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  1. 36 points
    @Jeff Fletcher, I just want to speak on behalf of EVERYONE here at AW and say thank you. Thank you for your year round Angels news, insight and responding to our folks here on our forum. We really REALLY appreciate it. I say this because everything you've given us is for free, but I know there are now modern websites wanting to charge for the same info, regurgitated across several Twitter sources and news feeds. Thank you, Jeff.
  2. 35 points
    Matt Thaiss MattThaiss MatThaiss Mathaiss Mathiss Mathis!!!!!!
  3. 29 points
  4. 27 points
    AngelsLakersFan

    Rough year for Angel fans

    I think you have to be an Angels fan to understand...
  5. 23 points
    tdawg87

    Jerry Dipoto

  6. 23 points
    We should just sign Lorenzo Cain and move him to 2B since CF and 2B are interchangeable.
  7. 23 points
    Hitting 50 years old is going to get rough on any athlete
  8. 22 points
    Fueled by the annoyance of last night's loss, I was on a mission to point out Eppler's and Co.'s failure in regard to acquiring several under performing players over the last couple of off season. In particular, the most recent. What I found was an important reminder which is to consider the starting point and the body of work since. The halos had come off the 2011 season with a winning record yet they had clearly lost faith in Tony Reagins to the point that most speculated him as a mere figurehead with Scioscia and Arte involved in quite a bit of the duties normally taken on by a general manager. The truth or accuracy of which is only relevant to the point that it led to the hiring of Jerry Dipoto. But the stage was set for having an atypical dynamic between owner, gm and manager. Jerry said all the right things and looked good doing so. But behind the scenes it was a much different story. He was very aggressive in his approach of gearing all resources toward the major league club. While the lack of harmony in the front office wasn't all his fault, his method was like gas on an already smoldering fire. Which is ironic considering that he burned the Angels farm system to the ground as well. So when all the fires got out of control, he grabbed his flame thrower and walked right out the front door mid season and 30 days before the trade deadline leaving the halos to finish 31-37 and 1 gb of the WC as well as 3 gb of the division. On Oct 4th, 2015, the halos hired Billy Eppler. I feel like Arte was the 'bad deal' direct tv guy and Eppler was the guy answering the door. 'Can I interest you in being the GM of the mediocre Los Angeles Angels?' No 'Ok, Ok. You want me to sweeten the deal? That sweetener is a broken front office dynamic and you can't bring in your own manager.' That's a bad deal. 'Oh, we got a haggler. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm gonna give you the worst farm system in baseball with an international signing lockout and zero payroll flexibility to work with.' That's not a good thing man! Do you see that everything you are saying is worse than before? 'What I see is someone that wants to play hardball. Ok. Batter up. I'll give you a broken down former superstar that makes $25mil per year that has to bat in the middle of the lineup, an ace who throws a fastball 84 mph, an offense that finished 21st in baseball last year, a terrible bullpen, and in less than 6 months, pretty much every pitcher worth anything on the roster will be injured and out for over a year. Oh, and the team has the remain competitive. But that's my final offer. ' 'Shut the door in my face trick huh? We have Mike Trout!' And the door opens back up. 'Fine. I'll take the job'. Let's all be very honest. This franchise was circling the drain less than two and a half years ago. Here is what Keith Law said shortly before the start of the 2016 season: I've been doing these rankings for eight years now, and this is by far the worst system I've ever seen. They traded their top two prospects in the Andrelton Simmons deal and had no one remotely close to top-100 status. They need a big draft this year to start to restock the system or we're going to start talking about whether it's time to trade Mike Trout. So that's how his mission started. His first order of business was to hold hands and sing Kumbaya with Scioscia. Next, he traded for Simmons. A controversial deal from both sides. But he's become one of the top 10 most valuable players in baseball. Then the entire pitching staff fell apart. Richards out. Heaney out. Trop out. Skaggs couldn't come back. CJ Wilson done. Huston Street done. Rafael Ortega led the team in LF at bats. Giavotella at 2b. Made some small moves like grabbing the serviceable Yunel Escobar and Jefry Marte. Claimed JC Ramirez. Got Nolasco and Meyer at the trade deadline. But importantly, had a very good draft. At the start of year two, still hampered by payroll restrictions (189mil in 2016, 176mil in 2017), he grabbed Blake Parker off waivers. Shortly after, he got Cam Maybin for Victor Alcantara. Signed Jesse Chavez, Traded for Martin Maldonado, Signed Ben Revere, Traded for Espinosa, Signed Bud Norris and Yusmeiro Petit. Grabbed Luis Valbuena. So lots of minor move again. Almost all for expiring players due to a lack of payroll. Again, another good draft with Adell and Canning as well as a leap back on to the international scene with Deveaux and Knowles. Got some good mileage out of Bridwell. Got some time out of David Hernandez and turned him into minor league depth piece. Grabbed Noe Ramirez mid year. Then, of course, shored up LF for the first time in a long time. Before and in year 3 he locked up Upton, grabbed Ohtani, Cozart and Kinsler. Got Rengifo for Cron. Signed JMF and Rivera. Let a lot of pen arms get away due to understandable inflation. Got some additional intl prospects in Maitan, Soto and a few others. Had what many consider to be another good draft. And that's where we stand. At 37-30 in 3rd place and five games back in mid June. This exercise was important for me and I hope it was helpful to you as well. We are currently a solid major league team with a real chance to make the playoffs. We have a farm system now at least in the top half of the league and many of those players are actually do well in the upper levels on the verge of actually providing help at the major league level. Should I repeat that? Yes, Calhoun and Cozart have sucked. We've sustained some injuries again and the pen is more than shaky. We need Simmons back. It would be great to get Ohtani back back as well but I won't hold my breath. A pen arm or two is a must. A few other things could stand to go right as well. But jog your memory back to mid 2015 through early 2016. Did you ever imagine this team would be a playoff contender with a good and improving farm system and be on the actual upswing as a franchise by 2018? Not everything Eppler and company does is going to be perfect. But to date, Billy and the Halo IMF have done the impossible.
  9. 22 points
    So I just wanted to start off with an apology for being down this afternoon. This was scheduled, but no down time was expected as it was a package I purchased to tune up my database and apache side of things after the Monday debacle. Go Daddy F'd a database table, so they had to repair it today. I'm locked into GoDaddy for the next 10 months so it is what it is, but I have the highest level of server possible. Just some bad luck and a bad forum software update a few weeks back. Just a shitty past few months in terms of up time. That said... We're not ESPN, we're not MLB, we're not some other high profile network that can guarantee 100% server, forum uptime. Though after learning some tricks and server maintenance tips on Linux (I'm a Windows server guy, that does software engineering & account management for work) I think we're in good shape going forward. The entire day today was frustrating and exhausting. But it made me realize a few things... While nothing is guaranteed, the interaction and friendships that have been formed here trump everything else. So I will work harder in making sure that this home is up and running, 24/7. Long day, going to bed. Thank you for your patience.
  10. 21 points
    This is how many of these offseason stories, including some I may write, come to be..... 1. writer thinks to himself: Moustakas is from SoCal. 2. Writer to himself: Angels need a 3B 3. Writer to himself: Angels need a LHB 4. Writer to himself: Angels have some money freed up (So far this is no different than what you can do yourself.) 5A: Writer asks Angels exec, off the record, about Moustakas. Told: "We are looking at everyone. He is part of everyone." Or: 5B: Writer asks exec, off the record, from other team if Moose to Angels makes sense. Exec does 1-4, just as writer did, and says "Yeah, that seems logical." Or: 5C: Writer asks Moose's agent, off the record, if Angels are interested. Agent says: "Oh yes! Many many teams are interested including the Angels." Agent then spends 30 minutes convincing writer that Moose is the best player ever Welcome to the hot stove season.
  11. 20 points
    Chuckster70

    For the LOVE OF GOD

    Why is Cam Bedrosian still on this team. Must be Scisocia. FUCK
  12. 20 points
    My ex wife said the same in the divorce paperwork
  13. 20 points
    WBaxterDTM

    Happy 2017.

    I have seen some topics here about "2016 Strikes Again." On Saturday Morning, July 9th, 2016; I suffered a Massive Pulmonary Embolism. My niece found me on the floor and called the paramedics, and by the time they got me to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, I was close to death. They put me under at the time of my arrival. While I was in ER, I had stopped breathing, and they raced against time to resuscitate me before any brain damage was done. They were successful, but I was in a coma for about 26 hours. I came to the next day in ICU and began a long recovery. I was in Memorial Hospital a good part of July 2016. I just want to say, It is great to be alive and I am so glad that I made it to, and experience the Christmas Season 2016. Now I get to experience 2017, and I think about those who didn't get that chance to experience the 2017 New Year (Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and others). I just want to wish everyone here a Great New Year (2017), and I hope everyone here had a Great Christmas Season like I did.
  14. 20 points
    Someone has to go too far and jack some rookies off and ruin it for everyone.
  15. 20 points
    Oz27

    Matt Shoemaker is fun

    I'm really hoping this thread doesn't become about whether we should trade Matt Shoemaker or whether he will maintain what he is doing, because those are long debates we have had for awhile and likely will continue to have for awhile and there are plenty of other places to do that. I'm starting this thread to celebrate Matt Shoemaker, who is having one of the most fun seasons I can remember - just a couple of months after most or all of us thought he was done. So here are some fun facts which I hope will sum up just how cool Matt Shoemaker has been this year... Only 27 times in Angels history has a pitcher walked nobody and struck out 10 or more in that appearance. Nolan Ryan never did it with the Angels. Our most recent Cy Young winner, Bartolo Colon, didn't do it in Anaheim either. Chuck Finley didn't do it and Frank Tanana only did it once. Jered Weaver only did it twice. Matt Shoemaker has done that three times in less than two months alone. The only other Angels who have ever done that more than once in the same season are John Lackey (2006) and Frank Tanana (1976). Earlier this year, Matt Shoemaker went 30.1 IP without walking anybody. That is the longest stretch without a walk by an Angels starter ever, a whole 5.1 IP better than the second best (Frank Tanana in 1980). No other Angels starter this year has gone more than 10 innings without walking somebody. Shoemaker's 30.1 IP stretch is the best in the majors this year by a full 6.1 IP. Matt Shoemaker is currently striking out five batters for every one he walks this season. Only two Angels starters have ever done better than that across a season ... one of whom was actually 2014 Matt Shoemaker. The other was 2011 Dan Haren. Nobody else has even been particularly close. 2008 Ervin Santana is next best with a 4.55 SO/BB rate, followed by 2010 Jered Weaver at 4.31. Only three starters in Angels history ever recorded a better single season strikeout rate than 2016 Matt Shoemaker's 9.34 K/9. Nolan Ryan topped that six times and Frank Tanana and Jered Weaver each did it once. Shoemaker is throwing strikes 66 per cent of the time this year. So to is Jered Weaver. Only two Angels starters have ever topped that mark - Bartolo Colon (twice) and Paul Byrd (once). There are heaps more of these so I just picked out a few. Plenty of these stats are meaningless and others only tell part of a story but they're examples of one thing - Matt Shoemaker is having a pretty remarkable year. He is super fun to watch. Whatever we do with him and whatever happens from here, he has provided joy in a miserable year. He is awesome.
  16. 20 points
    Yea what a dick, doing what most of you do on here every single day.
  17. 20 points
    Just for the record, if a person ponders killing themselves over what anyone posted or directed to you on a message board, you have bigger issues. Also FTR, I will not shut this website down if any of you decide to off yourself.
  18. 19 points
    Lou

    Can Bedrosian

    For the love of God, DFA this POS right now.
  19. 19 points
    mulwin444

    Mike Scioscia 1600 wins

    Prior to Mike Scioscia's becoming manager in 2000, the Angels franchise was known for being snake-bit or cursed (Lyman Bostock, '79, '82, '86, '89, '95 off the top of my head), was coming off the Terry Collins mutiny led by Moo Vaughn, and was considered the small market (per Jackie Autry) also-ran to their neighbors up the 5 freeway. The end of '99 would mean the beginning of the Bill Stoneman era which started with Mike's hiring. Since then, an entire generation of Angels' fans have got to grow up with competitive baseball and expectation of, not only being .500, but being in the thick of a playoff hunt. I became an Angels' fan in '76 at 4 years old and got to witness collapse and disappointment enough to believe that was who the Angels' were and that, barring a miracle, that was the way it would likely always be. Then 2002 happened and all that past noise got drowned out by the sound of Troy Glaus' game-winning RBI double in Game 6. For a decade, the Angels ruled the AL West and dominated it's rivals like I'd never witnessed in this team before. The last few years have been a struggle but at least there is still that expectation, almost a demand, of winning, of which previously did not exist prior to Mike's arrival.
  20. 19 points
    "Challenge accepted." - Albert Pujols
  21. 19 points
    We need to say thank you to Arte for this as much as we praise Eppler. Sure, it's easy to see this as a battle between two GMs, but Arte personally gets involved in these big deals. It's as much about Arte making and living up to his handshakes and agreements, having no debt on the team, and the ability to pay for it, as it was Eppler making the sales pitch. I think that's one of the deciding factors for us--a committed and involved owner who wants to field a championship team. Sure, the results on the field haven't matched our desires, but never underestimate how much Arte wants to win and field a champion. Wow! What great news! Thanks Arte.
  22. 19 points
    Start two threads about it
  23. 18 points
    Griffey's Corner

    Excited to be a member

    Just wanted to say I am very happy to be a part of angelswin.com. I think Eppler has done an amazing job. Trout is having a great year & the Angels are in 1st place. In the baseball world what more could you ask for? I look forward to having great conversations with all the members. Since 2005 I have been reading angelswin.com & the members on here know a lot about baseball & seem to have great sense of humors. Thank you for letting me be part of the team! Go Angels!!!!
  24. 18 points
    Stradling

    Server Maintenance last night

    This is what happens when we let a Cubs fan create a game day thread two days early.
  25. 18 points
    "In a counter move, the Marine Layer has announced it will increase its vertical reach by 15 feet."
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