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  1. I dont hate Arte, I just have no faith in his ability to see the bigger picture.
    18 points
  2. As someone who has read your baseball opinions I can confidently say, no, you really couldn’t.
    14 points
  3. Eppler inherited a mess and cleaned it up. Now someone else will get credit for it.
    14 points
  4. True Grich

    Feeling burnt out.

    The longer this year went on without baseball, the less interested I became in this year. Not being able to go to games, just killed it for me. Watching it on TV just didn't do it for me. The fake fan noise, the crazy rules, etc., just didn't make it enjoyable. I tried to watch, but I ended up doing something else or watching something else most of the time. The negative crap in this forum got old reallly, really fast. So... I sort of took the year off. You could say I opted out. I'll be back, but I just didn't care that much this year. I got used to not having baseball and the
    13 points
  5. Yes, 5 seasons with losing records with the best player in the league is just simply unacceptable.
    11 points
  6. This may not be everyone's cup of tea. If you don't have interest in more advanced stats, then look away. This exercise in only meant to provide a little insight into the future and how things might not be what you think or what you see. Granted, the outcome of each game is always going to be what's most important because wins and losses are what ultimately what determine whether you make the playoffs. But sometimes, especially in a 60 game season, the outcomes can be severely impacted by a small sample size and what was 'expected' may not actually align with what happened. So with
    11 points
  7. BTW -- @rafibomb deserves a trophy or something. He beat @mymerlincatto a Twitter post. Thats like Buster Douglas taking down Tyson.
    10 points
  8. I wish there were an option for "I'll vote when I know all the facts."
    10 points
  9. Can't blame him. The team isn't making the playoffs and he's heading to free agency. Why risk blowing out a knee, elbow, or ankle?
    10 points
  10. tdawg87

    Feeling burnt out.

    Disclaimer for @Lou, @st1ckboy and others, this will be a tl;dr. You're welcome. Anywho, so I woke up this morning after last night's elimination and immediately began pondering things for a while; my feelings about the team, the players, the ownership, the future, etc...I have just become so dispassionate and detached. Apathetic, even. I don't know if it's my regular depressive feelings or something else entirely, but as of right this second, I just don't care about the Angels. Now please don't think I'm giving up as a fan: This is my team until I die. I won't ever stop rooti
    9 points
  11. Yes. Eppler's strength set the team on the right path. He got spending under control, rebuilt the farm system and proved an effective bullpen could be built for cheap. And now we need someone that can come in and make the team a winner. Someone that can acquire the pitching Eppler couldn't. Someone willing to trade the prospects Eppler wouldn't. While also keeping payroll in a healthy place.
    9 points
  12. Arte gave him the chance. He had 5 years to build a winner, and he couldn't do it. He gave us a nice farm system, locked Trout up, and brought in Ohtani. Eppler is going to get another chance somewhere else and is going to do pretty well. If that dipshit Dipoto was given another shot, you know Billy will get one.
    9 points
  13. Lol. Why should anyone give a shit. Anyone who is actually bothered by this is brain damaged.
    9 points
  14. Only thing I like about this is that it came now, and they can get started on next year ASAP.
    8 points
  15. The comments that stood out to me were the ones about his relationship with Eppler. Arte better tread carefully here. I see almost no value in getting rid of Billy Eppler this winter.
    8 points
  16. Smart. Let's just get all these shitty topics out the way now.
    8 points
  17. Nope, this is the guy you all wanted. The guy you all said he was the mastermind of the 2002 season. You have to acknowledge he did commandeer the Angels to the best second half record, even though it will amount to nothing more than a mid level or worse draft pick. You've got two more years of this and you might as well suck it up and accept it.
    8 points
  18. Or maybe the answer is in the question? Gotta give these guys some credit.
    8 points
  19. what Jerry started with what he left for Eppler: what Eppler is leaving the next guy:
    7 points
  20. Lou

    Trumped

    I've decided that I will not be going to Rico for tax advice.
    7 points
  21. Bitching about those pitching moves when this team was saddled with the previous GMs signings of Josh and Albert is pretty funny. As for whether or not it is the right move, hell, I don’t know. I 100% get why the move was made. Do I think the next guy will be better? Maybe. I do believe the next guy will be better at acquiring pitching. But much like Stoneman won a bunch of games with players that were in the organization when he arrived, I think that will more than likely be the case with the next GM. Someone in another thread said something along the lines of, Eppler took over a
    7 points
  22. 7 points
  23. Lou

    Something is still off...

    Once a month, the citizens of Rwanda participate in a mandatory national community service program where they work within their community sectors on various public works projects, from road maintenance and house building to tree planting and farming.
    7 points
  24. Biergott

    Feeling burnt out.

    Thanks for the boobs.
    7 points
  25. Meh. You’ll be excited when they do something in the offseaon a month or so from now. The Angels are basically an abusive friend. Your depression is normal imo.
    7 points
  26. He should have managed less.
    7 points
  27. st1ckboy

    Spin Forum Dumping Bin

    I dont see anything wrong with her teeth.
    7 points
  28. Dombrowski inherited strong farm systems in his previous jobs, which he was able to leverage into a "win now" mode. The problem here, though, is our farm system is mediocre on the whole (not terrible, but not a top tier one). I don't think he's a good fit, because he likely can't leverage the farm enough to immediately generate a WS contender, and I don't think he's savvy enough at finding the under-the-radar type players that the more analytical GMs are. If we had, say, a top 3 farm system, then sure - hire him, go for it now with Trout and Rendon at their peaks, and hope you get a
    7 points
  29. 6 points
  30. I’ve said it many times in the last month, but I’ll add it one more time... Eppler walked into a very difficult situation because 1. terrible farm system 2. HOF centerpiece 3. owner recently burned by big FA contracts You can’t fix 1 the normal way (strip ML team) because of 2. And you can’t improve the major league team with trades because of 1. So you have to do it through FA but 3 makes that even harder than it is already. So what you have to do is hope that some of the very few impact FA’s who your owner agrees to pay for will say yes (Cole, Corbin, Eovaldi,
    6 points
  31. To be upset that Eppler got fired, you have to believe Billy Eppler is the best possible GM the Angels could have going forward. That’s pretty absurd to believe. It was Billy Eppler. Billy Eppler. He isn’t special. If he was, he would not have been fired. I shrugged when I heard he was fired. So what? And I am just happy to look forward to hearing who they hire. When they announce who they hire, is it really going to be that tough to imagine they will be better than Eppler?
    6 points
  32. there's two other things that I think play into this as well. first, Arte is 74 years old. Maybe some of our more 'senior' members can comment on this but I've seen family members change their mentality when they get into their 8th decade. Mortality definitely plays a role in my opinion. He knows he's not going to be around forever. second, I think Arte is kinda old school at heart. And he's more about people than process. He's not looking for creativity or people who think outside the box. He wants street cred and he trusts those who have been around the block and had succ
    6 points
  33. Dochalo

    Angels fire Billy Eppler

    I truly don't believe that Arte actually meddles as much as people think. Or I guess it depends on your definition of meddling. I don't think he micromanages ever move. I don't think he gets involved in decisions on player acquisitions unless it's a high dollar signing and even then I think he's there to do his best to sell the franchise and it's commitment to winning. What I think he does is to set a budget and tell his GM that the major league team better win. Is that the right way to do it? probably not. But that was Eppler's task from year to year. Put together a
    6 points
  34. Lou

    Angels fire Billy Eppler

    You guys don't know shit.
    6 points
  35. Lou

    Angels fire Billy Eppler

    I know who it will be.
    6 points
  36. Jay

    Angels fire Billy Eppler

    Maybe it will be Scioscia.
    6 points
  37. Oh. Cool. Another name to blame for our failures.
    6 points
  38. st1ckboy

    Feeling burnt out.

    Just rub some dirt on it and get back out there.
    6 points
  39. RendZone

    No GameDay Thread?

    Team Simmons.
    6 points
  40. 6 points
  41. Just means we’re getting closer to the 2 or 3 months of the year where we get to pretend they won’t suck. I’m looking forward to it !
    6 points
  42. I question how miserable a person must be in their personal life if they get so outraged about another adult making a decision that won't affect you or me in any way.
    6 points
  43. https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2020-09-21/puzzling-lack-of-leadership-arte-moreno-continues-to-haunt-angels
    6 points
  44. KEY (Categories): 1) IMPACT or STAR CALIBER (4+ WAR) | #1-2 STARTER | ELITE RELIEVER 2) Quality Regular/Strong Platoon Player (2-4 WAR) | #3-4 Starter | Quality reliever 3) Question Mark (<2 WAR) - mediocre or worse position player | fill-in starter | questionable mid-reliever The basic idea is that a category 1 is--at the very least--a very good player, either an impact player/borderline star, or a bonafide star or superstar. I'm not differentiating too much, because the point is that these are players who are definitive regulars with no significant question marks and
    6 points
  45. Trading players after poor seasons is a terrible idea. Why sell low? Instead, we should do this: 1. Sign a FA SP (Bauer, Gausman, etc) 2. Look for interesting relievers - not Hendricks, but guys who are cheap but have potential and could benefit from working with Callaway 3. Most importantly - invest in expanding BOTH the FO and coaching staff. Provide both your major leaguers and minor leaguers with additional support and analysis. Building our infrastructure, both in terms of analytics and traditional scouting, is what will really ultimately make the biggest differe
    6 points
  46. 6 points
  47. At this point.... we have the best player in the game. Get him to the postseason. Worry about 5 years later 5 years later.
    6 points
  48. I’m sorry if I am laughing at the “horror” of winning for four years and getting a WS ring, but then suffering for 5 years after that. Man that five years after the parade would be rough. Maybe we should just stick to regular Angel way of winning one WS every 60 years.
    6 points
  49. I would still take a World Series ring and some years like we had from 2004-2009 if it meant trading away our prospects.
    6 points


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