LA Angels Wednesday News Crash: Uneasy Unrest

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Angels News

For the first time in the history of the MLB Network Top 100, Mike Trout is below Bryce Harper.

THIS IS OUTRAGE

This is because Trout is just not healthy anymore. He hasn’t played 120 games since 2019, 140 games since 2018, and 150 games since 2016.

What Trout can do is talk to “Mr. Stand up all day like he works in retail” and see if that is actually a good idea. It prolly isn’t.

Anyway, the new pitching coaches are looking to make the bullpen be more efficient. Which is great and all, but we shall see.

How do we see the roster anyway? Well, someone thinks it looks good if the Angels get a big starter.

Around Baseball

So the new jerseys are getting so bad that the union is looking to change it. Imagine if the owners try to use this in the next bargaining agreement, yeesh.

Amed Rosario is now on the Rays for 1/1.5M deal. Wait, seriously? The Rays spent money?!

Ryu went back to Korea. What the hell, the Angels could have topped THAT 4/12.7M deal.

Expansion us coming to MLB… eventually. This has been the longest MLB has waited between expansion teams since the original expansion team Angels. Which cities do you got? Do you want 4, or 8 team divisions?

Homer at the Bat is 32 years old. That is older than most of the current Angels roster.

MLB owners avoid taxes. Maybe this shows how they get away with it.

Anything I missed? Post below for upvotes.

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2GA2Join
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1 month ago

Ryu signed an 8-year deal. For $12.4MM total. Interesting.

Boras will probably point to that and say Snell deserves at least 8 years now.  😀 

Perry can say OK, for $20MM total.

Last edited 1 month ago by 2GA2Join
Angelz4ever
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1 month ago

Kodai Senga may be injured….oh my….

Mia
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Mia
1 month ago

Live baseball at 12:10 tomorrow. Dodgers/Padres.

Welcome back.

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago

Trout 10000000% came into camp slimmer than he’s been in years.

His face/neck is noticeably smaller

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Last edited 1 month ago by Pineapple12
2GA2Join
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I would shudder to think how Trout would be if he actually was 10000000% slimmer.
 😉 

Angels2020Champs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

https://www.flickr.com/photos/140319829@N02/53544040238/in/album-72177720314946417/

From Rex’s photos it looks like he has a case of the hungry buns. Size schmedium maybe.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Must have finally stopped taking the HGH

YOUknowulovetheIE
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Yup, I thought the same thing when he was walking from his truck to the stadium. He had his shirt tucked in and looked alot more trim.

Twebur
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1 month ago

it’s just water weight..still fat

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Angelz4ever
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1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

Why is the fly so small on those?

Mia
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Mia
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

It’s the little league jersey, he’s still fat.

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago

Today’s pictures– early 630am start to see what shots i could get in their home whiten picture day for Bally – mostly meh – but better than nothing

I heard their was a big Japanese TV interview with Trout & Rendon together on how things are/outlook without SO. Be nice if some one could find that link!

Interesting baserunning “discussion” today between EY and Bo – it went on for 10+ minutes on where exactly a runner on second should be when there is a shot to the wall. They had strong differing opinions too, and it was all playing out in front of the OFs, then the IFs showed up too. Wash just listened and watched lol.

YOUknowulovetheIE
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1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

I think this is wild that major leaguers need to learn this stuff.

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago

I think the college guys get really good fundamental instruction but not so much the minor leaguers.

ihearhowie3.0
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1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Still hard to get over how small the names look on the back of the jersey. That shot of Wash looks silly.

Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Bo Belinsky is back?

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago

LISTEN TO WASH.

Can’t believe we lucked into him as our manager

https://twitter.com/angelsapologist/status/1760155049207140407?t=D67Txt_XR6iXDnHgrzbgmA&s=19

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

So the biggest problem with Rendon is he doesn’t have Fun before Faith and Family?.

Pineapple12
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

The 2024 Rendone redemption arc starts now !

Jeff Joiner
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Somebody has to win Comeback Player of the Year!

Just realized Trout could win it, too.

JackFrost
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I would think that Rendon has the longest odds to win it.

It all starts with the mental side of things …. that being the case I don’t like his chances ….

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Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Getting after it
Fun
Foundation
Structure
Sustainability
Consistency
Eager
Rewarding

These sound like buzz words to me but what do I know. Reminds me of Kevin Costner telling Nuke Laloosh what to tell the media:

“Gotta playtime one game at a time. Im just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ball club.”

Pineapple12
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Haha touche. I’ll take this over whatever the heck Nevin or Maddon were throwing out there

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I get that it makes you feelz warm and fuzzy but where it really means anything is a question to be answered as the season progresses.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Well we cant be having you feel warm and fuzzy under any circumstances here, P12

2GA2Join
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1 month ago

Jahmai Jones DFA’d!

C’mon Perry, you can have gotten back Soto, Ingram and Jones in a 24 hr period! Reassemble the old farm!
 😀 

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I believe he is a career minor leaguer

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Naw. someone give him the phone number to the Pale Hose. I’m sure they can use him.

Angelz4ever
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1 month ago

Headline: “Eric Hosmer announces retirement, but no salary relief for Padres”
$39M total for the Padres to pay for 2024 & 2025.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Ouch!! However whenever a player that was part of that 2014 Kansas City team that broke my heart retires, I consider it a good thing.

Last edited 1 month ago by Fansince1971
Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

I don’t see how that can be. How can SD be held to the contract if Hosmer isn’t?

Cowboy26
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1 month ago

He was released by the Red Sox after the 2022 season. they’ve been paying him ever since.

He just made his retirement official. It would be kind of like if Justin Upton announced his retirement today.

Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago

Basically I’m asking if Rendon retires would we still owe him money?

Cowboy26
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1 month ago

If he retired tomorrow to be with his family full time? No. If it was a medical retirement ala Prince Fielder then I believe the team can reach a monetary settlement with the player but typically it’s probably just adding monetary deferment terms but at least the same remaining contract balance.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

I’m sorry, I should’ve called Rendone, “Tony too lax.”

Maybe we’re all also part of the feeding frenzy?

I shall do my calming and centering breathing exercises and check back later.

Last edited 1 month ago by Angelz4ever
Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago

Seeing Ohtani in Dodger blue threads looks bizarre. Doesn’t fit him at all imho.

He will forever be an Angel.

I’m not trying to start anything btw. I just saw a pic of him in a Dodgers’ uni and it looks weird. That’s all lol

CAoldskoll
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

ROY, 2 MVP’s in red will be hard for Angel fans to forget. 10yrs, and what will be multiple championships, most will eventually just see him as blue, part of a Dodgers dynasty. And who knows how many more MVP’s he will get and also awards in championship series to cement his Dodgers legacy.

Mikeal1st
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1 month ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

What Dynasty?

Angelz4ever
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1 month ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Dave’s Dynasty

CAoldskoll
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1 month ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Beyond me hating the Dodgers, they are currently built to easily dominate MLB next 5yrs. You have 4 MVP’s on same team all playing at a high level (batting 1-2-3 ). Best starting rotation in league w/ out Ohtani who will be back in 25. Who is close, maybe Braves, Rangers, Phillies? The only team that can beat the Dodgers in playoffs are the Dodgers themselves. Poor clutch hitting, pitching mistakes, injuries. I hope they can continue that trend but they sure spent $$ to try to ensure they won’t choke anymore.

Angelz4ever
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1 month ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

Just a few years ago the Blew Crew had starters galore and soon had to scramble to form a rotation as SP injuries piled up. Great teams on paper have to still play games on the field.

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

I, too, believe the Dodgers will win a couple rings over the course Ohtani’s contract and that would undoubtedly shift things. But like, what if they don’t?

Ohtani had the 3 greatest individual seasons (consecutively!) in baseball history as an Angel.

Plus Halo red >>>>>>>>>>> Dodger blue

WallyChuckChili
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

FTFY

Angels Periwinkle > dodgers blue

Jayman28
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

If he was forever an Angel, he wouldn’t be playing on the Dodgers.

MarineLayer
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jayman28

On the other hand, we hear he gave the Angels a chance to match the Doyers offer and Arturo declined.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Yeah, probably just like Arte declined on Texeira.

The reason the Blew Crew signed him for $700M is probably because Arte said no and no longer was the rabbit in negotiations.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

We heard that Nez went back to the Angels to see if they wanted to make a counter proposal. I don’t believe that anyone has reported that if Arte had matched the Doyers offer Ohtani would have accepted. if I recall the Giants ( as well as possibly the Blue Jays?) made similar offers to the Doyers but obviously The Unicorn picked the Blew crew

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  MarineLayer

Source?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Pineapple12

Ohatni played for the Angels. He was good. Now he is doing everything he can to help the Doyers. I hate the Doyers. Ohtani is a Doyer.

You do the math.

It’s not like the guy gave any of us a kidney or something. He’s not personal friends with any of us. He was a good, very high maintenance player. That’s nice. He’s gone now. I used to be a big Freddy Freeman fan too. Screw the Doyers.

Jeff Joiner
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1 month ago

I’m creating the game threads and the kick off to this year’s schedule is pretty daunting.

We play 16 of our first 19 games against AL East opponents. One series at Baltimore then home and home series against the Sux and Rays. The one other series is three in Miami.

Then we get the Orioles again that month and head to Philly.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Since we tend to fare poorly against the East, it’s fair to say that getting off to at least a .500 start should be our early season goal.

Twebur
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1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Season over in April?

Meh, I’m not surprised.

red floyd
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1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

6-14, baby!

CAoldskoll
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

A positive, get the some games with Orioles done early, they are a great team. Angel luck, get to open season against newly acquired Corbin Burnes.

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

16-3

tanana40
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Which only makes a 6-14 start more possible and that is the ticket to the World Series!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Sooooo…. undefeated in April?

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

I am enjoying the (Mostly) vitriol response to Rendone’s faith and family statement. I heard a lot of stones being thrown in the Sports Lodge last night on the drive home. Tony Two Lags’ biggest blunder, besides possibly not caring about baseball, is not being media savvy. He knows many media questions are objective, yet instead of verbal judoing it, he lets it linger.

That being said, I really hope no one on here will say their order is: Work, family, dog, in that case you’ll probably end up with a good job sitch, divorced and losing your dog to your ex.  😂  😂   :wpds_lol:   :wpds_wink: 

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

I built a successful company and managed a lot of people. I can tell you that attitude is everything in an employee. Leave the baggage at the door. That doesn’t mean that work has to be the first priority – obviously it is important to have balance and family always comes first. But that family relies on income in a reality based world – and that income comes from work (unless you get lucky and win the lottery or inherit a bunch of money). So for most folks, work has to be a significant priority in their lives and those who put it too far down in terms of priorities may not end up very happy from a compensation standpoint.

Where I have a problem is that Rendon is a highly compensated veteran on the team and with that comes some expectation of leadership. If I had a high level manager in my company saying these things publicly where the younger and more impressionable employees could be influenced, I would not be happy. If that manager wanted more life/work balance or wanted to go on a faith-based mission and came to me quietly and we discussed it, we could make some adjustments. But that would also likely come with lower compensation.

Work is hard but no one is going to pay you money to complain or bitch about it being hard. Rendon should know better. If he wanted to give up some of his $40 million per season to gain more balance in his life – then fine.

I will also say that people who do not make work enough of a priority and therefore cannot pay bills do not make very good spouses either.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

OR – if Rendon had told Arte and the Angels about his general dislike for baseball and his desire for a shorter season and that he was not going to make baseball a top priority in his life BEFORE they signed him and management chose to sign him anyway – well that is a different story entirely. But Rendon signing that mega-deal knowing all of this and not disclosing it seems pretty questionable to me.

As an example, I hired an employee once who in the interview indicated she had two young children and could only give 25 hours a week since those children were her priority. I said that is fine but the compensation had to be lower and that she was expected to give her all during those 25 hours. She was fine with that and she ended up being a great employee during those 25 hours per week. But, if she had never told me and come in as a full time employee dedicated to the job she applied for and then it all came out later, we would have had a problem.

Last edited 1 month ago by Fansince1971
Jeff Joiner
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I’m self employed so my journey is a little different but I keep my faith and family center in my life.

Not to get all preachy but there is instruction in the Bible to “do all things for the glory of God.” In my case I carry my ethics to my career. In Rendon’s case he really has a chance to be an example of Christian values at work due to the exposure he gets as an athlete.

In short, it isn’t really an either/or between faith and work.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Self employment is a great way to create a priority system that works well for you. That way, your priorities can be managed to your satisfaction and not impact the “team” i.e. the workplace or the other workers. You get to be your own boss and set your own priorities. Rendon is not self employed.

Last edited 1 month ago by Fansince1971
Jeff Joiner
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

But it also sets up more work/family conflict. I have to take the deals as they come to put food on the table. I don’t have a set schedule like Rendon. I don’t have months off every year to spend with my son.

No work situation is ideal, I get that. But using faith as a reason to not work hard is a cop out and runs counter to the instructions in the good book.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

“Faith” is such a buzz word and, when improperly applied, an excuse. What are we supposed to say about Rendon when he uses “Faith” to explain his attitude. He knows that word will buy him some PR currency since we are all brought up to respect individual’s religious rights and freedoms.

As you point out, “Faith” should never be used as an excuse not to work hard. In fact, the whole concept of faith IS to work hard and be dedicated, disciplined, focused and determined.

With what you are saying, work and earning money is a high priority in your life as it should be. When you can make family and faith your top priority – you do. But then when work comes calling and needs attention, you give it its proper due.

Look, Rendon has enough money and has that luxury. SO, if he really wants to make faith and family the focus of his life – he can retire. Very few people have that luxury. He does. So if he wants to be a man of his words – hang up the spikes.

Last edited 1 month ago by Fansince1971
Angelz4ever
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

 👍 

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I’m not seeing where Rendon’s not “working hard”. I can see where he’s not overly concerned about baseball… and he should probably make more noises about “grinding” and “getting back” if he wants to keep the stupid people happy with quotes. I’m just not finding what Rendon’s out there “faithing” in place of…. is he not getting injuries repaired? Is he not doing PT? Is he not currently in Tempe? What did I miss?

Or did he just fail to look upset enough for us while he’s had a shit ton of down time?

red floyd
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1 month ago

Had this discussion with a buddy. Hell, work is not my top priority. I show up, I do my job, they pay me. It’s not my number one thing.

Seems that Rendon has this attitude. The difference, I guess, is that we are paying to see him work. As long as he puts the effort in when he’s playing and practicing, I’m fine with it.

Or should you all be upset that I don’t place my current job above everything else?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I think there’s a big difference between doing your best when you’re doing something and…. what ever the fk CtPG Guy is looking for here. There are certain things I am very good at. I get paid to do them. When I am doing them, I am very focused.

Then, I’m done. I don’t usually think about them at all in my spare time. I watch crap baseball teams and read sad losers comment about those teams on the internet. I drink. Or hike. Or talk to donkeys. Or something. Then, later, I focus on “my stuff” some more.

It’s just not that shocking that Rendon isn’t sitting there lathered up waiting for more baseball and baseball activity every waking hour. Especially when all he’s doing is rehabbing. I’m sure he’s more into baseball when he’s playing baseball… but at 11pm at night he’s having sex with his wife…. or someone on here’s wife…. or watching the WWE…. I dunno.

Guess what kids, a lot of the time astronauts don’t think about space too. It’s normal. It’s just not the lip service sad sack fanman demands. It’s not like Rendon keeps taking time off to focus on raping hotel workers in Colorado and putting out bad hip hop singles.

toad2065
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

You make some good points ’71. However, I would venture to guess that you weren’t handing out $100 million plus long-term guaranteed contracts to your employees. I really question the sanity of handing out such to players who (very early in their careers) are literally set for life. Where is the incentive to excel in a situation where failed journeymen can hang around for years and be offered million dollar deals?

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  toad2065

That’s why I think, fully vetting players ( hiring investigators to talk to prior teammates, family and friends) and really getting a sense of their commitment to playing baseball is critical before handing out those type of contracts. Injuries can happen obviously so there’s always risk and those things can be insured – but a bad attitude or a lack of interest in playing the game cannot be insured, so I would think it would be any organizations interest to see if they were courting a player whose attitude was more like Jeter versus Rendon.

Last edited 1 month ago by Fansince1971
Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Well according to Mickey Moniak, he has praised Rendone’s leadership and mentoring of the younger players. Claiming this offseason that he has been extremely helpful even being able to call or text the Ingrate multiple times for guidance on hitting, opposing pitching or other baseball related issues.

So maybe at least his workplace demeanor is not a complete cancer to the ball club as the many uninformed at this site have portrayed him to be.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Players are not going to diss players. Teammates are not going to diss teammates.

The words out of Rendone’s mouth were not mixed. There was a very clear message.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I agree, but Moniak went out of his way to praise him. I would assume that if Moniak viewed Rendon negatively, he wouldn’t offer words
of praise. He’s say nothing at all.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Exactly. The comments were made over a month ago on Trent Rush’s podcast. The only mention of Rendon’s name was by Mickey. I dont even recall if he mentioned any other veterans.

This is not consistent behavior with a malcontent who completely hates his job and only wants to do the very minimum to. collect a paycheck.

Roy Hobbs
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Perhaps not, but I’ve never heard him say he feels bad or frustrated with being injured and not able to help the team or performing poorly when he was healthy. He’s being paid as if he is one of the top 5 players in the league and he’s been less than replacement level the last 3 years. He’s specifically made public statements that baseball is just a job and has implied that it’s not important. That is not endearing to anyone and even though the injuries are not his fault, his poor performance is. He was a 150-160 OPS+ player the 3 years prior to joining the Angels and it’s not like he’s been just a 130 OPS+ player. He’s been under 100, and everytime he opens his mouth he reminds everyone that Baseball is not important. Whether it’s true or not, he’s doing everything he can to convince people that he really doesn’t care. I’m shocked that his agent hasn’t tried to help him improve his image a little. He’s never even implied that he’s working hard to recover or return. I hope he has a great year but he constantly remind us that the owner made a terrible mistake and has allowed Rendon’s contract to cripple the team the last 3 years. Right or wrong, Rendon has a really bad public image and has done absolutely nothing to attempt to mitigate it. He’s either really clueless, or he really is a bad guy and neither one speaks well of him.

Last edited 1 month ago by Roy Hobbs
Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

Well said. Agree

Angels2020Champs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

His agents job is already done. He’s not getting another contract. If anything, he may get faith based endorsements and/or paid speaker at ‘special’ events for such causes. If he’s tithing 10% and kicking back something to his coworkers (like QBs do to their offensive linemen) I don’t see why anyone would speak out against him. I don’t know why this same conversation happens on here day after day after day. I/we get it, he’s done nothing to endear himself to the team/fans that we know of. There’s a growing list of players that have donned Red that have similar stories. None of this is new. Anyone know if Ohtani wipes front to back, back to front, or is strictly bidet?!

Fansince1971
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1 month ago

Ohtani DEFINITELY uses a Toto toilet. One of life’s true luxuries. Until your ass is cleaned by Toto it’s not truly clean.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Totolly Agree.

Angels2020Champs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Nice to see you two finally agree. Who knew it would be on how to properly clean the rear

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Marcotor
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

No. Don’t you read the experts here? He is a “cancer” and is hated by his teammates because that’s what we want them to do. He is to be disliked with the full measure of disdain as he does not think or speak in a manner that panders to the fan. Must… Hate… Tony… NoGrit… Rendone… or some other name that sounds witty.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

What? You haven’t heard the huge outcry among Angels players who hate Rendon?

Me either.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

If a worker is a family, faith, work person, so be it. As long as they have talent and can get the job done when called upon. O’Hoppe was interviewed talking about the help Rendon provided him in the off-season. The radio guys noted they have spoken with many Angels and feedback on Rendon is positive. If Anthony didn’t get hurt, all would be fine. People are starting to turn on Trout due to injuries too. It’s part of the game sadly.

BTW is the owner’s top priority winning? Is he spending more time operating other business or trying to get extra benefits from land deals?

Is the GM making smart deals for players? How was Madden treated at the end? How about Pujols?

Let the season play out and don’t chase all of the misdirection practiced by the media and others. Let’s hope the Angels somehow are decent and acquire more talent. And let Rendon, Trout and others try to be healthy and play well.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Angelz4ever

It’s got to be really galling for the various angry losers on this site that, even though he’s a gaff a minute right now, and obviously keeps getting hurt, having surgery, getting shins broken, etc because he hates playing baseball and is lazy, Rendon’s still far tougher, stronger, more athletic, more successful and likely even smarter than any of us. Raise your hand if you think you can get into Rice University…. and you’re not Red Floyd. Hell, he’s even better looking than most of us.

His career’s in the pits right now and he’s still just plain better than just about everyone who complains about him in every way. Which is why we need to bitch about the man having his priorities strait and not giving a fk about impressing a pile of fat chode baseball fans who are all collectively humping a pillow that smells like Ohtani at night, lying awake wondering if Shohei and his mom will sometimes remember them fondly in those quiet moments in the Dodger clubhouse before games.

Yeah. Rendon’s the limp dick loser in this equation.

BannedInLA
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1 month ago

He’s better looking than the rest of you guys !!!

Haha

red floyd
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1 month ago

[Starts to raise hand…. looks around… quickly lowers it]

red floyd
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1 month ago

And, yes, I AM better looking than most of you!  😎 

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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For your reading enjoyment: Stephen A. Smith calls out Trout’s explanation for not seeking a trade: “he’s staying for the weather, not for the team”  😂 

My perspective, whatever. He can stay for the Mouse, as long as he stays….because he ain’t bringing anything back useful in a trade.

https://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=39569130

Mia
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Mia
1 month ago

If he wins the MVP this year or is at least in the race he’d fetch something. And I have to believe he has at least one such season left if he can avoid the freak injuries.

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Mia

I’m seeing him smile a lot more today

But it’s probably just the beautiful weather

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Mia

He’s still REALLY good when he’s not hurt.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago

It’s just my perception but I think Trout doesn’t have the personality to push on anything. He seems to avoid conflict. Who can blame him – but it certainly does NOT result in a ‘win at all costs’ attitude. My guess is he is perfectly happy playing professional baseball in Southern California, raising his son with his wife in a beautiful home – win or lose. I am truly happy for him but from a team perspective that complacency may not result in the best leader.

So the two main and highest paid veterans on the team can be described as follows:

1. Not enjoying playing baseball and hating the long season;

2. Complacent and accepting of not winning.

Not a lot of leadership there in my opinion b

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I disagree with complacent, at least in regards to Trout. He works out too d@mn hard in the off-season and is too involved with Angels MGMT to be accused of that.

I also don’t have a problem with Rendon’s faith and family first statement. What he should’ve done (I am no media expert) was too realize how he sounded and ended with, “But, I am here in Arizona working hard for our 2024 season.”

IMHO Rendone is starting to sound like Barry Bonds’ media interactions in his last couple of seasons.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

By complacent I mean about the team’s performance not his own. He definitely is demanding of himself and, I am sure, frustrated by the last 3 season’s injuries. But my perception is he does not get too upset when the team loses. Maybe he does but I don’t see it.

As for Rendon – he should stick his jock in his mouth.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Okay (Bows towards 1971) I see now what you’re saying. But, we don’t know what convos Trout has had with Halo MGMT and besides, like I said last year, if he poured ridicule on MGMT, and I was part of said MGMT, I’d remind Trout that he hasn’t been on the field too much to influence success for the team in a few years. I think Trout knows that and knows he needs to be on the field more.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Yes – we definitely do not know what goes on behind the scenes – that is why I said my comments were perception based and not based on any kind of actual knowledge.

toad2065
Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

So, can we then hope for Bondsian results from Tony’s bat?

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I’ll bite. Perhaps it’s difficult to project leadership when he hasn’t played a full season in a loooong time.

Co-workers don’t like to be led by the guy who’s oft-absent.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Yeah, but he wasn’t really even showing leadership (other than playing unbelievably great) to my vision when he had MVP seasons. He is not the kind of guy who gets into other players faces when they are not performing or points out that they are hurting the team. Or maybe he is and we just don’t see it because it’s behind closed doors.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Ahhhh…….Stephen A. Smith, the 21st century Nostradumbus.

toad2065
Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

What a jackass!

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Isn’t about half of all MLB stadiums indoor capable now? At least those in rain prone areas? It’s always 70 degrees inside a stadium.

grichmanpoorman
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Aw gee I really respected and enjoyed Stephen A before he said that.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Stephen A is a blow-hard, but I respect the fact that he will retract and/or apologize (Shohei “No English” remark for example).

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Bauer posted a workout with King Of Juco at the Angels facility yesterday. Coincidence? Perhaps.

https://x.com/BauerOutage/status/1760045249962111075?s=20

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago

I think he lives in the Phoenix area so I would not make too much of this.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Well…

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Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Indeed.

Who’s gonna be the team that blinks first on Bauer?

cookmeister
Trusted Member
1 month ago

The fields are for public use. Anyone can use them

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 month ago

he also made a series of videos with different team hats a few years ago. He didn’t end up on all of those teams

WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 month ago

Ron Washington is expecting his Starters to give him 6 or 7 innings per start.

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Mia
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Mia
1 month ago

Bullpen:

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Mia

The bullpen when the lead-off hitter walks:

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steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 6 or 7 innings? That’s not wishful thinking, that’s delusional, just like his original coaching staff he said he was going to have.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Wait! You can’t say that about Yoda!

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

I’m glad at least one manager has the cujones to speak it plain.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago

Now THAT is some serious hopium.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Kolton Ingram back on the board….

Cowboy26
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

No room at the inn here.

The Second City beckons.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Well, w/o Ingram, the season’s in the crapper now for sure…… 😳 

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WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Good thing we still have the Plumber.

Twebur
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Free the forgotten free agent Tim Anderson.
Off set cultural exchange program / trade embargo with the White Sox.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

Tim “Glass jaw” Anderson

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago

SP depth on the 40-man:

Reid Detmers
Patrick Sandoval
Griffin Canning
Tyler Anderson
Chase Silseth

Jose Suarez
Zach Plesac
Davis Daniel
Kenny Rosenberg

Sam Bachman
Victor Mederos
Jack Kochanowicz

I’ll be paying very close attention to the development of Bachman and Mederos this year. Caden Dana and Barrett Kent are not on the 40-man, and we sorely need them both to pan out. Depending on how the future plays out for those 4, maybe Perry will have actually fixed the dearth of SP in the pipeline.

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

You know I looked at our depth chart yesterday too. I actually went huh, we aren’t that bad for the first time in many many years. Yes we don’t have the ace, but we have a good group of talent to “develop” over the next few years.

We are thin up the middle. 2B, SS depth isn’t great, and few to little OF prospects. Excpect that in the upcoming draft and with trades at the deadline.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Well, at least we’re banking on a young SS.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Yes, but one with potential.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I’ve been (mostly) on the “no big ticket free agents in 2024” train this offseason and it appears that the Angels agree, but a Blake Snell or Montgomery would slot in quite nicely with what we have. Relying too heavily on Tyler Anderson is not….ideal.

People tend to forget that while Shohei pitched great the first 2 months of 2023, he wasn’t very good over his last 2-3 months.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Montgomery, yes, Snell, no.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Why is that? At first glance, doesn’t Snell have lower ERA / WHIP numbers?

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

But what is the $/ERA ratio?

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Look at this walk rate. Play with fire, you get burned. Plus he doesn’t go deep in games.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I believe his balls in play and other metrics show he was kinda lucky to put up such good numbers last year.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Exactly, not the kind of guy you want to pay huge and anchor your wonky pitching staff.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I will keep on this. He went as deep in games as anyone last year, especially down the stretch.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

We can expect Montgomery to pitch 30 to 50 more innings than Snell. That alone has value. Those innings costing less is a big bonus.

There’s a lot of youth in this rotation. Be nice to have a veteran leader. Perhaps that is Anderson, but his suckage last year makes me hope not.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Speaking of Slotting I would like to keep our second round slot amount in the Amateur draft so Monty>>Snell

WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

But Perry loves throwing that pic away.

Only hope is he is going to keep it since he usually throws it away early.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 month ago

And then there’s all the guys we threw away for short rentals at the trade deadline last year. Quero is probably a better prospect than anyone we currently have. I don’t mind moving him, but we got absolutely nothing in return.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

IMHO that QO penalty shouldn’t apply to a team, at least not a high pick, that finishes fourth or worst in their division.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That is the deciding factor for me. Should the club go big at the last moment, let it be Montgomery for this reason alone.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

As for Bachman, my concern is that if he can’t stay healthy out of the pan, is it realistic to expect him to remain healthy as a starter? I wouldn’t know, but on the surface, it seems questionable.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Arm health is a little easier to manage with a starter. You know when you’re going to pitch and you don’t warm up/warm down/pitch spontaneously throughout the week.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Thanks.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

The bed pan?

Mia
Legend
Mia
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Detmers and Sandy have it in them to go toe to toe with any team’s ace. If they can be consistently not horrible, we could be sneaky good. Let’s see what the new coaching staff can get out of them.

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WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Mia

Canning is not to bad himself, but I think Rip Wheeler is the Sleeper in this Rotation.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago

The only way to make large corporations and multi-millionaires and Billionaires to pay taxes is to make things easier is to start taxation off very low with no write offs and have gradual increases, no write offs or bonus for kids, no equipment write offs, etc., and every segment pays what they owe.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago

It’s mightily important that we have sufficient funds to bail out irresponsible banks, pay big pharma for questionable “vaccines”, fund proxy wars against Russia and pay for illegal immi——err, future DNC voters.

Tax the rich !!!

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

and back to baseball……….

Roy Hobbs
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

This is awesome. Grandpa must be posting on multiple boards at once and posted on the wrong one, and Banned likes to be engaged so he responds to whatever gets posted.  😊 . Pretty funny though.

Last edited 1 month ago by Roy Hobbs
Simba
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

No, his post was on-topic to the last link about MLB owners avoiding taxes.

fishfarm
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Please god

Angelstan
Trusted Member
1 month ago

So Boras got Ryu a deal in Korea. That’s the best they could get I suppose. And the money is like $3 million per year. Yikes. Not sure why the Angels couldn’t bring him in for $4 million — although they likely would have said one year deal only.

No movement on the “Big 4” or JD. Let’s hope at least Urshela signs soon with the Angels.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago

The new uniforms look terrible in pictures at least. Good job Manfraud, you know quality when you see it. 😁 

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Just as long as those hideous “Uniforms of the future” don’t ever appear again at the Big A. I still can’t get the mental picture out of my mind of Mo Vaughn looking like a member of the Commodores from Hell with those eye bleed ugly uniforms.

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

If you survived the Disney era uniforms you’re a real Angel fan

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago

The Beer League uniforms.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  red floyd

Do those come with mustard stains?

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I’d pay extra for the ones with the beer stains.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Look up those uniforms of the future, I think it’s illegal to have images of them posted in the interwebs.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Oh yeah, the cheerleaders at the park screamed Disney did not have a clue.

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