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  1. 17 points
    PattyD22

    Empty stadium baseball

    Like a WNBA game
  2. 15 points
    Taylor

    It's starting to sink in

    I have a feeling that this year is going to cause us to be more appreciative of the things we take for granted.
  3. 13 points
    mulwin444

    "Turning Points" part 1

    So, I was planning on a bigger piece to kind of encompass everything until 2020 but, with recent suspension of all baseball related activities, I thought this would give something else to discuss...so here's part 1: I always find it fascinating to look back into decisions made by the Angels franchise that essentially define its nature, both within the fan base and from the outsider's perspective. With the franchise closing in on 60 years, we are now starting to get dividing lines in regards to specific eras of its history that take us from the expansionist beginning, the surprise success of '62, the Fregosi-led teams of the mid-to-late 60's and the fight for team identity and relevance, the trade before the '72 season that brought them Nolan Ryan, "Tanana and Ryan and two days of cryin'", the death of Lyman Bostock, "Yes We Can!" in 1979,, Buzzie Bavasi thinking Ryan was just a .500 pitcher, the veteran-led playoff team of '82, the disastrous game 5 of the 1986 ALCS... Lots to review and breakdown but I was more curious as to the turning points, both positive and negative, that have occurred since Arte Moreno's purchase of the franchise in 2003. With the Angels coming off a World Championship in 2002, and the sale of the franchise note announced until May 15, 2003, Arte didn't really get a chance to make his mark until the off-season. 2004 Spending Spree: Fresh off a disappointing 2003 season, Arte opened up the check book and immediately turned the franchise fortunes around by signing Kelvim Escobar, Jose Guillen, Bartolo Colon, and, to the surprise of literally everyone, generational talent Vladimir Guerrero. This was a significant change from the Jackie Autry and Disney ownerships of the past decade that envisioned the Angels as more of a small-to-mid market franchise and spent accordingly. By contrast, Arte brought in legitimate talent in their prime (Escobar at 28, Guillen at 28, and Guerrero at 29) and got himself a top of the rotation starter in Colon. This season set the tone for the Angels going forward as it announced their intention of being perennial contender for the AL West. Troy Glaus' Departure: After two injury-plagued seasons in 2003 and 2004, Troy Glaus was not pursued by the Angels as a free agent option at 3B. Dallas McPherson tore through AA Arkansas and AAA Salt Lake to the tune of .317 .387 1.057 OPS and was viewed as the heir apparent and, ironically, a supposed answer to the inconsistency at 3B due to Glaus' DL visits. However, chronic back issues derailed McPherson's career to the point of back surgery and he never reached his potential. As a result, the Angels attempted to fill in the gap with Chone Figgins, Maicer Izturis, Robb Quinlan, Edgardo Alfonzo, Shane Halter and Shea Hillenbrand before finally settling on Chone as the permanent starter for the 2009, a year before his departure in free agency. After that, it was still a mixed bag of fill-ins and disappointments with Alberto Callaspo, Brandon Wood, Kevin Frandsen, Luis Jimenez, David Freese, Yunel Escobar, Luis Valbuena, Taylor Ward and Zach Cozart. Alternatively, Glaus went on to play 6 more seasons (almost all of 2009 was lost to injury) with Arizona, Toronto, St Louis, and Atlanta while putting up a 15.4 WAR between 2005 - 2008. Bill Stoneman Continues to Build Team through Free Agency: More representative of an era than a specific date or offseason, Bill Stoneman defined his time as Angels GM as an executive who sought Free Agents to fill in the talent gaps as opposed to trading away his prospect currency. At the time, there was a lot of evidence to support this approach as the 2002 team, and subsequent playoff teams of the mid-to-late 2000's, were built on a combination of farm talent and free agent signings. 2004 was Molina, Erstad, Anderson, Salmon, Glaus, Lackey, Washburn, Percival, Shields and KRod mixed with the previously mentioned haul in free agency. 2005 saw more of the same as they brought in Steve Finley, Paul Byrd, Orlando Cabrera, and Esteban Yan, 2006 had Hector Carrasco and J.C. Romero, and 2007 saw Gary Matthews Jr, Darren Oliver, Justin Speier before Stoneman stepped down in 10/2007. By leaning heavily on Free Agency, Stoneman was able to supplement the existing roster but ultimately at the expense of the upcoming drafts. So, in 2004, the Angels were able to score big when Jered Weaver fell to them at the 10th due to sign-ability concerns they lost their 2nd and 3rd round pick due to signing Colon and Escobar. Additionally, in 2005, they lost their 1st round pick due to signing OCab (got a late 1st round supplemental pick for losing Percival, chose Trevor Bell) , lost 2006 2nd round pick for Carrasco signing, lost 2007 1st and 2nd round picks due to Matthews and Speier signings (got a late supplemental 1st rounder due to losing Kennedy, chose Jon Bachanov), and lost 2008 1st round pick due to Hunter. So, between 2005 - 2008, they only picked three times in the late 1st round. This was a gamble because it was absolutely depending on the next wave of talent coming after 2004 to become at least major league regulars and, honestly, it was a mixed bag. For every success (Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Kendrys Morales, Howie Kendrick, Jered Weaver, Erick Aybar, Mike Napoli) there was a missed opportunities (McPherson, Casey Kotchman, Jeff Mathis, Chris Bootcheck, Brandon Wood, Sean Rodriguez, Kevin Jepsen, Trevor Bell) and, by the time 2010 rolled around, the farm was in a sorry state. The Mark Teixeira Trade and the 2009 draft In 2007, after the Angels had just finished another season which ended in an AL West crown, their third in the past four seasons, and another playoff loss to the eventual World Champion Red Sox, newly promoted GM Tony Reagins attempted to address their rather average offense by signing Torii Hunter to pair with Vlad Guerrero in the middle of the order. By mid-season, though, despite being 26 games over .500, the starting pitching and bullpen was once again doing the heavy lifting that season. Casey Kotchman was one of those offensive players that was struggling to find his form with a rather tepid .287 .327 .774 OPS. While not terrible, it was certainly under what is traditionally expected of a 1B and well under the .296 .372 .840 OPS he posted the season before. At the trade deadline, Reagins made his move and brought in 1B slugger Mark Teixeira, a legit switch-hitting middle-of-the-order presence to bat in front of Vlad and Torii. Now, if this felt like an odd occurrence in regards to recent Angels’ history, it’s only because, under Stoneman, a mid-season acquisition usually resembled Alex Ochoa. Despite the shot in the arm, he gave to the offense (.358 .449 1.081 OPS 181 OPS+ 3.7 WAR), Teixeira was definite risk to be lost to free agency once the season was over and, after the season, the Angels might again be looking for a new 1B. Well, the “worst case scenario” came to pass: Teixeira signed with Yankees, giving Arte a case of the “sads”, but, luckily for him, the Angels front office signed a stud Cuban player named Kendry(s) Morales a few seasons prior and all he did was put up .306 .355 .924 OPS 139 OPS+ 4.3 WAR to help lead them to the 2009 AL West. On top of that, Scouting Director Eddie Bane leveraged the draft picks (1st rounder and a supplemental 1st rounder) from losing Teixeira to draft Mike Trout…yes, THE Mike Trout and Tyler Skaggs. Additionally, Bane proceeded to draft Randall Grichuk, Garrett Richards, and Patrick Corbin as well for a ridiculous 1st/2nd round haul. Despite is previous neglect, the Angels’ farm system got a much needed shot in the arm. The Death of Nick Adenhart: The morning of April 9th, 2009 was surreal. A post on this message board announced what had happened but the words didn't make sense...it just didn't seem possible and there was no way to really conceptualize it. I remember refreshing the website over and over again as the news changed from uncertainty to disbelief to stunning realization. Even over a decade later, just typing the words brings a familiar ache as well as memories of Jered Weaver’s tributes during and after that season, including naming his son after him. Obviously, a baseball game seems trivial in comparison to life and death but baseball was not going to stop to let the Angels mourn. After one suspended game, the Angels were back on the field to deal with tragedy both individually and collectively. They could have folded under the weight of those events but they persevered, using what they could to inspire them to an AL West title, past their playoff nemesis, the Red Sox, only to come up just short against the Yankees in the ALCS. Whether or not Adenhart would have been a factor in that series is a question but what we do know is, despite a late season acquisition of Scott Kazmir, the Angels didn’t have the arms to compete against the playoff tested Yankees. Going forward, it also meant the Angels were down one starting pitcher they were counting on to make a contribution for 2010 and beyond and eventually led to both signing Joel Pinera and trading for Dan Haren. Just 2010…All of it Where to begin…so the Angels lost the 2009 ALCS to the Yankees and went into the offseason knowing that Vlad Guerrero, John Lackey and Chone Figgins, keys to their recent playoff runs, were likely gone and they were really counting on guys like Kendrys Morales, Bobby Abreu, Juan Rivera, Mike Napoli and Torii Hunter to continue to provide the extra base power, starters like Scott Kazmir and Joe Saunders to stabilize the rotation behind Weaver and Santana, and for players like Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar, Kevin Jepsen, and Brandon Wood to continue to develop. That, for the most part, didn’t happen. Bobby Abreu was feeling all 36 years of age putting up a .255 .352 .787 OPS 1.9 WAR, Juan Rivera saw his production drop to .252 .312 .721 OPS -0.2 WAR, but at least Torii Hunter was solid, despite his penchant for getting thrown out trying to steal. Lots of struggling…but the gut-punch was Kendrys Morales’ broken ankle jumping on home plate after a game winning grand slam. Seriously, what the f…?! Hard to remember a time when you went from absolute joy to utter misery within a few minutes. What that meant was, besides the huge bat out of the line-up and Napoli eventually had to move to 1B. As for the younger players, Kendrick finally made it through a whole season where he wasn’t injured or demoted but put up .279 .313 .721 OPS 99 OPS+, Aybar’s offensive numbers fell off a cliff to .253 .306 .636 OPS 77 OPS+, and Brandon Wood, highly touted prospect and supposed future franchise 3B, put up a historically brutal .146 .174 .382 OPS 6 OPS+. As for the pitching, Joel Pinero was signed to bring some depth to the rotation and on the DL by mid-July and didn’t come back until mid-September, when the Angels were already out of it. Additionally, Scott Kazmir, who was being counted on to pick up some of the slack after Lackey departed for Boston, was awful. It was just one mediocre start after another culminating in memorable July start against Oakland which saw him put up a line of: 5.0 IP 11 H 13 ER 3 BB 2 SO 3 HR This prompted a “DL visit” and a search for answers on the Angels’ part. The Angels answer? On 07/25/2010, the Angels sent Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and a PTBNL (Tyler Skaggs) for Dan Haren…Woof. While Dan Haren was a definite high-end starter, that was a lot of starting pitching currency to give up even with the move being made with 2011 in mind. Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the team never got back on track and the team’s struggles set the tone for the 2010 offseason. Part 2...coming soon
  4. 13 points
    eligrba

    Coronavirus Impact

    It looks like the A‘s can still play home games.
  5. 13 points
    fanfromday1

    AngelsWin Corona Virus Poll

    We're living in a very tumultuous time right now. Some people are scared and are panicking. There're wearing protective masks when out in public, and many are hysterically buying supplies off store shelves out of sheer ignorance or panic. I'm older than most on this board and lived through something very similar to this many years ago. It was 1949 and the Polio epidemic was just reaching its peak in Los Angeles. Back then my 17 year old brother caught the disease and was in an 'iron lung' for three months (and spent another three in a hospital bed recovering and re-learning how to breath and swallow on his own). I had a younger brother, 8 months old, who also caught the polio virus, but he didn't survive. Our home was put under mandatory quarantine for two months. Signs were posted on every window and door. The only occupants allowed to leave were my parents. And they were only allowed to leave to go to the hospital to visit my older brother. And even they were escorted to and from. The Diary truck would have to leave our milk & eggs on the front sidewalk, and the 'Helms man' who delivered the bread would have to do the same. Some of the neighbors would often leave cardboard box's of caned goods for us on the sidewalk as well. No one was allowed to approach the front porch or house any closer than the front sidewalk. My sister was 10 and I was 5 and we had to stay inside the house for the whole two months. We couldn't even go into the back yard. We didn't have a TV back then (not many people did), so we had to entertain ourselves. There weren't many programs on the radio for kids back then either. I'm pretty sure that I learned to read by repeatedly reading and memorizing 'Archie', 'Lil Abner', and Donald Duck comic books. I wasn't aware what was happening in the outside world at that time, but my parents later told me it was very similar to what is happening now. There was panic buying and confusion over the facts of how the (polio) virus was being spread. When people are scared they often do stupid things. And when sane people see other people doing stupid things they begin to panic also. My Prayer is that all of you stay safe and don't have to experience what I went through. But I assure you that before this epidemic is over there will be some families that will have gone through a living Hell.
  6. 13 points
    Taylor

    AngelsWin Corona Virus Poll

    My answer to the second question:
  7. 13 points
    nate

    My Ridiculous Trade Idea

    I would trade Maitan for a few gallons of hand sanitizer
  8. 12 points
    PattyD22

    SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

    GA would need a cut off man to throw the brick through the front window.
  9. 12 points
  10. 12 points
    red321

    SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

  11. 12 points
    Jason

    COVID-19 Cancellations

  12. 11 points
    Brandon

    Covid-19 Memes

  13. 11 points
    Vladdylonglegs

    Covid-19 Memes

  14. 11 points
    RallyMo

    SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

    I hate this guy. He's not wrong.
  15. 11 points
    Lou

    Covid-19 Memes

  16. 11 points
    He’s been in a bunker since January. Smart money is on only him and Keith Richards surviving this thing.
  17. 11 points
    In Trump's defense, he is a fucking moron.
  18. 11 points
  19. 10 points
    tdawg87

    Trumped

    They're after me lucky chimichangas
  20. 10 points
    Vegas Halo Fan

    Covid-19 Memes

  21. 10 points
    It’s not even opening day yet. I point this out because it “feels” like baseball has been gone for a long time, and I think a lot of people have already cancelled a good chunk of the season in their minds beyond what we know (mid May). Of course there’s a chance that there is no season, but no one has any idea now. It’s Mar 24.
  22. 10 points
    Adam

    Covid-19 Memes

  23. 10 points
    Taylor

    SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

  24. 10 points
    That’s how dumb this guy is. Most of us just take the phone with us.
  25. 10 points
    Dochalo

    It's starting to sink in

    first I would like to wish the very best to everyone here as well as their friends, families, colleagues etc. this is a unfamiliar and unprecedented time for almost all of us. from the standpoint of actual baseball it really sucks. I not only look forward to seeing the halos battle on almost a nightly basis this time of year but coming here to talk about it. right now, I feel like there is only one thing to talk about in all of society. This place is a sanctuary of sorts. A place to leave a bunch of other stuff behind and I really miss that right now.
  26. 10 points
    Lou

    Coronavirus Impact

  27. 10 points
    floplag

    Be safe and sane out there guys

    We may not always agree on everything around here but i keep coming back as i value the interactions. Take precautions, be safe, do what you gotta do to, but try to share some TP with others and if it comes to it always remember to double tap the zombies.
  28. 10 points
    ettin

    My Ridiculous Trade Idea

    Maitan is worth his weight in cold.
  29. 10 points
    Blarg

    SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

  30. 9 points
    Chuck, this is straight infowars nonsense. Gates himself doesnt create these vaccines, obviously. But just to comment on one that i have read about in the past, reference polio in india. There are different forms of polio vaccines. One has a live version of polio in it... this one is more dangerous, and sometimes leads to paralysis. And our parents were given it here and the rest of the western world.... my grandmother died from it. It was pandemic as coronavirus is. And gates didnt invent it... jonas salk did, decades ago. Gates merely donated funds to create more of the vaccine and give it to the developing world, who needed it. When india stopped using the vaccine, they had an outbreak of polio and spread it to neighboring countries... This is pure antivax bullshit
  31. 9 points
    red321

    Covid-19 Memes

  32. 9 points
  33. 9 points
    Brandon

    Jobs and Economic Impact

    I think he's Mulan
  34. 9 points
    PattyD22

    SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

    Well I plan to treat myself to a few hand sanitizers and cokes this afternoon.
  35. 9 points
    As I was Googling "Jerry DiPoto Roberto Baldoquin" this image of a GQ smooth @Chuckster70 popped up in the 3rd row of the search results. Way to go Chuck!
  36. 9 points
    I thought those were fancy urinals. Well I'll be darn.
  37. 9 points
    Brandon

    Covid-19 Memes

    Day 12 of quarantine
  38. 9 points
    Adam

    SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

  39. 9 points
    Jason

    Covid-19 Memes

  40. 9 points
    Stradling

    Corona Virus Poll, Week 3

    There is a lot to unpack here because my situation is maybe slightly different. What do I miss the most, probably routine. After routine it would be my inability to travel. I was supposed to be in Havasu last weekend, Vegas this weekend, Boston in early May and Hawaii in early June. None of that is likely to happen now. My work situation isn’t any of those things. Work is legitimately hard right now, with long hours and having to over communicate everything. Now I fully understand and appreciate that I am very fortunate to be in the situation that I am, but at the same time, helping keep people calm and motivated is challenging. I probably put in about 70 hours a week the last three weeks. Once again, I am blessed to be overworked, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Then to top it off, I lead 50 managers and assistant managers and 600 associates over 8 locations. I can’t really not have a great attitude every day at work and sometimes having to be that guy is exhausting, even if being positive is in my nature. As for my opinion of how it will happen next, since we are 2 weeks behind Italy, I can only assume that the next two weeks will be worse, then possibly have it level out. What I was talking to my wife about is that work is hard and my two hobbies have been taken away, which are sports and traveling. So when work is usually hard, I have something to look forward to, right now I really don’t. I am also tired to the point of not being able to get the motivation to pick up a new hobby around the house. Also we were supposed to start doing some more work to our back yard, and the thought of throwing $25k at a project right now seems like a horrible idea. Then I start to feel guilty about not doing the project because I know it would really help out the people that are doing the work, because we know people need to work right now. But at the end of the day, there is the big what if. What if this gets much worse and we close for awhile? What if this makes one of my loved ones sick and I could help them financially? All the what ifs that arise in crisis. I have it way better than a lot of people and I feel awful for those who have it worse, but this is a feelings thread and this is how I am feeling. Basically even typing this makes me feel like a total bitch.
  41. 9 points
    Adam

    Jobs and Economic Impact

  42. 9 points
    Jeff Fletcher

    Noah Syndergaard has a torn UCL

    Damn Angels trainers!
  43. 9 points
    Jason

    Covid-19 Memes

  44. 9 points
    Sully151

    Covid-19 Memes

  45. 9 points
    Blarg

    SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

    I think they all should be held on counts of insider trading and treason. And I mean every last one of the fuckers, republican, democrat or independent, they all burn. Accounts frozen, handcuffed and left in Epstein's old cell.
  46. 9 points
    gotbeer

    Coronavirus got me thinkin

    If you asked this question in an authoritarian regime, we'd never hear from you again.
  47. 9 points
    Fish Oil

    Ban Trolls

    So you're saying my wife is a troll?
  48. 9 points
    ettin

    It's starting to sink in

    The best way for things to get back to normal as fast as possible is for every American to listen to scientific experts in pandemics and practice excellent hygiene and physical distancing (which is the super-set of social distancing). If we go through two months of pain now we will be much better off in July than if we ignore it or pretend it's some hoax. This is as real as it gets and everyone needs to give it the serious consideration and respect it deserves.
  49. 9 points
    Lou

    SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

    . .
  50. 9 points
    Pancake Bear

    Coronavirus Impact

    Kung Flu?


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