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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Month is cold one for Trout

The greatest player on the planet is struggling.

In 24 games this month, Trout is batting .200 (17 for 85) with one homer and six runs batted in. He has a .327 on-base percentage, .306 slugging percentage, 28 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Justin Verlander barely misses third gem as Tigers beat Angels, 5-0 - LA Times

Does this mean Verlander is good again?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin verlander, tigers

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mike Trout’s off-field obsession proves he’s a man for all seasons - Yahoo Sports

Mike Trout, a man for all seasons and weather.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Thursday, August 13, 2015

David Robertson pans ‘bush league’ Mike Scioscia for standing in way

Icing the closer?

Shortstop Erick Aybar struck out to lead off the ninth against Robertson. The ball was in the dirt, so White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers reached out to tag Aybar on the leg, with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth making an out signal. Abyar kept on running to first base, though, with Flowers not making a throw after Culbreth made his out call.

Scioscia argued, ultimately challenging the ruling via replay. White Sox manager Robin Ventura questioned why there should even be a replay since an out signal was made.

Umpires reviewed the play and upheld their original call that Aybar was tagged out by Flowers. Scioscia, though, came back out to the home plate area to get an explanation. By rule, managers are not allowed to argue a replay decision, but Culbreth gave Scioscia the courtesy of explaining the decision.

Robertson, however, didn’t care for the delay as he waited on the mound to pitch.

“I felt that Scioscia was very bush league, coming out there and standing in front of home plate after the play had already been reviewed,” Robertson said. “I felt like once it has been reviewed, it has been reviewed on film and he’s called out, there’s no reason for you to come back out and argue the call. I guess that’s just the way he is. It kind of changed the whole momentum in the ninth.”


Thursday, July 30, 2015

10 Major Trades that Never Were

What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?

9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before becoming one of the best players in Cardinals’ history during his stint with the organization.

 


Monday, July 27, 2015

Full Count » Red Sox trade Shane Victorino to Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge; Recall Rusney Castillo

Let’s hope Victorino can stay healthy and helps the Angels. Rutledge is a spare part. Rusney gets another chance to show what he can do.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 07:09 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, red sox

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Angels GM Bill Stoneman handles some business the old-fashioned way - LA Times

The Angels’ present need is clearly identified: a starting left fielder. They would prefer to make a trade without disrupting the major league roster or surrendering their top prospect, pitcher Sean Newcomb. The mild-mannered Stoneman sounded bolder about the likelihood of a significant trade now than he ever did in his long run as general manager.

“The expectation is we’ll be able to get something done,” he said.

The Angels have been linked to Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds, Gerardo Parra of the Milwaukee Brewers, Ben Revere of the Philadelphia Phillies, Justin Upton of the San Diego Padres, and Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, among others.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bill stoneman, padres

Monday, July 20, 2015

Despite managerial issues, the Angels are focused.

Sometimes a midseason managerial change sparks a ballclub. But a team sparked by a midseason Civil War in which the general manager resigns because he can’t coexist with the manager? That’s a new one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, notes, orioles, reds, rumors

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Angels’ Garrett Richards shuts out Red Sox | MLB.com

If Richards is back to where he was last year, Houston may be in trouble.

“I think that one of the best-kept secrets is really how our rotation’s doing,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Our rotation has given us a chance to win the lion’s share of starts we’ve had this year. The last couple of games are indicative of the way they threw in the first half.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Friday, July 17, 2015

Angels are in good spot going into second half but have things to fix - LA Times

It’s a long season.

“There are a lot of professional people in here who have been through a lot, who know what it takes, and who know not to get too low or to press and be upset if we’re behind,” Iannetta said.

“I think we believed and knew the whole time that we were a good team. Guys are starting to play more like themselves, and as a result, we’ve scored a lot of runs lately. We’ll see how it all plays out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fraley: How Angels became team to beat for Rangers entering second half | Dallas Morning News

Big midseason series.

The Rangers start the second half with a demanding nine-game trip.

They begin with three games against Houston. The Astros led the American League West for 88 days in the first half.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rangers

Monday, July 13, 2015

Catching up with former Orioles second baseman Bobby Grich - Baltimore Sun

A nice article on one of the most under-appreciated players in baseball history.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bobby grich, orioles

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Minor role changes on staff won’t alter much | angels.com

Who is in charge of throwing all the organization’s computers into the dumpster and moving all the nerds back into their moms’ basements?

Rico Brogna, previously labeled a “player information coach,” used to be the liaison between the front office and coaching staff when it came to scouting information. Now Brogna is helping out in the pro-scouting department and is no longer traveling with the team.

Scioscia said pitching coach Mike Butcher will handle the reports on the pitching side, with the three hitting coaches—Don Baylor, Dave Hansen and Paul Sorrento—handling it on the offensive side. Infield coach Alfredo Griffin and outfield coach Dino Ebel would take care of the defensive reports.

Jeremy Zoll (scouting coordinator) and Jonathan Strangio (manager of Major League operations) will continue to compile data, but Zoll isn’t handling replay reviews for the time being.

Senior video coordinator Diego Lopez is in charge of monitoring the live feed to determine which calls get challenged by Scioscia, with batting-practice pitcher Mike Ashman relaying the information to Ebel in-game. Scioscia said he anticipates Zoll continuing to handle replay reviews after the All-Star break, but his role is still up in the air.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Angels tried convincing Red Sox to help them trade for Josh Reddick

“C’mon, just helps us. All the cool kids are doing it.”

e Angels could use another bat, as Matt Joyce hasn’t worked out in their outfield and C.J. Cron isn’t getting it done as the designated hitter. According to MLB’s Alden Gonzalez, they wanted to pry Josh Reddick from their division rivals, the Athletics, but didn’t have the resources to do so. Gonzalez reported that the Angels’ (and then-GM Jerry Dipoto’s) solution was to get the Red Sox involved in a three-way trade to make it happen, but Boston had no interest, and as you know, nothing went down.

It makes all the sense in the world that the Red Sox wouldn’t help the Angels out here, and it has nothing to do with the six games separating them in the wild card standings. What, exactly, were the Angels planning to send the Red Sox in return for Reddick? Their farm system is atrocious, and Reddick is still a highly productive outfielder. Reddick can’t hit lefties, sure, but he’s also batting .288/.346/.463 overall, has one of the strongest arms in the game, and has been worth at least a win defensively in each of the last three seasons according to Baseball Reference’s measures.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, jerry dipoto, josh reddick, red sox, trade rumors

Notes: Rangers will need to get creative to move Choo | FOX Sports

I don’t think he’s representing Kenny’s beliefs but maybe I’m not reading Kenny right. Intangibles are real. They are just really difficult, if not impossible, to quantify.

Some sabermetricians — I’m talking to you, Brian Kenny — dismiss the significance of intangibles, contending they are impossible to quantify and insignificant to winning.

Well, I wish Kenny could have heard Mets manager Terry Collins talk about the lift that David Wright gave his teammates upon meeting them at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Wright had been away from the club while rehabilitating from spinal stenosis in Los Angeles. But he remains the Mets’ biggest star, the face of the organization, and his absence has left the team with more than just a void on the field.

Collins described the mood as “completely different” with Wright in the room, saying the players were laughing more, talking louder. No one would suggest that Wright’s presence is the reason the Mets won two of three from the Dodgers. But these things matter, more than some people think.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, marlin byrd, mets, notes, rangers

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Scioscia Reigns and Dipoto Resigns: What the Heck Is Going on With the Angels? «

Jonah Keri’s take on the mess in Angels front office.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Angels GM Jerry Dipoto tells colleagues he has resigned

Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, so infuriated with his manager, Mike Scioscia, has packed up his bags and may never come back.

Dipoto, whose relationship with Scioscia has been rocky for years, reached a boiling point Monday that had him clearing out his office and telling employees that he was resigning, a high-ranking Angels front-office member told USA TODAY Sports.

The Angels have not confirmed Dipoto’s resignation, which was initially reported by ESPN.com, and Dipoto did not return a message for comment. Angels owner Arte Moreno was in the Angels’ clubhouse after their 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the New York Yankees, but also declined comment.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Jerry Dipoto out, Mike Scioscia has the power for Los Angeles Angels | FOX Sports

Moreno has really boxed himself in on this one. He may as well name Scioscia the GM because it’s pretty clear Dipoto’s replacement has no real power.

The tension between the GM and manager dissipated when the Angels won 98 games last season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. But as I wrote Monday, meetings on Friday and Sunday—the first between Dipoto, Scioscia and his coaches; the second also involving the players—sparked fresh discord.

Dipoto, unhappy that the coaches were not willing or able to convey scouting information provided by the front office, told the players that they now would be given the information directly.

The fallout was such that by Tuesday night, Dipoto had packed his office and left Angels Stadium.

The next Angels’ GM will face the same issues with Scioscia. Moreno’s inability to unite those under him will remain a problem. The perception now, accurate or not, will be that Moreno sided with his manager, undercutting whoever replaces Dipoto before he even starts. Moreno also acts frequently on his own—as evidenced by the free-agent signings of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton—further diminishing his GM’s influence.

Name Scioscia the GM? No, the Angels can’t do that. But most managers, particularly the more recent hires, understand that they must accept and implement data-driven input from the front office.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 01:04 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

Source: Dipoto could step down as Angels GM | angels.com

On Monday, a FOXSports.com report stated that “emotions simmered” amid a series of meetings revolving around the front office’s belief that the coaching staff was doing an inadequate job of relaying scouting information to players. In those meetings, occurring this past weekend, at least one coach “responded heatedly” to Dipoto and Pujols issued “a pointed rebuttal” to the fourth-year GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Don’t ever make closer Huston Street pitch earlier than the ninth inning

I’ll do whatever it takes to win….except pitching the eighth inning.

Traditionally, the best reliever in a team’s bullpen gets designated the closer. In recent years, though, there’s been an argument that using your best reliever in high-leverage situations is more valuable than saving your closer for a save opportunity that may never materialize.

Huston Street is not a fan of that thinking, according to David Alder of MLB.com.

“I’ll retire if that ever happens,” Street said. “If they ever tell me, ‘Oh, we’re gonna start using you in these high-leverage situations.’ … All right, good. You now can go find someone else to do that, because I’m going home.”

Street is referring to using closers in the earlier innings if the game dictates that situation. For example, if your team is leading by one run in the seventh inning, but the opponent has men on second and third with one out, you probably want your best reliever on the mound. That’s often the closer.

Few managers do this, however, and will bring in an inferior option even though the game is on the lin. Let’s say that player gives up both runs and your team loses by one. Now, you’ve lost a tight game and your best reliever (again, probably the closer) never got a chance to pitch. He was saved for a moment that never existed.

Street understands that, but he’s still not a fan.

“People talk about how the game is decided right now mostly in the sixth and the seventh, sometimes the eighth. I think if you were to start using the closer in those types of innings, 25 years from now you’d start noticing most games are decided in the eighth and ninth,” Street said.
We’re not so sure about that last part, but Street clearly gets the concept.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, closers, huston street, mentality, roles, the will to win

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tensions return between Angels’ front office, manager Scioscia

Angels certainly in the running for “Most Dysfunctional Executive Team of the Year.”

Emotions simmered in a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players, sources said. At least one coach responded heatedly to Dipoto and first baseman Albert Pujols issued a pointed rebuttal to his GM, sources said.

The intervention of Dipoto in such a forceful manner is uncommon even in an era when GMs are exerting more authority over in-game strategy. It also comes at a time when Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in baseball, could choose to make the current season his final one with the Angels.

Scioscia, 56, signed a 10-year extension with the team through 2018 in January 2009. The contract, however, gives him the right to opt out after 2015 and forfeit the $18 million that he is owed over his final three seasons.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2015 at 11:34 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pitcher Chris Ellis having breakthrough season in Angels’ minor league system - The Orange County Register

A discussion of some of the Angels prospects, including something positive about Kaleb Cowart.

Servais also said the organization is pleased with the progress shown by former No.1 prospect Kaleb Cowart. Cowart, whose career stalled with two bad years at Double-A, started this season at Class-A, but the third baseman went up to Triple-A when Kyle Kubitza was promoted to the majors. Cowart hit .279 with a .941 OPS in his first 14 games at Triple-A.

Servais said the Angels stopped trying so many mechanical adjustments with Cowart and basically left him alone.

“He’s a good player,” Servais said. “We just let him go. ... He’s made some adjustments. He’s doing a little better controlling the strike zone, getting good pitches to hit. Let’s cross our fingers he keeps it going.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, prospects

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Angels’ rookie league team is holding a “Caucasian Heritage Night”

The real outrage should be the spelling of their team name.

This is a thing happening in minor league baseball in the year 2015. I screencapped it because I predict it will be canceled by the end of the day, but as of right now, this is still a promotion on the Orem Owlz’ schedule:...

I suspect that this is born out of a benign yet ignorant impulse. Someone said “you know, it’d be way cheaper for us to combine Italian Heritage Night and Irish Heritage Night and [insert predominantly European country] Heritage Night into just one night.” But by calling it “Caucasian Heritage Night” you sort of change the entire tenor of the thing, ya know? Because there are some seriously different connotations involved once you go with that — which basically mans “white” — over any specific nationality.

But please spare me your “hey, they have Latino Heritage Night” and “Black Heritage Night” and all of that rebop. The idea behind those sorts of things are to correct an imbalance in cultural celebration and appreciation. When you’re part of the majority — especially if you are a historically hegemonic majority — you don’t get special celebrations and things like this. That’s sort of the entire point.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wilson leaves it all on field in draining day | angels.com

It didn’t impact his pitching.

All while still recovering from an intense morning of HBO binge-watching.

“I watched the last episode of ‘Game Of Thrones’ today and I was really drained,” Wilson said. “It was very up and down. I was very worried it wasn’t going to turn out well for Daenerys Targaryen. My wife and I are big fans of her. Part of my routine is to spend time with the wife and the dogs. Usually it relaxes me, but today it was like, ‘Oh man.’”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, c.j. wilson

Monday, June 08, 2015

Angels, scouts rave about suddenly ‘great’ Yankees | New York Post

The whole league is a jumble this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, yankees

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