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Sunday, May 09, 2021

Dave Roberts baffled by Angels’ blowout bunt attempt, but play helps Dodgers snap losing skid in wild game

To set the scene: the Angels were down by 13 in the fifth inning when right fielder Taylor Ward came to the plate with a runner on first and one out in the frame. Ward push-bunted the first pitch he saw to the right side of the infield. First baseman Max Muncy, the only fielder located on that side because of the overshift, corralled the ball easily and threw to second base for the force out. The Dodgers, for their part, were less-than-amused by Ward’s attempt at beating the shift.

As SB Nation’s Eric Stephen pointed out, Kershaw could be seen on the television broadcast motioning to the scoreboard while telling his dugout “That’s so stupid.” The broadcast then cut to Roberts, who also appeared to disagree with the bunt call, albeit in terms that were harder to make out through lip reading. Roberts later confirmed as much in his post-game presser, saying, “It’s just not a good baseball play, any way you slice it,” again according to Stephen.

Obviously Ward’s bunt didn’t do the Angels much good—he would be stranded at first base after the next batter, Jose Rojas, popped out to shortstop—but it’s rare to see an opponent so animated over what they deem to be a suboptimal tactical decision. If anything, the Dodgers should’ve been thrilled that Ward made a quick, easy out that kept the blowout moving.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2021 at 09:56 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Ohtani wins for Angels in 2-way start like none since Ruth

After giving up four runs while throwing 28 pitches in the first inning — when he walked two, hit another batter and threw a wild pitch — Ohtani got the Angels even at 4-4 in the top of the second when he had a two-run double and then scored on a single by Mike Trout, who had four hits in his return to the lineup.
...
The Japanese right-hander retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced in five innings, with all of his strikeouts in that span. It was his first big league win since 2018, before Tommy John surgery that kept him off the mound for all of 2019 and most of last season.

Shohei Brotani (formerly LA Hombre) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 05:14 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, babe ruth, shohei ohtani

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Angels star Shohei Ohtani throws wild 100 mph pitch, drills home run in historic start

If there was any doubt before, it should be long gone now.

Shohei Ohtani is a true two-way star in Major League Baseball — and he didn’t waste any time proving it on Sunday night.

Ohtani, in a historic outing for the Los Angeles Angels, delivered a 101 mph fastball in their opening inning against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim. Then, later that very same inning, Ohtani drilled a deep home run on the first pitch at the plate to put the Angels up 1-0 almost instantly.

The ball, which came off the bat at more than 115 mph, traveled more than 450 feet from the plate.


Ohtani’s night was already historic before the homer. The 26-year-old is the first Angels pitcher to ever hit for himself in a game while the designated hitter rule was in play in the organization’s history, and just the third pitcher to do so across Major League Baseball in the past 45 years, according to The Associated Press. He’s also just the first pitcher to bat second in the lineup since 1903.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2021 at 09:45 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Los Angeles Angels reliever Ty Buttrey, 28, announces he’s leaving baseball

Los Angeles Angels reliever Ty Buttrey is walking away from baseball, saying he has lost his affection for the game.

“I just wanted to prove everyone wrong,” he posted on social media Saturday. “As time went on baseball became more of a business and less of a game. I couldn’t help but notice my love and passion for this game started to diminish. I always thought baseball was a cool job. I also knew that same job paid extremely well. What young kid doesn’t want a cool job that pays well?”

The right-hander was one of the key pieces of the Angels’ bullpen over the past three seasons, but he struggled with control problems during spring training and was optioned to the team’s alternate training site.

His 115 appearances from 2018-20 were fourth on the team among pitchers, and he was 8-11 with a 4.30 ERA.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2021 at 09:21 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, ty buttrey

Friday, April 02, 2021

Los Angeles Angels, David Fletcher agree to five-year, $26 million extension

The Los Angeles Angels and second baseman David Fletcher have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $26 million, the team announced hours before its season opener on Thursday.

Fletcher’s deal includes two club options, giving the Angels an opportunity to buy out as many as three free-agent years. Angels general manager Perry Minasian said extending Fletcher was “a priority for us all spring training,” but the two sides set a deadline of Opening Day.

“It went down to the deadline, but we were able to get this thing done,” Minasian said. “We’re pumped.”

Fletcher, 26, has batted .292/.346/.386 with 77 extra-base hits in 283 games from 2018 to 2020, producing 6.7 FanGraphs wins above replacement. He’s listed at only 5-foot-9 and doesn’t hit for much power. But the Angels value his ability to consistently put the ball in play—Fletcher has struck out only 123 times in 1,190 career plate appearances—and provide above-average defense at three infield positions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2021 at 09:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, david fletcher

Friday, March 12, 2021

Matt Vasgersian to become lead voice of Angels’ TV broadcasts

Fox Sports West announced on Thursday that Vasgersian will replace Victor Rojas, who left last year to become president of the Triple-A Frisco Roughriders.

Vasgersian will work alongside Mark Gubicza and Jose Mota, who has been promoted from the pre- and post-game shows to form a three-man booth.

Vasgersian will continue in his role with ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and with MLB Network, with Daron Sutton filling in with the Angels when Vasgersian is away.

Although his two other jobs will keep him busy, Vasgersian was eager to add a third. It had been 13 years since he worked for a team, in 2008 finishing a seven-year stint with the Padres that followed a five-year run with the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 12, 2021 at 10:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Angels acquire Dexter Fowler & cash considerations from St. Louis

The Angels today acquired OF Dexter Fowler and cash considerations from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. 

Fowler, 34, is a veteran of 13 Major League seasons and has compiled 253 doubles, 82 triples (leads all active players), 127 home runs, 516 RBI and 148 stolen bases across 1,453 games for the Rockies (2008-13), Astros (2014), Cubs (2015-16) and Cardinals (2017-20). He was voted as the starting center fielder for the N.L. All-Star team in 2016, when he also helped lead the Cubs to a World Series championship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2021 at 11:00 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, dexter fowler

Monday, February 01, 2021

Halos in talks with O’s for RHP Cobb

The Angels are in talks to trade for veteran Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb, sources told MLB.com on Monday, but there’s “a lot left that needs to happen” before a deal gets completed.

A report earlier Monday from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal and The Athletic’s Dan Connolly suggested the teams had a trade in place. The teams haven’t confirmed a deal.

Cobb would add more rotation depth for the Angels, who already have Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney, José Quintana, Griffin Canning, Jaime Barria and Shohei Ohtani as starting pitching options entering the 2021 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2021 at 11:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, angels, orioles

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Angels aren’t in on Trevor Bauer but still expect to beef up starting rotation

But he’s not a great fit in Anaheim, according to people with knowledge of the Angels’ thinking, even if the team were to offer him the record-setting annual value (greater than $36 million) he reportedly seeks.

Finances are a factor. The Angels’ payroll in relation to the luxury tax stood at $186.5 million after last week’s addition of starter José Quintana. It is unclear how close owner Arte Moreno is willing to get to the luxury-tax threshold of $210 million but he has never spent more than the $194 million he committed to the 2020 opening-day roster.

Another disconnect between Bauer and the Angels is the coaching staff. Bauer previously worked with current Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway while in Cleveland from 2013 to 2017. They did not get along. Bauer has long taken a progressive approach to pitching; he was an early adopter of such techniques as throwing weighted balls, long-tossing and utilizing cameras to improve pitches. Callaway’s style is different. He uses analytics in game planning and instruction but doesn’t overemphasize them. Last year, he said he prefers to use them “to make a little nudge.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 31, 2021 at 02:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, trevor bauer

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Jose Quintana, Los Angeles Angels agree to 1-year deal, source says

The Los Angeles Angels, desperate to add starting pitching, agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with veteran left-hander Jose Quintana on Tuesday, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Quintana, who previously pitched under current Angels manager Joe Maddon while with the Chicago Cubs, was limited to only 10 innings in 2020 largely because of thumb surgery. Prior to that, the 31-year-old averaged 32 starts from 2013 to 2019, putting together a 3.72 ERA with a 3.23 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Quintana joins a rotation that includes Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy, Griffin Canning and potentially Shohei Ohtani, slotting in somewhere near the top.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 20, 2021 at 08:35 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jose quintana

Friday, January 15, 2021

Angels agree to terms with free-agent veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki, per report

The Angels have agreed to terms with free-agent veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki on a one-year contract worth $1.5 million, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Suzuki, 37, has spent the last two seasons with the Nationals, and he was a significant contributor during their 2019 championship run. Over the last three seasons, Suzuki has batted .268/.332/.453 (105 OPS+) with 31 home runs in 223 games. In the abbreviated 2020 season, Suzuki had a 99 OPS+ in 33 games for Washington. Across his long 14-year career, Suzuki has an OPS+ of 92 with 133 home runs and one All-Star appearance. With the Angels, Suzuki is likely to split time behind the plate with Max Stassi.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 15, 2021 at 01:52 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, kurt suzuki

Monday, December 07, 2020

Cincinnati Reds trade closer Raisel Iglesias to Los Angeles Angels for Noé Ramirez

Looking to shed payroll, the Cincinnati Reds traded closer Raisel Iglesias to the Los Angeles for relief pitcher Noé Ramirez and a player to be named later on Monday.

Iglesias, who is owed $9.125 million next season, converted eight of his 10 save opportunities and finished the season with a 2.74 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 23 innings. He was dominant at the end of the season, yielding one earned run in his last 16 innings.

Ramirez, who will turn 31 on Dec. 22, had a 3.00 ERA across 21 appearances last season. The right-handed reliever struck out 14 and walked nine in 21 innings.

The trade was just another sign that the Reds are in cost-cutting mode this offseason and were looking to dump salary. They already released Archie Bradley, Brian Goodwin and Curt Casali at last week’s MLB tender deadline, reducing their payroll by about $20 million when combining all the moves.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2020 at 01:08 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, raisel iglesias, reds

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Orioles trade veteran infielder José Iglesias to Los Angeles Angels, report says

A month after Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias called José Iglesias a “perfect fit” for the team while picking up his player option for the 2021 season, the veteran infielder was dealt to the Los Angeles Angels, according to The Athletic.

Iglesias, who was owed $3.5 million and was the most consistent player on the 2020 Orioles, becomes the second player the Orioles have dealt to the Angels in the past year after the early-December trade of right-hander Dylan Bundy a year ago.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2020 at 07:51 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jose iglesias, orioles

Thursday, January 19, 2012

SBNation: Bois: The Bob Famine

In baseball, the name “Bob” has gone from extremely common to a marginal curiosity and nexus of confusion.

There was one active MLB Bob last year, Bobby Abreu, whose given name is “Bob” but goes by “Bobby”. In 2010 there were two - Abreu, and Bob Howry, whose given name is “Bobby” but goes by “Bob”. In 2009 we also had Bob McCrory.

In the future, will “Bob” be as unheard-of for baseball players as “Dick”? Can Bob Stumpo restore glory to this appellation?

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 19, 2012 at 03:22 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, baseball geeks, online

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Monday, January 09, 2012

Angels Hoping They Can Get Mike Napoli Back Now That They Have Albert Pujols And C.J. Wilson To Trad

TFA:

ANAHEIM, CA—After spending $330 million on big-time free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels officials said Monday they now feel they have the pieces in place to make a trade for former Angels catcher Mike Napoli. “At first we thought we could make a run at Mike by offering a player-for-player trade, but we ultimately realized the Rangers would probably want more than just C.J. Wilson,” said general manager Jerry Dipoto, adding that getting back the lifetime .264 hitter is the team’s top priority. “So we signed Albert Pujols. And if the Rangers aren’t willing to accept both of those guys, which I completely understand, we’ve already inked a $140 million contract with Prince Fielder.” Dipoto said that when he presented the deal to Nolan Ryan, the Rangers president was speechless, prompting Dipoto to throw in every single Angels draft pick through 2034.

alec Posted: January 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Murray Chass: NO TWO SIDES TO AN MLB.COM SELIG STORY and MORRIS UNLIKELY TO MAKE IT

Murray Sez… have a Bud and a Jack chaser

When I left The New York Times in 2008 after having written for the newspaper for 39 years, the first offer I received to continue writing came from a high-ranking Major League Baseball official who was in position to offer me a job as a columnist with MLB.com. My initial reaction was to say no, but some people urged me to reconsider and at least talk about and consider that possibility.

Accepting that offer would have turned out to be more economically lucrative than what I have done with this Web site the past three and a half years. But money isn’t everything. Writing for MLB.com just didn’t seem like the right thing to do.

How could I have gone to work for the organization I had spent my professional life covering? Wouldn’t I be compromising my professional ethics by accepting a salary from people I would be in position to criticize and question if necessary? ...

To be sure, MLB.com serves a purpose, even for baseball writers, for whom it can serve as a 30-team research site in one location and a source of comprehensive statistics that are not mingled with WAR and VORP and all of those other metrics, as their advocates like to call them.

But then there are the self-congratulatory articles that can induce nausea. I guess we don’t have to read them, but they are there as propaganda for fans to see and be taken in by. Yes, baseball propaganda. I had never thought about it before this moment, but that’s what it is. ...

And maybe someday, perhaps when he retires, whenever that is, Selig will be big enough to allow an MLB.com columnist to write the truth about collusion and his role in the labor wars.

By the way, this column was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Based on e-mail I have received from critics of Morris and me, the Hall of Fame should take the vote away from baseball writers and simply establish statistical guidelines for players’ election. The players over the line make it, those under don’t.

Such a system would eliminate what is perhaps the greatest debate in sports, but that wouldn’t bother the stats zealots. Their numbers tell them who should be in the Hall of Fame, and the writers would be wrong if they disagreed.

That system would also eliminate the aspect of the voting that they hate most. Their opinion doesn’t mean beans. The writers’ opinion means everything.

bobm Posted: January 08, 2012 at 05:08 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hall of fame, media, online, orioles, reds, tigers

DiGiovanna/LA Times Blog: Angels Secure Kendrick with Four-Year Deal

With the new deal, which is believed to be worth $33.5 million, the Angels will avoid Kendrick’s final year of arbitration and buy out his first three years of free agency.

I know Kendrick loses some value with his low walk rate, but a 125 OPS+ for a middle infielder sure seems like it should cost more than $8.5 million per year.  Seems like a team friendly deal for his age 28-31 seasons - getting out from under him before the weird 2nd baseman/age 32 curse strikes.

JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: January 08, 2012 at 04:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Halo’s Heaven: Moneyblog

Billy Beane should have never written this comic strip.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:37 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, online

Monday, December 19, 2011

HBT: Pujols’ contract carries $10M in milestone incentives

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Pujols will get an additional $3 million from the Halos if he reaches 3,000 hits and $7 million if he manages to top Barry Bonds’ record of 762 career home runs.

Pujols will begin his tenure in Anaheim with 2,073 career hits and 445 home runs. If the 31-year-old is able to maintain the kind of offensive pace he produced in 11 years with St. Louis, he should reach 3,000 hits within the next five or six seasons. The home run record is more of a stretch, but it might be attainable if Pujols mashes for all 10 years of the contract. He’d need to average 31.7 dingers per season through 2021.

still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: December 19, 2011 at 04:14 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Perry: Why I’m Not Mad at Pujols

Dayn’s first piece for Pitchers Hit Eighth.

This is a story without a villain:

I’m not angry at Albert Pujols. How can I be after all this? He’s provided us with too many impossible moments to chronicle and ferried us to a pair of championships. The past is unchanged, as some philosopher said at some point, probably in the original French.

...We’ll never, ever know the full complement of motivations that led him to do this. Pujols might want a new challenge after winning it all and seeing the only manager he’s ever known retire. He might believe the Angels provide him with a better opportunity to win than the Cardinals do (although there’s a self-fulfilling element to that prophecy). It could be layers of reasons. The weather. The chance to ease into the DH role in five years or so. Maybe his favorite cousin lives in Mission Viejo. He enjoys fresh, roadside citrus. Whatever. Even the most enterprising reporters aren’t privy to his thoughts.

...Most of all, to read into L’Affaire Pujols the basest of impulses is to pretend you know things you simply don’t. You’ll never know his innermost workings, the exact tenor of negotiations, or his true reasons for making this choice. Never. It makes for a tidy narrative to color him as a bad actor in all of this, but one could just as easily say the organization, after enjoying a decade-plus of Pujols for pennies on the dollar, is the disloyal party, the one who’s most transparently “about the money.” I choose not to make either case, mostly because a negotiation isn’t a morality tale.

And with that, I am sufficiently purged. I’m also ready for actual baseball.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2011 at 05:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, history

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Clark Booth: The Angels’ Artie Moreno finishes first in ‘Dumb Owner of the Year’ balloting’

To this day…I can’t believe Siegel and Shuster never tried to sue Clark Booth.

Interestingly, Arte Moreno, owner of the Angels, had vied for both Werth and Crawford and was reportedly intensely distressed when he failed to land either, especially Crawford. In recent years, Moreno had also been unsuccessful in his efforts to retain John Lackey and Francisco Rodriguez or acquire the likes of Manny Ramirez, Adrian Beltre, Mark Teixeira, C.C Sabathia, and even that ultimate bogus trophy of baseball’s financial wars, the mighty A-Rod himself, who with six years left on his ridiculous pact is already being spoken of in the past tense and not so tenderly, either.?

Every one of these alleged “prizes” is tainted to some degree. It’s not surprising because when you sign a free-agent plum you’re invariably paying for what they’ve already done, not what they might yet do. Maybe Beltre will prove worthy over the length of his deal, but only maybe. Sabathia is a true horse but there’s legitimate doubt he’ll hold up physically. You may still like Teixeira, but after only three years in New York no team would take his contract for the next five seasons off the Yankees’ hands. Werth is a looming disgrace for the Nationals. In his first year of a $126 million deal he gave them a .232 batting average with 58 ribbies and a sour disposition. He’s lucky to be in Washington where he can blend into the woodwork.

It’s simply astounding that none of this intelligence, available even to moronic fans in the daily newspapers, ever reaches guys like Moreno. A self-made multi-millionaire who rose up the industrial ranks out of nothing, Moreno presumably possesses deep business acumen. But these guys stash their wisdom in cold storage when Albert Pujols comes to town flexing his muscles. Maybe they just fall in love too easily.

Repoz Posted: December 15, 2011 at 02:23 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, history

Bryant: Albert Pujols Deal: Sign of MLB Strength

And so the Year of Labor is reaching its conclusion with an exclamation point. Through his heavy-handed machinations, Stern is tacitly acknowledging that his league is not strong enough to survive without continuing to try to curb the freedoms and break the will of its players. Meanwhile, in something of an upset, baseball is proving once more that it is still the best, most democratic sport in the country—simply by realizing there is no reason to continue a fight both sides have already won.

History has proved that baseball gets it right, after all. The sport doesn’t have a salary cap, yet over the past 12 seasons, nine different teams have won the World Series, the only repeat champions being the Yankees in 2000 and ‘09, the Red Sox in 2004 and ‘07, and the Cardinals in 2006 and (try not to cringe, Rangers fans) ‘11. Even the Milwaukee Brewers have made the playoffs twice in the past four years.

Makes me wonder what Robert F. Burk would write if he ever continued his excellent series on baseball labor relations.

Dan Evensen Posted: December 15, 2011 at 05:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What Lou Brock Will Tell Pujols

When the good Lord opens the sky and rain of disdain falls about ye…make sure you got a freakin’ Brockabrella handy!

Brock is planning on meeting with Pujols soon.  I asked him what he plans to say to the newest Angel.

“The first thing I would say is: ‘Relax,’” Brock said.  “Take a break from all of this.  And most of all, do not let your good deeds here in St. Louis be spoken of as evil because you went to Anaheim.”

...About a week before the Winter Meetings, Brock visited with Pujols.  He noticed that Pujols became somewhat uncomfortable when people around them would bring up the future.

“Albert, in his mind, was coming back to St. Louis,” Brock said.  “(But) every time somebody around us would mention that…he would just smile.  It was an indication that ‘I don’t want to talk about it – my body language may say one thing, but I’m really thinking another.’” “But it actually was to stay in St. Louis,” Brock insisted.

How many years of baseball does Pujols realistically have left in him?

“I think Albert is on the mountaintop,” Brock said.  “How long can he sustain being at the top of his game?  I would say he has a good six or seven years left.

“The decline can start — and will start — on the other side of the mountain,” Brock notes, “but you’re talking about six or seven years away.  That’s a long time.”

Repoz Posted: December 14, 2011 at 04:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

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