LA Angels Wednesday News Crash: Last Man Standing

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Angels News

The Angels won for some reason yesterday. Not even just win either but blowing out the Rangers. It is bad for the tank but it also means that the Rangers will not clinch in Anaheim since even if they win and the Mariners lose tomorrow, the Rangers would still need one more win to secure even a playoff spot.

Speaking of clinch, with the Rockies 100th loss, the Angels have clinched the best team in Baseball history!* (As being the only team without 100 losses in a season, thus they are the best because I say so). Yep, the Angels never lost 100 games ever, not as a brand new team, not when getting the number 1 overall pick, never.

Detmers has finished the season strong and has a 2.41 ERA in his final 7 starts of the year. Hopefully he carries it to next season.

Around Baseball

Brooks Robinson has died. It is a sad day for Baseball.

Adam Wainwright officially retires. Ends with 200 wins exactly. HOF or Hall of Very Good?

Zack Greinke also maybe retires? Hard to tell with that guy.

Mariners fan threw a ball and hit Mariners pitcher George Kirby. They are in Seattle.

A reminder that the A’s are moving and Manfred has put the Brewers Owner in charge of the final committee to finalize it. Also the Brewers want more money from Milwaukee or they will leave too.

Phillies are the first NL WC as they clinch the playoffs. They will face… someone in the NL at home.

Whoever it will be, it won’t be the Giants as they are eliminated. Padres lasted longer due to tiebreakers but should be eliminated today.

Oh and the Brewers have clinched the NL Central. Drink up.

ANything I missed? Post below for upvotes.

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Brent
Super Member
7 months ago

FB Memories reminded me we took our oldest kiddo to her first Angels game ten years ago today.

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Edit: Her first *regular* season game, I was told my wife took her to a ST game while I was deployed lol

Last edited 7 months ago by Brent
FungoAle
Super Member
7 months ago

Tank support inbound as predicted.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/09/angels-select-kelvin-caceres.html

The Marte Parte is ova.

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Guest
7 months ago

The Foundation Building Materials’ keystone of the game is “Roll the Dice” by Charles Bukowski.

https://youtu.be/XNo8EFRwvus?si=e8xMOQJbkGWDatyd

Reid Detmers wants to go all the way.
O’Hoppe wants to go all the way.
So too Neto, and Fletcher, and Drury on this September day

Even old Grichuk wants to go all the way.

If the tank is what the Angels intend to play

Nevin will have to destroy the player he once was.
He will have to sabotage even though his gut says no

because Joyce and Soriano,
Joyce and Soriano intend to go all the way.

FungoAle
Super Member
7 months ago

Dunning vs Canning. Tonight’s game is a toss-up with a slight lean to Texass. Canning was roughed up earlier this season against Texas, let’s hope history repeats.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
7 months ago

Tough news for Team Tank, Loup is out for the year.

He was easily worth half the ground we need to pass the Cards/

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
7 months ago

no Schanny. Ok.

Meanwhile, good for the Mets. I hope they sweep!

FungoAle
Super Member
7 months ago

Schanny Singles and his mysterious ailments…trAdition

red floyd
Legend
7 months ago

Which means the Schanuel Rookie watch is still at 102. Given that after tonight, we have 3 games, that means his rookie status is preserved for next year. (I don’t think ANYONE has ever had 10AB in one game).

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
7 months ago

Mets up 6-1 over Miami in 7th. 😂 

FungoAle
Super Member
7 months ago

Billy Epps! Keep up the good work.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
7 months ago

I do believe this is going to be the Braves year to get the WS title again. Good for them. In the American League it would be fun to see the Orioles or Twins or Rays play in the WS.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
7 months ago

If the Orioles make it to the WS and then the owner jettison’s most of the players as he said he might have to, the franchise should be removed from his ownership.

RexFregosi
Super Member
7 months ago

Who is the best OF in this photo?*

https://flic.kr/p/2ocCWYw

Those radio towers in the background atop South Mountain are where I routinely hike to and had done the same hike two days prior- just didn’t take enough water.

*trick question in photo – who is the guy just behind GA’s shoulder?

angelslogic
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Vladdy?

RexFregosi
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Yep

angelslogic
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Yes! Do I win a year’s supply of Rice-a-Roni?

red floyd
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  angelslogic

I actually got that when I was on Jeopardy!

Twebur
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Phillips?

Or Garry Pettis?

RexFregosi
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Not Vernon

tanana40
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Welcome back, I am sorry for what happened on your hike.

red floyd
Legend
7 months ago

Hoping for Brewers/Twins WS, just to watch all the sports networks have collective apoplexy.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Having the Orioles and Blue Jays in the ALCS would also make the EaStPiN guys go a bit nuts.

I would also love to see the Astros join the Red Sox and Yankees on the outside looking in.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
7 months ago

Same. Been rooting for the Mariners this week.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

there’s a bit of a Portland-Seattle rivalry. I love to see the Mariners lose. Some here in town are Ms fans, though. Seahawks too. I prefer those people over the ones who walk around in Yankee caps.

Twebur
Legend
7 months ago

I’ll say it E in P……EAT IT JERRY! Down with the M’s!!

Why, because it’s fun! Tribalism is fun! Booooooooooo Rangers & Ass’tros
Booooooooooooóooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Jerry’s M’s

*all subject to change at a moments notice and will depend on who we are playing at the time.

Last edited 7 months ago by Twebur
RexFregosi
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Servais is as big a butthead too. I hold him just as much in contempt the way he acted to me in Tempe one day.

FungoAle
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Butterface Servais

FungoAle
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Nothing more to add here, you got it covered

RexFregosi
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

I’ve been following the franchise who plays just over 10 miles north of me this month much more intently – go Snakes!

They won again today and looking like they will make it!!

As a full member of Team Tank, a sweep today by Epps will be especially sweet- Double Double please. Carroll is incredible.

nishiogawakun
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Agreed! I’d also much rather have the Mariners instead of the Astros. I’ll take annoying over cheating any day.

Fleckstein
Trusted Member
7 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

A buddy who is a Dodgers fan relocated to Houston and bought furniture from the dude that gives you your money back if the Astros win. He worries about what to do if it is an Astros vs Dodgers WS: root for his team or root for getting $5000

FungoAle
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Brewers/Orioles for me, win it for Brooks! Twins are frigg’n boring as hell.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
7 months ago

There’s a good shot Wainwright gets into the HOF. Long career, with one marquee franchise, 200 wins, plenty of October hardware.

Jack Morris is in the HOF with 43.5 bWAR and a career ERA+ of 105. Wainwright has 44.9 and 114 in those buckets.

Bert Blyleven’s career ERA+ is 118 but he amassed more WAR than the two combined.

Of the three I only really consider Bert to be HOF material, but I won’t hate on the other two for being or making it in.

red floyd
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Yeah, but Bert is a Crazy Dutch Bastard

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Twebur
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Watch out for the Dutch

cowabunga.wav – Bert Blyleven & Wally Joiner Uttered as some commercial’s tagline. “Cowabunga dude!”

Last edited 7 months ago by Twebur
Cowboy26
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Yeah I guess so . But until Bobby Grich gets in I don’t really care

MarineLayer
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It’s a travesty Bobby Grich isn’t in.

red floyd
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

And he was with a “Marquee Franchise” (the O’s) before he was with the Halos.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Morris doesn’t belong, neither does Wainwright. It’s not the Hall of very good, hmm, or is it…..

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
7 months ago

I think it has turned into that on many occasions.

Big Papi is the biggest joke in any Hall of Fame. Once they let him in, I really lost a ton of respect for the Hall and the voters.

RexFregosi
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Yep

RexFregosi
Super Member
7 months ago

Yo. Went out for a 9 mile hike🥾 July 10th and four hospitals and 5+ surgeries later, I’m back home as of Monday.

Ran out of water at the 8.5 mile mark and conked out, was found just in time with a core body temperature of 40 C. 🥵 I’ve spent decades in the desert 🏜️and this was a routine hike and this was a tourist move – such a rookie mistake. My entire back and butt are one big gnarled scar and other nice ones on both arms and and right calf, and my right elbow is a mess- I might need TJ surgery one day lol. 😨

So fall will be rehab rehab rehabilitation as I start walking again and get more functional with my right arm.💪🏼

So back to the Angels- did I miss anything? 😂

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Glad you survived – you are extremely fortunate!

Twebur
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Holy crap my friend! That must be a story that can’t be told in few paragraphs. Happy to hear you’re on the road to recovery. Get well, Spring Training will be here before you know it and we’ll need new photos of all the “new bums” we’ve acquired over the winter.

steelgolf
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Holy shit! The desert, in the summer, is no place to be unless you are very well prepared AND, you should have a buddy with you, in case of running into a situation like this or some of the less friendly, venomous, inhabitants.

DowningDude
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I’d bring an Air Conditioner and a Helicopter.

Twebur
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Life long friend lives in Palm Springs, got into a “discussion” with his wife on summer day many, many moons ago. Decided to take a hike to the top of San Jacinto to get away for the day and catch the tram back down, done it many times. Left way too late, didn’t bring enough water, etc. got way off the trail.
He went missing, wife called the police. Search team looked for him for 2 days, no luck. He thought he was going to die. Finally was able to light a fire to draw attention to his location, (the fire almost got him). They saw the fire and found him. Flew him down all the way down from near the top, hanging on a wire, from the helicopter. It was on the news, photos of him in the newspaper, (he was wearing a blue Superman T-shirt (mocked heavily for this).

That wasn’t the end. The fire he started needed to be put out, that cost money. Needless to say he got a a very large bill, and much debate about the asshole who attempted to burn the mountain down in the newspaper…don’t remember the details but he didn’t up needing to pay the bill. Very lucky to be alive.

StarLord
Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Damn…
Glad you’re safe – wish you a successful rehab!

steelgolf
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Battery powered water bottle misting fan?

DowningDude
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Good grief, man! Best wishes on a smooth recovery! Hope to see you in February at Tempe.

FungoAle
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Dang, that could have ended much worse but sorry to hear for the long recovery.

Pineapple12
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Here’s to a speedy and full recovery.

Please take care of yourself big bro!

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Wow. Glad you are back.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Get well soon! That almost happened to my brother in a group hike out by the Mazatzal Mountains but he was able to find a little stream that saved everybody’s butts.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Dear God. We know you are dedicated to the team, but trying to physically embody all of the injuries and difficulties at once may be taking it too far.

Hope for a quick, but more importantly, complete recovery. (Second the request for more pictures, of either injuries, or when you are up for it, documenting the devastation that is the Angels tankathon).

red floyd
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Dude! Get well soon!

Fansince1971
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Glad you are doing better. How absolutely terrifying. Really sorry you went through that. Keep getting better.

2GA2Join
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Good to hear you are ok now. I hope for a speedy rehab and recovery.

MarineLayer
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Wow, I’m so glad you’re okay. While you were away, the tank is in progress, more injuries too.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Very sorry to hear. Glad you’re doing somewhat better. I hate rehab but it beats the alternative. Best of luck in your continued recovery.

halofansince1978
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Glad you’re okay…is there anything we can do to help?

RexFregosi
Super Member
7 months ago

Prayers of course to get off my GA ass to do the rehab I’m supposed to.

Thanks or all the well wishes.

Kings are in town to play the Yotes earlier this year- targeted Oct 27th game to be ready to take pictures as a trial for February.

This one I’m proud of from last year
https://flic.kr/p/2ocu1CC

red floyd
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

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nishiogawakun
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Holy crap, man! That’s horrifying! We’ve got to hear more of this story! Very glad it ended well.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

What! You are in Diamondback country, and you missed getting bit, yep, the Angels were with you. Glad you dodged the bullet pal, get well soon. 🙂 

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
7 months ago

The ground is literally “fry an egg” hot over there in July. The snakes all have to hide in the bushes all day. Rex probably got burned pretty bad.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
7 months ago

“…message in a bottle….whoa…”

MarineLayer
Super Member
7 months ago

Well, at least San Francisco, their loathsome city and fan base have been eliminated.

2002heaven
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

They still have the Niners and Warriors

Angelz4ever
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Their streets are safe though….

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Safe? Any city that has an app to report where people have crapped on the street fails my definition of “safe”…

The app “Snapcrap” is a mobile app that allows residents of San Francisco to request street and sidewalk cleaning from the city’s Public Works department by submitting a photo of something gross (usually crap) and sharing its location. Users can then track their tickets through the app to see if they have been resolved.

RexFregosi
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

safe for drug use and any criminals

MarineLayer
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

This.

Cowboy26
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Thanks Karl Malden.

MarineLayer
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

That football team plays its games in Santa Clara, about 50 miles and two counties away, so does that one count.

DowningDude
Legend
7 months ago

man, you had been doing so well and then here we go again!

2002heaven
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

We’re not as bleak as things look right now because of the 3 kids (Schanual, Neto, and O’Hoppe and potentially Detmers. I’m just not confident in Perry to oversee all of this, you’re looking at potentially the late 1990’s Angels before they became the 2002 WS champions.

Cowboy26
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

You forgot Silseth, Joyce, Soriano, Canning, Moniak & Adell

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

What about the Plumber and Fletch?

/s

2002heaven
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Adell again
I don’t think even the A’s can flip him.

Twebur
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Dirty Sanchez – Butt Fumble
Angels organization – Butt Fumble

I’m seeing his point

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2002heaven
Super Member
7 months ago

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There might some truth to Biggiworth’s comment about Sandoval’s alleged
lack of heart and Mission Viejo HS..
Mark Sanchez

Last edited 7 months ago by 2002heaven
Cowboy26
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

But why him? what has he ever done?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Dude, please make your teen fan pictures smaller……

DowningDude
Legend
7 months ago

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2002heaven
Super Member
7 months ago

I don’t have the software
HH used to have that capability.

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
7 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

He competed against my cousins and they used to light him up with Sandoval usually leaving the game crying. He didn’t seem to have the poise that a good pitcher needs when facing adversity.

2002heaven
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Did Carlos Estevez attend Mission Viejo HS by any chance?  😄 

Pineapple12
Super Member
7 months ago

Reid Detmers threw 140 (5.4% usage) change-ups this season.

In his 4 September starts, he threw 84 change-ups (20.9% usage).

More change-ups = dominance.

A true 4-pitch mix, with 3 plus off-speed pitches.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

So, the Gen Z sliders? Moar changeups!!!

Guest
7 months ago

Fletcher and Heim modeling the game of inches axiom.

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Pineapple12
Super Member
7 months ago

Reid Detmers in September
(aka, when he unleashed his change-up)

4 starts
24.2 IP
1.82 ERA
1.14 WHIP
26 Ks = 25.7% K%
7 BBs = 6.9% BB%

Detmers is only 24 years old.

halofansince1978
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Last years ago I said Detmers didn’t belong in the Major Leagues…maybe in 2024.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Reminds me of Jose Suarez in meaningless September games. Cool but until it matters, it doesn’t.

Pineapple12
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

I despise the term “meaningless games”, another good one is “empty-calory stats”, from a fan perspective.

Perhaps, those games didnt have an
impact towards the making/missing playoffs, but there is nothing meaningless about it when I look to evaluate a player.

I can post Detmers’ dominant June #s and they would matter right because those games were “still meaningful” ?

Pineapple12
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Oh btw, these “meaningless games” came against Baltimore, @ Seattle, @ Tampa Ray, and Texas.

4 of the best teams in baseball battling for playoff positioning. Super, super meaningless. September stats totally don’t matter.

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Cowboy26
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Texas was a Two step P12. And we all know how much harder it is dominate the same team in short succession.

red floyd
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I thought it was April that didn’t matter?

Twebur
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

When you blow, and struggle to win 70 games, lots of “meaningless games” are part of the schedule.



Pineapple12
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Meaningless to fans =/ actually meaningless

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

If it carries over to next April & May we’ll all be happy.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Detmers has talent no doubt, but he needs to get it together to have a big career at this point. I think he is better than Sandoval by a little.

Twebur
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Thanks for waiting the entire season to pass by Reid before you finally figured it out.

-trAdition

Free the change up!

2002heaven
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Matt Wise=Mike Butcher?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

or it could be the difference between pitching in games that matter for making the playoffs verses pitching when there’s zero pressure to win.

This team is franchise of “low leverage” players.