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    Eppler to the Nats

  3. 12 points
    What do the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox have in common?? Alex Cora.. RIP
  4. 12 points

    Adell for ROY?

    man, it’s going to really blow ass if this guy sucks shit.
  5. 10 points
    my favorite AW post was when failos said that Scioscia insulted the entire nation of Japan because he like pinch hit for Ohtani or something back when they thought he struggled with lefties. He then proceeded to argue vigorously with other posters about this point. Failos felt he knew this because he was claiming to be an expert on Japanese baseball. I have a strong suspicion that he was high or otherwise intoxicated that night. A great AW experience. my favorite Angels moment is pretty easy. When Trout and Pujols made Fernando Rodney blow a save and they mocked his annoying archer thing. That owned. A close runner up was when Trout hit a walk off home run to beat White Sox. I think it may have been a grand slam. It may have been in 2014. Anyway, the White Sox broadcast was so great. Hawk Harrelson sounded like he was going to step out of the booth and euthanize himself. Awesome. And for shits and giggles I’ll give a 3rd place moment. When the Angels had that insane rally against the A’s back in 2015. I think it was the 4th or 3rd to last game of the season. Anyway, after that game they still were alive for the wild card. They blew the next game or two and did not make it of course. But that game was incredible and the last time it felt like the playoffs were possible late in a season. anyway, happy new year AW !!
  6. 10 points
    Yes. If ever there was a case where the Angels had a free pass at service time manipulation, it was Ohtani. He was awful in spring training and no one would have blinked if they’d started him in the minors. But they didn’t. That leads me to believe that they’d roll with Adell on opening day if they think he’s ready.
  7. 9 points
    Dodgers still without a title, no harm no foul.
  8. 8 points
    If they add Chirinos, the offense gets even better. And then if we can swing a trade for another starter, I think this could easily be the 2nd best team in the West. Obviously injuries will happen, but we have depth now at pretty much every position (besides catcher). Throw in some good luck for a change and maybe. I'm expecting a breakout year from Canning. I think he will be the 2nd best pitcher on the team in 2020. He'll be 24, and has 90 innings under his belt already. I think an off-season of working with Callaway will do wonders for him. I expect 150-160 innings with an ERA around 3.50. I also fully believe in Upton rebounding. He will be a 2.5-3.0 WAR player in 2020.
  9. 7 points
    Here is a picture I took during his final game. Love the hate.
  10. 7 points


    Melania will just reinstate it a month later, and claim it as her own.
  11. 7 points


    I didn't know Lou Dobbs posted in this forum.
  12. 7 points
    By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer In 2020, Justin Upton will be entering his 14th professional season in Major League Baseball at the tender age of 32 years young. He is one of those guys, like Brett Anderson, that you feel like they have played forever and should be old men but they still have kick and life left in them as they progress through the seasons. Certainly, last year is one of those seasons that Justin would prefer to forget. In 2019, Upton ended a 10-year streak of playing 130 games or more each season, playing in only 63 Major League games to the tune of a weak wRC+ of 92, which also broke his streak of posting at least a wRC+ of 105 over that same time period. Uncharacteristically, Justin suffered from ailments, including a quad and knee injury, that ultimately limited his playing time and forced him to end his season early to receive treatment. The good news is that he appears to be recovering well and is projected to return to good health prior to Spring Training. This is good because the Angels really need Upton to recover to form. His offensive woes in 2019, most likely tied directly to his injuries, can be seen in his three-year hitting history, below: Justin Upton's Three-Year (2017-2019) Hitting History It should be noted that Justin has a career wRC+ of 120, so, other than last year, he has been above his own average during his tenure with the Angels. Really last year seems to be an injury-related abnormality. In that light, assuming Upton recovers well and is healthy to start the 2020 campaign, it would not be unexpected to see his numbers regress to his career mean and see a more productive season (say a wRC+ in the 115 to 125 range) out of the Angels left fielder. This brings me to one important note. Justin has been strikingly poor against LHP the last two seasons. Quite honestly when the author looked this up during mid-season 2019, it was stunning to see how bad the numbers were, as it was unexpected: Justin Upton's Five-Year (2015-2019) Hitting History Vs. LHP In fact, over the last five years, he has had three really bad offensive seasons (2015: wRC+ of 58 , 2018: wRC+ of 66, and 2019: wRC+ of 47) against them. On the flip side he had better years in 2016 and 2017 where he had a wRC+ of 100 and 202, respectively, both on elevated BABIP numbers (.300 and .369, individually). He has been wildly inconsistent against lefties and the trend is worrisome. To be clear poor production against LHP is not going to hurt the 2020 Angels too much. In fact, the Angels can mitigate this by simply having a back-up outfielder such as Goodwin, Hermosillo, or even Ward, pick-up some of Justin's at-bat's against them. The Angels could even acquire another bat to play 1B with some outfield experience to split time between the two positions to pick up some of the slack. One thing Upton has done well, consistently, is hit RHP: Justin Upton's Five-Year (2015-2019) Hitting History Vs. RHP People do not realize or want to recognize what an accomplished hitter Justin has been in his thirteen seasons in Major League Baseball. Recently, on Twitter, @MLB asked the question, "Who is the best left fielder of the 2010's?", and Upton came in last, vote-wise, which is a shame but is a by-product of his relatively low profile in baseball. Certainly Braun, Gordon, and Yelich are great players but Ryan has a PED's history, Alex was a strong defender but not nearly as good of a hitter, and Christian may go down as the best LF of all-time but he picked up the most recency bias in the voting process, perhaps deservedly so. The point is that Upton has been a durable power-hitter across his entire career and heading into his age 32 season, there is no reason to believe that 2020 will be any different for him, from an offensive perspective. Defensively, it might be the same or it might begin getting progressively worse. By both FanGraphs and Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), Justin has been below average, mostly via unforced errors and an imprecise throwing arm. His range has been about average as well as his Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). Basically as he continues to age, his defense will get worse and his tendinitis issue from last season may or may not contribute to his defensive performance moving forward, only time will tell. It is this potential for worsening defensive skills that will ultimately drive Upton to the designated hitter spot once Pujols contract expires or he retires. Basically, Brandon Marsh, one of our really good young prospects, took a huge stride forward near the end of the Minor League season in the Arizona Fall League and he will almost assuredly be ready to play in the Majors next year or the year after. So these next two seasons will be the last that the Angels place Justin in left field, based on what happens with Pujols. Once that change occurs the Angels will have an incredible outfield of Trout, Adell, and Marsh, which should be very exciting for Angels fans as all three have really dynamic tools and Mike Trout is, of course, Mike Trout. Upton is owed $72M over the next three seasons. When Eppler signed him the Angels were, in-part, paying for his durability and for the most part he has been on the field pretty consistently minus last season. This is actually a trend across many of the players that Eppler is acquiring as evidenced by the Bundy trade and the Teheran signing. Having good players produce on a regular basis is what carries teams successfully through 162-game seasons as well as having excellent team depth at every position. Justin is a good example of this quality, consistent production. Finally, if Brandon Marsh has a breakout season in 2020 or 2021, there is always a possibility that the Angels might try to trade Upton, particularly if Justin also has an excellent season and the Halos are, for some reason, out of contention. This seems really unlikely and is further complicated by the fact that Upton has a no-trade clause, perhaps making this a moot conversation, but if the player and management agree a move is best for everyone involved, it could be a long-shot possibility, but highly doubtful. The expectation should be that Justin Upton will continue to play at an above average level for the next three seasons and, when Pujols is gone, take over full-time designated hitter duties, perhaps with a touch of left field, first base, and pinch hitter appearances until he, too, leaves after the 2022 season is complete and the Angels move forward with young prospects like the aforementioned Marsh and possibly others like Jordyn Adams or Trent Deveaux for example. Next up is the Right Field article of the Primer Series. View the full article
  13. 7 points
    Jeff Fletcher

    Maddon on Ohtani

    After Maddon said this at the winter meetings, Eppler sort of doused water on it with something like “Joe is very enthusiastic but we are a long way from having this discussion.” I think it’s fair to wonder if Ohtani can do more eventually, but it’s going to be gradual. They are going to start conservatively and maybe see as they go along how much they can push the envelope. It’s not realistic to have this conversation in the winter after he just finished TJ rehab. He has to actually go out and play and see what happens, and then they can decide when he’s ready for more.
  14. 7 points

    What will the Astros Punishment be?

    The Astros must trade for Pujols and assume the entire financial obligations. The Astros also must bat Pujols either 3rd or 4th as described in his contract.
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  17. 6 points
    Lmao. It would be so funny if they pinch the Dodgers. Please, please, please let that happen.
  18. 6 points
    I'm just glad he didn't go to UCLA
  19. 6 points
    That John Denver was full of $hit
  20. 6 points
    ten ocho recon scout


    This take is soooooo far off. We can debate all day long about whether Soleimani should or should not have been killed. But he was a uniformed soldier in a combat zone... actively involved in conflict.... this isnt assassination. Meanwhile, especially coming from idiots like Boxer, trying to blame anyone but Iran for shooting down this plane (if it was shot down) is beyond stupid. And the people trampled to death is trumps fault, too? Lol..... is it Microsofts fault when people get robbed for their xbox on black friday? This isnt me defending trump. I think hes an idiot. But this take is stupider than he is
  21. 6 points


    I believe he crossed the bering land bridge from north east asia on his way into AngelsWin history.
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    Leave Mitch McConnell out of this.
  24. 6 points
  25. 6 points
    to say a major league franchise wouldn't sign a player for this reason is absolutely ridiculous.
  26. 5 points
    The Dallas Mavericks have retired #24.
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  28. 5 points
    Vegas Halo Fan

    And in Fast Food News Part 2

    I found out yesterday that Krystal, my all-time favorite burger chain (roughly the southern equivalent to White Castle, for the uninitiated), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. I have no idea whether they will survive. Not having had my Krystal fix in about ten years, I made a four-hour round trip in the rain from Blacksburg, VA to Bristol, TN in 2016 when I was at Virginia Tech with my stepdaughter for a campus visit to the veterinary school. She was wait listed at Virginia Tech, but she graduates from the veterinary school at Oklahoma State in May. She got her licensing exam results back last week, and she is officially a DVM.
  29. 5 points
    Certainly the Angels chances in 2020 would have been better with Ryu than without him. But you can understand why they wouldn’t want to risk $80M over four years on a guy with his medical history.
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  31. 5 points

    War with Iran?

    I'm 1 for 1 at picking up bar chicks. I am never trying again because it's only downhill from there. I'll stick to funerals and Tank's barbecues from now on.
  32. 5 points

    Spin Forum Dumping Bin

    Allahu Snackbar
  33. 5 points


    One better. Here is two Clinton's and a nefarious individual.
  34. 5 points
    And you were doing so well....
  35. 5 points
    Found the guy that liked Verlanders ass more than her naked body in the mirror pic.
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  38. 5 points

    Happy New Year AngelsWin.com!!

    What has been your favorite AngelsWin.com moment whether in a post, an entire thread or event that you've attended over the past decade? Secondly, what has been your favorite moment in Angels Baseball over the past decade? I'll post mine later this morning. Good night ya'll. Happy New Year! Here's to an amazing next decade of Angels Baseball and the times we spend together over the next 10 years at AngelsWin.com.
  39. 5 points

    War with Iran?

  40. 5 points
    ten ocho recon scout


    One thing of interest, thats kind of weird. The Iranian people, from my understanding, arent real big on the govt. I haven't been there (yet), but a handful of friends have (and Ive dabbled in "persian" women from time to time). I say ironic, because the people of Iran (at least from what Ive been told) arent too supportive of the government, and want to modernize. And Iran is the enemy. Meanwhile, the people of Iraq.... our...:"ally".... support the Mullahs... and prefer fundamentalism... The whole region is an enigma.
  41. 5 points

    Maddon on Ohtani

    The whole premise that they are babying him is stupid. He’s basically doing twice what everyone else is doing but since they choose to not ask him do it six days a week they are babying him. Bullshit.
  42. 5 points

    Angels interested in Josh Donaldson

    All this being said the "War Room" reaction to drafting Ward will always be the twin brother to the Baldoquin signing as Dipoto's legacy with the Angels. I legitimately hope Dipoto gets AIDS.
  43. 5 points

    Adell for ROY?

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  45. 4 points

    Nolan Arenado feels disrespected

    I get why he feels disrespected. I’m sure they told him they were committed to being competitive after he signed with them considering they had just made the playoffs. Not even a year later, coming off a terrible season, they do nothing to improve the roster and are reportedly putting him on the market despite giving him a NTC. I can see why that bothers him.
  46. 4 points
    I know this thread was made to goof on MS, but a team would be hard pressed to find someone more capable of putting an end to any talk about a lack of integrity, or better at shielding his players from criticism and adversity than MS. Dude is a war horse
  47. 4 points
    So this is the jist I get. Yes they have an hgh test. But what Brosius' son is saying is that Trout is taking HGH due to a Thyroid issue and has a medical exemption from the MLB. It's not a loophole that they are making it out to be. It's always been a known caveat of the drug testing cba. From what I remember, Beltre took HGH because well, he had one nut. If I remember right, Glaus took steroids, but had a medical exemption due to his deteriorating back. I think the biggest abuse is ADHD and adderall and ritalin. Again, if Trout has a legit thyroid issue, then the medical treatment is hgh. So this is really a nothingburger. If he doesn't have a thyroid issue, then he's cheating. But I'm pretty sure that there is probably documentation and proof for every person on the exemption list. And just because they are on the exemption list, doesn't mean he can take high doses of hgh. There is probably a level that his tests should come back at, and anything more than that level would trigger red flags. Which it hasn't.
  48. 4 points

    Jeff Mathis and the HOF

    It’s much more an indication that the relationship between the pitcher and catcher is more important than fans realize.
  49. 4 points
    Kind of blown away he would say that, out in the open like that.
  50. 4 points
    Happy New Year everyone. My favorite AW experience is when the Angels broke through against the Red Sox in the 2009 LDS. Back then we had the IRC chat and Game 3 in BOS was pretty fun, with Vlad knocking Papelbon out of the game in the 9th.

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