LA Angels Monday News Crash: Be Back

Logan O’Hoppe and Luis Rengifo are both supposed to be back today. In negativity news, Brandon Drury got the mention as the worst early season slump for the Angels.

Now Joe Musgrove is on the 15 day IL with right elbow inflammation. Rangers outfielder Wyatt Langford is on the ten day IL with a hamstring strain. Steven Kwan is also going on the injured list with his hamstring tightness. Also suffering from hamstring issues is Evan Phillips of the Dodgers and Trea Turner of the Phillies.

Nike is working on some uniform modifications involving bigger lettering and pant customization.

San Diego is trading with the Marlins for Luis Arraez.

Donovan Solano has made it back up to the bigs.

Aaron Judge got himself ejected from a game on Saturday for arguing balls and strikes.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Angels2020Champs
Legend
11 days ago

You can add the Detroit Tigers to the ever growing list of shitty City Connect jerseys.
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Last edited 11 days ago by Angels2020Champs
RexFregosi
Super Member
11 days ago

Pretty cool to see Cole Tucker out to a good start. The family went to the same elementary school as my kids, and those boys loved baseball. My daughter reminded me today when she was in elementary school, Cole was her counselor at summer camp, and my stepson played on the same little league team about 20 yrs ago. The youngest brother just got drafted too and maybe is the best of the bunch. Same HS as the Cron Bros.

halofansince1978
Super Member
Eric_in_Portland
Legend
12 days ago

Calhoun in his customary clean up spot

Schanny 1b
Mickey CF
Ward LF
Calhoun DH
O’Hoppe C (he’s back!)
Renheefo 2b
Jo RF
Cole The Man Tucker 3b
Neto SS
Anderson P

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

“…in his customary clean up spot”

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steelgolf
Super Member
11 days ago

Dreary at 2B

BannedInLA
Super Member
11 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

What’s the deal with Rengifo? I read conflicting reports earlier today.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
11 days ago

BTW what happened to Sano? I know he had a minor injury but I missed him going into the witness protection program. How long is he out?

BannedInLA
Super Member
11 days ago
Reply to  Angelstan

Perhaps he had a pizza & cheeseburger relapse.

VictoriousVIC
Trusted Member
12 days ago

I’ve been checked out for the entire season since I expected the Angels to be horrific, but now that it’s actually coming to fruition, this truly has to be Arte’s living nightmare. He lost his #1 source of revenue to the team up the 5 who dominates the SoCal region. Ohtani is leading almost every offensive category, and his new team is signing long term Japanese sponsorships weekly. To add salt in the wound, the only attraction the Angels had is hurt for the majority of the season.

We’ve all been hoping for there to be reasons for Arte to sell the team. I think the last straw would be for Bally’s to stop paying the Angels the way they did for the Padres and DBacks. If that happens, I would give Ippei a call to place a wager on Arte selling the team within the next couple of years.

halofansince1978
Super Member
12 days ago
Reply to  VictoriousVIC

Apparently you’re exactly the kind of fair weather fan I posted about last week.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
12 days ago

The guy is here posting in May about an absolutely awful baseball team that is a decade into a forever-tailspin. He is not fair weathered. If we’re going to tie criticism & exasperation with “fair weather” fandom, then we should similarly start questioning the fine line between undying loyalty & bootlicking.

Last edited 12 days ago by ihearhowie3.0
Twebur
Legend
12 days ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

the fine line between undying loyalty & bootlicking. And it’s much closer to a decade and a 1/2 forever-tailspin.

I’m not a bootlicker. And I can’t go back in time and change the April’ish 1978 day my neighbor invited me to my first Angel game at the Big A. Or how I immediately became a fan, read the Sport Section everyday, radio, TV, begged my dad to take me to games…..no going back, I became huge a fan, and I won’t make excuses for my undying loyalty.

Besides, all the losing and sucking keeps me humble. And my hatred of other teams gives me great pleasure. I win when the Doyer lose. I get joy knowing they haven’t won a WS since 1988.

I’m at peace with being an Angels fan…even if that makes me a loser.

Free Willie and his diet of Little Debbie Snack Cakes
And Free Otto Tucker the bus driver from the Simpson.
They will teach us well and let them lead the way, show us the beauty we have inside, give us sense of pride, make easier, not get caught in Mike Trouts shadow (because he blocks out the sun, because he’s fat)….

Besides, I don’t see Arte wearing boots, seems more a “wing tip shoe” kinda guy.

halofansince1978
Super Member
11 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

I freely admit that I am a boot licking bitch.

My life is black and white…zero grey area!!

Angelstan
Trusted Member
11 days ago
Reply to  VictoriousVIC

I root for the team. They’ve been largely competitive and the schedule has been brutal. While I know others hope Arte sells (see Jeff’s article today), Moreno gets plenty of money from rival fans coming to the Big A and enjoying themselves. Hence, I don’t spend my days counting down until a sale. I hope for wins somehow.

BannedInLA
Super Member
11 days ago
Reply to  Angelstan

I more or less occupy this space, too. I root for W’s and appreciate the positives and good times, even if they are rarer than any of us would like.

Sports are supposed to be fun. Adults that get overly bent out of shape over an entertainment choice puzzle me.

There are far more relevant things to get pissed off about in this world.

Last edited 11 days ago by BannedInLA
Twebur
Legend
12 days ago

Dreary looks completely lost. Hope we haven’t lost a trade piece due to a complete infection of “Angel Atrophy Syndrome”. I know he’s been hurt, but does he have another injury that they haven’t disclosed yet, that’s causing horrible AB ‘s?

How long until the league starts pitching around Adell? Only guy right now that’s a constant threat with a bat. Ha! Who thought that would be the case on May 6th.
No disrespect to ”Willie Tucker”.

halofansince1978
Super Member
12 days ago

Herget ended up with the Atlanta Triple A club…Gwinnett Stripers.

You’ve got to love all those whacky MiLB team names and logos!!

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Twebur
Legend
12 days ago

Yard Goats and Iron Pigs!

Last edited 12 days ago by Twebur
Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Twebur

Fort Myers Mighty Mussels
Montgomery Biscuits
Biloxi Shuckers
Lansing Lugnuts
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Akron Rubber Ducks
Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Amarillo Sod Poodles

Last edited 12 days ago by Senator_John_Blutarsky
toad2065
Member
12 days ago

Sod Poodles might be my favorite!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  toad2065

He’s also an amateur songwriter who came up with a ditty about the preferred name:“They are the Sod Poodles, Sod Poodles, them Sod Poodles, they sure know how to win,” as one of Leverett’s songs goes.

Like a lot people, Leverett didn’t like any of the name options at first. But the more he thought about Sod Poodles, the more it grew on him.

“Man, I think Sod Poodles is just rad. You gotta go with it. You gotta go all in and just have it be goofy,” Leverett says.

Supposedly, sod poodle is an archaic nickname for a prairie dog, although no one but people with the baseball team seems to have ever heard it before. But it caught on. Leverett wrote his sod poodle song, and a local Chick-fil-A restaurant put up a marquee that read, “Chicken tastes better than sod poodle.” An Amarillo attorney named Dean Boyd started running a TV ad with a small brown poodle sitting next to a mitt and a batting helmet. “You ever been in a car, truck or motorcycle wreck? You don’t need a sod poodle; you just need Dean,” Boyd says in the ad.

But as the sod poodle name gained traction, so too did the pushback against it. People thought it was too weird, too fluffy for Amarillo.

“It created a lot of conflict because people just wanted us to be called the Bombers or, you know, something that’s ‘stick-your-chest-out, tough-guy Amarillo,’” Leverett says.

The debate rolled on for months. The Amarillo Globe-News published an editorial with the headline “Sod Poodles? Amarillo Can Do Better.” In some businesses, this much controversy might be a bad thing. But not in minor league baseball, says Jason Klein a partner at San Diego-based Brandiose, the company that helped develop the Amarillo team’s branding.
“It was definitely the most polarizing, the most talked about. The passion for the name Sod Poodles was unlike anything we had seen before,” Klein says.

Klein has worked with dozens of minor league ball clubs, and his company has a penchant for outlandish names, including the Hartford Yard Goats, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and, most recently, the Rocket City Trash Pandas. He says it’s all part of a strategy.

“People always ask us, ‘Isn’t it the worst thing when someone hates what you create?’ and we say, ‘No. The worst thing is if they’re apathetic about it,’” Klein says.

Tuesday afternoon, in a conference room in the Amarillo Embassy Suites, there was little apathy to be found. School kids, city leaders, and season-ticket holders had packed in for the big reveal. The team broadcast the announcement over Facebook live; over 15,000 people watched. There was also a promotional video giving the Long Haulers, the Jerky, the Bronc Busters and the Boot Scooters each their due, but in the end, the team announced the winner: “Ladies and gentlemen, your Amarillo Sod Poodles!” an announcer yelled with excitement.

The main logo is a prairie dog in a cowboy hat, peeking out of the ground with a blade of prairie grass in its mouth. The man who unveiled it was Tony Ensor, the team’s president and general manager. Like everyone else, he doesn’t fully understand sod poodle mania. But there is another brand out there he compares it to.

“[It’s] obviously, on a smaller scale, but when you hear the word ‘Starbucks,’ when that name was first created, it probably made no sense to anyone, you know? What is a Starbuck?” Ensor says.

After the announcement, there was some grumbling on social media, but it seemed like many people had come around. Even Jason Boyett, the guy who started the petition, says he thought the logo was cool. The songwriter Carson Leverett was at the announcement.

“It looks like everyone is all in, everyone’s excited. I’m sure there will be some backlash in the greater Amarillo community but, I don’t know – we’re stuck with it,” Leverett says laughing.

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Twebur
Legend
11 days ago

After my eventual Super Lotto winning ticket lands in my fat little claw, I’m buying the Angels.

Day 1, Immediate names change.

We will become the “Hell’s Angels” no logo or color change. And I’m dropping the silly LA crap. We’ve all been through Hell as fans, this will acknowledge that. It’s will be secondary, much like nobody ever called them the LA Angels.

halofansince1978
Super Member
11 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Me too but the Miura comes first.

Marcotor
Trusted Member
11 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Interesting. The team sure did with this envelope I found in my Dad’s stuff.

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Twebur
Legend
11 days ago
Reply to  Marcotor

Will call? Remember the good old days!

halofansince1978
Super Member
11 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Yes…vairy much!!

JackFrost
Super Member
12 days ago

Love the post and inclusion of the logos… however, it is spelled “wacky.” Great word for the subject btw ..

halofansince1978
Super Member
12 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

File your complaint with the spell check on this site…whacky was not corrected.

2GA2Join
Super Member
12 days ago

I was actually wondering this exact thing not too long ago.

So it has no “h”. OK, noted.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  2GA2Join

whacky / wacky
Although the original spelling of this word meaning “crazy” was “whacky,” the current dominant spelling is “wacky.”

2GA2Join
Super Member
12 days ago

So it is actually flexible.
Frost is actually correcting someone for a word that someone just didn’t use the “dominant spelling” for? Dude.
 😂 

Last edited 12 days ago by 2GA2Join
halofansince1978
Super Member
12 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Somebody who feels the need to do that needs to get a life.

halofansince1978
Super Member
12 days ago

Where is Cowboy26 when we need him?

JackFrost
Super Member
11 days ago

I think you are taking it a little too seriously…

halofansince1978
Super Member
11 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Maybe, but at least I have a life to be serious about.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
11 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

We have very high standards here that we need to maintain.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
11 days ago

Vindicated!

steelgolf
Super Member
11 days ago

“Whacky” being the British way of spelling it. Pffft, what the hell do the British know about the English language?

BannedInLA
Super Member
11 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Those damn bloody tossers !!!!

steelgolf
Super Member
12 days ago

3 baseball games with my son yesterday, from south county, to West Covina. Now I know why they call it “travel ball”.

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
12 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Sounds like a 1 day tournament hosted at multiple fields. My 2 sons play travel too. Both on more local clubs. One thing learned is the ‘elite’ teams have extreme fees and travel out farther. Not for us. Lol, almost like MLB, the most expensive clubs are the best.

steelgolf
Super Member
12 days ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

His team is technically a “feeder team” the feeds into the high school. Not really a travel ball team, but they play against some travel ball teams, like yesterday.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
12 days ago

Bummer if anyone has checked out Baseball Trade Values. They now only allow two teams a day for free and they are teams they choose. So as an example, if you went today, you can only see values on Astros and Orioles. Only paid subscribers can see the other teams values. No thanks. It’s fun, but not that fun.

halofansince1978
Super Member
12 days ago

I don’t ever give up anything to any website for info I can get elsewhere…I just move on to the next source.

Halo71
Trusted Member
12 days ago

That’s a fun time waster site, but I can’t imagine paying money for it.

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