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  1. 18 points
    Fletcher called up to rot on the bench in favor of the batflipping turd.
  2. 15 points
    By @Angelsjunky, AngelsWin.com Contributor What I'm about to share with you is so mind-blowing that it is worth its own thread outside of the Troutstanding one. Let me take you for a journey... I went through every seven-year span in baseball history, from 1871-77 to the current one, 2012-18, and looked at WAR leaders over those seven year stretches. Why seven years? Because that is how long Trout has been a major league regular, so it encapsulates the fullness of his career thus far. I then compared the WAR leader to the runner-up, and noted the gap the two. Why? Well, when we are talking about dominance it is always relative to his peers. I would argue that the best definition of dominance is just that: how good a player is relative to his peers. There have been many players who have had truly amazing years, but seven years gives us a sense of sustained dominance, and the true greats combine peak greatness and sustained dominance. For instance, Norm Cash (10.2 fWAR in 1961), Darin Erstad (8.7 fWAR in 2000), and Jacoby Ellsbury (9.4 fWAR in 2011) have all had seasons that could safely fit into a Hall of Famer's peak, but the difference is that players like Mantle, Bonds, and Trout have those kinds of performances season after season. Anyhow, so we're looking at 142 seven-year spans of time, from 1871-77 to 2012-18. There are 33 players who have had the most dominant seven-year spans, from Ross Barnes to Mike Trout. Trout has done it for three years in a row, starting in 2010-16 even though he didn't play in 2010 and barely in 2011. The current span, 2012-18, is his first full seven-year stretch and, of course, we've still got 90 games to play. Here's the current WAR leaders (Fangraphs) for 2012-18: 1. MIke Trout 60.4 2. Josh Donaldson 35.9 3. Andrew McCutchen 34.9 Anything look funny there? Well, the gap between Trout and Donaldson is huge: 24.5 WAR, or 3.5 WAR a year! Trout has averaged 8.6 WAR during that span vs. Donaldson's 5.1. Think about that for a moment. OK, so how does that 24.5 seven-year gap compare to the rest of baseball history? How many seven year gaps are as big or bigger? The answer is.... NONE. And none are particularly close. The second largest gap is 1989-95 when Barry Bonds accumulated 58.5 fWAR over Cal RIpken's 38.6, a gap of 19.9 WAR. And no, it wasn't early 00s Bondzilla, when Alex Rodriguez was always relatively close and a terrifically great (if roided) player in his own right. And no, it wasn't Babe Ruth, when the often under-remembered Rogers Hornsby was a strong second fiddle (although the two of them were often quite far ahead of the rest of the pack). So let me put this another way: Mike Trout has been more dominant relative to his peers over the last seven years than any position player in major league history. Let that sink in. I'll say it again in a slightly different way for effect, so you really get it: Over the course of Trout's full-time career, he has been more dominant relative to the field of position players than any player has been in all of baseball history. According to fWAR, of course. So let me ask you. If that is the case, is it not then the case that Trout--so far, at least--has been the greatest player ever? I mean, isn't that the logical extension? We can leave that as an open-ended question, because I'm not quite ready to answer in the affirmative, even though the numbers say as much. But let's finish up with a bit more. So there have been 33 "7WAR" leaders (seven-year span fWAR leaders). Of the 33, 20 have done it at least three times - which is Trout's current total. Given Trout's lead over the lack, he is an absolute lock to do it at least two more times, so five. So far only 12 players lead 7WAR five or more times. Chances are Trout will do it a time or two more. And the most? No, it isn't Ruth, its Bonds, with 15. Yes, that's right. Bonds has been the 7WAR leader 15 different times, every year from 1986-92 to 2000-06. What a beast. OK, I'm done. Hope you had a cloth of some kind nearby.
  3. 11 points
    I do think it’s cool to finally see my name on a big league jersey. I’ve never seen it before. I don’t know if you guys read my notes, but I did ask why he didn’t play. He didn’t really give me a straight answer, other than saying “he’s going to get his chances.” It seems like they just want to play against lefties for now. Also, I believe Fontana is considered a better SS (although tonight he had some issues). While I understand your frustration, I think who bats 9th in one game is probably not that big of a deal.
  4. 10 points
    His name is Stradling cuz he be Stradling Scioscia's hard throbbing cock lmfao
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  6. 9 points
    Injuries. Players performing way less than expected. Losing games late. A lot of shitty bad luck plays.
  7. 9 points
    I'm sure Eppler is just sitting on his ass playing the XBox with Stoneman
  8. 9 points
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  10. 8 points
    Someone asked me to dig up one of my old Daytona 500 programs from the 1970s. In the same box I found this - a game program from Anaheim, June of 1975, my first trip to the stadium. The Texas Rangers were in town, a scheduled doubleheader. Frank Tanana set what was then an AL record for strikeouts by a lefthander with 17 in the first game.
  11. 8 points
    This is Scioscia's big blind spot. I feel like he wants the rooks to realize that they can't just earn more starts by playing well - they have to earn their place in whatever way Scioscia feels it necessary. I don't think it actually helps. He lets Proven Veterans suck for months on end, but rooks get pulled after having a great game and rarely get a chance to play consistently, to develop. Furthermore, it is just stupid in the sense that Fontana is, at best, a bench guy, while Fletcher actually has a chance to be a regular player - as soon as next year. Let the kid audition now, get some reps, so that when he comes to ST next year he's ready to play.
  12. 7 points
    I blame the bullpen for everything. They've demoralized the team. Even with an average amount of blown saves we're maybe 2-3 games out instead of Facking 9. Edge: Not Eppler
  13. 7 points
    The Angels bullpen has diarrhea, they blow the lead so fast so that they'll change pitchers & can go take a dump. Their always having the runs....
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  16. 7 points
    Without reading through the thread, WTF did Scioscia bring in BadRock, when Canha was 1-12 lifetime against Alvarez and Alvarez had only faced one batter?????? That took old school (righty-righty) to the max. Sometimes, it’s not best to do it, especially if a lefty pitcher has dominated a righty batter.
  17. 7 points
    Hey, Bedrosian, over here!
  18. 7 points
    Because what he accomplished in the bigs has nothing to do with his ability to coach.
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  20. 7 points
    And yet, staying on topic, Valbuena and Fontana had no piece of that action. 0-8 with a combined 8 LOB. Plus Fontana made an error and botched another play that should have been an error.
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  23. 7 points
    That lasagna eating bastard needs to be fired...keep the change
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  25. 6 points
    Mount St. Helen's