LA Angels Thursday News Crash: Conflicted

Mike Trout leads Team USA against the Angels today. Are you conflicted about who to root for? Team USA versus Team Mexico is sold out. According to Joel Reuter that is the number 2 team versus the number 6 team respectively, both of whom are likely to advance out of Pool C.

What do you think? Are Juan Soto and Manny Machado a more intimidating one two punch than Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani?

News flash: Jo Adell “goes through little skids, as we’ve seen once in a while” and he will continue to get lots of at bats this spring.

The Angels had a walk off victory against the Colorado Rockies thanks to Jeremiah Jackson. They’ll have to make do without Jackson today. Indeed, he is on loan to Team USA for today’s game.

The Rangers traded infielder/outfielder Mark Mathias to the Pirates for a player to be named later. Jarlin Garcia can’t grip a baseball due to left arm tightness, so the Pirates have shut him down for several weeks. Rockies reliever Lucas Gilbreath will undergo Tommy John surgery. The Rockies just hired Brad Hand to pick up the slack. Frankie Montas was apparently damaged goods when he was traded to the Yankees last season. Caveat emptor.

Mitch Moreland is retired as an active player although he is in Red Sox camp to work with some younger players.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
11 months ago

I think the only Angels pitcher who can handle team USA is the current ace, Tucker Davidson. Tucky DeLite wins the night with his dazzling repertoire.

Today I learned I don’t know how to spell repertoire.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
11 months ago

LOL @ “Tucky DeLite”

Is that a rapper’s moniker?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

It will be when ol’ Tucky Tuck Tuck releases his many platinums rap album Strait Outa Midland.

Cowboy26
Legend
11 months ago

But I thought the album was called Strait Outa Options.

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
11 months ago

Is the game on TV anywhere?

tanana40
Super Member
11 months ago

Don’t let the Trout kid beat us!

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
11 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

Sorry, gotta root for Trout on this one. Player before Uni.

Cowboy26
Legend
11 months ago

Ben Joyce vs one of the best hitting lineups ever assembled? Yes please.

https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1633862387781738496

FungoAle
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I just hope Neto goes deep

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
11 months ago

My take away from Team USA game yesterday. “Sean Manea is a dude.”

RexFregosi
Super Member
11 months ago

my takeaway was Tony Reagins needs to find some pitching.

He’s the TEAM USA GM – saw him at the game last night.
If they lose this tournament, I’ll blame him.

red floyd
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

He needs to start looking at the Del Taco In Phoenix

DowningDude
Legend
11 months ago

FLETCH & FLETCH! WOO HOO! Go Italy!

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
11 months ago

Does anyone know the address to where the Angels minor league prospects have moved in Scottsdale? They broke away from Tempe yesterday and are now in Scottsdale. I can’t figure out where.

RexFregosi
Super Member
11 months ago

which camp? I thought i saw it earlier but don’t remember. Giants? The stadium is roughly Osborn/Scottsdale Rd and practice fields are scattered about. I was thinking of looking them up tomorrow as Team USA is there too but their fields are somewhat scattered.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
11 months ago

Easy to root for Trout. Him playing in a more competitive environment and having to be “captain” of an All-Star team can only benefit the Angels and how he maybe becomes more vocal in our locker room.

DMAGZ13
Trusted Member
11 months ago

Seeing all the Angels gear and souvenirs in Japan is wild. For these brief couple of years, Ohtani made the Angels a worldwide brand. There’s no way any sane owner gives that away. Not saying it’s smart from a pure baseball sense, but only from the POV of a business owner. I know, I know, being competitive is a great business strategy, but still. To me the Angels are still that team in Anaheim that my friends asked “who are they” during my elementary years in the 90s.

halofansince1978
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

Agree, Arte knows that he cant let Ohtani get away.

But there may be forces out of our owners control.

I wouldn’t put it past manfraud to manipulate things.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
11 months ago

So putting more emphasis on just two players matters more than winning? This is MLB not the NBA. The Astros and Dodgers have lost more good players than anybody else since 2016 and just keep on winning. Meanwhile the Baltimore Orioles are poised to make the playoffs and they LOST 110 GAMES IN 2021!!

Twebur
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

This^^^^^
Trade or re-sign? For those in the “trade him camp”, not enough weight given to the pure business with and the business without Shohei. Might make more baseball sense to do it…doesn’t on the business side.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

All of that gear money is split through all the teams. I’m sure the Angels make extra money off Ohtani a dozen other ways, but the red you’re seeing isn’t one of them. Unless an owner actually comes out and says a 60M a year payroll bump is more than covered by Ohtani himself…. for ten years…. the liability is still the same.

But I’m sure it will be OK. All of the Angels huge long term contracts work out great so why would this one be any different?

2002heaven
Trusted Member
11 months ago

FOR ONE GUY…….LOL!!!
Is this for Wilt Chamberlain?

2002heaven
Trusted Member
11 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

The Angels are the Donald Sterling Clippers on the baseball diamond. This is how it’s gonna be until MLB gets a comish with a spine and punishes this organization like Adam Silver did to Donald Sterling. There was always rumors circulating about the Clippers before V Stiviano and Instagram happened. The late Joe McDonnell radio talk show host would always mention it from time to time.

Last edited 11 months ago by 2002heaven
Mia
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Mia
11 months ago

Shohei: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 K

Along with a 2 RBI double.

He’s back.

halofansince1978
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Mia

Interesting article about what Ohtani means to Japan.

Shohei Ohtani and Japan: It’s much more than just baseball | FOX Sports

RexFregosi
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Mia

cool – but i’d rather see

Shohei: 10 yr, $500M

He’s back.

Mia
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Mia
11 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

I’m still waiting for your prediction to come true, Rex!

El_Duderino
Trusted Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Mia

It was interesting to see Shohei appear actually a little nervous up there at bat. I haven’t seen him like that since year 1. Too bad I fell asleep but at least got to see a little of him playing age-down in the little league WS.

KelN90
Member
11 months ago

Watching Italy v Cuba this morning and all I keep thinking is how goofy Fletcher looks with a mustache

halofansince1978
Super Member
11 months ago

Not conflicted at all.

USA! USA! USA!  👍 

RexFregosi
Super Member
11 months ago

Most of the fans last night in Scottsdale were Giant fans and routing for the Giants – treason but what can you expect from SF.

one thing i didn’t like last night was seeing Giant scrubs substituting in for Team USA – really bugged me but am really looking forward today to seeing our scrubs join Team USA.

Would love to see Trout triple, then Neto come in and PR from him.