LA Angels Wednesday News Crash: Happy Valentine’s Day

Morning Angels fans. Have links.

Angels News

Gubi will be on the field for some Spring Training camp. Yes, seriously.

Speaking of broadcasters, all Cactus League games will be on Bally. Now, if we want to watch them all is another issue.

Jose Suarez will be late to camp due to a family matter. Jose Cisnero is having Visa issues. See, this is why Mastercard is better…

More Angels minor league deals yay! He hasn’t pitched since 2021.

Lets see what our new Manager has to say. 5 man rotation confirmed, and playing the hot hand, ugh.

Around Baseball

Today is when teams can use the 60 Day IL again. So maybe THIS is when we will get more FA signings.

Soler jumped the gun, going to SF for 3/42M. They finally get a FA! The city must be happy.

You know who isn’t happy? Texas. They still do not have their WS Blu Ray.

New season, new jerseys. And they suck according to the players.

New City Connect uniforms! Clev, Det, LAD, MIN, NYM, PHI, STL, TB, TOR. Wait, so Dodgers getting a new one? Will they suck as much as last time?

A’s may stay in Oakland a bit longer after all. Cruel or practical?

Meanwhile, the Royals, who ruined baseball in 2015, revealed their plans for an unnecessary new stadium in KC. No crown scoreboard. BOO!

Anything I missed? Post below for upvotes!

114 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
johnlweitzel
Member
1 month ago

“Jose Cisnero is having Visa issues. See, this is why Mastercard is better…” That’s puny, sonny.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
1 month ago

If any of you play Fantasy and play in keeper leagues, Paul Skenes might be worth even more than is projected. Spent some time with one of his old coaches. He predicted that he will be two-way after he settles in pitching. Says he’s not ready to fast track as hitter, but ready as a pitcher and will be top line guy. But he says long-term, he sees him grabbing the bat again. The dude finished second in Mountain West (a good mid-major conference) in hitting as a Freshman. He says he’s too good of a hitter not to be hitting, but is just so dominant and his fastest way to the show is focusing on pitching.

2GA2Join
Super Member
1 month ago

Austin Warren on the Giants now.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Alas, someone else I was hoping would slip through (like Soto).

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

Verlander is German for A$$hole?

Cowboy26
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

It must but that would also mean that hot chicks love the A$$holes

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago

Pictures from today https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjBe7xL

seeing Wash work like a hands-on IF Coach is the highlight.

There were less than 10 fans today

Mia
Legend
Mia
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

It’s like a ghost town without all the Japanese media there lol.

Rex posted Tempe pics, spring training is officially underway!

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

great pix! I admit I booed when I saw Arte…and also Perry. Shame on me. But not Wash. I know he’ll be better than Nevin.

Twebur
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Impressive stream…pisses like a racehorse.

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

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

That’s medically enhanced!

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Excellent work by you Rex!!

tanana40
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Thank you for doing this, Rex. I so appreciate this and look forward to your photos each year on the first day of spring trainig. They bring some sunshine to a gloomy winter in Idaho.

Last edited 1 month ago by tanana40
Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

You can see how much Washington loves doing the infield drills there. Stern look on his face as he walks out of the tunnel, smiles once he’s on the dirt.

I remember players talking about how much they liked Sosh getting into the drills and getting dirty. I’d imagine that is more fun to see your boss playing out there.

I’m getting the same vibes here.

Mia
Legend
Mia
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I still remember throwing my coach out at 2nd doing drills in high school. It’s just fun.

2GA2Join
Super Member
1 month ago

https://twitter.com/insidehalos/status/1757857798451532248

Does anyone have the GIF with Luke Skywalker screaming “Noooooo!!!!”

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Ugggh.

I’ll say it one last time. The only way we can vote and make our voices heard in a manner that will matter is to not give Arte any money.

If you have to go to a game, buy from a secondary source (tickets should be cheap) and bring your own peanuts and other concessions to the game. If you have a beer, do so, at one of the locations that is not owned by him outside the stadium.

Cut the dude’s access to money off for long enough, and he will disappear is my opinion.

Last edited 1 month ago by Fansince1971
cookmeister
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

or just let people do what they want

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  cookmeister

Hey you do whatever floats your boat. I’m just saying if you want to get to Arte it’s through his pocketbook. But sure you do you.

SchofieldsWalkoff
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

You understand by creating free content (commenting on a fan site/Reddit/ESPN) you are increasing Arte’s team value by maintaining/increasing his teams name recognition when they actually pay people to create content for them.

If you participate in Angels fandom you are supporting Arte.

Last edited 1 month ago by SchofieldsWalkoff
Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago

So you think that there’s no such thing as bad publicity? I mean I guess but not sure it’s applicable here. But appreciate your perspective.

SchofieldsWalkoff
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

when examining the data at a meta level, it doesn’t care about tone of post, only engagement/number of post & response.

With todays technology, we are far beyond simply looking at good vs bad press.

Last edited 1 month ago by SchofieldsWalkoff
gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  cookmeister

But then my dad,i mean Arte, won’t know I hate him every day.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Well I Guess Arte also said this to Fletch:

Moreno added that it was always possible that someone would come back and make an offer that he couldn’t refuse.

“I’m a business person,” he said. “If someone gets really stupid, then you have to go.

So there it is. Come on ’71 you and your friends need to step up and make this happen . I’m sure a cool $4 Billion would get it done.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

So if we all get together on this site and each put in n $200m…..

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Cowboy26

The whole TV deal shambles is gonna keep most teams off the market till at least 2025. Arte’s more likely to leave via soul evacuation sooner than he’ll sell the way things are going.

Mia
Legend
Mia
1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

At his age, who knows what “long term” means.

Where there is smoke there is usually fire, and there has been a decent amount of smoke surrounding a sale this offseason.

Could be someone is pressuring him to sell and he doesn’t want to. Kids/family could be seeing dollar signs.

It’s like Dianne Feinstein a little bit. Not trying to start a political argument, but some times you just can’t give up power and control. They want to do it until they collapse.

He wants to show up to those owner meetings, be important, hang out with his billionaire owner buddies. He can’t accept being an old man in a mansion who isn’t important anymore.

He doesn’t care about winning, just what owning an MLB franchise can do for him personally.

I did not mean for that to be a wall of text but my fingers couldn’t stop 😅

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Mia

💯

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Mia

I feel like someone told me Feinstein being Weekend-At-Bernies’d had something to do with her seniority having some importance with Senate votes? In other words maybe she was clinging to power but I also think her party was propping her up to get some votes through due to her seniority that would have been lost on a new face.

Mia
Legend
Mia
1 month ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Because of her committee assignments, sure. But she could have left a decade or two before it became an issue.

It’s that generation that just won’t pass the future on to its kids.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mia
Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Mia

Exactly. We’ve done a good job of not going too deep into the political stuff here so let’s cap the conversation now.

What does suck about the previous generation not passing on the future is that there doesn’t seem to be anybody groomed and ready to take the baton.

That goes for many companies and industries as well.

Mia
Legend
Mia
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

No worries, wasn’t gonna go any further.

You can’t groom replacements out of fear they overthrow you. Then when they die…

Yeah.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Correct. She, like the current mummy-in-chief are mere puppets for larger interests.

So-called “Democracy” is an illusion. It’s about manufacturing consent and leadership is determined by a combination of incentives (finance, government employee unions & contracts, etc) and the ability to control the narrative (i.e., brainwash the masses via academia, entertainment, media, etc).

Fleckstein
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Noam Chomsky approves this message!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Mia

It’s not THAT political. What’s the average age of a major political candidate now? 79?

Mia
Legend
Mia
1 month ago

Ehh, ya never know around here. Best to head it off before it starts.

Pretty sure you’re required to have been there when fire was discovered.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Pretty disheartening. So this offseason was by design? We just chose to forego a rebuild AND forego a real effort to compete?

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

It’s his team and he can run it any way he pleases…it’s called Capitalism.

2GA2Join
Super Member
1 month ago

I don’t believe I debated that at all.

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

A statement by me…not a debate.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  2GA2Join

Hah haaahh ha ha…. Arte for Evah! Get it tattooed on your mons veneris bitches.

2GA2Join
Super Member
Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  2GA2Join

This should not be a surprise…..

clover_black
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Sam not linking the “different news outlet” is kinda weird and salty.

cookmeister
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  clover_black

Sam is bitter

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  cookmeister

Only saw Fletcher (ocr) and Rhett (mlb) there today besides Sammy.

No more LAT beat reporter.

Sam is weird, salty, and bitter

Twebur
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Did he have his hat on?

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

Nope.
Maybe I’ll get a cool party hat too and have him autograph it for me.
Nope.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  RexFregosi

It’s getting to the point where, if someone tells me I’m coming off a little “Sam Blum” I’ll know what they mean. Arte could eat a bowl of Trix and Blum would bitch about it and then declare that Arte refused to explain why he didn’t eat Fruit Loops.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

He wants a stadium deal. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

He hates the Athletic and anybody else who challenges him. And as owner he doesn’t have to answer to anybody he doesn’t like.

I will not buy a ticket plan any time soon.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

After Looking at the OC Vibe development, (Which is making parking around Honda Center a complete a shit show) the improvements around Disneyland as well as the A town development opposite the stadium on State College , he would be absolutely insane not to want to take another run at that.

And since the Unicorn marketing dream broke his heart it probably gives him a reason to get up everyday

Isn’t there also a new development going in at Tempe Diablo?

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I was unaware of OC Vibe. Looks cool once completed.

PedroCerrano
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Years ago I got into a conflict with a habitually dishonest client and was instructed to never darken their door again. My boss kindly reminded me that even though this guy wasn’t really a big deal in the grand scheme of things, he was however the king of his own little fiefdom and therefor unaccustomed to being challenged. Power is funny that way as even the guy holding the stop sign at the roadside construction site will exercise every bit of power at their disposal.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I guess better to know the truth but a buttercups a buttercup.

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
1 month ago

I’m surprised to see guys experiencing Visa issues. Shouldn’t their agents be handling that and making sure things are good to go? Just seems silly to not be prepared for travel/work in the US when you know months in advance what dates you’ll be working.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Like other people, they don’t worry about it until “Go time.”

We had a certain 1B/DH who had visa problems two or three years in a row. Of course, it had something to do with him being a Cuban defector, living in (I believe) the DR, but I digress……

(K. Morales)

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Angelz4ever

I used to know an guy who worked in an agency. Literally EVERY Visa issue is the player getting everything done and handed to them by the agent but just not signing something, or returning something in person to an office or mailing it in to a consulate. Literally just not opening the mail that had the Visa stuff in it till the day after they needed to be on a plane.

There are some incredibly stupid people playing sports ball.

Twebur
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

It’s amazing what can’t get done, when you don’t want it to get done.

https://youtu.be/5ch1kXp3mQA?si=GdpquzJ3WQ2tDvLC&t=135

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

on the other end of the spectrum is position players who report early. i always like to see the handful of guys who show up even when not required.

Neto, Paris, Drury i believe are all in camp and have started working with Wash now.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

LOL, I love every single LH Ofer shocks the world when they “Reveal” they have experience playing 1B (Heavy sigh). 1/2 of all defensive BB positions never play a LHer, only OF & 1B is where they can play. I knew two LH catchers, but they both went pitcher as they both had cannons.

Last edited 1 month ago by Angelz4ever
Roy Hobbs
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Only if you could convince yourself you understood why he was awful in 20-22 and then good last year. He has been very inconsistent and not warranting of a big contract.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

BFD. If he signs, he signs. If he doesn’t – he doesn’t. There’s no sense getting a wedgie over something that has little to no probability of happening. If you need something to worry about, go with the Russians dropping a hypersonic nuke from a satellite.

Last edited 1 month ago by Senator_John_Blutarsky
halofansince1978
Super Member
1 month ago

Still a hard NO and we have a NO politics rule here.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
halofansince1978
Super Member
1 month ago

Still a hard NO and you’re still a jackass…somethings will never change.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Christ I wish the Russians would drop a hypersonic nuke from a satellite.

I just want all the hyperventilation about Putin to amount to something.

PS, when shit like that is really going to happen it’s not gonna be on the pentagon’s social media pages.

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago

Since I refuse to disable my adblocker for SI, who is it?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  red floyd

St. Bellinger

2GA2Join
Super Member
1 month ago

Marlins just won arb against Arraez.
Now that it is settled… incoming trade with Perry?!
 😆 

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago

A week from Saturday we can watch an Angels game!

This weekend we can watch college baseball. Not the same, but still fun.

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago

Here at Diablo, they haven’t hit the fields yet.

Pretty much same set up as last year or two, limited access to lower fields but a few more yards for fans to get a bit closer.

One big needed change- security will wand you as you approach the lower fields- new. And welcome.

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

The weather will be near perfect the next ten days!

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Neto put on some upper body muscles

Wash is just awesome!!!!

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Always love your updated and pictures. They are an integral part of this community.

Thank you.

Twebur
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

security will wand you as you approach the lower fields-

Is this just a “new. And welcome.” security measure?

Or, are they scanning you medically? Looking for donors to harvest Oblique Muscle and Hip Bones for the upcoming season?

Last edited 1 month ago by Twebur
RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

lol

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

Probably the latter  😆 

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

UCL’s. The league needs an average of 52 per year.

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago

KC has possibly the most beautiful stadium in baseball, and they want to get rid of it?

Cowboy26
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  red floyd

But it’s too GU. In fact its so far off the beaten path its in another state.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  red floyd

They probably fear some drunken fan falling into the fountain or a breach causing an embarrassing flood of the field. Maybe vector control found the pools are excellent for mosquito breeding.

clover_black
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  red floyd

kauffman kinda bores me.

fountains whoop dee doo.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Pomeranz is an interesting Halos MiLB signing. That is another smart no risk move by Minasian.

INCOMING!!!!!!!!

Last edited 1 month ago by Angelz4ever
Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Like Perry has any choice but to take low cost, low risk moves?  😀 

comment image

Last edited 1 month ago by Senator_John_Blutarsky
Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Thank you, I approve this message.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Yes, but smart was the key word in that sentence.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Angelz4ever

That’s a fairly low threshold for assessing the Platypus is “smart”…..  🤔 

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Well…….okay then

Angelstan
Trusted Member
1 month ago

As to opening lineups, is Ward even healthy or does he have an IL stint coming? How about some of the others? All of this matters when looking at the possible roster.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelstan

I think physically Ward is 100%. We will all know where he’s at mentally when he gets a pitch up and in. Hopefully the Halos highly suggest that hitters use a cheek flap on their helmets.

Last edited 1 month ago by Angelz4ever
Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Well, there’s only one way to know. Rex: can you sneak up behind Ward and yell “watch out!”. If he doesn’t flinch, he’s mentally sound. If he goes into the fetal position, he needs to coach with Gubi.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago

Always rely on science!

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  steelgolf

comment image

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

I’m sure that was not the first time Ward was hit but I’m also pretty sure it was the worst time. Hopefully he has been meeting with some kind of “mental toughness for sports” therapist.

cookmeister
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelstan

Ward is 100%

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago

Royals ruined baseball in 2014 too

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago

Angels still perfect-haven’t lost a game this season. 😂 

WallyChuckChili
Legend
2 months ago

I blame Arte!

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago

I blame Andrew!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  red floyd

comment image

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago

Good morning to all, it’s Wednesday but more importantly Valentines Day-did you remember the flowers and candy? I love my bride and she gets taken out to lunch and lots of flowers and I make din-din. 💞 

WallyChuckChili
Legend
2 months ago

So she makes Breakfast?

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago

more importantly than Valentine’s Day is the first P/C workout today in Tempe

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Priorities!!!

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Looking forward to pics!

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago

I’m just happy that I need to remember the flowers and candy for someone this year!!

Roy Hobbs
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Looks pretty bleak. No power or corner IFs or OFs. Need to start drafting better.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

I wonder if the drafting strategy will change now that the Ohtani window is closed. Clearly the last three drafts were about getting MLB help as quickly as possible.

Roy Hobbs
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

That’s a good question. I think we just don’t realize how much the Rendon disaster impacted everything. The time to go all in would have been in 22 and 23, following Ohtani’s 1st MVP season when you knew what he was. But in 20, Redone looked good and then 21 was his first injured year. You probably would have thought he would be back to normal in 22 but he wasn’t. By the time you realized what you hade with Rendon, Ohtani was gone. The Anthony Rendone situation really set the organization back. That, and Trout kept getting hurt.