Sam Blum chats with Crashing the Pearly Gates

The Athletic’s Sam Blum is worth the subscription fee. He’s in the know and definitely all about calling the Angels out on their shortcomings.

For those of you without a subscription, his Twitter is @SamBlum3 and is definitely worth a follow.

I’d like to thank Sam for stopping by to talk all things Angels. I hope you enjoy the interview.

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nishiogawakun
Super Member
1 year ago

Very cool, Jeff. Thanks for doing that! Sad content, but that’s not our fault!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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We have a kindred spirit in Sam. He’s bitter and jaded like most of us regarding Arte’s “Reign of Terror” and Perry’s continual kowtow routine implementing Arte’s plans.

Enjoyable interview Jeff!

ScoopleDoople
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Great interview Jeff! How you squeeze it in while at work is a gift 🙂

Wow, not super optimistic, which is not a surprise, but I’m always hoping things are better than they appear, which they usually are not.

Thank you.

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 year ago

always enjoyable – nice work Jeff again.

i liked you quizzing Sam on what he knew about how the FO worked and how he responded as seeing it as opaque as the rest of us. ive never paid attention to arte’s buddies in the FO much as they aren’t baseball guys – just Arte’s buddies.

i do see Stoneman around in Tempe daily during ST for years still – i don’t know how much say he has but he’s there. I’m not sure how much input he has or where it goes.

i read Sam too in the Athletic – its amazing how many writers have TA have trimmed from there but glad the Angels still merit a writer. We’ve had good writers in the past there and Sam continues the tradition. He definetly plays a lot more hardball with the franchise than OCR and LAT.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Howdare you question the competency and qualifications of the Angel front office executives.

Don’t you know Our team president is a Hall of Famer? https://www.niashf.org/john-carpino/

Last edited 1 year ago by Cowboy26
DowningDude
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1 year ago

Great job, Jeff! Sam definitely pulls no punches and you asked some not so easy questions. Well done!

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

For those of us that don’t have time to listen, did he weigh in on In N Out vs Five Guys?

Fleckstein
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I always thought it should have been In N Out vs Tommy’s as Five Guys came from the DC burbs.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Well that’s no fun.

FungoAle
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1 year ago

I’m a Athletic subscrober and read Blum’s articles. Better than the last guy sho split duties with the Dodgers. Enjoy hearing insights about the team from someone who challenges the organization and does not ask softball questions, like a Lodge or a Fletcher. I could have used another 30 minutes, Jeff 🙂 Great interview.

14 Left Fielders last year? Knew it was bad but not that bad.

DowningDude
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1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I thought Jeff was channeling back to the Navapile when he mentioned the left field revolving door.  😂 

Fansince1971
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1 year ago

This interview was remarkable. It was perhaps the most honest look into a sick and dysfunctional Organization. Sam did not pull punches and I appreciate it. He’s basically confirming what many of us have been thinking. It was some much needed transparency into a non-transparent front office.

His points about no depth within the system, a barren farm and no idea what Kuhl or Carpino do are stunners.

Nice work Jeff. Thank you for this content. It confirmed my decision not to give this team another dollar until I have the chance to evaluate new ownership.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Only he gets paid to report from afar. We do not.

tanana40
Super Member
1 year ago

Thanks for the interview.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 year ago

Hey guys!!