LA Angels Weekend News Crash: MLK Day

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting quite a few of you and we’ve had different skin tones, nations of birth, upbringings, and backgrounds. But we all had the shared love of baseball.

In many ways, we have Martin Luther King, Jr. and his peers to thank for this community. Just as we can thank him for so many of our loved ones being in our lives.

MLK thanked Jackie Robinson for paving the way. The two were close friends and over the years their paths converged in many ways. There’s no separating the Civil Rights Movement and baseball. Which is yet another reason to love this great game.

Getting to modern day baseball, the biggest news out of Anaheim this week was the signing of Brett Phillips to be the fourth outfielder. Phillips is hoping a lot of hard work with the same swing guru Taylor Ward used last year will pay off.

Nice little interview with Phillips here:

Yes, Angels players are going to a dude with a full time job who teaches hitting on the side to get better. Speaks volumes about our coaching and development staffs, doesn’t it?

Brandon Drury says he was destined to be an Angel.

Phillips solidifies the outfield and as of now completes the position player roster.

Sam Blum took a look at what the Angels off season might mean for Jo Adell. I think it means he gets a year to prove himself in AAA.

Blum wasn’t alone. There was quite a bit of interest in the futures of both Adell and fellow first round pick Mickey Moniak.

While neither has lived up to their draft day promise, the duo of Adell and Moniak in Salt Lake gives us the most player position upside we’ve had there in eons.

Last year’s starting left fielder is ticketed for AAA? Yes, I took a look at the depth Perry has and hasn’t built with the Swiss Army Team.

On the topic of depth, both Griffin Canning and Chris Rodriguez are throwing from the mound. If healthy, Canning could play a big role for the team. He’s only 26 and the team is still looking for a sixth starter.

The same could be said of Rodriguez, who was really good out of the bullpen a couple of year back.

The good news is the team isn’t relying on either to contribute Opening Day or really any other day. If they do, great, if not, we have options.

One option I hope to see this year is Ben Joyce and I think we see him in Tempe. Watch this just because.

I’ll get an article out on the three headed monster of Joyce, Luke Murphy, and Eric Torres and how they tore through AA last year. Add them to the outfielders and suddenly AAA is looking good.

Speaking of Tempe, the Angels announced all the important Spring Training dates.

My favorite master schedule for Spring Training games can be found here.

From around the league:

Carlos Correa heading back to the Twin Cities wrapped up this off season’s craziest saga. Take a look at all the twists and turns along the way.

Trevor Bauer will need to find a new place to troll for women online after the Dodgers released him yesterday. I’m wondering if he’ll move into Aroldis Chapman or Roberto Osuna’s old locker.

Of note, the LAT is reporting the Dodgers decided to cut bait on Bauer after meeting with him. That might explain the long delay between his reinstatement and DFA. Perhaps they tried to work out a way for him to stay, but Bauer is Bauer and plays by his own rules.

The Dodgers brought in a shortstop I was high on bringing in last year in Miguel Rojas. Immediately following the trade news was the follow up that Rojas needs yet another wrist surgery.

Probably the most notable part of the trade is the Dodgers are now over the luxury tax again. FanGraphs looks at their budget dilemma and options.

Oakland brought over Japanese hurler Shintaro Fujinami on a one year deal. He wants to start although several sites peg him for bullpen duty. Either way, the A’s became a little more interesting now.

Baseball has really become a global game in my lifetime. And a lot of global talent will be on display at the World Baseball Classic.

Here’s a link for the reporting dates, workout dates, and exhibition games for the WBC teams.

All 47 WBC games will be broadcast across various Fox Sports platforms. What a time to be alive.

It is a bit of a tradition of my own making. The only fitting way to end MLK Day Links is to watch a video of his most famous speech.

Please link what I missed below and enjoy your three day weekend.

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Eric_in_Portland
Legend
18 days ago

MLB Pipeline’s Top 50 International Prospects signings are interesting. I’ll just post the rankings of the guys signed.

Seattle: #2, #42
Oakland: #5, #40
Houston: #17, #21
Texas: #8
Anaheim: #50

We also signed a whole raft of players.

https://angelsnation.com/2022-23-international-signing-period-angels-sign-18-prospects-including-felix-morrobel/2023/01/16/

FungoAle
Super Member
18 days ago

The more the merrier. You cannot win if you don’t play. Go Halos!

2GA2Join
Trusted Member
18 days ago

I kind of wondered when I saw we signed #50. Given that there are 30 teams, this didn’t sound very impressive. Again, on the surface it seems like our drafting is subpar.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2GA2Join

What does this have to do with our drafting?

2GA2Join
Trusted Member
18 days ago

Excuse me, recruiting and signing.

grichmanpoorman
Member
18 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Yes, seems lackluster. Always nice to get marquee prospects… then again, Quero never sniffed that Top 50 list, so maybe there’s something to be said for the “deep cuts” philosophy when it comes to these bonus pool situations.

Fansince1971
Legend
18 days ago

Raft – that’s GOLD!

Cowboy26
Legend
18 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Did you see the signing bonus of some of these guys? Dipoto did another Baldoquin where he gave the #2 prospect & #47 prospect their entire signing pool . Jer Jer gave Mr #2 a $4.700,000 signing bonus which is even more than our entire pool amount. Of course it doesn’t hurt Seattle that they have an extra $1,000,000 in their signing pool for being part of the MLB team welfare program.

Fansince1971
Legend
18 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It’s riverboat gambling. Mostly risk – occasional reward.

Jim Atkins
Super Member
18 days ago

Keynan Middleton signed a minor league contract with the White Sox. Good luck-

Mia
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Mia
18 days ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Man, if only this dude had found a fan base to cheer for him loud enough. Maybe then he’d be on a major league deal.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Mia

He probably STILL walks a ton of guys because fanbase.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

So, the Chicago teams are combining to gain all the players I had in mind if the Angels had truly had a “Sell the team, do nothing during this off season” plan instead of what PTP has actually done.

I wanted Hanser Alberto, Jake Maresnik, Try Mancini and “bullpen arm” if we were just gonna be stuck with a 20M off season.

It’s nice we didn’t wind up just doing that and seeing what the youngsters can do.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
18 days ago

We’ve already seen what our kids can do.
WE’VE ALREADY MOSTLY SEEN AND KNOW WHAT THEY CAN’T DO!!!!!!!
Kind of what happens when you take Matt Thaiss over Pete Alonzo, Beau Bichette, and that kid who was born in the Anaheim Stadium parking lot and won the 2020 AL Cy Young Award for the Cleveland Guardians.
 💪  💪  💪 ……THE SMARTEST FAN EVUH!!! no 80% misguided fool here.

SchofieldsWalkoff
Member
18 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

What?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2002heaven

I’m sorry. We are still waiting for your IIWPM. Till we see that your comments just read as “LOLBAH” followed by a bunch emojis…. kind of like how a mentally dribbly kid communicates.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
19 days ago

Angels in agreement with shortstop Felix Morrobel, No. 50 on the Top 50 International Prospects list.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Rangers signed Vlads son Pablo

Mia
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Mia
19 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Man wore a glove for so many years in his playing career I guess he just couldn’t do it anymore haha

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Mia

*only during game action

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Seemed like a no glove kinda guy to me

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Mia
Legend
Mia
19 days ago

I was thinking his outfield glove.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Just saying he doesn’t wear one when he’s up to Bat.

Mia
Legend
Mia
19 days ago

I knew what you meant, was just clarifying that even though he did bat gloveless, there was still part of his game where he used one.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Which may explain why he doesn’t have 20 kids.

Cowboy26
Legend
18 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

TBH, The Angels really did a horrible job providing him protection in the lineup later in his career.

I mean Juan Rivera ? Come on.

red floyd
Legend
18 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I thought GA was his protection?

And then later in his career, it wasn’t our responsibility.

Cowboy26
Legend
18 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

not in 2009

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

He played for 4 teams.
Canada got one.
Now Texas.

I bet Baltimore gets one before the Angels pull the trigger.

FungoAle
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Lol, Big Daddy Vladdy had a wide strike zone

Twebur
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

He’s is 9 by 4…

2002heaven
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

A HOF doesn’t always guarantee a clone.
Carl Yastrzemski’s son is a Giant or is he? (for CB26, I don’t care wun way or the uther, I’ll let that misguided 80%er worry abwout meaningless garbage).

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  2002heaven

Is that his son? But even more important, will cloning Vlad be part of that IIWPM we are waiting for?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

How desperate was Pablo to sign with the Angels? Was he, like his brother Vlad, just camping under the hats begging our FO to take him at a discount since, even if we hadn’t signed Baldo, we didn’t have the pool money to sign him? Is there YouTube footage of him crying into his now unused Angels hat?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Twebur

NO! The Angels don’t sign international players! We won’t even send scouts east of the Mississippi. These are lies. ALL LIES!

2002heaven
Trusted Member
18 days ago

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Cheep and Eevill

Last edited 18 days ago by 2002heaven
FungoAle
Super Member
19 days ago

#50 out of the top 50? Perry, you stud. Time to nickname Felix, Hawaii.

Mia
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Mia
19 days ago

All these international signings seem promising. Seems like a fair few more than past years.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
19 days ago

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If teams are really really serious about winning, then hire a proven winner when they’re available (like us with Theo Epstein for example and not a winner’s chauffeur…….Perry Minasian).
Chargers and Angels, take note!!!…… 💪  💪  💪  💪 

Last edited 19 days ago by 2002heaven
Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

So the Angels should hire Sean Payton the football coach because he’s a winner?

Got it.

Twebur
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We still need a 3rd base coach…

He’s a (very good, not great) HC. Maybe not worth giving up a 1st round pick for him. A lot of bad playoff losses. Drew Brees and the Saints GM will have helped him get that reported $20mil a year contract.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

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Angel’s baseball operations? LOL!!!!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2002heaven

They look like they are full of excited patience. Like the are just waiting for someone with lots of thinkings and speakings to create some kind of written plan for them to follow. A light. A beacon Your IIWPM.

Look at that poor chimp. Just transfixed, waiting for you to show how you are actually more cogent than he is. Help him Tootie. Help him.

Cowboy26
Legend
18 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

His resume in football looks alot like Sosh’s in Baseball

2002heaven
Trusted Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

 (like us with Theo Epstein for example and not a winner’s chauffeur…….Perry Minasian).
Chargers and Angels, take note!!!
Didn’t realize Theo Epstein was a NFL Executive..gott ittt! 🤑  🤓  🙃 
Duhhhh…….80%er stupidly again? Tony LaRussa was hired as a advisor LOL!!!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  2002heaven

Will this be part of your IIWPM? It’s a three day weekend, were you just waiting for some free time so you could really flesh out all your “thinking poofs”.

Can’t wait to see it. We’re all gonna see how you aren’t totally full of clown gas. It’s gonna rule.

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago

Happy Roberto BAldoquin day everybody!

2002heaven
Trusted Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

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Angel’s scouting department? LOL!!!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2002heaven

Here, for the intl scout in you….

Donde esta su IIWPM? Eres un desverganzado monton de mierda troll?

No puedo esperar para verlo!

Twebur
Super Member
20 days ago

Charger’ing

believe.wav – Vin Scully saying “I can’t believe it!” 

max
Trusted Member
max
20 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

trAdition?

RexFregosi
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  max

Turn the page

RexFregosi
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  max

Buttercup

Cowboy26
Legend
20 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

They should have never left San Diego

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

They Chargers should go back to San Diego and take the Clippers with them.

FungoAle
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Would love for the Chargers to come back down here w/o the Spanos’s

MarineLayer
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

That would be great.

FungoAle
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

The Clippers of football, that coach has 48-hrs before a piano lands on him.

Twebur
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

48 hours? I’d Kiffin him at the airport terminal if I owned the team.

He is so bad, I feel bad for the guy.

FungoAle
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

They will wait until Monday. Sean Payton would be good for Justin Herbert but Spanos cannot handle strong coaches.

Last edited 20 days ago by FungoAle
RexFregosi
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Unless Payton is hired, keep Staley but Lombardi shouldn’t be back. No points in the 2nd half was a thing pretty much all season.

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

I’ve got to think that the Spanos goofs would even screw up a Sean Payton hire despite the fact the coach REALLY wants to be there. They’ll have to give up at least a first rounder for him, give him personnel control and pay him top dollar so does that really sound like something any Spanos would ever do?

2002heaven
Trusted Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Ain’t any worse than our team has done since 2009
Worst farm system since 2010!!!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  2002heaven

Gde tvoy IIWPM? Ti bessovestnaya kucha troll’skogo derma? Chdoby uvidet eto suka!

2002heaven
Trusted Member
19 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

The 2002 World serious was a sentury uhgo………get over your haughtiness already. The Cleeveland Brauns wun the 1964 NFL Champyunship and 1948 Werld Seriess. BYE!!!!!

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

I know. People on this site that use that long ago World Series victory for their handle are totally lame.

Mia
Legend
Mia
20 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

I have never been happier to not be a Chargers fan anymore than I am tonight.

My cardiologist is also probably pretty stoked about that 😂

DowningDude
Legend
20 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Nate Kaeding is tapping you on the shoulder reminding you of darker days

Mia
Legend
Mia
20 days ago
Reply to  DowningDude

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Fansince1971
Legend
20 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Not a Charger fan but hey, they made the playoffs…..

Mia
Legend
Mia
20 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Just to completely embarrass themselves on a national stage.

Absolute peak Chargers.

Fansince1971
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Kind of like 2014 Angels!

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I dont think the 2014 Angels really ever had a lead against the Royals. If they did probably wasn’t more than 15 minutes.

Fansince1971
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I was talking about the ‘completely embarrass themselves on a National stage’ part.

98 wins and swept by the Royals – you’re right I don’t think they ever had a lead.

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

But collectively I think the world forgot about the Angels 2014 upset in about 15 minutes after it happened. Conversely the 1986 collapse has never been forgotten and shaped so many careers and legacies. Seared into my memory banks for over 36 years now, I am certainly not the only one with many feeling even a greater impact. In Al Michaels HOF induction he claimed Game 5 was his baseball announcing signature moment, It was certainly also led to Hendu’s myth, not to mention the Donnie Moore Tragedy.

Time will tell where Charger collapse ends up in sports history but it is definitely on a much higher plane than the Angels last playoff appearance.

Fansince1971
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Very interesting. I personally don’t think you can compare the ‘86 Angels playoff collapse to the ‘23 Chargers collapse. The Angels were playing at home and were 1 strike and then, later, one sacrifice fly from their first WS.

Last night for the Chargers ultimately was just a wildcard loss in a season where they were unlikely to win the next game.

The historical context was way more magnified in the ‘86 game.

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Really? the third largest comeback in NFL playoff history was just another wildcard loss.

I’m sure thats exactly what Chargers fans are thinking right now.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

what was the 2nd largest comeback? If you can’t remember it then I think, logically, only SD…I mean LAC fans will remember the game in 10 years.

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago

Just ask Colts and Chief Fans they’ll tell you.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

funny, I don’t remember the 1986 thing at all, except for being up 5-2 starting the 9th, getting the first out, the sux getting a runner on and Baylor hitting a 2 run homer, then Witt getting the next batter before Mauch brought in Lucas to face Gedman. That’s about all I remember.

MarineLayer
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I was at that game. Being a fatalist, I was convinced they would lose and they did. My worst baseball memory.

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

That was my Father. Who was questioning all of the fans invading the aisles for the ensuing rush onto the field that never happened. I was more just sitting there in shock that we were on the cusp of going to the World Series than thinking about a collapse (despite ’82). I took on more of a fatalist role in 2002 ( especially after you tack on the ’95 collapse) But I certainly couldn’t really blame any rational Angel fan for a defeatist belief system either yesterday or today.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Cowboy26

If we just lean a little harder into it we can become the Browns of baseball. We can do it guys! Bad JuJu, it’s WHAT WE DO!

Mia
Legend
Mia
19 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Bingo.

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

The way they played in the second half, someone forgot to tell the Chargers that.

RexFregosi
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Closest thing to 1986 ALCS I’ve experienced. 😡 🤬🤕

Cowboy26
Legend
20 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Right now depending upon What the Angels do with Ky Bush (I still think he’ll start in AA) I show a AAA rotation of:

Silseth
CRod
Canning
Valdez
Daniel
Diaz
Rosenberg
Kalish

And a AAA bullpen of:

Ingram
Marte
Garza
Warren
Reyes
Torres
Murphy
Joyce (fingers crossed)
Devenski
Webb
Holder

Of course this list assumes Weiss & Wantz make the Big League team and not someone above or the Angels don’t pick up any new bodies within the next couple of months.

But all in all thats at a fair amount of depth at the AAA level.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
19 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

 👎  👎  💩  💩 

matthiasstephan
Super Member
19 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Again with the detailed and insightful analysis. Are you going to put up your own plan at some point? Ever? Or are you not capable?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Here, you have to strip it down to what he understands maybe….

You. IIWPM 😀 . YES? 👍 . NO?  💩   💪  👈 

FungoAle
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Jones, AAA ceiling

FungoAle
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Nothing wrong with the signing but his prospect status has waned. There’s not much there. AAA filler but might get a cup of coffee Dylan Thomas-esque invite for weekend in Anaheim. He’ll be forgotten in a year.

Cowboy26
Legend
19 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I suspect Jones will primarily platoon at AAA with Trey Cabbage at first base this year.

Cabbage was on track to provide depth at first or the corner outfield spots before a base running collision ended his season in AA last May.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah. I am actually a little curious to see if Trey Cabbage can do something cool this season. He seems to have developed somewhat into a “professional hitter” and I’d like to see if he can pull it off at the MLB at some point. He’s got a 1 WAR name.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
20 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I’m more intrigued by this than the Phillips signing

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

To bad on Ortega

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
20 days ago

Yep

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Amen.

Cowboy26
Legend
20 days ago

Ok here’s a summary of where we are at:
Hunter Renfroe $11.9 Million vs Angels $11.25 Million
Gio Urshela $10.0 Million vs Angels $8.4 Million
Luis Rengifo $2.3 Million vs Angels $2.0 Million
If the Angels are really trying to stay below the CBT threshold ( With Arte and the Angel’s typical disinformation campaign-who knows ?) that means that based upon Arb results they have anywhere between $11.5 million to $14.0 million to spend on additional players’ payroll without incurring any penalties this year.

RexFregosi
Super Member
21 days ago

Shohei in an instagram post said he just left Japan 🧐 and just got to LA where he posts a picture of the city from the sky that includes Chavez Ravine.

Is Japan WBC training somewhere? Is he coming over to sign that $500M contract?

One month til P&Cs report.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  RexFregosi

Uh oh. The Dodgers stadium is within view of LAX from 30,000 ft up. Also in that photo, most likely, is the headquarters of the Church of Scientology.

Significant?

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
21 days ago

NFL playoffs have arrived, good morning to all. Miami in playoffs using a third string QB because of injury. Brady in his career is 7-0 against the Cowboys with that game being played in Tampa Bay. Ravens without Lamar Jackson in their game. Jacksonville made the playoffs! That’s akin to saying in baseball that Miami made the playoffs. This is when football is fun, during the playoffs. The second season. MLB is trying hard to have a second season in their game. but after 162 games it really should be only one Wild Card team in each league imho. Hey, it is what it is.

Weather moving into the mountains that includes Rain, Snow, Ice and stupid. Visitors don’t know how to drive in bad weather in SoCal, just go slow and easy. Shovels are ready with silicone or Pam, gloves are dry and I’m ready. I hope winter keeps going through March, we need the moisture, lake still down about 17 feet.

Something amazing to point out, the Big A is hosting an event that brings in Big Truck racing over mountains of dirt and yet the field always looks awesome by opening day. How do they do that? It must that huge loaders (tractors) to move that dirt around to build the track and same to remove the dirt. If they get a lot of rain what a mess to clean up.

Have a Great Saturday my friends. 😀  🏈  🏀  🏂  🏄  We got it all baby.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
21 days ago

Arbitration with 3 players

2GA2Join
Trusted Member
21 days ago

The Braves have signed Ty Tice.
His name is worth +1 WAR alone.

max
Trusted Member
max
21 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

‘Wanna tie me up with one of your ties, Ty?”

Fansince1971
Legend
21 days ago
Reply to  max

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Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
21 days ago

Regarding our remaining pitching needs, we can quote the great philosopher Fozzy D. Bear, “Wacha, Wacha, Wacha!”

(Dad joke ray now powered down)

Cowboy26
Legend
21 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

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SC_Halo
Trusted Member
20 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

TrAdition will turn him into “walka walka walka” 😉

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
21 days ago

weren’t some of you talking about the Fangraphs Steamer projections the other day? I just looked. They’re out of whack! Trout with a .256 batting average, an .880 OPS? Not likely.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Uh oh. Positivity.

Angels22
Trusted Member
21 days ago

I am calling it. Adell will have a breakout year! Phillips will be DFA’d.

Cowboy26
Legend
21 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Still needs to learn how to hit from the left side

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
21 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I know sandoval had a break out season last season, but I think he gets even better this season. 16+ wins this year if he stays healthy

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
21 days ago

16+ wins this year if he stays healthy ever gets provided with any run support.

Last edited 21 days ago by tommyshalo
2002heaven
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  tommyshalo

So convert him to a closer then.
Not every so called good SP will play for the 1927 Yankees (BTW Sandy Alcantara had a winning record with a bad Miami team, so I don’t wanna hear it). He has good hard stuff (of course since we didn’t draft him, the Harris Co TX puppy eaters did otherwise we would’ve taken a guy like Austin Warren who throws 55mph). That way he’ll be asked to protect a lead when called upon.

SchofieldsWalkoff
Member
18 days ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Why?

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
21 days ago
Reply to  Angels22

Well, Phillips being DFA’ed this season is a given, but hopefully early in the year, not in September.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Angels22

I don’t think this is too far fetched. If either Jo or the Mick just go bonkers at SLC there’s nothing preventing them from getting some ABs in the MLB. Especially if someone gets hurt (looking at you Trout). If they have finally figured it out, then said player would stay.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
21 days ago

I teach US History and felt my most important point to get across is to stop prejudice as it leads to genocide too often… and I’ve always been proud to be a fan of people associated with MLB for breaking prejudicial boundaries. I appreciate you noting the significance of Robinson and MLK, like you have, and your choice of articles. I think I’ll use one in my class.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
21 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Gotta keep playing that record. Next genocide could be anybody.
I actually teach about the Louis/Schmelling fight in class as well as Owens… I guess I have to get Robinson in there. We skip over the 40’s for the most part because the big story is WWII which is reviewed in World History in detail.

Last edited 21 days ago by Mikeal1st
gitchogritchoffmypettis
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I love the WBC. I just wish it were scheduled further back in the winter. Even if it means that “Northern” cities can’t really host because of weather (without a dome). The focus is “the World” so if most of the tourney takes place in domes, Southern Europe, Japanese/Korean domes, South/Central America and warm weather US cities that’s OK. It would be really cool if they tried to do a couple “exposition games” in places like Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East etc too.

Like, imagine if teams reported for training/expos the 2nd week of January and games started on something like Jan 12. We can make the “training” period take place in a few more spots so all that super hard “training” can take place in cities like Sydney, JoBurg, Jakarta and Dubai and give it a couple extra days for travel. Train two teams in each city and have them play an exposition. Then go play the tourney, with the final happening around Feb. 20. Sure, football is happening, but mostly die hards watch the beginning of the tourney in the US anyway and the focus isn’t the US, it’s other countries. Players can report to their teams March 1 and “get with the program”. Teams can rest them at the start of ST as needed. We all get entertained during those sad dead weeks between football and ST. Win Win Win.

It won’t be a big deal, but it could be a small asset that Drury is obviously stoked to be here and it’s a good sign that Phillips already has an Angels shirt and alternate color way dickwing Angels hat ready to go so fast after being signed. A little esprit de core can’t hurt.

The Astros should just sign Bauer and become Drago.

Patrick Sandoval, Jared Walsh and Taylor Ward. That could be a real bargain for our stupid GM and his team that can’t develop anything at less than 9M this year. If Detmers, Suarez, Rengifo, Fletcher etc are fairly good things look even more bleak.

Jeremy Reed was bulls tits, but even if we get solid hitting coaches players will still be going to gurus for more directed help. I asked an ex-player about this once. He said these personal trainers, if they and your hitting coach are any good, sort of collaborate. That a team’s hitting coach spends a ton of time just getting info on your performance, upcoming pitchers, etc for 12 players. They work with hitters on their swing/approach too, but if a hitter wants 2 or 3 hours a day of that it will take a “guru”. And then there’s the off season….

Cutch going back to the Burg warms my heart a little.

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