set their own value, the owners will eventually look at some spreadsheets and realize there’s no actual value in having all these workers past a certain point.
The only real reason there are four or five levels of the MiLB is age. Age isn’t THAT big a deal if they expand rosters on the teams and have less developed 20 year olds play against hot prospect 18 year olds, etc etc etc. All of these players would be more prospects and less MiLB players who are there so games can happen. Hell, teams can even combine if they need to… different coaching staffs and development work, but in games four MLB teams prospects combine to form 2 teams that play each other.
In short, if The Plummer wants six figures a year, and the MLBPA really wants all the Plumbers to get six figures a year, the owners will find it pretty easy to get by without the Plumber.
This will leave a lot more guys out there who wanted to play baseball post high school/college that can’t. There will also be MiLB clubs that got contracted, who have facilities.
I think, eventually, we will see more regional leagues pop up, maybe even on staggered calendars so players can play in the South in the Spring and on northern teams in the late summer. More leagues like the Cape Cod league. It could be really cool, especially if it’s like that league…. baseball built around tourist season. The Jersey Shore League, Lake of the Ozarks League, Gulf Coast League, High Desert League and so on can start up.
There will be a lot of opportunity for players who did not make the value cut for MiLB baseball to play a lot of places…. just like way back in the day. Lots of Pac 10 (7?) and SEC players, high school kids who are going to college and want to play a season at a high level, washed up pros, etc…. I think it could actually be a lot of fun in the long run and, if a particular player is a big scouting miss because he played at Bumblebee JC and he blows up in one of these leagues he can be the subject of a bidding war, which will help make the Yankees and Red Sox and Dodgers stay better than everyone. And that’s what’s most important.
The cold hard reality is that 90% of the guys in the minor leagues are there so the 10% who are actually prospects have games to play.
I’m all for treating those 90% as decent human beings but their real value to the organization is really giving the real prospects the opportunity to develop.
Most guys never make it to High A. And then the jump to AA is made by only a handful. Once you make AA you’re a legit ballplayer but even then the jump to AAA is only made by a few.
So the question becomes how much value does “he gives Quero a game to play every day” provide to the Angels?
I’d say that means at least a dorm style room, pay for all time spent at work including Spring Training, and some decent food before and after the games.
Had ownership provided that years ago, and it equates to pocket change to those guys, this never would have been an issue.
Again ownership was short sighted and with sites like minorleaguegrinders and Advocates for Minor League Baseball showing just how shitty they treat their employees, the tide is all on the minor league guys side.
Exactly. 90% of MiLB players are a luxury. If the owners wanted that luxury they needed to maintain it. Now they will either have to pay those lux players AND pay the MLBPA for their involvement or find a way to make due without, and get shit on for it.
The MLBPA being involved in cuts and call ups and organizational decisions is going to be a real pain in the ass, and all the players who aren’t bonus players who want the money are the ones who will likely end up with no job. As is generally the case when unionization shows up. If the employees are happy, management has nothing to worry about most of the time.
Should have been a paperback novel
I’ve been to the park where that was filmed.
Paul McNultey on bass!
Man is the MLBPA a bunch of wimps? ? they have to wait until the evil one finally announces his intentions to sell his team before they actually come up with enough grit to attempt unionize and support their forgotten brethren.
(channeling my inner Gitcho)
Arte clearly had advanced notice of this which is why he’s selling the team. Nobody is going to tell him his minor league players have to be paid and fed.
I enjoyed the Little League World Series but got annoyed at Hawaii for their plate crowding. They often had an elbow directly over the plate. Then they’d get hit and run to first base.
The umps were calling anything close to the plate as a strike so, essentially, the Hawaii batters were getting hit by strikes and getting away with it. This forced the other teams to pitch too far outside for a ball or to come in with a meatball.
The other teams should have talked to the umps in advance.
darn kids making the other team throw it over the plate, how rude of them!
when the ball *is* over the plate and the batter’s elbow is over the plate and he gets hit on the elbow and he starts running to first and the ump is too confused to call it a strike then yeah.
I’m not gonna lie…. that’s when I used to buzz a couple guys, hit the mascot, what ever. If you’re gonna basically demand I put you in danger or let you win I’d go ahead and give you the danger.
wow … lots of CoachDad’s but here’s a CoachPlayer. You win! 😛
That was a good series. A perfect mix of offense and masterful pitching. Who knew this team would sweep Toronto at the end of August? I guess I didn’t think it was possible the same way I didn’t think it was possible that Toronto would sweep the Angels in May and it would be the start of the team’s unprecedented descent into the abyss.
“good series?” It was pretty fucking (August) awesome!
I think Ward will be well rested the rest of the way.
I have never seen a MLB player get up off the infield dirt faster than Squid can and still throw out the runner. He’s like watching a human spring.
Who knew…..The Angels would sweep the Blue Jays at Rogers Center…..You could buy a perfecto Mickey Mantle Rookie Card in 1991 for $50,000 and 32 years later it would be worth $12.6 Million dollars, sweet haul…..Turns out we maybe to tough on Matt Wise after all, Angels have a starting staff the can and will shut you out if you aren’t careful. It has happened 16 times this season…..Fletcher likes hitting North of the border, 7 hits in 3 games and leading the team in BA, abet with only a few AB compared to say Ohtani…..I am really loving watching games of late because they are like games of the past where the pitching is tougher and you to earn the win with timely hitting, tight infield defense and good starting pitching showing up for 7 innings most nights……Mike Trout is HR or bust with ridiculous launch angles…..Coming to a Baseball Stadium or Park near you, a pitch clock to wind the game length back to where it should be, larger but flatter base bags to make stealing easier, changing the rules about using the shift, basically eliminating the shift finally…..Everyone have yourself and good coming week and wonderful Monday to kick it off…….Where in the World are those Damn Yankees! 😃
SMFH, stupid me.
Aroldis Chapman decides to get a leg tattoo during the season, and it gets infected? He couldn’t wait for the off season? As long as he has been in the league, you would think that he would be a little more mature, have patience, and wait until November. Nope.
There’s different rules for player who can a baseball 100mph
Must be very tough to put a baseball in a can that fast. Never seen it done yet, but heck, I’m open to watching it done 😂 😁 . Smartass Award of the morning goes to GPB! 😃 Good morning, Senator.
Are you sure it’s not a spider bite?
Hope it wasn’t a radioactive spider….
better than radio inactive.
Sorry my Wally Joyner reference was an epic fail
I got it.
Nope, not a spider bite. Ringworm from shaving his leg. Will treat with steroids and be back in 80 games.
According to a google search, public surveys indicate 0.5 to 6% of tattoos get infected. Of course, some of those would be minor infections with nothing worse than a rash.
Yes, it would have been safer to wait until the off-season, but it would also be safer for him to order 100% of his food from a delivery service and to prepare and cook it himself (or hire a personal chef). That would substantially reduce his risk of exposure to food poisoning and to car accidents while driving to the grocery store or restaurant.
Baseball players are people, and people don’t live in bubbles, even though that would be the safest way to insure they can always do their jobs.
Um … people gotta eat. They don’t gotta tattoo.
They do, but they don’t have to go out to restaurants to eat.
edit: My gut reaction was also to think he is an idiot for getting a tattoo during the season, so your post is quite natural. After a second thought, I realized I shouldn’t pass a hasty judgment when I don’t even understand the actual likelihood of infection, so I’d thought I’d pass my thoughts along after taking a more thorough look.
As someone with a tattoo, I can speak from my experience. It takes a couple of weeks to heal, at best. You have to keep it covered with neosporin or a similar ointment, then cover with a bandage. So a relief pitcher, who throws 100 mph, is going to need strong leg drive to throw 100 mph. A painful leg because of fresh tattoo is probably not going to allow me to do the job I’m getting paid for, and if I try to “grit” through it, then it probably will get infected. Now my employer, who pays me large sums to throw 100 mph, is going to be pissed because I couldn’t wait until the off season to get this new glorious leg ink.
Thank you for the added context on healing time and leg pain. That does seem like something you should learn about pre-ink and certainly supports that he should have waited a few months.
You can’t get it wet either.
Correct. You are basically peeling off a layer of skin and installing ink.
That’s what she said 😆
Terrific comment. Uncool for the pitcher.
As someone without any tattoos, why would you want one?
Chapman has a history of doing not smart things.
Sounds fake. Probably some razor blade kink stuff going on …