LA Angels Weekend News Crash: Rabbit Time!

10…9….8…yes, it is New Year all over again. This time Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit, or is it Year of the Cat? Whatever it is, I’ll be hosting my annual shindig with live lion/dragon dancers, drums, egg rolls, and plenty of red envelopes.

Happy New Year, again!

We are officially closer to Opening Day 2023 than we are to the end of the World Series. Have the Angels done enough this off season?

I’m going to say no at the moment. Then again I’m also predicting some of the 2022 Trash Pandas to come up and pitch like stallions.

That’s Silseth to Luke Murphy to Eric Torres for a no-hitter last year. We’ve seen Silseth and I’ve linked Murphy since he was drafted. Torres is the under the radar guy and the lefty in that screen.

Eric Torres 2022 numbers: 42 games, 51 innings, 81 K’s, 0.94 WHIP, 1.59 ERA.

In case you’re wondering about my 2021 draft crush Luke Murphy, here are his numbers: 37 games, 44.2 innings, 52 K’s, 1.14 WHIP.

And then there’s this guy, who probably has the best raw stuff of the group:

That bullpen and position players like Zach Neto and Edgar Quero have some executives thinking the Angels farm system is under rated.

I think we have a handful of impact players at position of need, but there’s no frontline starting pitching, perhaps not much back end pitching either.

However, the Angels have two of the top 10 catching prospects between Quero and Logan O’Hoppe.

And the Angels added to that farm system with a large international class highlighted by a supposedly good shortstop. Come 2030, we could be cheering some of these guys.

Meanwhile the Padres went full Padres and paid $5.6 million for the top prospect, a catcher from Venezuela.

In less joyful Angels news, Arte also cheaps out on the Spanish language broadcast crew. Having a dude broadcast from essentially a closet is low. Really, we should be promoting such an accredited baseball guy, not hiding him.

Perhaps 2023 MLB will be the year of the rabbit on the base paths as new rules create more stolen base opportunities. Colorado’s Zac Veen is ready to run.

In news that made me smile, Andrew McCutchen set sail for home in Pittsburgh. That’s a good link from FanGraphs.

Hall of Fame voting is taking place and a player I truly loved is in danger of falling off the ballot. But Torii Hunter’s HOF case is stronger than a lot of people realize.

SI thinks eight players under the age of 30 are making HOF cases now.

The Hall of Fame may soon be full of shortstops from this era. Is this the golden age of MLB shortstops? In my 40 plus years on Earth, yes. I’ve seen some incredible ones but never an age with so many great shortstops spread around the league.

26 days until pitchers and catchers report. Have you booked your trip yet?

Have a great weekend and as always, link what I missed below.

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Cowboy26
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12 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

How Ironic that 3 of the 4 players pictured wont be spending much time with the team this spring while the 4th will probably be spending most his time rehabbing some injury or another.

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
14 days ago

Sunny in the IE today but freezing wind off of snow-covered mountains.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Youknowuloveit

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
14 days ago

Ahhh, I see whatcha did….

FungoAle
Super Member
13 days ago

Happiness is seeing the IE in your rear view mirror.

RexFregosi
Super Member
13 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

unless you’re headed due west

steelgolf
Super Member
13 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Unless you’re headed to Brawley!! 🤣

Cowboy26
Legend
13 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

But Palm Springs & Palm Desert are beautiful right now.

steelgolf
Super Member
13 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Palm Springs and Palm desert are nothing like Brawley.

Cowboy26
Legend
12 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Yes, but unfortunately, they share the same valley.

Last edited 12 days ago by Cowboy26
RexFregosi
Super Member
12 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Coachella Valley is not the Imperial Valley

Worked in geothermal 9 years in Calipatria.
(200 ft below sea level and 10 ft above Hell)

first 2 yrs i lived in Brawley. Hell with that – next 7 yrs i moved back to Bermuda Dunes and just commuted 70 miles each way to work. it wasn’t a bad commute as it was wide open desert.

*picked up a few speeding tickets though

Twebur
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Looking forward to my SoCal Gas bill next week.

Twebur
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

No I’m not……and opinions on that topic wouldn’t be suitable for this site.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Twebur

We now live in a world where you can’t complain about high utility bills without it being political. Yayyyyy…. we’re awesome!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I don’t mean here. The logic is simple here. Baseball site. Politics other sites.

I just mean in general. We’re almost to the point where “Cake or Pie?” is a question you can’t ask, or a statement you can’t make, without someone having attached a bunch of political poop to it.

It’s cool though. With my vast collection of gasoline, canned nuts, dune buggies, 70s goalie masks, toilet paper and sharp machetes this is all leading to a world I’ll do pretty well in.

RexFregosi
Super Member
14 days ago

I’m in spring training for spring training so I tried out my new lens last night and really wanted to see this guy

is it ok to like Russian hockey players these days?

it’s just getting harder all the time to separate politics from sports.

Twebur
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Russian hockey players are fine…No Dutch players, from any sports team. Not sure why, but this site draws the line with them.

Ovechkin is looking old with the gray hair. Prefer the Kings..Go Kings Go!
Looking forward to your ST 2023 camera work. Like your Flickr site..Nice work.

RexFregosi
Super Member
13 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Thanks – I had a bottle of wine in me the night when I bought that lens and paid 10x more for one than I ever had.

*note to self – when free agency opens next winter, send alcohol to the Angels GM.

yeah I’m ready and can say if I’m able to get shots of hockey players indoors, I’m in the best shape of my life this spring.

It dawned on me lens are like baseball teams. If you have a cheap lens you won’t take good pics no matter how you try (or have to be incredibly lucky). But even if you go out and buy an expensive lens, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll take good pics; things could still go wrong and you still need a bit of luck. And even with a great lens, it could break, or you could still not know how to operate it and make bad choices like Staley or not care too much what you do like Maddon.

But it just helps tremendously to make good things happen when you spend more on quality. I’ll call this new lens Elvis. It’s all I could afford. It’s better than Wade but sure as hell not Dansby.

Cowboy26
Legend
13 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

So you need a deep and varied supply of good quality lenses for every situation.

Do you develop these lens yourself? trade them with others or purchase them through an authorized agent? ( Which, of course is always the most expensive option)

RexFregosi
Super Member
13 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Ivan Provorov better be home by eleven.

Cowboy26
Legend
13 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Wait Simba was Dutch and we all like Simba right?

Simba
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13 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

right

GrandpaBaseball
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14 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

So, do they now play professional hockey outdoors in the Valley of the Sun?

RexFregosi
Super Member
13 days ago

It’s indoors and and is about the same size as the rink in Big Bear.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
13 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

In the years that the lake freezes we take our chances 😄 

RexFregosi
Super Member
14 days ago

Yes baseball only.

Now that that’s settled can we finally just move along?

so what’s the latest on how Schilling is doing in the HOF voting?

Fansince1971
Legend
14 days ago

Do you prefer wintergreen or spearmint gum?

You bastard – that is
sssoooo political. Everyone knows the right like’s Spearmint and the left wintergreen!!!!

matthiasstephan
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

comment image

Twebur
Super Member
14 days ago

“Cake or Pie?” is a question you can’t ask

This is why I roll with the “PIECAKENin all flavors. I don’t want to offend anyone.

https://www.piecakenbakeshop.com/shop

RexFregosi
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Year of the Rabbit Hole

Last edited 14 days ago by RexFregosi
RexFregosi
Super Member
14 days ago

Nuclear power isn’t cool in California so they don’t build power plants.

But there’s a big nuclear power plant in Arizona right next door and California buys all the power it can get from it. – it’s more ethical that way I guess.

RexFregosi
Super Member
14 days ago

speaking utilizes, this probably the safest time ever to mention how green my lawn is here in Phoenix. My front yard and backyard yard are both very lush all year round and I even am growing bamboo trees too.

It’s a good thing utilities don’t trigger people.

Last edited 14 days ago by RexFregosi
Mikeal1st
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14 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

So, if I move to South Dakota where it is 5 times colder but the gas only cost 20% of California I would break even?

Fleckstein
Trusted Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

More importantly, which mlb teams are broadcast? Rockies? mariners? Twins?

Charles Sutton
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Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Fleckstein

Maybe even Kansas City. I guess there you probably wouldn’t get blacked out.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Charles Sutton

Yeah. I was gonna say ALL the teams if you want.

RexFregosi
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

isn’t natural gas illegal now in California? are these rate’s because it has to be smuggled in?

On a far more serious note, I was thinking about the MLK column last week and thinking about if that column would have been extreme 30 years ago? In Arizona it would have maybe ( I didn’t live here then fwiw).

Arizona didn’t want to celebrate MLK Day and lost the 1993 Super Bowl because of it.

And sexual orientations as another topic – that has completely flipped too – how you feel was completely wrong/right 40 years ago now makes you now complete right/wrong today.

Things change all the time and my point is what is PC depends what decade it is. Topics like vaccines. Trigger point today but every thing was straight forward once ago.

Now here’s where I’m completely serious- I’m freezing my ass off in Phoenix this week and it’s too cold to go outside and it’d better change in 3 weeks or ST will suck. Can’t have ST in 50 F weather.

And if gets to the point where your opinion on the Shift or the DH is largely dependent on which side of the political aisle you’re on like a continually growing list of topics, we are doomed

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

This is California
Sun = Hot
Clouds = Cold
What the hell is going on?
Why didn’t I bring my wind breaker with me today?

RexFregosi
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Grew up in Palm Springs but have lived in Phoenix for 28 years and i always complain how cold it is in the winters here compared to the Coachella Valley.

I just don’t go outside when it’s lower than 58 F, it’s too cold 🥶 Seriously.

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
14 days ago

Bauer not signed by a team yet? I may lose my bet if he doesn’t sign by tomorrow night.

Somebody’s going to sign him, we all know that.

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I shudder and I mean shudder as to how many teams probably have already done a plus/minus on IF they sign him. That of course is PR plus/minus as pitching wise no-brainer.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

I say the odds of about 30 teams doing so is pretty high.

2GA2Join
Trusted Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

In the back of my mind I am hoping Perry will still pull off a good trade, but we’ll see.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Might that make Chisholm a trade candidate? I know we are flush with 2B, but Chisholm is still an upgrade to several of our options and can play SS. Perhaps we could get him for Moniak/Adell (to play CF for them) and some of our pitching prospects (Silseth, Davidson) that have MLB experience?

matthiasstephan
Super Member
13 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

He has never played OF, not even in the minors. Seems really strange to move an All Star SS to OF.

Feels like someone has soured on him (hard to see Segura/Wendle as the better IF choices). Sure, he is fast – but that doesn’t make an OF (see Billy Hamilton, Peter Bourjos, or even Jo Adell).

They clearly don’t believe in their OF depth, so I suspect that they are looking for more trades.

Cowboy26
Legend
12 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Devo was a third baseman. Of course he made the switch a lot sooner than Jazz to the outfield.

The more recent infamous transition would be the Dee Strange-Gordon experiment that Jer Jer tried back in 2018 which failed miserably.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
12 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

That is why I think a trade might be an option. Would love to have Jazz at SS for us.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

I like Chisholm but the fact that his team needs a shortstop and he’s not it (in addition to his actual numbers at short) isn’t telling you something? We’d LOVE him at SS but Rengifo or Fletcher would be a big problem?

This just sounds like more CtPG “I hate what I have so…. SOMETHING!” thinking.

Cowboy26
Legend
13 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I thought the Jazz were in Utah ( via New Orleans)

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Eh. I love Torii, but that’s a weak ass midwinter baseball article with an even weaker case for Hunter in the HOF. “If you are wondering if Torii should be in…. look at Andrew Jones, who is also not in.”

Another way to look at this is that, if Torii has a strong case, then how much stronger is Andruw Jones, Jim Edmonds, Fred Lynn? Curtis Granderson is available for the Hall with 3 fewer WAR in 1500 less ABs….

It’s OK for a guy to just be in the Hall of Very Good. I love a bunch of those players, maybe even more than HOF players. Fred Lynn, Dwight Evans (should be in), Dave Parker, Bobby Grich (should also be in), Julio Franco, Brian Downing, Eric Davis…. one of the best things about being a long term fan of a team is you get familiar with that teams “greats”. They belong to the team and not all of baseball so much. That’s OK. It’s kind of cool.

But it switches to pathetic when we try to smoosh some argument together for, in our case, Jared Weaver, Tim Salmon or Torii Hunter to be HOFers. WTY is Dennis Leanord or John Tudor or Cliff Lee and that’s totally great.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Yah. Nothing wrong with linking it…. and NOTHIN wrong with lovin the Hula Doola Domino Rula. It’s just writers who should know better saying things they know are crap so they can get stupid people to advocate emotionally for favorite players that don’t belong in the HOF… while also probably complaining about similar players who make it, declaring the HOF a sham.

Cause writer’s gotta eat.

The HOF has so much more going on. It’s a wealth of cool stuff for a guy to write about in the off season.

Hell, write about some of the great “Hall of Good” players from days gone by… For example, who the heck is Allie Reynolds? cause it looks like there was a pretty long time where he was borderline. Lew Burdette? I had no idea Harvey Kuenn was such a beast for a while there, probably cause Not Yankee. Ken Boyer kind of makes him look like a hobo, he has HOF stats if he’s a Dodger. Maury Wills? Though he’ll probably get in someday for justice. Speaking of justice, why are Catfish Hunter and Don Drysdale in the HOF but Luis Tiant isn’t? That dude would make a great story….

Cowboy26
Legend
13 days ago

Loved Luis Tiant. The dude battled including this epic duel with the Express. https://www.mlb.com/news/nolan-ryan-threw-235-pitches-in-one-game .

Twebur
Super Member
14 days ago

Even with my bitter hate of the Doyers…Steve Garvey should be in..or at least in the Midget Little People Baseball HOF.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Twebur

That’s not bitter hate brother, that’s just sweet sweet standards. Moral fiber. Without it the world can’t take a shit and gets all backed up…. kind of like Chavez Latrine……

Dogface1956
Member
14 days ago

I’ve heard that Granderson is available we should try to get him.

red floyd
Legend
14 days ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

But then we’d be out on Wilson.

red floyd
Legend
14 days ago

Curtis Granderson is available for the Hall

I love that! What do you think it would take for him to get in?

matthiasstephan
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

Never talking about Wilson again?

steelgolf
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

3/45 ?

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
14 days ago

Happy New Year tomorrow! The year of the wabbit. Elmer Fudd must be stoked.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Year of the Rabbit…. underrated band…..

Twebur
Super Member
RexFregosi
Super Member
13 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

RIP David Crosby

Angelstan
Member
14 days ago

As to SS eras, the late 90s included Jeter, Nomar, Arod, Barry Larkin, Omar Vizquel, Cal Ripken, Edgar Renteria, Miguel Tejada, and others. I think that was a pretty darn good SS time. So let’s not get too excited about now.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Angelstan

Gary Disarcina?

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
15 days ago

Good morning to you, sunny day today and can’t wait for the weekend. Is being linked a good thing?

Even with adverse weather in Buffalo, the Bills Game with the Bengals promises to be fun to watch.

Twebur
Super Member
14 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Bet the opposite, if you’re smart…..

Chiefs lay the 8.5 Chiefs pull away 2nd half win by 10
Giants +7.5 Giants keep it close but lose
Cowboys +4 23-20 score who ever wins
Bengals +5.5 Back end cover….love the under in this game. Officiating crew is averaging -13 on the point total.

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