LA Angels Weekend News Crash: Road Trip

Hopefully you made it to the Big A for a game over the opening home stand of the season. 3 and 3 against a good team and a bad team is quite the meh. One better pitching performance on Sunday and a 4-2 stretch with 2 series wins looks a lot better.

I made two games against the Nationals. Monday night with a good friend and Wednesday with my wife and son where we met up with John Henry. To say it felt great to be with family and friends at the ballpark would be a massive understatement.

I can’t get enough of this Trout bomb from the home opener. It was crushed.

I might actually like this angle even better.

Ohtani is so great an umpire thought he might be cheating. Ohtani humbled him with class.

I can see why the umpires are onto him. This overlay isn’t even fair.

Among all the accolades and accomplishments between Ohtani and Aaron Judge, they are streaking and nobody is noticing. Not the Old School style streaking, we’d all notice that ha ha.

What is almost as exciting as the unicorn is a hot rookie. Logan O’Hoppe is killing it so much MLB is wondering if he’ll be a top 10 catcher next year.

Hunter Renfroe’s bat got hot over the weekend and the Angels had some fun with him on the video board.

A definite highlight of the Wednesday game was seeing local boy Griffin Canning back on the mound. He looked pretty good, which is an encouraging sign for the Angels.

I was at Canning’s MLB debut with Rahul. Jessica happened to be there that night. The picture of all of us in the broadcast booth with Victor Rojas that I post sometimes is from that game. Fun memory.

Jo Adell is absolutely killing the ball and getting a lot of attention. Let’s move him out of Coors Field 2.0 league and back to AA so he can see pitches break for real.

Speaking of AA, the Trash Pandas are having our old friend throw out a first pitch.

As I complain about the high altitude of Salt Lake City impairing Angels development, there’s a group in Salt Lake trying to lure an expansion MLB team. I’m all for it if it means the Angels get a AAA affiliate near sea level.

Now the Angels head to Bahstun where the crowd will be wicked loud. The chowds are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays who are now 13 and 0. They’ll look to set the MLB record hot start tonight in Toronto.

The pitch clock is definitely speeding up the game. I walked in my door Monday night at about 9:45. Some teams are responding to the quicker game by extending the last call for alcohol. Matt Strahm is not a fan of this and I get his point. I also know drunk fan has been drinking before and during the entire game is will grab two last beers whenever last call is, so I don’t think the old rules were really all that effective.

Enjoy your weekend and let’s hope we crush the chowds!

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Turk's Teeth
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10 months ago

Neto already in the afternoon lineup.

Feeling vindicated. I know the CtPG community was split on the Neto draft selection – I was ecstatic though, and this feels like a strong confirmation of those instincts.

Not many infielders make the jump to the MLB less than a year after drafting, but he crushed in ST and at Rocket City. Wishing the kid luck.

RexFregosi
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10 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

huge win for the scouting department.

crazy idea to pick a scrawny middle infielder from a mid-major school with a first round pick.

and yet, here we are.

steelgolf
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10 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

You were spot on. He impressed me in his spring training games.

steelgolf
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10 months ago

Hopefully The Angels play Neto tonight.

RexFregosi
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10 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Day game – line-up should be announced shortly
Give him the job the rest of the year

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10 months ago

The key for the Angels today in their second game against Boston is “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby” by Kirsty MacColl.

If you’re wondering why
All the love that you long for eludes you
And people are rude and cruel to you
I’ll tell you why  🎶 

The sloppiest game of the year resulted in a loss and the worst fears of Angel fans morphing into recrimination, and name calling, and loathing.

I was going to hand out the Raw, Unseasoned Broccoli with Stems Award to the worst player of the game, but the blame had to be spread out like so much manure that I couldn’t pick just one player.

Angels, if that is not the fan base you want, you are going to have to figure something out to earn our love back.

Sad donkey out.

https://youtu.be/H7KxCGt5PQI

steelgolf
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10 months ago

Neto has been called up to the Angels today.

RexFregosi
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10 months ago

Neto!
Neto!

tommyshalo
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10 months ago
Cowboy26
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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
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“Bussy”…. Christ ball players are lame, and MLB’s nickname game is the bottom of that lame barrel. Just call him Ass Staff.

DowningDude
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10 months ago

You didn’t know that we all call you Itchy Gitchy?

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10 months ago

My favorite Angel/Boston memory is Game One of the 2009 ALDS. The Angels had recently lost three playoff series against the Bosux. They owned us in the post-season. If you go back to 1986, that makes four post season serieses against the Red Sox, and they won every one of them.

Tori Hunter was not about to make that five in a row.

So the memory: it’s the fifth inning of a tense, scoreless game, Lester versus Lackey. With one out and runners on the corner, Hunter crushes a three-run bomb, rushes around the bases, gets his high fives from Aybar and Abreu who scored. When an intensely jubilant Hunter made into the dugout, he took off his helmet, slammed it on the ground, and it bounced so high, it hit the dugout ceiling.

That careening helmet so perfectly captured both the pressure-cooker frustration of all the past failures and the unbridled joy of finally getting the upper hand against those damned Red Sox.

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10 months ago
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The clip cuts away while Tori’s helmet is still on, but here’s the HR at least:

https://youtu.be/yXX2sDtgubw

BannedInLA
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10 months ago
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Thanks. That was a damn good team in 09’.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

but old.

BannedInLA
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10 months ago
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I thought we were going to the WS that year, but alas, we played the New York “Corporate Money Maker” Yankees and the umps were absolutely atrocious calling balls & strikes that series.

Yes, I’m still f’ing bitter about it 14 years later.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

and the NY schedulers set it up so C.C. could pitch damn near every game. We didnt have a fighting chance especially with Brian Fuentes as our closer.

RexFregosi
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10 months ago
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i know we lost the series and the game and all, but this is my favorite moment.
‘With the Angels on the cusp of being swept, the Chowds are drooling. First a gasp, then it gets quiet. Suddenly, you could have heard a pin drop in Fenway.’
STFU!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XADuCGkA2IM

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Mikeal1st
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10 months ago

I finally get to watch a game at home today!

Twebur
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10 months ago

LINEUP

1 Ward 
2 Trout 
3 Ohtani
4 Rendon 
5 Renfroe
6 Lamb 1B
7 Drury 2B
8 Rengifo SS
9 O’Hoppe 

Twebur
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Fletcher at 2nd and Drury at 1st….but they didn’t ask me.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Why No Gio?

JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We could go either Gio or Fletch at 2B, at least defensively. Key is to keep Drury out of that spot.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Why? He was Signed primarily to play second. (and first against lefties) Compared to Rengifo hes looked like a gold glover at second.

JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He hasn’t looked like a gold glover so far with us….

We are better suited using him as a backup at 3B or at 1B when Walsh is out .. He doesn’t move well at 2B. Just a fact.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Check it out guys. A fact.

Twebur
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

You are correct, too many new IF to keep track of. Seeing Lamb in the lineup triggered me. 
Gio gets his first start at 1st, Fletch SS, Rengifo 2nd. Lamb and Drury grab some bench in that tiny, little Fenway dugout.

BannedInLA
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Scheduled off day for Gio.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Why Fletcher?

Twebur
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10 months ago

Defense and the Mutten is bad tonight order something else, Drury could use a little time for self care.

Free Fletcher….see if we can get the bone marrow in his bat warm and flowing.

Mikeal1st
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

four guys hitting below .200?

Bob_K
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10 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Just like last year  😲 

JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Rendon can’t hit 4th again. If he goes hitless tonight have to drop him to 6th for next game. Sorry, Anthony.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

More like Sorry Jack.

As P. P. are committed to him in the 4 hole as long as hes healthy.

JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

If we are in May and he’s still below .200 will you be saying that ?

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
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If we hit mid-May and he’s below .200 he will likely be on the IL for Ricketts or something…

MarineLayer
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

The only thing that keeps him in the lineup is that horrendous contract. The higher ups just can’t admit how wrong they were.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

And yet, since our team’s success seems to turn on him, maybe we should let him play out the slump? On top of that, he’s just an awesome guy, the clubhouse loves him, he may still be a fantastic player and the ladies want him. I bet it would be awesome to go to Columbia in search of a huge lost emerald or something with him…. as I ponder all the ways that Rendon is wonderful I come to understand your deep throbbing envy of the man.

jco
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jco
10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I’d like to see more power, but Rendon has a .471 OBP over the last 4 games.

JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  jco

He’s getting walks recently which is good. We still need him to drive in runs — especially when he’s batting 4th !!

BannedInLA
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10 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

To he fair, batting averages fluctuate wildly this time of the year.

Trout is down to .262….

Jimmuscomp
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Drury was looking good in the last couple of games. I can see him getting a longer leash. Dude hit 28 homers last year – the green monster is calling.

MarineLayer
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10 months ago
Reply to  Jimmuscomp

Gio and Drury playing every day works for me.

JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Jimmuscomp

To be clear, I really like Drury as a player overall. His positional flexibility is important and I do think he will hit in the clutch, in big spots. I just don’t like him as an everyday 2B. If he plays there once in a while I am okay, just not everyday.

Jimmuscomp
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

And Lamb is nothing if he can’t be in their vs. righties. He should get those starts.

Twebur
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10 months ago
Reply to  Jimmuscomp

And Lamb is nothing

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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Well hopefully when we get to New York we can lay the lamb down for good.

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Twebur
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10 months ago
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Mutton waded up in a napkin and stuffed in a jacket pocket.

jco
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jco
10 months ago
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The fact is that Lamb will likely be DFA’d the next time someone needs to be sent down. I wouldn’t be giving him playing time. I’d rather Urshela or Fletch be in there. Heck, I’d rather give at bats to Thaiss to see if he can do anything.

Bob_K
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10 months ago
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Thaiss is likely gone as soon as Stassi is back so the same principle (don’t give a DFA candidate playing time) applies, no?

Last edited 10 months ago by Bob_K
jco
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jco
10 months ago
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I think that’s true, but if Stassi is back before Walsh, I could see Lamb being gone first and then they keep Thaiss as a 1B/3rdC.

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10 months ago

The Red Sox and Angels have an interesting history with one another.

The Angels pilfered two of their most significant shortstops from the Red Sox — Jim Fregosi was taken from the R-Sox’s minor league roster in the 1960 expansion draft, and David Eckstein was claimed off of waivers when Boston dangled him there in August of 2000.

Two huge Angel trades from my youth involved the Bosox. In December of 1980 we gave up Carney Lansford, Rick Miller, and Mark Clear for Butch Hobson and Rick Burleson. What an amazing middle infield Grich and Burleson would have made, but the Rooster shredded his rotator cuff not long after he came aboard. Then in January of 1981 CAL traded Joe Rudi and Frank Tanana to Boston for Fred Lynn and Steve Renko.

The starting second baseman of the mid-70’s Angels, Jerry Remy, went on to become a beloved broadcaster for the Sox.

In August of 1967, the Red Sox had their “Impossible Dream” year almost turn into an unsalvageable nightmare when Angel pitcher Jack Hamilton hit the Sox’s second best player, Tony Conigliaro, in the face. The blow knocked Conigliaro unconscious and kept him out of baseball for the next year and a half.

On the final day of the 1967 season, the Angels had a double-header in Detroit. The Tigers were in second place by a hair, and if they swept the Angels, they would force a play-in game with the first place Red Sox to claim the AL’s ticket to the World Series.

The Angels lost the first game.

The Halos took the lead in the second game, and when the Tigers came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth, the Angels were up by three runs. Angel reliever Minnie Rojas gave up a double and a walk to the first two batters he faced, which brought the tying run up to the plate with no outs. The nearly 40,000 Tiger fans at the stadium were going nuts.

Angel manager Bill Rigney called for time out and made his fourth pitching change of the game, calling on George Brunet to get three outs before the Tigers could score three runs.

The odd thing about this pitching change was that Brunet wasn’t a reliever that year. In 1967 Brunet made 37 starts for the Angels. His last start was the day before in a game with the Tigers. He was out of the game after just two innings and four runs allowed.

Rigney thought he was the best arm for this particular task, however. Brunet got the first batter to hit a fly ball to left field for the first out. The next batter was Dick McAuliffe, who had 105 walks that year, but Brunet got him to put the ball in play for a Knoop to Fregosi to Mincher double play that ended the game, crushed the souls of the Tiger fans, and sent the Red Sox to the World Series.

In the 2000s there was plenty of playoff drama between the Angels and Red Sox as the two teams faced off four times in that decade. The only Angel victory, however, came in their last meeting in 2009 when the Angels swept the Red Sox out of the ALDS.

One of the most disheartening Angel-Red Sock associations I have is from December of 2010 when John Lackey was a free agent, and instead of re-signing with the Angels, he chose to hook up with the Red Sox, of all teams, the Angels’ bitterest rival. The betrayal I felt was unmatched in the history of my baseball fandom.

Guest
10 months ago
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And then there was this. This was pretty awful as well:

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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Not as unmatched as Lackey leaving his sick cancer riddled wife in the middle of treatment though .

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Albert sort of did the same thing to his wife …

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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TrAdition? At least both of them were no longer Angels when they did it.

Guest
10 months ago
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Kudos if you can name the pitcher who gave up this home run without looking it up.

RexFregosi
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10 months ago
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nice write up especially the omission of 1986

Guest
10 months ago
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It’s best not to remember.

halofansince1978
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10 months ago
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I was there so I have to remember…poor Donnie RIP.

Eric_in_Portland
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10 months ago

I have no memory of getting the first out in the 9th, the Sox getting a runner on, Baylor hitting a 2 run homer, Witt getting the 2nd out, Mauch removing Witt for Lucas, and so on.

BannedInLA
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10 months ago

It’s tough to argue that that one pitch didn’t ruin his life.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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Kind of hard not to when you were there .

MarineLayer
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10 months ago
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To me, our entire history with Boston is 1986, where Donnie Moore choked it away.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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You mean Doug DecInces?

MarineLayer
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

More Moore than Doug, IMO.

Dogface1956
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10 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I blame on Mauch, he did the same thing when we were up 2 games to 0 with the Brewers, over managed our pitching staff and lost a very winnable series.

Marcotor
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10 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Gene Mauch over-managed in his usual style, and lost that game. Donnie Moore could barely lift his arm, and while a gamer, had no business being on the mound. That loss is on Mauch, always will be on Mauch, and 100% Mauch’s fail. First for taking Witt out, Mike could have hit Gedman in the head as easily as Lucas.

Bob_K
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10 months ago

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/04/angels-chris-okey-agree-to-minor-league-deal.html. I wonder if this is the precursor to Stassi returning and Thaiss being released or traded…

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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Let’s hope not. This guy as our third string catcher would not be wise. Maybe he’s there to mentor Quero and all the young Trashies?

Bob_K
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I think Chad Wallach would get the call up before Okey. I am just thinking in terms of needing a certain number of AAAA & MLB catchers to make it through a season.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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Thats why I said third string catcher if you assume Stassi is out and Thaiss is traded.

Bob_K
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10 months ago
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“…precursor to Stassi returning…” They obviously don’t make a move on Thaiss until Stassi is back.

Last edited 10 months ago by Bob_K
PedroCerrano
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10 months ago
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Might be time for Thaiss. No clear track for him here and perhaps he’s a good change of scenery candidate.

Last edited 10 months ago by PedroCerrano
PedroCerrano
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10 months ago
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Just organizational depth after Wallach. Lots of defense first guys that have experience are available. Bemboom was just optioned and the Angels could have claimed him.

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
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This is just a depth move. Querro is too young for AAA right now, Stassi is iffy mentally, as is Walsh, due to CtPG Sad Donkey JuJu Curse. Wallach is Wallach. O’Hoppe can’t catch everyday….. bet on Thaiss? Why not sign another AAA catcher? He’s our what, 5th string catcher?

PedroCerrano
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10 months ago

Jeff, I really liked the thought of the altitude hampering the development of MiLB players in Salt Lake City (Altitude 4,200ft) until I recalled that the Dodgers AAA team the Dukes was in Albuquerque (5,300ft) for almost three decades (1972-2000). They somehow managed to win a few World Series trophies and were consistently known for having one of the best farm systems in baseball.

I still go back to it being a organizational philosophy issue: You invest your time and resources into the things you truly value, everything else is just lip service. Stoneman, Sosh and the guys they hired essentially brought the “Dodger Way” to Anaheim with a coherent organization philosophy from the low minors all the way up.

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Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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Stoneman was a never a Dodger. he actually brought the Expos Le Baseball way where he gained all of his front office experience.

The Bees have played only 3 games in SL , 6 games in Albucrackee & 3 in Las Vegas (elev 2000 ft) After 3 more in Vegas they go Back to Smith Park for 6 and then 6 more in Reno ( elev 4200) and then 6 more in El Paso ( elev 3740 ft)

Even though Vegas is closer to sea level , for whatever reason the Bees have always hit well there.

But it wont be until next month that Bees will play in a ball club near sea level when they play tacoma and then Sacramento.

Probably the only way to really mitigate this problem would be to change their AAA affiliate to an international League team but the travel back and forth would probably put a huge burden on them if they needed an immediate call up.

PedroCerrano
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10 months ago
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I knew that about Stoneman as well but they did hire lots of ex-Dodger folks along with Sosh and they talked about it a lot. Send them back to Vancouver or Edmonton? Still think it’s just that they don’t care enough to make it priority but would love to be wrong.

To your point: Most of the of the core 2022 World Series guys weren’t in Salt Lake .

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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Stoneman wisely let Scioscia build his own staff with the exception of mandating that he retain Joe Maddon. Buddy Black was the only other non Dodger affiliated coach which I thought was brilliant pick up.

Jessica DeLine
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10 months ago

We made it on Saturday and Amelia made her first trip to the Big A!

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halofansince1978
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10 months ago
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Looking good in the City Connect!!

Fansince1971
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10 months ago

Let’s talk booze! Someone will research and write an analysis of the impact of the pitch clock on alcohol sales. My guess is it’s significant. Not with the professional boozers who will buy a drink every inning anyway (they just drink faster) but on the average fan who used to drink a beer on average every hour and maybe purchased 2 or 3 per game and now will be averaging maybe 1.5 during a 2 hour game.

I think alcohol sales are likely to be down at least 30%. Since that is a major revenue stream it will be interesting to see how owners react.

The fight between revenue and alcohol (driving) responsibility will like intensify.

Mikeal1st
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10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

When at a game, I usually buy nachos, a drink and like to walk around the park once to stretch the legs. At a spring training game, it went by so fast, I never got my drink or Nachos. I figure the clock saved me at least $30.

Bob_K
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10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I am very happy with the shorter games. But this is what they call “unintended consequences”.

Fansince1971
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10 months ago
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I love the pitch clock. Owners love money. Where is the balance point?

Bob_K
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10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

It’s not a balance but rather an ongoing goal to grow $$$. Since shorter games are now baked into the equation, some other area needs to be leveraged to grow revenue. My guess is that concessions & merch prices will go up.

And interestingly, raising prices on beer will somewhat alleviate the ‘drunk fan’ issue.

PedroCerrano
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10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Me too! Last year I hated watching Suarez pitch because of his near constant delays. This year I hate watching him because he sucks.

Bob_K
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10 months ago
Reply to  PedroCerrano

At least his suckage is happening at a faster pace!

Fansince1971
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10 months ago
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Faster suck is less suck!

BruinsAngelsKings
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10 months ago
Reply to  PedroCerrano

 😂 

smithy610
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10 months ago

Really excited about O’Hoppe’s potential and ceiling. Haven’t been this excited for an Angels catcher since Napoli.

MarineLayer
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10 months ago
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I think he could be Top 10 this season, he feels Top 10 now!

Fansince1971
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10 months ago

Starting a season 13-0 in MLB is remarkable even against ‘weak’ teams. Even the weak teams are filled with major league players with pride and are playing to win. As the Angels have seen, it is not easy to sweep a series- much less 4 of them to start a season. So congratulations to the Rays.

Remarkably out of those 13 games, only one was close – that was a 1-0 win over the RedSox. Rays have received great pitching and timely hitting- quite a combination.

They now play the 8-5 Jays in Toronto. If they emerge from this series 16-0 then it gets historically interesting.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

And what’s remarkable is the last team to start the season 13-0 was the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers and they didn’t even make the playoffs that year.

smithy610
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Well, as hard as it is to go 13-0, we all know how “easy” it is to go 0-14 in a heartbeat.

Fansince1971
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10 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

That’s pretty difficult too. It was as much a streak of bad luck as the Rays are experiencing good luck.

smithy610
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10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I know, that’s why I said easy in quotation marks. I believed the Angels weren’t extremely bad during that losing streak, they were more unlucky than bad – that GS of Harper, the back and forth game with Toronto where they had leads multiple times in the game, but couldn’t quite finish, etc.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

Well that was 2 games what about the other 12? Other than game 3 in NY, They really were never in most all of the other games .

I dont consider it to be bad luck when the team collectively puts up a .595 OPS and a 5.32 ERA during a long losing streak.

JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I am pretty sure the Rays make the playoffs this season. In fact, I would wager that they’ll win their division if anyone is interested in taking that bet the other way…

Last edited 10 months ago by JackFrost
Jessica DeLine
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10 months ago
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I will take the bet that they don’t win the division 🙂

JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

You’re on. I have the Rays and you have all the other AL East teams.

Should we go $20.00 ?

Twebur
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10 months ago
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gambling illegal at Bushwood

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Mikeal1st
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10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I’m loving that they went 13-0, mostly because I hate the MFY’s.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
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“Splutter splutter HOWH DEW DOZE GUYZZZ NOT LOSS TO THE BETTAH TEEAMSZ FROM BETTEAH TOWNSZ WITH CHAMPIONSHIP PAYROLLZTH!?! FRIGGIN RONDON! BUHY US A BETTAH PITCHER STUPID CASHMAN!”

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RexFregosi
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10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Speaking of easy starts, that’s us!!

Boston, like the A’s and Nats, is a last place team. Seattle is playing poorly too. only decent team we’ve played is Toronto.

PedroCerrano
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Toronto is 8-5 and is five games out after thirteen played.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
10 months ago

It’s time for some changes to our starting staff. Clearly Suarez is struggling, 9 IP 18 H but the good news is only 1 BB, bad news is his velocity is way down. This team does not need a 6 man starting staff, as the back end will lose more than win. It’s time to stretch out the starters arm and get some innings pitched. We’ll maybe take it on the chin for a few starts but in the long run we will be better off.

Shohei has an ERA that is so low you need a microscope to find it. Downside so far is while trying to find what is comfortable for himself, he has walked 13 in 19 innings. But he is so good that only he can adjust as well as he does in a game, especially with 2 out and runner(s) on base.

Never thought we would see this at any time in a season, but we have right now the second-best catcher in the AL. GO Logan!

Right now, we have a hot bat in Urshella, time to move him up in the order? His numbers suggest so, but where to put him? Well, how about inserting him in at #1 or 2 in the lineup and moving the rest down.

Having Rendon at #4 is hurting a bit, switching him with Renfroe while one is hot and the other is not.

Lamb is really not helping the team and really has no long term possibilities of being full time, give him his release and let him try to hook up with another team that can use him.
While Duruy is not killing it right now, it does seem as though he will heat it up very soon.

Having the belief in defense is just one belief that some teams don’t have when filling a roster. Look this year to the Rays and Cubs, both are very skilled in the field. In our recent past we have had Simba and Kole Calhoun. Simmons paired up for a brief time with Fletcher and Kole was patrolling RF when Trout was one of the best in CF. Ward in LF should get a GG, and it really does show up not having Walsh at 1B. Renfroe doesn’t have Kole’s speed he does have a very good arm. So where am I going with this? I would like to see the team bring up Squid to play back up at SS and Fletcher to play more 2B when relief pitchers are in. Pull redon out and move Urshella over to 3rd especially if we have the lead. Defense wins games, especially at SS and 2B and CF and RF.

Adjustments are good for the team, there is no panic here with these suggestions, and no I’m not smarter than the average 6th grader, but if we start some dialog with these suggestions that is a good thing.

MarineLayer
Super Member
10 months ago

Renfro and Urshela should be hitting ahead of Rendon if Nevin persists hitting him in the middle. The other possibility is hitting Rendon lead off because he doesn’t seem to be able to drive runs in at this point, and all he can really do is walk.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I hope you get your club member dues paid up in advance because I got a strong feeling the Anti Rendone Hate Club will be losing all its members by mid June.

JackFrost
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

This could be correct Cowboy ; however, I DO hope that Anthony busts out in this Boston series because with the team we have now I don’t know how long Nevin can justify putting a guy batting under the Mendoza Line ( he is at .176 this moment) in the 4th slot…

Just sayin.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

The average does not concern me but the lack of extra base hits does. He still showing great discipline and still seems to be hitting the ball hard the other way even if it means advancing the runner by sacrificing his at bat.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I actually read something on this once…. it was around 40 ABs till a top order hitter gets moved down the order on average, if I recall correctly. Rendon’s at 17 AB… don’t know how many of those are at #4.

So 9 or 10 games is I guess where we could generally start wondering when a sub .200 clean up hitter gets moved down. Of course, with 17AB, he can be hitting .300 in 4 games.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

When he starts hitting left-handed home runs again.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

NOOOOOOOO!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Dang it! He just got his order of six pairs of angry crotch stretch khakis from Ali Express to re-up for the season.

Though Rendon will still remind him of who ever made him feel small in the past, even if he’s hitting .500. Plus, he’ll always have all those months Rendon was hurt to gaze into the middle distance and ponder.

Guest
10 months ago

The key of the game for the Angels today is “Come See The Show” by The Joy Formidable.

As the Angels make their first trip to the east coast, this series against the Red Sox is going be all over the East’s sports media and will serve as the 2023 Angels’ introduction to fans over there, so the Halos should make an effort to get them to come see the show.

The Angel show has a lot to enjoy. There’s the world-classiness of Trout and Ohtani. The stellar backing cast of Ward, Urshela, and Renfroe. The Angels will introduce the east coast to the burgeoning rookie sensation Logan O’Hoppe who will remind them of Carlton Fisk, but with more RBI production.

And who knows, a lucky chowderhead chuckler may even get his shirt grabbed and his Red Sock hat knocked off his head by an angry Angel passing by.

https://youtu.be/CVJTfcf1mUY

Simba
Trusted Member
10 months ago
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When I saw “Come See the Show” I thought of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUclxp7FxHI

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
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It’s just good seeing someone dig TJF.

Guest
10 months ago

Rick Beato made a video about how we should check out bands we used to like and see what they are up to now. I immediately thought of tjf and how my favorite song of all-time for a while several years ago was “Whirring.”

I checked up on them as Beato advised, and damn, “CSTS,” “Sevier,” and “Into the Blue” are all fantastic.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
10 months ago

Count me as someone who agrees with Strahm’s point on alcohol sales in the 8th/20 minutes before final out. Hard liquor/cocktails in particular.

Arte doubled the cost of parking already and talks endlessly about the park being a family environment so I’d hope he’s not in a race to put more freshly buzzed drivers in their cars to make a few extra percentages in sales.

Outside of preventing an uptick in accidents, the media is also clearly priming itself to jump on this story if there is any notable crash, fatality or increased rate of DUIs so it seems short sighted. Knowing our luck with scandals we’d be the team where something bad happens after we extend sales.

Last edited 10 months ago by ihearhowie3.0
PedroCerrano
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

It feels like an old guy rant but I struggle with the lack of personal responsibility being acknowledged in the media framing of this. I support limiting sales as I get that people can’t drink if it’s not being sold but selfish/childish/stupid people will continue to find ways to hurt the innocent. I’m more often endangered while driving in SoCal by sociopaths who see red traffic signals as optional and blow through the intersection at full speed 5-10 seconds later. As someone who grew up in OC but now lives in Oregon, I can tell you that this is a uniquely SoCal thing in my experience.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  PedroCerrano

Phoenix had a lot of that the last time I was living there. That was maybe ten years ago.

You’re right though. The day the no talking on your cell phone law went into effect I watched a woman blatantly run a red light while openly yakking on her cell phone in Pasadena.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L397TWLwrUU

Last edited 10 months ago by Charles Sutton
Twebur
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  PedroCerrano

Our roads and freeways are used as personal race tracks by way too many people. And usually when these MTHRFCKN assholes get in an accident they’re not the one’s dying, seems to always be the innocent victims.
 
They really need to find some land and create a huge racetrack free to all 24/7/365, drive how you want, just sign this 200 page release form on the X. 

JackFrost
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

^This^

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

The racers (with loud exhausts) wake us up at night from racing around late at night. I wish they would get rid of loud exhausts.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

NO! This would actually solve a problem and be fun. We can’t have this in Southern California.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
10 months ago

Javier Baez was benched yesterday by the Tigers manager for forgetting how many outs there was and didn’t tag up to advance instead caused a DP, embarrassing. 😩 

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
10 months ago

WHY! Why didn’t cheap Arte sign this man!