LA Angels Wednesday News Crash: Cactus Time

Morning Angels fans. Have some links.

Angels News

The Angels won yesterday, and are 2-2 in the Cactus League this far. They will need to play better to keep their crown this year, however, as there is stiff competition this Spring Training. Might be the best chance for the Angels to win anything this year really…

Hunter Dozier is wearing Number 17 now. And he is having fun with it. Big shoes to fill, err, jersey.

There are some SP still unsigned. While Snell and Montgomery are the big $$$, what about brining back Lorenzen? MLB Trade rumors thinks it would be a good fit.

Around Baseball

Utah legislators went all Anaheim committee and made it so that any Utah MLB team must have Utah in the name. No SLC Bees, it must be Utah Bees. That is if they actually get a team, which, if the current headache around the A’s shows, is not likely to be any time soon.

Speaking of stupid stadium situations, the White Sox are looking to have a new one maybe for some reason and the Illinois governor is telling the multi billion dollar owner to shove it. A new stadium would “require” 1.7 Billion US dollars in public money.

T-Mobile customers get free MLB.TV again. Cannot watch local still, so, YMMV on if it is useful at all.

Apparently, the Royals somehow are the only team with good uniforms this year. Once again, they are ruining baseball.

Wander Franco has his bank accounts frozen. Oh and he didn’t pay his lawyers. Yeah, how is he escaping jail again?

Julio Teheran is still pitching somehow. He is now with Baltimore on a MiLB deal.

Anything I missed? Post below for upvotes!

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HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
1 month ago

We’ve got a dead-last projection on defense by the geeks.

https://www.mlb.com/news/best-projected-mlb-team-defenses-2024

Dogface1956
Trusted Member
1 month ago

The cover picture looks like a giant “finger” is that a subtle message to Artie?

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

Not all that subtle. Hopefully not to him, either.

Twebur
Legend
1 month ago

Wow, got to feel for this family. Todays daily reminder to be thankful for the problems you don’t have

Stacy Wakefield, the wife of former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, died on Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer

https://sports.yahoo.com/stacy-wakefield-wife-of-former-red-sox-pitcher-tim-wakefield-dies-after-cancer-battle-193327625.html

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

Brutal 🙁

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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CtPG guy. So angry about everything. Angry about Trout having another kid. Angry about all the Angels players over the years who get hurt on purpose so they can collect money for sitting around. Angry about the new t-shirts in the store. Angry about in game decisions made. Angry about in game decisions not made. Angry about old manager. Angry about new manager. Angry about City Connect unifroms. Angry we didn’t keep Joe Maddon. Angry we had Joe Maddon. Angry we didn’t keep Joe again. Angry about Spring Training facilities. Angry that a guy we never heard of is starting in February over another guy he never heard of. Angry about beer. Angry that cheap Arte won’t spend. Angry when cheap Arte spends. Angry that we won’t commit to a rebuild by signing Blake Snell. Angry that, shockingly, the team has brought in a bunch of flyer players to spring camp…. but would have been angry if we hadn’t. Angry that our players aren’t angry, but really angry if a player gets angry. Angry that there aren’t enough uniform numbers retired, but would also be angry that too many uniform numbers are retired and would likely call it a desperate money grab for jersey sales….

And yet, Shohei leaves for the hated team to the north and…. CtPG guy is a fucking Pomeranian for the guy.

I’m seriously afraid the Angels won’t reach the promised land of the World Series again till the bones of every CtPG guy have been left in the desert….

Fan JuJu. It’s a thing people.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 month ago

thank you for this brand new post expressing previously unheard views. It is so refreshing to read a new slant on things!

Cowboy26
Legend
1 month ago

I’m angry that you think I’m angry Gitcho

Last edited 1 month ago by Cowboy26
Angels2020Champs
Legend
1 month ago

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Poor CtPG guy seems to be Mitch Martin in this case, maybe we can retire his #69 and give him a sweet water bed so he can get a good nights rest

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Angels2020Champs
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ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
1 month ago

Yes, I agree coming to the same blog and repeating the exact same sentiment everyday is hard to read and reflects poorly on the writer.

Dogface1956
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Yes, I agree coming to the same blog and repeating the exact same sentiment everyday is hard to read and reflects poorly on the writer.

I agree to agree with you.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

I don’t know man. Beer just pisses me off so much.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

Glad we can all agree!

Angels2020Champs
Legend
1 month ago

You forgot being angry about hourly Doyer updates.

clover_black
Super Member
1 month ago

who is CtPG guy again? All I see are a bunch of chill brosefs who just need some tasty waves and a cool buzz.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
1 month ago

I know this is from a few days ago but love this throw from Hicks to get the runner out at home:

https://x.com/AnaheimSports1/status/1761851835852407161?s=20

Jim Atkins
Super Member
1 month ago

That was smoking hot. Ball was in the catcher’s glove when the runner was just passing the chalk circle around the plate. BOOM!

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Outfielders gunning down would be runners at the plate is perhaps the most exciting play in baseball.

Twebur
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Tie goes to the runner at third…..

Outfielders gunning down would be runners at the plate 3rd is perhaps the most exciting play in baseball.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

No argument from me. Particularly if the throw is from RF.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  BannedInLA

That was still probably the best OF assist I’ve seen in live action…. just sick.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago

I was listening on the radio while driving that day and only saw the replays later.

This throw alone made me follow his career thru the A’s to the Mets.

Amazing play.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I unfortunately had the great opportunity to watch that play live. Angels of course went on to lose in extra innings iirc.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago

Is it me or does that cactus look like a big middle finger?

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

fitting Angels Spring 2024 mascot

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Fansince1971

Yes, the cactus is facing Vero Beach saluting the evil empire.

Marcotor
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Shouldn’t it be facing Camelback then?

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Hmm Just not seeing it.

GrandpaBaseball
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

 😂 

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago

MLB.TV is great for the office. Most midweek days I can have a game I don’t really care about on in the background.

Maybe it is all those years of listening to baseball on the radio while driving tractors but life just seems calmer with a game on.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I still love the radio and often wish I could more easily choose that audio option while watching. I think they do a better job of having a like-you’re-there approach and don’t get side tracked with mindless filler talk. I also find it hilarious when the radio station cuts to a commercial break promoting getting your tickets for upcoming games after giving up 5+ runs in an inning. They’d be better suited to just play those same promos after a Halo Blitz. There have been very few games with audio issues and you can only hear the crowd noise/vendors and I always appreciate those as well. Don’t get me wrong, still like the TV announcers… just nice to mix it up.

Twebur
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Great memories listening to the Angels and even the Evil Doyers on the radio growing up.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

Vin Scully on AM as the temperature cooled across the Central Valley was incredible.

I know he’s and LA icon but I can smell a freshly watered almond orchard or freshly mowed alfalfa field when I hear his voice.

Marcotor
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Orange blossoms and Vin Scully on KFI or Dick Enberg on KMPC meant baseball was coming soon!

tanana40
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

That is me. On the MLB audio side, Terry and Mark are like two friends that have conversations in my home from March until October.

Marcotor
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  tanana40

Terry catches a lot of flak but I like his Harry Kalas-tinged style. I will say I would love if he backed off the lame marketing ideas like “Trouta here”.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcotor

I hope I hear him scream “Troutahere” about 60 times this year….

Dogface1956
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I would like to hear it about 30 to 40 times and see Trout hit for a higher average, OBP and more stolen bases with less strike outs.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

I also miss the first 5 seasons of prime Trout, but it’s hard to imagine him recapturing that form.

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I just discovered that Alexa will play am830 on my Echo Dot. 😀

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago

Both teams really looking for big outings today.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago

Will Trout and Rendone still sport those goose eggs after today’s game?

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago

This team is infinitely more enjoyable with Wash at the helm. Everytime I watch one of his interviews it puts a smile on my face.

This is a 75-80 win team as currently constructed, with room to overachieve. Gimme Snell and it gets spicy.

Sano needs to do something soon before I shift my attention to Livan Soto for that final bench spot.

Guillermo Zuñiga is my new bullpen crush.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

You’ve made these conclusions after 4 Spring Training games?

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Well, I’ve been saying 75-80 wins for a few months, nothing changes there.

Sano doesn’t have the luxury to have a poor ST, and Soto can play 2B, SS, 3B. Pretty self explanatory.

Zuniga throws an easy 100mph. I like him.

I held all of these opinions prior to ST lol.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Sano can provide some power at 3B and 1B, which Soto can’t. To me, if Sano hits, then I’d like him to stay up and have a beauty contest between Soto and Stefanic. The problem with that is that Sano probably isn’t much of a fielder at 3B.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

My understanding is that he’s terrible in the field and if that’s true, he needs to absolutely MASH to justify the roster spot IMO.

I’d prefer to let Trout and others rotate the DH at bats.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Zuniga looked super yesterday, and Soto is the Fletcher enigma without the great leather. I hope for Soto making the team over Sano. As far as predicting the W/L record, you sure are not taking history into account in regard to injuries. Indian ghosts roam the causeways and tunnels looking for the weak spots  👻  😄 

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago

GP, you must’ve forgotten that Wash brings an instant 15 WAR 😇😇😇 !

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

When he’s on Zuniga looks unhittable. Control and consistency are apparently his downfall so we’ll see how he progresses.

I was happy when we got him and so far he’s put a smile on my face.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Pineapple12

but….but….Sano lost approximately 600 pounds since he was last in the majors, and he’s in the proverbial best shape of his life *

*trade mark Ricky Bobby Incorporated, all rights reserved

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BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I think Sano’s bat won’t be productive enough to justify his roster position as a DH only.

I’d prefer to let our regulars rotate thru the DH spot.

It’s one thing to have a dedicated masher like Shohei or JD Martinez, it’s an entirely different matter to have a guy who isn’t position flexible with a mediocre bat as a full-time DH.

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

No argument here. I was/still am all in on the Sano redemption story, but he’s gotta show serious ability in ST.

Soto’s glove is beyond valuable to our bench.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago

Neto 2 for 3 with a 2b + 3b with 3 RBI, Soto with 3 Hits (Isn’t he the SS nobody wanted? 😄 ) Just about everyone got into the game except maybe Rendone. Ward had a 2b and run scored too with Trouty and Thaiss scoring a run each. Spring baseball is fun-it sure beats shoveling snow.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago

Law makers should stay out of naming of sports teams, again imho.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 month ago

And funding them using our money.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago

#17 should be retired imho, Dozier is not worthy

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago

Unfortunately, the powers that be will shove a Doyers hat on him when he gets into Cooperstown.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I really don’t think Shohei will ever be the same pitcher again after 2 TJS, but his hitting may improve in that deadly first 4 lineup. I would like to believe that should Shohei make Cooperstown that an Angels hat would be worn. 🏆 

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

We all know that it’s inevitable tradition and science that Ohtani will be the NL MVP, Cy Young award winner, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, Clemente Award, Aaron Award, Outstanding DH Award, Comeback Player Award (also known as the Kim Kardashian Award), Reliever of the Year, NLCS MVP, WS MVP, Players Choice Award, Heart & Hustle Award, All-Star Game MVP, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Oscar, People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive (2024-2033), Nobel Peace Award winner, and the American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards For Canine Excellence (ACE) multiple times while wearing Dodger blue.

He’ll also be the first player ever to go into the Baseball Hall of Fame wearing a cap backwards.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago

 😄 I’m outta breath just reading all that 😂 

Marcotor
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Backwards? I never thought of Ohtani as a “bro”.

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Exactly. That number belongs to Angel great and World Series hero Erstad. That ‘other guy’ will be cementing his greatness as a Dodger, and that organization will do everything it can to ensure his legacy is stamped in 17 blue.

smithy610
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

Correction – “cementing his greatness as a Dodger, and that organization, MLB, Rob Manfred and his successor will do everything they can to ensure his legacy is stamped in 17 blue.

In the end, there will be a faint whisper of “Did he really play for the Angels?” Only the Angels faithful will have memories of those days….and even they will question if any of that was real.

Last edited 1 month ago by smithy610
red floyd
Legend
1 month ago

#4, #5, #15, #16, and #17 should all be retired.

Evil Arte is too cheap to do that.

Last edited 1 month ago by red floyd
Dogface1956
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  red floyd

I might some others:

#7 Buck Rogers
#8 Bob Boone
#31 Chuck Finley
#36 Jared Weaver
#10 Lyman Bostock (if only because he offered to give his first month’s salary back because he felt he did not earn it)

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

11

Jim Atkins
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Worked in a music store in HB when I was in college. Guy would come in, grab the weirdest looking guitar in the store, and try to play Stairway to Heaven. When they left, we’d all look at each other and say “Eleven”.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

LMFAO

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago

11 was retired in ’98.

Marcotor
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Greatest.
Angel.
Ever.

He didn’t even get a patch, we had to make our own.

Last edited 1 month ago by Marcotor
LanaBanana
Super Member
1 month ago

I still have my 11 patch on one of my jerseys that somebody, I forgot who, got for us.

max
Trusted Member
max
1 month ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Stirrups

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

I have one on a hat and a jacket.

red floyd
Legend
1 month ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

Maybe, but I think of the 5 I mentioned, not retiring Grich, Downing, and especially Salmon is unforgivable.

Dogface1956
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  red floyd

I agree with you, I think all three should have their numbers retired, having them retired at the same time would be awesome.

I think Bostock because he seemed the perfect role model someone who was willing to say he did not earn his paycheck so was willing to give it to charity, he also played baseball at Cal State Northridge, I saw him play there in my younger years.

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

Bostock., Great for you to bring up his name, was going to be a good player for us , killed in his prime.

Dogface1956
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

I actually shed tears when I heard he was killed, it was such a waste, talk about wrong place, wrong time. He had quickly become my favorite player on the team in the short time we had him.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 month ago

This is another example of Arturo sticking it to Ohtani. I would expect no less of him.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  MarineLayer

A good player played for us for a few years and leaves as soon as he’s an FA and we need to retire his jersey the winter after he bails or our owner is an asshole.

Makes total sense.

Wouldn’t it have been kind of pathetic if we retired that number right now? Do other teams do that? Giambi to the Yankees…. A’s retire his number that January?

Maybe, when Shohei retires, we can also have a Shohei day and give him a surf board?

toad2065
Member
1 month ago

I have missed you, sir!

Marcotor
Trusted Member
1 month ago

 😂  Seriously?

Dogface1956
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Why? He is still playing, there is no reason for Artie to retire a number when the guy is still playing. There is plenty of things to complain about in regards to ownership, but this is not one of them.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 month ago

Good morning to including our 2-2 Halos 😀 

Twebur
Legend
1 month ago

2-2-1….
Tied the Evil Doyers.

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