LA Angels Weekend News Crash: Substitution

You thought it would be Jeff, but it was me! Have some links for 3 whole days! WAHAHAHA!

Angels News

Remember when I said that the new jerseys suck? Guess who says they don’t? Mike Trout. Oh no, did he get paid by Nike? (yes) Is he lying to us? (maybe?) As if we didn’t have enough trauma.

Speaking of trauma, Sam Bachman’s is not over. He won’t be ready by Opening Day.

Oh yeah, since we are talking about bad news, Arte still owns the team. Boo. Oh and he won’t negotiate with the city about a new Stadium deal. Boo!

We still have good giveaways!” Arte pleads as he tries to take everyone’s money. Ooo, Mandalorian Rally Monkey…

Around Baseball

Kyle Bradish tore his UCL. A great pitcher for Baltimore is now at the mercy of a PRP shot to pitch this season.

The Rays are having fun though. Flappy hoodie giveaway this year in adult sizes!

Alex Bregman, the cheater 3B of the Trashos, has Boras as an agent. He wants all the money of course, and won’t sign an extension with the one place that would tolerate him.

While the A’s and Royals get the attention for stadiums, SLC throws their hat into the lake. A 100 acre development that will have room for an MLB ballpark. You could fit a whole woods in that…

Fangraphs Top 100 prospects list is out. Angels MIA. Again.

Women’s Baseball finals will be this July. Hopefully we will remember it by then.

Out of the Park Baseball 25 will launch in March, for a price. 50 US dollars, the first price increase in a long time.

Anything I missed? Post below for upvotes!

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Roy Hobbs
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5 months ago

Well, at least there are 5 teams that are supposed to be worse than the Halos so we have no where to go but up. I like this.

red floyd
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5 months ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

No, that means we can go down by 5.

Mia
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Mia
5 months ago

If Washington manages to squeeze a productive season out of Rendon where he’s actually a positive on defense he’ll deserve manager of the year.

I’m not gonna hold my breath.

SD19
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5 months ago
Reply to  Mia

Going out on a major limb here but I think Rendon uses the 1% of pride he has left and has a productive year. Just my feeling and I know I’m alone on that

Mia
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Mia
5 months ago
Reply to  SD19

I mean, we’d all love it. But all the evidence points to him not giving a single fuuuuuck.

But it’s spring training, so optimism abounds!

max
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max
5 months ago
Reply to  Mia

I’d bet he does give a fuck to do his best, just dgaf about the media or the fans’ interpretation

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  max

His previous career results would indicate this theory is true, but lets hope you’re right.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  max

Mia is right. All of his actions and words say he doesn’t care or at least hasn’t since 2020. If that turns out to not be true, I will be happy to recognize you as the only one on this board being right about him. The other issue though is that even if you are right, he still hasn’t been any good when he has played. If he plays 130 games or more and has an OPS+. of 130 or better, I don’t care whether he wants to play or not.

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max
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max
5 months ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

yeah he hasn’t been good lately, I’m a hopium things change

SD19
Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Mia

Yes having faith in Rendon is beyond optimistic just have a gut feeling he shows up in some form. I have a Trout Rendon ‘20 tshirt I still wear. Very tragic but it’s very comfy

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  SD19

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Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  SD19

I bought the whole family one of these shirts for Christmas in 2019. What a stupid purchase that was.

But you are right the material is really soft and made a good running shirt.

SD19
Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Very comfortable shirt. I have people take triple takes and give me dirty looks thinking trout says trump. Have had to explain it multiple times!
(Not meant political one way or the other just my experience wearing the shirt)

Twebur
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5 months ago
Reply to  SD19

Have one too…..but it’s always unavailable to wear.

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SD19
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5 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Haha even T-shirt’s can hit the IL

DMAGZ13
Trusted Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Mia

The thing is that perhaps Rendon becomes motivated by Washington, but he’s 4 years older and he may now be incapable of producing even if he tried. The lack of power last year tells me he lost some bat speed probably due to the hip injuries. Throw in a fractured leg and he might actually be toast. He’s at the point in his contract where we expected him to decline anyways. I’d be stunned if he put up a 110-120 OPS+ with below average D. The thing is, the heat will be on him to actually care. He may actually care and still suck- he might be replacement level – and therefore he could revert to being a team cancer because he’ll be upset that no one is giving him credit for trying .

Fansince1971
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5 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

Everyone acts like they care and are motivated in February and March. Let’s check back on Rendon in June.

Marcotor
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5 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

Yes! Finally, a “cancer in the clubhouse” based on nothing but speculation! I knew CtPG would finally come through  😅 

2002heaven
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5 months ago

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I like Sam Blum

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
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JackFrost
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Just watched that scene last night.

Classic.

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Trolls for $2002

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halofansince1978
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Crack Heads for $2002

Cowboy26
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5 months ago

Man it sucks to be Diego Castillo. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/02/orioles-acquire-matt-krook-from-yankees.html. Thats now 5 DFA’s in 45 days

Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I don’t get it. Looks like I’d rather have him than Soto or the Plumber and we aren’t exactly the deepest team.

I know GM’s know more than I do but can he really not stick on a roster like the A’s? I find that hard to believe.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

From the limited data I’ve looked at his defense is mediocre at Short and not that great at 2B . I dont think hes ever played 3B in the majors . I still think Charles LeBlanc is a better addition . BBRef which uses the Marcel the Monkey forecasting system for offensive projections (No I’m not making this up) ,agrees in their 2024 predictions (.231/.293/.399 vs .260/.327/.418 for LeBlanc) but Fan Graphs shows projections much closer to each other.

We can always make a claim on Diego too with making the move on Bachman I talked about below. Then in case we acquire someone better we can add to the list of his DFA teams. At this point it cant be that hard of a conversation to let him know he’s been released. Like Kyle Tyler last year, I got to believe hes going to get through waivers and will be sent to the minors sooner or later.

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MarineLayer
Super Member
5 months ago

The season is saved. Rotoworld reports the following:

Angels claimed INF Livan Soto off waivers from the Orioles.

Soto returns to the Angels organization after he jettionsend off the roster earlier this month. We hope he didn’t sell his place. The 23-year-old hit .375/.414/.531 across 71 plate appearances in the majors. With Zach Neto and Kyren Paris presumably ahead of him on the depth chart, he will likely spend much of the 2024 season at the minor league’s highest level.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Now whoever was pining over Soto’s departure can now stop daily kicking his dog.

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
5 months ago

Wonder how will the team celebrate home runs now. Loved the kabuto helmet but that left with Ohtani. Angels going back to cowboy hat? If the Dodgers copy Ohtani’s kabuto he started here, I envision them altering it. They will get a customized Kabuto painted in blue with diamonds on it. Just their way of showing they do better than us with everything.

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

Hopefully, with O’Hoppe entrenched as the Angels leader, he puts a stop to the fucking hat thing

Twebur
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

My vote

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steelgolf
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5 months ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

It will be a miners hard hat with a light.

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Likely be more valuable of a claim then the pitcher Angles acquired that forced them to DFA him in the first place.

Perry Ball. Catch the fever.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Well we’re all one big happy family again. I still think the Angels have another 40 man roster addition without DFAing anyone if they want. Bachman came to camp still recovering from off season surgery and probably wont be ready for at least a month into the season. As long as he doesn’t play in any pre season games that could retro a 60 day IL move to last week.

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago

Just got to Diablo- first thing I see is Wash and Rendon, just them 1 on 1 working on fielding drills

YES

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

What needs to be worked on is Anthony’s heart and mind

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

and body.

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

their 1:1 time was at least 15 minutes fielding drills, then 20 minutes talking.

i went to my normal church service, then to the Church of Wash (today’s pics)

and it was about life more so than baseball

Killer Bees!!!

Tired: Travis&Taylor
Wired: Ron&Anthony

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Well I hope Wash works with Anthony on his throwing. That Ole shit just doesn’t work for him any more.

tanana40
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yes, the side arm throw from third base, really interesting.

Brent
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

and english.

Pineapple12
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Wash adding 15+ WAR

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

What Scoscia did for our catchers, Ron will do to our IF

Twebur
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5 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Lots of room for improvement.

Marcotor
Trusted Member
5 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

They will become Premium.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
5 months ago

Thanks for stepping in.

I caught U2 at The Sphere on Thursday. Incredible.

FungoAle
Legend
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Nice! How was the audio? I’ve heard and read mixed reviews, maybe depends on the specific seat. I would really like to see Pink Floyd play there.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

The audio is so much better live than I thought it would be based on YouTube videos. Definitely more of a surround sound feeling as the 170,000 speakers are built into the structure.

I sat in section 102 so not the prime seats but definitely not the cheap seats either.

Fansince1971
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5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Yeah that’s an amazing experience. I was blown away

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

But can they pitch?

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

i will take any Edge i can get

Twebur
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5 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

We Still Haven’t Found What We’re Looking For…

trAdition

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I saw it in October. Awesome show. I thought the audio was the best I’ve ever heard at any concert in my life. I could hear everything clearly.
Usually I just hear a bunch of muddled words at these things.

Pineapple12
Super Member
5 months ago

Angels’ baseball is officially back!!!!!
👑 🐟

“Mike Trout has arrived to #Angels camp”

https://twitter.com/RhettBollinger/status/1759248311515853184?t=JMEYizdLLGm-IY7lZMnZAA&s=19

RexFregosi
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5 months ago
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Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago

Candidates to succeed Manfraud:

https://lastwordonsports.com/baseball/2024/02/18/candidates-succeed-rob-manfred-mlb/

Dan Halem
Tony Clark
Theo Epstein
Tony ReÅgins
Bob Kendrick
Tony Petitti

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Fansince1971
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5 months ago

If it ends up Tony Reagins it will be a great example of failing upwards.

steelgolf
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5 months ago

It will not be Tony Clark.

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago

Time to freak people out by saying that Trevor Bauer was spotted at the Angels training camp…

https://twitter.com/samblum3/status/1758995795314123217

 😀 

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I don’t think anyone is interested in a “singing” Bauer.

As far as if he cÅn pitch, not my call.

I don’t think we sign anyone for over 3/4 million a year at this point.

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Maybe he carpooled with Rendon, who arrived a whole day early

Twebur
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

He’s squatting.

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Call the cops

Eric_in_Portland
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

That reminds me of how he did a series of videos baiting fans…”do you want me on your team?”

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

This from Fletch:

Eyebrows were raised when right-hander Trevor Bauer released a video on YouTube that was filmed at the Angels complex in Tempe. The video is a mostly comical clip with Bauer pitching against some of his friends.

One of the hitters in the video, however, was Angels infielder Michael Stefanic.

Stefanic said on Sunday that he works out at the same facility as Bauer, and he took the opportunity to get some live at-bats against him. Stefanic said he “was told it was cleared” for Bauer to use the Angels complex, but he didn’t know who cleared it.

It’s unclear how Bauer ended up getting permission to use the field, but Angels management did not invite him.

For what it’s worth, Stefanic said that Bauer looked good.

“He’s nasty,” Stefanic said. “He’s always been nasty. I don’t think there’s any doubt about the pitcher that he is.”

I guess the plumber is helping Bauer so his career doesn’t continue to go down the toilet?

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago

Saturday’s pics – left early to see the Kings game and taking tomorrow off. Spotted Hicks and Bachman this morning..
GKG

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

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They pulled it out in OT to complete the comeback too. Hoping to get to a game before the year finishes. Enjoy the day off!

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago

Grichuk to Dbacks…. no more Trout combos.

2002heaven
Super Member
5 months ago

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So we should get faster and more and more aggressive.
Adapt or die!! As stated in Moneyball………BTW bullpens are obsolete.
hear me roar!! 💪  💪 

BannedInLA
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

How are BP’s obsolete in this era of 5 inning starters? Isn’t the opposite true?

2002heaven
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

No, not at all.
There will never anymore Mariano Riveras, Trevor Hoffmans, or K-Rods again.
Aslan just roared again!!

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Why waste you time Banned Logic and Reason dont work with Toots’ Looney Toots.

You are spot on and any statistical analysis of recent World Series winners& Playoff teams clearly show this . For example the WS champion Texas Rangers starters only averaged 5-1/3 innings last which led to them using a record number of 26 relievers but eventually settling on a traditional set up man and closer structure ( Sborz, Chapman & LeClerc) close out their historical playoff run.

Anyways we brought similar facts to Toots attention last time he espoused this most recent delusional rage , but of course it only inoculated us from the return of 2002 virus for so long.

Anyways Perry is right to load up on the bullpen depth. And with wash’s defensive wizardry maybe this team can transform into the 2014/2015 K C Royals.

Born_in_59
Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I see some similarities with those Royals teams, like in number of young, position players coming up at the same time, but I’m expecting this year to be more like the 2012 edition Royals. Maybe a World Series appearance is in the cards for 2026.

Pineapple12
Super Member
5 months ago

Year 5 of Rendone is officially underway!

“Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon has arrived to camp”

https://twitter.com/RhettBollinger/status/1758898446260637902?t=rDUgk5up84DNMaORgLYugw&s=19

Pineapple12
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Is Trouty the only one left?

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Giffy

just the top 2 WAR leaders

its just amazing to see so many other position players in camp at this stage.

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

leAdership

Cowboy26
Legend
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Who?

Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago

https://www.mlb.com/news/angels-caden-dana-could-play-in-spring-breakout

Caden Dana on making his debut in Spring Debut game “I think it’s great,” Dana said. “I think it’s a chance to get your name out there. And we’re playing the Dodgers. So beat [fuck] the Dodgers.”

F bomb used for month of February

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago

Dana is my big crush this Spring ❤️

dude is huge

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

And Wash.

I shouted out “Killer Bees!” This morning and he loved it!

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

He asked “Why do they call them killer bees?!”
I shouted back “Because they’re KILLERS!”
🐝 🐝 🐝
the other day he says killer bees don’t sleep at night. Why?
Because they’re out killing!!
🐝 🐝 🐝

I ❤️ RW

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Can we please just sign Adalberto Mondesi and Rich Hill and get on with it?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

CtPG guy must be torn like the fallen petal of a paper rose today. On the one hand signing Hunter Strickland to likely never leave Tempe is MOAR SNARFLIN DUH DICK CHARES ON DER TIT YANIC! On the other hand, he has all the grit and throat punching fire and competitive queez that gets CtPG Guys needle stirring. What do we get pissed at? Someone point my red face in the direction I am supposed to spit at as I talk.

Oh wait. There’s always Arte. No matter what. When ignorance or insignificance leads to doubt in a situation, just bitch Arte.

WallyChuckChili
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5 months ago

Or Andrew …

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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It makes me SO MAD when stupid Perry brings up Livan Soto instead of signing Roberto Alamar to help the team win and keep Ohtani. The only thing that makes me even more SO MADs is when they take him off the 40 man and some other team takes him. Now that he’s an FA again I demand something be done…. and then nothing be done.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago

Will it make you SO MAD when Stupid Perry brings Soto back on Waiver claim by having him take up a spot on the 40 Man roster that should go to some legit infield talent?

Last edited 5 months ago by Cowboy26
Twebur
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Who would win in a fight between Livan Soto and Luis Sojo?
Prove to me they aren’t the same person? Let’s assume time travel exists.

The Devon White trade was memorable.
Junior Felix was another older than reported Angel player, need to cut into bone and count the rings on that guy.

h27kim
Trusted Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

One hopes that we never see Soto hit a broken bat single by a diving JT Snow…..

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  h27kim

Good Point but FYI, not that its any consolation, but If the Angels and Mariners had played under the same rules now for a Division winner tie breakers than what they had in 1995, The Angels would have won the division by virtue of winning the head to head match up against the M’s.

So the tradition of TrAdition still hurts today.

red floyd
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5 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Sort of like these guys?
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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

Yes. Perry should be signing Ozzie Albies. No Excuses! But if he gets Soto back he better not play him and he also better not put him back on waivers or else stupid.

2002heaven
Super Member
5 months ago

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Arte it’s time to quit worrying about your image in this town and start hiring proven winners (like Jeff Luhnow!!!!)

Last edited 5 months ago by 2002heaven
Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

So then how do explain the fact that the Asstros have been even better since he was fired in disgrace over 4 years ago?

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Is that you, Jeff? No chance he comes here, dude turned an eye towards sexual harassment and oversaw the trash can syndrome. Truthfully, he’s a dick.

RexFregosi
Super Member
5 months ago

I don’t see Perry on the phone at all this ST compared to past.

and yes, it pisses me off!

Last edited 5 months ago by RexFregosi