LA Angels Weekend News Crash: Real News!

What a difference a week makes. Once all the actual baseball got out of the way, we got to jump into signings, trades, and awards.

First off, congrats to AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge is a class guy who had an amazing season. My congratulations are sincere. I’d personally vote for two way player Ohtani, but Judge put up an MVP season in any year.

That’s not the only reason Judge is in the news. Financial criminal/Mets owner Steve Cohen has made some remarks that are textbook collusion regarding Judge.

He’s not the only owner saying stupid things that violate the CBA. Jim Crane of the Astros discussed his negotiations with Justin Verlander. MLB is looking into all involved.

As for Justin Verlander, he just won his third Cy Young. Pretty nice trophy room for the whiny one: Rookie of the Year, MVP, 3 Cy Youngs, one tainted WS title, and this year’s.

Ohtani came in 4th in the Cy Young voting, but check this out:

In the NL, Paul Goldschmidt won a well deserved MVP.

Miami Marlins hurler Sandy Alcantara won the NL Cy Young Award in what was a great field.

All this pitching talk takes me to the biggest news out of Anaheim this week. The Angels signed Tyler Anderson away from the crosstown Dodgers. 3 years and $39 million for the lefty.

2Pints posited Anderson preferred to stay in SoCal and that appears to be the case.

He’ll have to face a tougher Seattle Mariners lineup as Trader Jerry landed Teoscar Hernandez from Toronto. He now has his sights set on Kolten Wong, who would also fit perfectly here. But first he had to trade Kyle Lewis to the Snakes.

The AL East is always tough and now that Baltimore is respectable, it will only get tougher. FanGraphs takes a look at how good the Orioles could be if they seriously went for it.

Pete Rose offered an apology in an attempt to get into the Hall of Fame. Baseball won’t budge nor should it.

Rose’s staunchest defenders will say he never bet against his team. Perhaps, but there were plenty of games he didn’t bet and he seemed to lose all of them, often with suspicious management along the way.

Rose and his supporters assert he should be in as a player. He was a great player and his gambling happened as a manager. But, alas, that is also a lie. Rose clearly bet on baseball when he was a player.

I kind of feel bad for bashing Rose as he was one of my dad’s favorite players and I do think his on field accomplishments are HOF worthy. But he clearly broke the rules for decades and even a whiff of players or managers throwing games is enough to throw the credibility of the game into question. Ask boxing what happens when your credibility is in question.

Back to news. Today is the non-tender deadline. More talent could be on the move or joining the free agent pool. I took a look at some of the guys who interest me.

So after today, really fire up your off season pieces. Just remember the ground rules.

And while he might not be THE MVP he is definitely OUR MVP. Let’s enjoy the highlights of Ohtani’s 2022 season and appreciate the greatness we saw day in and day out.

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red floyd
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15 days ago

Happy Birthday to our own csutton (Charles Sutton)!!!!

Mia
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Mia
15 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

Ayyyy, Happy Birthday, Charles!

It’s only 11pm out west, got in under the wire. 😂

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
16 days ago

Why would anyone go to Dodger Stadium for any reason.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
17 days ago

It’s not very difficult, the math is easy…

Ohtani’s Pitching + Ohatani’s Hitting > Judge’s Hitting 

Ohtani (15 Wins, 175 ERA+, 1.09 WHIP, 219k, 166IP) + (160Hits, 34HR, 72BB, 11SB, .356 OBP, 519 SLG)

Judge (177Hits, 62HR, 87BB, 16SB, .425 OBP, .686SLG)

The difference in hitting stats? (Favoring Judge)
17Hits, 28HR, 10BB, 5SB, 69 OBP, 167 SLG

So that means, the voters think that 
(17Hits, 28HR, 10BB, 5SB, .069 OBP, 167SLG) is greater than (15 Wins, 175ERA+, 1.09 WHIP, 219k, 166IP)

Who in their right mind would take that amount of hitting over 4th place Cy Young stats!!!!!

Last edited 17 days ago by Mikeal1st
gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Mikeal1st

All you have to do is ignore all the math and other totally subjective gray area stuff they use to determine value and you’re onto something.

RexFregosi
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

i like how Gubby put it.

charted territory vs uncharted territory

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  RexFregosi

Sure, short on actual data, long on sentiment, plus he’s telling me something that supports my feels.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Dont really need to look for an angle to get into the minds of the writers. This year was pretty simple and easy to understand by looking over the past years of voting. When players do something that is eye-popping, makes a difference. Hitting 62 home runs and 400+ total bases, made a large noise. Narrowly missed a Triple Crown. Judge put up “dominating” offensive numbers and carried his team to the division title. It was an easy call as you can see by the final vote tally.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Sigh. Laugh. Sigh.

2GA2Join
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Just saw they quote about them planning to play Gio every day.
I assume they mean SS.
Yep, no more fantasies about a star SS signing. Not that I really expected it to happen, but there was hope.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2GA2Join

NOOOOOO! This doesn’t move the needle, won’t win us a championship in 2023 and won’t convince Shohei’s mom we are worthy! What’s next? Players having sex with their lovers during a series!?!?

RexFregosi
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I’m going to believe he’s Matt Duffy’s replacement for now

Fansince1971
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17 days ago

Let’s not forget another $6.5 million off the IIWPM budget.

Better write those articles quickly or they will be irrelevant.

Last edited 17 days ago by Fansince1971
2GA2Join
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17 days ago

Well, that may be the final squelching of any idea of the Angels signing one of the big SS FA…..

2GA2Join
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Gio time

steelgolf
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17 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I guess they needed a plan for when Rendon goes on the IL.

2GA2Join
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Yeah, now reflecting more on how Gio played 3B, I’m concerned now that they already know that Rendon is injured again….

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2GA2Join

Torn gluteus mas o menos

tanana40
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17 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

This might mean that are trying to move someone like Rengifo and Gio will become the new utility guy?

Last edited 17 days ago by tanana40
RexFregosi
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17 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

i sure hop this is a replacement for Duffy’s spot

smithy610
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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  smithy610

So…. he’s a 10 million dollar semi-cheer leader who we will never have to see. He’ll also serve to advise young players on when to make sure you’re really good, when it’s safe to suck ass, and when you need to be able to turn it back on for 400ABs.

I’d honestly rather they just said “Look, you’re gonna autograph a baseball for every fan who purchased a ticket over the life of your contract over the next ten years.” Then the fans will all at least have gotten something from the whole experience. Yadi Molina can develop a two minute ritual he goes through everytime he replaces Alberts pen.

RexFregosi
Super Member
17 days ago

if he can get just a few DR kids with impact headed our way, this would be a huge benefit – thats where his value lies

Cowboy26
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17 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Assuming they’re really kids .

RexFregosi
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

lol and spit out my food on that one

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Genious😂

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  RexFregosi

Given how red his ass was when he left, how many young players do you think he’s sending our way really? How hard you think the Brown Stan Musial is gonna be pushing the the team that made him rich rather than the team he actually loved and played well for?

My guess is he gets paid because we have to pay him. He shows up at DSL once a year, gets out of a car, makes a speech with a red polo on, leaves the stage, and gets back into his car.

RexFregosi
Super Member
17 days ago

Frank Robinson showed up to my LL practice one day back in the early 70s, got out of a car and made a speech, and then got in the car and left.

he wasn’t wearing a red polo as i recall, but this 11 yr old LL’r clearly remembers a most curvaceous blonde was attached to his arm.

i dont remember anything he said.
but 50 years later i still remember that the curves that woman threw.

RexFregosi
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

He will be a 100% asset in the DR – keep him there.

Three days in Tempe max.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

“We’re real excited about the possibilities moving forward. He’s Albert Pujols. It’s an asset. He has a ton of baseball knowledge.”

I tend to disagree and I have 10-years of history to prove it.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

You think he pushes the young stud to the Angels or the Cardinals? This a test, not a trick question.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Could also be on the Cards payroll

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Judge won the MVP because he was more valuable than Ohtani. It’s actually that simple. Good for him, Ohtani will win it next year.

Verlander…. I originally was thinking he got ALL those 1st place votes? This is just old press ass munching a big name. Then I looked at his Bref and was like….. oh. And that stat line coming off a TJS layoff? He’s a horse, like Nolan Ryan style horse.

Yay! It finally happened. A free agent pitcher came out and specifically said he wanted to play in Anaheim because he likes the area. That incredible SoCal drawing power finally worked…. the rest of baseballs major pitching talent can only resist for six or seven years at a time before one of them realizes that sunshine is awesome and well worth giving away half your money in taxes, crazy people pooping at will and crime so out of control the cops only come if there’s a body. Plus, soonish, a bullet train to Merced!

Is there any way my IIWPM can be “Just spend 20M hiring 25 personal trainers, 20 scouts and analysts and 15 roving coaches…. preferably from the Dodgers, Cardinals, Rays and Indians. Oh and sign Tyler Anderson and some OF/1B right hander.”

The Pete Rose thing’s just not so tough. He’s an a-hole. He broke rules. I don’t think I’ll ever need a hall monitor/baseball fan to explain it to me ever again, in fact, I think we all understood why he was banned the day he was banned. He’s also not going to be the first rule breaking a-hole into the HOF. His primary sin was being so full of himself that he got blatant about it, then tried to big dick the MLB over it because you can’t banish the big red hit king.

The MLB is full of gambling now. It loves it. You’re stupid if you don’t think there are ton of MLB players on FanDuel or what ever…. or their bro is on it. The MLB is also pathetically simping for attention Vs the NFL all the time. At some point, when Rose is dead and can’t be a prick about it and the HOF is facing another year of just letting Harold Baines in, they will likely have a “prodigal sons come home” event and enshrine Joe Jackson and Rose. It’s just a 100% sure thing that no one in the MLB offices is ever gonna let Rose make a smug speech in Cooperstown. But they will make speeches FOR him once he’s dead.

Said speech will probably end with: PROBLEMGAMBLINGCALL1800ENABLERTHAT’S1800ENABLER.GAMBLINGCANHAVESERIOUSCONSEQURNCESTOGETHELPCALLTODAYORVISITWWW.MLBDEGENARATECASH.COMTHAT’Shttp://WWW.MLBDEGENARATECASH.COM.

And then a Draft Kings promo.

RexFregosi
Super Member
17 days ago

speaking of Shohei

for his next trick, this dude who just finished 4th in Cy Young as a starter and 2nd in MVP is going to be a CLOSER in Japan the first half of March, and then likely in Miami for a championship a week after that*.

Best guess he shows up in Tempe fourth week of March and has just spent the past 3-4 weeks closing for his national team.

hmmph

Worried? the dude will be crushing it in 2023.

do we root for Korea so he gets back to Tempe week earlier?

does he show up in Tempe in February for a couple weeks? I’m guessing he does – he has time to report here, then go back to Tokyo for the WBC. I think contractually he may have no choice but to report here – it doesn’t matter where he live.

we have a lot of SP arms here but does he stay a closer?

well?
Hello no.

*Team Japan ain’t in AZ during this WBC.

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Shohei Rules means there are no rules.

Am I worried ? yes but I’m worried whenever he does shit thats never been done at this level before . I just think it comes with the territory.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yup. He’s gonna do awesome stuff till it breaks him…. and then someone will still owe him 240 million dollars.

Who hopes it’s us?

2pints
Trusted Member
17 days ago

I don’t always say things on here that end up being true, but when I do I insist you highlight it for all to know, like you did today. Haha, even a blind squirrel is right twice a day.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

Just rename it the “Hall of Participation” and let everyone who had at least one major league at bat or threw at least one major league pitch get into the hall. This way no one is left out.

The inscription on the “Hall of Participation” would be:

Give me your pill poppers, your gamblers,
Your huddled masses yearning to hit a doctored baseball,
The wretched refuse attempting to date the underaged.
Send these, the pharmaceutical addicted, the trashcan thumping cheats, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door

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Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
17 days ago

I swear I didn’t know the bat had cork in it.

red floyd
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

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Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Okay, I nominate Craig Gerber for the BBHOF.

Who’s with me?

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Unlike when Donaldson beat out Trout, I (Grudgingly) can see Judge getting the MVP over Shohei. Judge won’t ever repeat this feat (62 HRs) again though. He’ll get his retirement contract, and with exception of Trout and few others, we all know what that does for a players’ stats.  💩   :wpds_chuckle: 

smithy610
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

I’ve long made my peace with Judge being the MVP especially after he broke the record. I thought it would have been a much closer vote though.

Now, if Shohei had that no-hitter against Oakland, who knows? I still think it’s Judge but it would have been more interesting.

For the Cy Young, I think it was the IP that pushed Shohei out of the top 3.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  smithy610

It doesn’t really matter. Verlander had a 220 ERA+. That’s crazy good. Ohtani was 170 and he seemed fantastic to my Lylin eyes. 220?

smithy610
Trusted Member
17 days ago

I didn’t say Shohei should have won Cy Young. Just that he finished out of the top 3, and maybe, maybe he deserved to be a finalist.

Verlander’s win is very much well deserved, only a homer would even question it. Even better that he won it unanimously as well.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  smithy610

And I said it doesn’t matter.

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Am I the only one whose thought process went like this last night (While listening to the radio):

“Now we go to Giancarlo Stanton for an announcement [Why is Stanton giving Shohei the AL MVP?] blah blah blah Aaron Judge….[@#@@$%$!]”

Last edited 17 days ago by Angelz4ever
Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Agreed. $5 million would still buy alot of weed.

Plus his father was an Angel legend.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Bellinger like Matt Kemp, let success and Hollywood glitter spoil them

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

And Puig.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

LOL…Definitely Cinderfella Puig.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  FungoAle

He could still wind up being better than Trout right?

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Didn’t rose date an underaged girl?

Almost as bad as the lakers announcer. No way he lands that job if those same creepy pictures came out today.

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago

You mean Chick liked really young chicks?

Last edited 17 days ago by Cowboy26
Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Rosenthal claims she might have been only 14 when they started dating. Rose maintains she was 16 when he started the relationship to appear to comply with Ohio consent laws.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

R Kelly is proud

Twebur
Super Member
17 days ago

Chad Curtis is out of prison and said hello…

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

So does Lenny Dykstra & John Wetteland

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
17 days ago

It was okay, that was the 60s and 70s, it was okay then.

Fansince1971
Legend
17 days ago

Trout generated 6.3 of WAR in 2/3 of a season. Had he been on a winning/playoff team, he doubtlessly would have finished higher in the MVP voting. All the other guys ahead of him with the exception of Shohei were on winning clubs.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Let’s hear it for Manfred. Way to sign off on that FTX deal on every ump’s uniform. Well done to promote the integrity of the game.

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