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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. 22 points
    “On behalf of the Angels Organization and baseball fans everywhere, congratulations to Mike Trout on another outstanding All-Star Game performance. Mike Trout is an exceptional ambassador for the game. Combined with his talent, his solid character creates a perfect role model for young people everywhere. Each year, Mike devotes a tremendous amount of his time and effort contributing to our Organization, and marketing Major League Baseball. He continually chooses to participate in the community, visiting hospitals, schools, and countless other charities. One of Mike’s traits that people admire most is his humility. His brand is built upon generously spending his time engaging with fans, both at home and on the road, while remaining a remarkable baseball player and teammate. In addition, Mike spends quality time as a husband, son brother, uncle, and friend. We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion. That is rare in today’s society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent.” --@Angels--
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 20 points
    Chuckster70

    For the LOVE OF GOD

    Why is Cam Bedrosian still on this team. Must be Scisocia. FUCK
  6. 19 points
    jsnpritchett

    Self-Ban

    K: No one gives a shit.
  7. 19 points
    Lou

    Can Bedrosian

    For the love of God, DFA this POS right now.
  8. 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.
  9. 19 points
    "Challenge accepted." - Albert Pujols
  10. 18 points
    I am going to be extremely pissed if we sign 34 year old Josh Donaldson and his fucked up shoulder and calf muscle.
  11. 18 points
    Fletcher called up to rot on the bench in favor of the batflipping turd.
  12. 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!!!!
  13. 18 points
    Glen

    Scioscia pulling Tropeano last night

    Ok, listen up, jackwagons. You know that it was May 1, and this is Trop's first full season back after TJ surgery, right? Trop had thrown 88 pitches through 6.1 innings. It's a long season. God forbid the manager think ahead and try to save some of his arm for later in the season. I'm as critical of Sosh as most of the rational people here, but seriously. It was a non-issue. STFU about it and get over it.
  14. 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.
  15. 18 points
    Chuckster70

    Dodgers Nation...

  16. 18 points
    Angelsjunky

    Blowtani

    I just want to be the first to officially say this guy blows. In before Stradling defends Scioscia. In before Brandon accuses me of attention whoring. In before Lou resuscitates this thread when Ohtani wins the Cy Young Award in 2020. In before Scotty overrates an Angel prospect. In before Doc posts a dissertation in-between surgeries. In before someone shits on Chuck's couch. In before Lifetime...oh, wait.
  17. 18 points
    Lou

    Badly want new uniform color scheme...

    The best . . .
  18. 18 points
    "In a counter move, the Marine Layer has announced it will increase its vertical reach by 15 feet."
  19. 17 points
    Results don’t matter to the Angels.. we all know that. Mike Scisocia has been to the playoffs 1 time since 2009 and leads us year after year to mediocre results. Yet he stays. Albert Pujols, Luis Valbuena, etc make it to clear to me that winning just isn’t at the forefront. Moreno is chasing money and couldn’t care less about winning a World Series, or even making the playoffs for that matter. They get the best player in baseball and F*ck it up big time, can only get him to the playoffs once. Fire the entire coaching staff, release valbuena, force pujols to the bench. Thats what the RED SOX/YANKEES/CARDS etc. would do... because losing isn’t acceptable.
  20. 17 points
    Hansel Robles, Eduardo Paredes, Deck McGuire, Akeel Morris, Oliver Drake and a slew of others pitching meaningful innings for a team that's supposed to contend for a playoff spot? At least we didn't blow a save today. How can he justify this? I would like some thoughts on how this is ok?
  21. 17 points
    I know that it of no interest to anyone here, but I want to brag just a little. My great-nephew, Alan Strong, a pitcher at UNLV was just drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 10th round of the MLB Draft (300th pick over-all). Wow! I'm so proud of him.
  22. 16 points
    mulwin444

    At The Break...

    As has been discussed, after the initial hot 13-3 (+56 Run Differential) start, they have been a pretty forgettable 36-45 (-32 Run Differential) and there is really not a lot of expected turn around with the team in it's current form. Over short periods of the season, it's hard to tell what's just a hot or cold streak and what is likely the way things are going to be for certain players on offense. So, just taking a look at the team 97 games in, we'll try separate fact from fiction. Mike Trout: For almost the first three months of the season, Trout was on a historic pace in terms of WAR that was challenging some of the all times greats in the game. However, on June 19th Trout was DH'd due to an injured finger on this throwing hand and the power has taken a nose-dive to just 2 2B 2 HR 4 RBI in his lat 24 games. He has still been contributing offensively (.267 .411 .788 OPS in July) but mostly with singles and walks and leaving the scoring to the anemic offense behind him. Something is clearly wrong and, since he's not swinging and missing at alarming rate, odds are it's something physical. The trend hasn't been kind lately but the fact that he has taken the field at all tells you it's not something too serious and hopefully the break does him good. Justin Upton: So far he's put up decent numbers but everything about his play has felt "soft" and underwhelming. His "clutch" stats have already been discussed but those tend to normalize over the course of a season. His overall numbers, though, (.251 .344 .788 OPS 118 OPS+) are at or below his career norms, but not far, and his 2.3 WAR says he's making some kind of contribution but, damn, it's a quiet one. I think he has room to push it closer to his contribution from last season, something like .275 .355 .865 OPS., but below the last seasons .901 OPS. Albert Pujols: After a bad 2017 (.241 .286 .672 OPS -1.8 WAR), Pujols has seen a bit of an upswing in his numbers so far this season. After flirting with staying below .700 OPS for much of the season, he went on a tear in July (.297 .366 1.042 OPS)...and then promptly went on DL because of course he did. Then, we get the feedback that Albert has been playing on "1 1/2 legs" for a while now and, you look at 2017, and wonder exactly how long. Is he going to come back and continue his tear? Likely no, but, if he could just maintain somewhere in .750-.780 OPS going forward the rest of the season that would be huge. Kole Calhoun: The Tale of Two Seasons - pre-DL .145 .195 .374 OPS, post- DL .274 .319 .926 OPS Can we expect a .926 OPS from here on until the end of the season? Um, no. However, the change as far as hard contact versus the auto-outs he was hitting earlier this year speaks to the adjustments he's made since his "injury". He's not really taking walks, and he's K-ing about ounce a game, but he's finally getting the extra base hits he was known for so far in this career. Going forward, I can see him hitting somewhere around .265 .320 .750, giving hope he'll actually earn the last year of his contract in '19. Martin Maldonado: In a season and a half with the Angels, Maldonado has put up .226 .284 .645 OPS which, essentially, is what he basically put up offensively in 6 season with Milwaukee. He is who is with the bat but, at minimal cost, he's put a 2.5 WAR since he's been here at a key position, primarily due to that nebulous thing called "Catcher Defense and pitch calling". He's leading the league at a 48% caught stealing percentage but curiously also leads the league in passed balls with 10. Yes, it's been a weird season. Expect more of the same from Maldy. Andrelton Simmons: .313 .371 .814 127 OPS+ 4.6 WAR - Kind of says it all doesn't it. Did I mention the 28/16 BB/K ratio? Speed numbers are down a bit which reflects him being in more of a run producer role, but OBP. SLG, OPS, OPS+ all are advancing and he's threatening the 7.1 WAR he put up last season. No reason we shouldn't expect this to continue. Shohei Ohtani: Who knows what to expect really? In spring training, the experts were lamenting the fact that Ohtani looked overmatched and were questioning the Angels inserting him in the every day line-up. Then, he put up a .283 .365 .887 OPS 144 OPS+ and everyone got real quiet. He has struggled against lefthanded pitchers this season but found the ability to double off a tough lefthander in Scott Alexander on Friday and worked a walk on Saturday off the bench against Jansen to start a game-tying rally. Even if he doesn't pitch the rest of the season, the guy is an untapped fount of awesome waiting to explode with the bat and I can see him catching fire in the 2nd half. Ian Kinsler: He's, eh, alright. Good defensive player that screams "veteran presence" at a transitional position for the Angels at 2B. You keep waiting for him to catch fire but then he just does, well, this: Almost four months. That's not a glitch, that's a feature - $11 mil has gotten us 1.5 WAR. It was nice that Ian waived his no trade to be sent here but the Angels have options in David Fletcher (for now) and potentially Rengifo in the future. It doesn't a crystal ball to see what we'll get out of Ian Kinsler the rest of the season if he stays in Anaheim. There needs to be a change. Luis Valbuena: The baseball equivalent of the GIF of someone shoveling money in a stove. Here's Valbuena as an Angels player: .201 .277 .672 OPS and he's trending downward from last season...downward as in .204.250 .594 OPS in 2018. The idea was right - lefthanded 1B/3B who has extra base pop - but the results are in and, yeesh, he sucks. No way to sugarcoat it. With Ward destroying AAA, even with his defense being a "work in progress" having a 3B and 2B of Ward and Fletcher makes sense for the 2nd half. If Pujols comes back healthy enough to finish the season, I think we could benefit from having a look at something like below for a bit: 1. Calhoun RF 2. Simmons SS 3. Trout CF 4. Upton LF 5. Pujols 1B 6. Ohtani DH 7. Ward 3B 8. Maldonado C 9. Fletcher 2B
  23. 16 points
    I think most would. Like the fans of the other 29 teams for example. Every pitcher in baseball. Etc etc.
  24. 16 points
    You know what else is a gigantic waste of time for the Dodgers? Attempting to win a WS title again
  25. 16 points
    They should make the yellow line raise and lower depending on which team is batting.