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  1. 14 points
    Mixed emotions. I've wanted a different manager for a while but it's still a bit tough to see him go. Kinda like breaking up with a woman you had great sex with but the relationship wasn't working.
  2. 14 points
    Verlander is not going to let him sleep with Kate Upton.
  3. 13 points
    He won't be retired furlong.
  4. 13 points
    Love him or hate him, he's one of the greatest Angels of all time. He took the baseball in the biggest game in franchise history and threw a gem. He was also the ace of the staff for at least half a decade after that. Congrats on a great career and thanks for the memories, Big John.
  5. 13 points
    tdawg87

    Spending this off-season

    Listen here you little shit. This has been explained to you multiple times, and you choose to ignore it every. Single. Time. The Angels do not have to make up the amount of games they are behind this year. Let me repeat that you deaf Facking twatwaffle. THE ANGELS DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP THE AMOUNT OF GAMES THEY ARE BEHIND THIS YEAR. Why? Because next year is a completely different year with different schedules and situations. Do you think the A's can stand Pat and still win 95+ games? No, because every season is completely different. God I want to bitchslap you through my monitor. Are you trolling me right now? I feel like I'm going insane. Remember when you ignored the reference to 2002 where the Angels made no significant improvements and went from a 75 win team to a World Series? That was really fuckin neat. Go ahead and troll vote me you ass tickling cumbeast. You know I'm right and your opinion is stupid and everything about your opinion is HIV Positively Facking gay. I hate you
  6. 13 points
    tdawg87

    Justin Upton appreciation thread

    30 HR, leads the team in RBI's, .824 OPS, on pace for a 3.5 WAR season. It's nice to have a guy come here and not immediately suck grundle. Upton is right on track with his career numbers and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Having him with Trout and Ohtani makes for an exciting middle of the order going forward. If you say anything about streakiness or JD Martinez in this thread you are gay.
  7. 12 points
    OC Register In all seriousness, no other outlet (not the Athletic or the LA Times or MLB.com) covers the Angels as much as we do. For the second straight road trip, I’ll be only Angels beat writer on the whole trip.
  8. 11 points
    Chuckster70

    Mike Scioscia quote sheet

    MIKE SCIOSCIA QUOTE SHEET “As I said in my Angels Hall of Fame speech, Mike changed the culture of the Angels. We went from thinking we could win to knowing we could win. Every spring he talked only once of winning the World Series. He then then turned to using the analogy of taking one step on a ladder to reach our goal. The first season he took over was the most mentally fatiguing season I’ve ever had because I bought into our two biggest thieves were yesterday and tomorrow. He taught me how to prepare for that day to win a major league game.” - Garret Anderson, Angels Hall of Famer “Mike Scioscia impacted my career is ways I'm forever grateful for. He brought leadership, vision, and a winning style of play to the teams I was a part of. As the architect of our 2002 World Championship he taught us the importance of "checking your ego in at the door" and playing as a team. I will always remember Sosh's hilarious morning meetings each spring that were so instrumental in building team chemistry and bonded our teams in ways I had never seen before. His "one day at a time" montra kept his players focus where it needed to be and was the hallmark of the blue collar teams he lead. Sosh's consistent demeanor and steadiness influenced those around him and brought the Angels organization stability at the helm and their greatest run of success the past 19 seasons. Words of gratitude just don't seem to be enough for what Mike has meant to us all.” - Tim Salmon, Angels Hall of Famer “Mike Scioscia is a true Angel. Mike has dedicated his heart and soul for the last 20 years to making the Angels a first class organization. Over this time, he has become one of the best and most respected managers in the game today. I am forever grateful to Mike Scioscia for giving me the opportunity to start my major league career. He took a chance on me when most experts in the game deemed that I could not play in the big leagues. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to play for him, learn from him and win with him. I am blessed to call Mike Scioscia a mentor and friend, and the game still has a lot to learn from him. “ - David Eckstein, Member of Angels 2002 World Series Champions “I had the pleasure to work alongside Mike since his arrival in 2000 until 2011. I simply believe that Mike is one of the brightest baseball minds in the history of the Angels Organization. His passion and commitment to the finest details of his craft are evident in his performance throughout his 19 years in the Angels dugout. From the memorable Spring Training morning meetings and our late night conversations following Angels ballgames to a 2002 World Championship, Mike was the consummate professional. His personal accomplishments never outweighed his desire to compete and win. I was his baseball conscience and he was mine. I wish nothing but the best to Anne, Matt and Taylor. Much success in the next chapter.” - Tony Reagins, former Angels General Manager “In the year 2000, the Angels brought on board and welcomed a former "Dodger" ...Mike Scioscia as our new manager. Little did we know how the trajectory and the path of the organization would change for the better with his hiring. I have had the opportunity to 'compete against' as a player....'play for'...'coach with'... and 'coach against' Mike. He defines everything a 'Champion' represents. Mike changed the expectations of our organization....brought out the best in all of us...AND no longer did we hope to win BUT we were going to win. As a player for him; he challenged me, pushed me to new limits and introduced me to a new approach...."Play Free.” He was a World Series champion as a player, so Mike brought instant credibility into our dugout. As a coach on his staff; he showed me how important preparation, conviction, passion, and boldness were in the dugout. Those days when we were not playing well...Mike was always at his best....calm, determined and adamant that we would turn things around. As a coach against him; he forced you to be more prepared than ever. Ready for anything. You never knew what he was going to do next. If your team did not play sound, fundamental baseball then Mike would expose it and capitalize on it. Mike came into the Angels organization at a time when we had a difficult time reaching the next level. His leadership, knowledge, work ethic, and confidence helped pushed the organization to new heights. Those flags you see out there ...flying beyond the centerfield wall say it all.....and....speak volumes about what Mike Scioscia meant to the Angels organization. Much love and Thanks Mike !” - Gary DiSarcina, former Angels Infielder & Coach “I’ve known Mike a long, long time. First as a person I competed against, and then as person I learned so much from. First and foremost, I have the utmost respect for him as a husband and father. His upbringing set the foundation for him treating all of us as his family. His leadership skills and intelligence were the best I’ve seen as a manager since the late Dick Howser in my opinion. I wouldn’t play poker with him because I never knew if we were up by 10 or down by 10. I cherish our friendship. His sense of humor was highly underrated. I conclude by saying to me, he is a Hall of Famer in the baseball world and off the field also.” - Mark Gubicza, former Major League Pitcher & current Angels Broadcaster “I first met Mike Scioscia when I was broadcasting for ESPN in the early 90's. It was a game at Dodger Stadium and Mike was catching Orel Hershiser that night. I asked Mike if he had a few minutes before BP to discuss his catching philosophy along with his game plan for Hershiser that night. We must have sat in the dugout for fifteen minutes as Mike went on about growing up in Philly, then who helped him along the way, from John Roseboro, to Roy Campanella, to Del Crandell. He gave me a scouting report on not only Orel but each Dodgers pitcher. It was awesome. I must have used everything he gave me that night on the air. A decade later, I would truly get to know Mike when he took over the Angels and led them to their first World Championship. He was a natural leader, a man who not only challenged every player but inspired them to be their best. And that 2002 team became the best. From Eck, to Ersty, to GA to Percy, to Tim Salmon, they were a reflection of their manager. No one cared who got the credit. They just wanted to win. And when the team struggled, Sosh gave them a pat on the back, when they got on a roll, he told them they could do better, and when a member of the media went after one of his players after they made a mistake, Sosh had this unique ability to twist the conversation in some self-deprecating way that had the media laughing and the players mistake somehow forgotten. I'll always remember the look on his face when Ersty caught the final out to win the championship. It was a look of pride, and not for himself, as he searched for coaches and players and trainers and clubhouse guys to hug. Great managers are people who share their success and believe that incredible things can happen when no one cares who gets the credit. Sosh is one of those guys. He's the very definition of what we want in our leaders. Integrity, trust, toughness. Mike Scioscia is a good man, good son, good father, good husband, good friend. It was my honor to broadcast games he managed. Blessings always,” - Steve Physioc, former Angels Broadcaster “I don’t know that I can fully explain what Mike Scioscia has meant to me personally over the last 9 seasons but I’ll certainly try. From the moment I went out to dinner with Arte, Mike and his coaching staff in March of 2010, he has been nothing but the most accommodating person on a daily basis. Maybe it was the connection to Philadelphia through my dad but whatever the case, he made me feel like I mattered every time we talked. And it wasn’t just with me, he made every member of my family feel as if they were the most important person in the room when he visited with them. He was never in a hurry and always took the time to chat about the previous night’s game, his Eagles/Flyers/Sixers and/or everyday happenings in and around the ballpark. I wish more fans had a chance to see this side of Mike. He’s a man of integrity whose loyalty you never questioned. They broke the mold with Mike Scioscia. Tough as nails competitor that wanted to beat you every single night and it carried over into the dugout as manager. What a run…Hall of Fame husband, father and manager. Our loss is the Scioscia family’s gain. Be well, Skip!” - Victor Rojas, Angels Broadcaster “Mike encouraged the players to have an aggressive, team-first style of play. His positive attitude enabled the players to focus on the job to be done today regardless of what may have happened yesterday.” - Bill Stoneman, former Angels General Manager “In the nearly two decades that I have known Mike Scioscia, the trait that has most impressed me about him is his character. His integrity, honesty and kindness are things I admire in someone I will always consider a dear friend. Professionally, Mike has distinguished himself in baseball as both a player and manager. In his tenure as manager of the Angels, he guided the franchise to heights it had never previously attained. Mike is an integral part of the Golden Years of Angels baseball. He is a Hall-of-Famer in his profession, but most importantly as a person.” - Terry Smith, Angels Broadcaster “Sosh is someone that I would want to study under if I was to become a manager one day. I watched him think outside the box on so many different occasions in the clubhouse and on the field. He didn’t care about the scrutiny and the aftermath that came with his decisions. It was the one he felt he had to make at that crucial moment. That’s what true leaders do for everyone he/she is leading. I’m proud to have spent 5 years playing for him. I’ve learned so much in the years I played for him.” - Torii Hunter, former Angels Outfielder “Mike was essential in my success and longevity as a MLB player. His ability to show he believed in me on a daily basis as well as teach me tough lessons along the way made it possible for me as a player to fit in and help his team and my future teams moving forward. No matter what point in the game, whether it was offense or defense, you knew you could look in the dugout and have his confidence and support that we would get the job done. His strong presence in the clubhouse as our leader gave us added confidence. Mike created a new buzz in and around Anaheim with his team’s style of play that the fan base will forever appreciate.” - Adam Kennedy, former Angels Infielder
  9. 11 points
    Man, it's really happening. I've made a similar post before, but now that it's official, it's just so real. Lots of emotions running through my head right now. Am I the only one having difficulty processing this? I don't even know how to feel. It needed to happen, but damn, Sosh was strangely a big part of my life. We've had so many players come and go, but Sosh has been the only constant through pretty much my entire life as an Angels fan. And the Angels have often been one of my few sources of consistant happiness. For the older fans, you've been through lots of managers, owners, and obviously players. But for me, Mike Scioscia is more a part of this team than anyone else has ever been. One thing that people will never appreciate, is just how good he was for the Angels. 1650 wins, managed the team during their only WS win, and led the team to the playoffs 6 times in his first 10 years. The Angels have made the playoffs just 10 times in their 58 year career. Sosh was the manager during 7 of those times. Whether you believe the manager has a significant impact on the team's success, or none at all, clearly Mike was doing something right. As far as this organization goes, he's the greatest manager and it's not even close. Ultimately however, it was time for him to go. Just don't expect any new manager to be that much different. We're still gonna bitch about the lineups and bullpen decisions. I wish him well, wherever he goes.
  10. 11 points
    John has a lot to be proud of. He had a very stable career.
  11. 10 points
    I'll get it started: Joe Girardi.
  12. 10 points
    1650 wins . . . 18th best all time. i imagine it'll get his ticket punched to cooperstown. thanks, sosh. the team flourished under your leadership. as fans, we can't begin to thank you enough for what you've done for the franchise.
  13. 10 points
    That looks like me running to the shitter at work. Cant imagine wearing white pants in that scenario
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  16. 10 points
    Lou

    The Angels...

    y'all quit on them long ago
  17. 10 points
    Man, this thread has gone off the rails. I still think Trout will sign an extension.
  18. 9 points
    Off to the glue factory.
  19. 9 points
  20. 9 points
    Stubby Clapp sounds like something you could get from tdawg.
  21. 9 points
    calscuf

    Long Beach Airport?

    Long Beach is a million times less of a headache than LAX. If she can go out of LGB instead of LAX, do it.
  22. 9 points
    i'm okay if he returns. i'm okay if he doesn't return.
  23. 9 points
    Next year they're lowering the yellow line on the RF fence so that it's level with the ground. Every ball hit off the RF wall will be a HR.
  24. 9 points
    I remember the simpler days when Rico would draw stick figures of Adam and Brandon talking about boobies and post the art for us all to enjoy. Trump was still a Democrat and an unknown pussy grabber. Obama lying to us about hope and change and the Angels occasionally making the playoffs. Good times.
  25. 8 points
    Rico

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