LA Angels Weekend News Crash: We Are All Just Witnesses

I took my son to the game on Tuesday night. Just a father and son watching the game. He’s learning the game through Ohtani. He knows when Ohtani is due up to bat, he knows we have to get three outs so we can bat. He has absolutely no idea just how great Ohtani is. My son is 5 and Ohtani is his favorite player.

And all Ohtani did was have one of the best individual games in MLB history.

That is ridiculous to link. If somebody had asked me at any point in my life up to the last three years if it was even possible I would have said “no” without hesitation.

I can keep linking the insanity.

And it goes beyond bombs and K’s.

And just to put them all into one table.

I talk all the time. So much so that I even write as a hobby. Yet I’m at a loss for words when it comes to Ohtani.

With Shohei Ohtani, baseball truly feels limitless. Enjoy that long form with your coffee.

In the things that really do matter, the Angels are great when it comes to CHOC. Putting smiles on sick kids faces is priceless and they continued to do so this week. These two going above and beyond and shaving their heads deserves special mention.

Speaking of medical care, Anthony Rendon is getting close to coming back and there’s a host of other Angels injury news here.

One tradition the Angels have abandoned is lighting up the halo on the Big A only after a win. When and why did they stop that?

And congratulations Eduardo Escobar on becoming a United States citizen.

From around the league:

A guy who has been caught cheating twice this year threw a perfect game. Pardon me while I remain skeptic. Even if he did do it legitimately, he’s still a woman beater who shouldn’t be in the league.

But the cheating woman beater plays for the Yankees so his accomplishment is to be celebrated with no mention of his cheating or character.

12 million babies have been born since Bryce Harper’s last home run.

Arte Moreno is famous for never giving in and cutting his losses. Will Steve Cohen be the same?

The home run derby is fun to watch. And Vladdy Jr. will be in it again.

Enjoy your pre holiday weekend and link what I missed.

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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago

Sacrificial Lamb 🐑  will get picked up. So PTP sent Squid packing and held on to fan favorite Renny, smfh. We thought we got hosed by Arte when Albert was signed, boy oh boy, this Rendon deal is a killer. No one wants Wantz, but he is better off in SLC. Speaking of Rendon, he doesn’t do much right anymore but hit in the clutch, that doesn’t suck on this team as no one else can do it. Mederos-meh, another Davidson type. Rendon returns, Neato Neto soon to follow is even better news. O’Hoppe, Bing-Bing (Ricochet Rabbit) is pushing himself to return as soon as he can. BTW we will take this series, I noticed the player I voted for at NL first base is injured, Join the injury club Diamondbacks. The Umpires just don’t get it, they do not self police and weed out the bad ones and make MLB Umpiring the best it can be, but they’ll squeal when they are no longer needed. I have never seen so many people, player’s or manager’s peeved, angry, and add in being tossed in a half season like this before.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Padres got walked off in bottom of 11th inning by Reds, inching closer to making Blake Snell and Josh Hader available soon. Hader had a dominating shut down inning for Padres.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

I wonder if Mederos will ultimately take Barria spot as the 6th starter in his last 3 starts at AA he put up some much better numbers:

15-1/3 innings 3.52 ERA 26 K’s 8 BB’s .154 BAA. 2 HRs allowed

angelslogic
Super Member
9 months ago

Adell, Wantz, and Velazquez back to AAA.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

When I first saw this, I thought they are going to use Cy-Rookies
https://twitter.com/BillShaikin/status/1674911722325553152

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

Also Victor Mederos’ promotion will require a jettison off of the 40 man roster and I dont think there are anymore injured players left that can be relegated to the 60 day IL so this means goodbye to someone on the 40 man.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I am sure Sammy is on it as we speak.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Actually it was our friend Sarah Valenzuela. The Lamb was finally Laid down.

https://twitter.com/LAAngelsPR/status/1674917769807302656

Last edited 9 months ago by Cowboy26
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It’s like when I gave that beautiful $20 flower lei to my dance date, and I did not get lei’d that night.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I was think more along these lines. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hioAbdhfN_w

Obviously they weren’t playing in New York

Last edited 9 months ago by Cowboy26
LanaBanana
Super Member
9 months ago

Lineup

Ward LF
Ohtani DH
Trout CF
Rendon 3B
Moustakas 1B
Renfroe RF
Escobar 2B
Wallach C
Fletchet SS

Cowboy26
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RexFregosi
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

we have plenty of infield depth – this is fine

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

I thought sky diving was prohibited.  😆 

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

How about scuba?

RexFregosi
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Glad to see Trout getting some real protection in the line-up

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Why? I thought they wanted another kid.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

The same goes for Shohei, who has been greeted with frequent IBB treatment lately.

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

😂

RexFregosi
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Snakes and Apple ?

What could possibly go wrong there? Sounds innocent enough.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

I take that you are not a big fan of cold blooded reptile in suborder of Serpentes and Steve Jobs?

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Nothing unusual there. I presume that he will use ASG break for gradual increase in his activity and he might actually do some sim games or rehab assignment in minors after ASG before he is back in Anaheim. Still looking at late July.

LanaBanana
Super Member
9 months ago

David Fletcher’s brother just got called up and he is starting in left field for AZ tonight

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Hi, Lana! Jeff Fletcher of OC Register reported the news this morning about what he called as bittersweet meeting of brothers who suddenly lost their father recently.

I hate that this occurred because Corbin Carroll, legit NL ROY candidate, got injured. But, as Angels fan, this actually increases the chance of our victory. But, Dominic could display his inner fortitude to win a game or two against us because it’s trAdition.

LanaBanana
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Very sad. They are young to lose their father. Do you know how he died?

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

I did not read anything as to how he died. Angels rightfully were mum about it when Fletch went on bereavement list. I assume they wanted to protect his privacy. My best guess is cardiovascular since it is the number one cause of death in middle aged men in US.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Jeff Fletcher only wrote that Fletch’s Dad was 60 years old and he died suddenly and unexpectedly

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

Victor Mederos’ Trash Panda strikeout numbers are really good 11.5/9 while his BB/9 (4.0) and HR/9 (2.1) are not so much.

Maybe the less slimy balls in nahein will improve those control numbers.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

I’m surprised that Rendon is playing today as I thought they might hold him out until after the AS break, but with that being said, LFG.

The team is better with than without him.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

According to radio, Aroldis Chapman got traded to Rangers.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Just checked, damn if it’s not a true story. Rangers are in it to win it.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Solid move by Tejas.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Little too late for Minasian. Would have loved to be a fly on the wall to hear what KC wanted from Angels for Chapman.

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BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I wonder if this aggressive early move by Texas will get Perry moving more quickly. It might trigger the entire market for that matter….

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

What do you mean? we already did that with the Moose.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Moose & Escobar were reactions to a rash of injuries…. and Walsh being totally washed as an MLB player, but the real impact
moves will be pitching related.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I have not read the details yet. And, I am little surprised that they made the move fairly early because KC could have waited a little longer for larger haul.

There will be other pitchers available in July. Right now I still like Blake Snell and/or Josh Hader.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Ky Bush is someone every team likely asks for when Perry calls

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Along with Joyce, Bachman, Soriano, Moniak, Neto, O’Hoppe. Even Shohei just in case Perry might have some brain fart. Never hurt to ask.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
WallyChuckChili
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

What? Nobody wants Padlo?

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

He could not crack the code.  😆 

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Bob_K
Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Texas gave up Cole Ragans and outfield prospect Roni Cabrera. That doesn’t look like much to me.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Bob_K

I agree. I am surprised that KC did not hold longer. Ragans is the pitcher that gave up 2 run home run to Shohei in the top of 10th and Angels came back to win after 1-5 deficit. I am sorry that he is no longer pitching for Rangers.

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Damn !

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago

Does cutting your losses include JUp or Albert? Maybe Rendon soon? What about Eppler signing an extension and being then cut loose?

Owners spending over 300 million probably expect results. Silly Owners.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Rendon is 99.9% playing today. Let’s see how he does.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

My thoughts are with Rendon, down the road certainly. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but down the road for sure. His fielding is not what it was, his bat is powerless and he has not much speed. But he has a nice smile.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

As Shohei is focused on this season, nothing else, I still think Rendon is the best “protection” batter for Trout and Ohtani. Not Renfroe, not Drury, not Escobar, and not Moose. If what Trout intimates “It’s coming” translates into true back to form hitting, then we will have quite a trio of power hitters for the next 8 games.

Whatever happens after successful Angels postseason, that’s for Arte/Minasian to figure out.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

His fielding is better than Rengiblow and probably better than Escobar.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Great now our back up shortstop is Rengifo.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Sam Blum: t seems possible that an infielder might be getting activated today. We’ll see.

Jeff Fletcher: Also, there are no new position players here. You guys can probably solve this mystery yourselves at this point.

Difference in their personality.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I would rather have Squid, but PTP is thinking about 3B options if Rendon is injured again, which he will be naturally.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

Thats why we have Escobar Grandpa. He can play third all day long.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Rengifo has pictures. How in the world is Squid not considered a better option than Renny?

I’ve always felt that if I agree with 60% of what a politician believed I was doing Ok in my choice. Well, apparently that goes with a GM of the Angels. Sometimes I just can’t get behind PTP and his moves.

Let’s see;

  1. Batting average, poor for both, but this season it’s a tie.
  2. Fielding, Squid far and away at every position on the field.
  3. Power, Renny.
  4. OBP, about equal maybe.
  5. Base Stealing, Squid, by a little.
  6. At least Squid makes a better backup SS.
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

I have already posted similar analysis, but I believe Squid having an option back to minor is the reason why he got sent back. It will be a “battle” between Fletch and Rengifo from now until Neto is back. The next 3 weeks or so will be on field evaluation who will survive and the other DFA’d. You probably know who I am rooting for.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Always go with the glove as a backup.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

While I wait for Angels starting lineup to be officially announced and possible roster change as I predict Rendon to return sometime during this series, I would share some information on Yoshinobu Yamamoto that was reported on MLBTR and Japanese newspaper.

Yamamoto is a righty pitcher for Orix Buffalos, Ichiro’s old team, who won last year’s NPB championship. When Shohei mentioned there are other better pitchers than he in NPB, he probably implied Yamamoto and Roki Sasaki. Yamamoto has won two Sawamura awards (equivalent of Cy Young) past 2 seasons. He is expected to be posted after this season. He has just won last night over Nippon Ham Fighters acquiring NPB leading 7th victory of the season. He throws mid 90MPH fastball with devastating splitters and pinpoint command. He did pitch in WBC in case you want to see his pitching style.

Only bad news is that he has to go thru the posting system. It’s blind auction system, where the highest bidding MLB team is the only team who can negotiate for his service. I can dream that Yamamoto pitching with Shohei as co-aces for some team next year.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Yamamoto will be 25 years old in August. Just for comparison, MFYankees paid $155 MM x 7 years for Masahiro Tanaka’s service. He was 25 years old then. They also paid $20 MM separately to Rakuten Eagles as posting fee.

It is estimated that Yamamoto will garner at least $ 200 MM x 7 years.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

prediction:

Ward – LF
Ohtani DH
Trout – CF
Drury – 1B
Renfroe – RF
Rengifo – 2B
Escobar – 3B
Wallach – C
Fletcher – SS

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Rendon is playing 3B today. 99.99999%

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Ohtani got IBB’d x 2 yesterday. I think Rendon will hit behind Trout and Ohtani. Ohtani needs protection ASAP.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Rendon always bats 4th

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

You are preaching to the choir, sir!

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Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Is it better to be half right than half wRENg?

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It will be intriguing to observe the “battle” between Fletch and Rengifo for next 3 weeks, one of whom will be probably be DFA’d once Neto is back in late July.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

It really isn’t much of a battle . I dont believe Fletch can be optioned anymore by the time Neto is ready to return so bye bye RengiBlows

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

If that is the case, and I’m sure it will be, take the backup with the leather always.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

( assuming that you’re into that sort of thing )

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

Question: If the Angels could only acquire one of the following, which would you prefer:

1.) Proven reliever (example: Chapman)

or

2.) #2/#3 level starter (example: Giolito)

????

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Not proven but at least Perry’s trying to improve the Bullpen. https://twitter.com/SamBlum3/status/1674891549732380673

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Andrew Wantz is getting on a flight to SLC with Squid as we speak according to Bollinger.

max
Trusted Member
max
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Reliever. Bullpens are important and affect more games than a starter, at least in the regular season

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Starter and everything slot down one space…Barrla back to long relief.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago

The Moose was must more productive than I thought he would be, so good for him. It would be Ok by all of us if he continued this pace until the end of the World Series. 😃 

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

The downside of Moose is that he must HIT his way onto base because pitchers aren’t going to walk him & he’s a GIDP machine due to his lack of speed.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Moose has a walk rate of 12.6% this year. Trout also has a walk rate of 12.6% this year. Rendon is at 12.8%. So it actually seems like pitchers are quite willing to walk him.

His career rate is much lower at 7.4%, but that is still higher than Renfroe, Drury, Urshela, Fletcher, and Rengifo.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Id be more worried about Moniak. That dude does not like to walk.

Last edited 9 months ago by Cowboy26
BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

You’re not impressed with his 3 walks on the season? Haha

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Totally random thought. Dusty Baker is going to be the manager of AL All Star team. He gets to decide who the starting pitcher is. Would Baker be sly enough to put Shohei to start and keep him there for 2 to 3 innings to tire him out, knowing that Shohei is the projected starter against Houston on the following Friday? Nevin has something to say about that, right?

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Well…they are the cheaters right?

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Baker would totally do that.

I just hope Shohei begs out of pitching. He was selected as DH — It think he should say “I’m only hitting in this game.”

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

There is Japanese tradition that would require Shohei to pay utmost respect to the elderly, especially a person of Baker’s stature as World Series champion manager. So, it cannot come from Shohei. Nevin has to talk to Baker.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

What about Shohei’s agent?

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Would Shohei’s agent talk to Baker?

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Oh, right. No, he wouldn’t, unless given permission to do so by the Angels.

edit: Man, that’s my second brain fart in one article. I think the loss last night must have screwed with my head.

Last edited 9 months ago by AnAngelsFan
Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Would Shohei’s Mom?

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

He didn’t have any problem telling Nevin he sucked … 😂 

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

It will be decided prior to the All-Star Game as to who starts and how many innings Shohei will pitch in, it’s is only which and when the inning Shohei will pitch in being Dusty’s decision if even that is not predetermined. Dusty has to much credibility to play any games and he was not the manager when the Asstros were cheating.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

I am hoping since ASG is being held in Seattle, Luis Castillo get the starting pitcher privilege. That would be a well-received decision.

Baker would have consulted with Nevin regarding Shohei if he is to pitch and with Servais if Castillo is selected to pitch, right?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

It is all decided prior to the game, remember the season is not an exhibition set of games.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

I just remembered that Team Japan’s manager Kuriyama had to get permission from Nevin regarding Shohei and Bob Melvin regarding Yu Darvish during WBC, about everything from practice to how many innings they can pitch. So, I thought Baker would do the same as courtesy.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
9 months ago

At least for the time being, we won’t have Kevin Padlo to kick around any more.
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/06/angels-outright-kevin-padlo.html

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

I’m not opposed to signing bums but I hate that Perry signs bums, then adds them to the 26 man roster, then insists they play. And then finds out what everyone else knew and DFAs the guy

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago

Dumpster Diving…trAdition!!

WallyChuckChili
Legend
9 months ago

DD Sucks!