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  1. Give credit and blame where it's due. Jared Walsh likely wouldn't be the force he is without Maddon. Shohei Ohtani wouldn't be unleashed like he had unless a manager made the exact decisions Maddon has. Maddon lobbied for Chris Rodriguez to make the Opening Day roster and he's probably their best reliever. There is no amount of maneuvering that can overcome a Jose Quintana start. He isn't specifically losing games based on his personnel decisions. His bullpen choices leave a lot to be desired. Until Watson got hurt, he should've trusted him way more. He has the track record and recen
    16 points
  2. Here are some machines that are maybe a little nostalgic, but completely obsolete. If you think of another one, free free to post it.
    11 points
  3. Those all seem like tantrums to me. And they happen occasionally. Ohtani stared down a pitcher who hit him. Upton broke the bat over his knee. Mike Mayers yelled at Joey Gallo after bunting for a hit against him. And they have players only meetings occasionally. You haven’t heard about it since pre 2020 because the media no longer has any clue what’s going on in the clubhouse. Baseball is a game played every single day for six months and these guys have it pounded into them from the start of their minor league careers that you can’t get overly emotional at every little thin
    10 points
  4. mmc

    The elephant in the room...

    No manager will make up for this teams continuous lack of pitching talent
    10 points
  5. Needless to say this was VERY satisfying when it happened....
    9 points
  6. Chuckster70

    Vasgersian

    Vasgersian is great, I love him. That said, they need to get him and Sutton back in the booth in home and away games. Especially if these guys are vaccinated, which I'm pretty sure they are. The delay on these calls are way behind. It sucks honestly! But I hear you @ten ocho recon scout I would rather have him as our voice, not everyone else's as well. Sutton feels more like he's our guy.
    9 points
  7. Then you’ve been wrong since 2015
    8 points
  8. I've always disliked Seager, but because of this incident, I decided that there actually IS a good reason for it. Same with Eric Hosmer. I would probably dislike him no matter what, but after his antics during the 2014 ALDS, when he whooped and hollered like a high school cheerleader after every little thing the Royals did, there is definitely good reason for my disliking him. So I will go with Will Smith. His face reminds me of all the Mormon kids with whom I grew up playing basketball who never hesitated to throw a cheap elbow or knee you in the balls when the ref wasn't looking.
    8 points
  9. 7 points
  10. Roseanne singing the anthem Biden climbing stairs Jimmy Fallon keeping in character without laughing
    7 points
  11. I still don't understand why Ward isn't playing RF. He looked good to me out there. Good range and a strong throwing arm. Man, anything to push Walsh who I like in RF as well, to 1B to bump Pujols from the lineup.
    7 points
  12. Our stars getting hit regularly. This is why I don't give a crap when players on other teams are injured.
    7 points
  13. Why did all those teams not pick Trout before the Angels?
    7 points
  14. Not necessarily him. But was talking to a buddy about this the other day, about how we finally have one of those guys. One of those guys who nobody has heard of that gives us star level performance, for cheap. We finally have an oakland guy
    7 points
  15. Second Base

    Walsh

    Beyond Trout and Ohtani, Walsh has to be one of the reasons to like the Angels. Two-way player in college and in the minors, a little in the majors too. 36th round pick, figured something out with his swing upon working with Maddon. Not someone that anyone expected to be stud, but now we're starting to think he could legitimately be a .900 OPS 30 HR, good defensive 1B. I always pictured Thaiss developing into a solid starting 1B, but Walsh has not only passed him, but has probably entrenched himself as the Angels starting 1B for the next half decade at least. Thaiss still has a future in
    7 points
  16. Funny story about this. A dude from the White Sox ESPN board was trolling Angels and Indians fans. He said, and I quote, "Any team that loses to the Angels by 19 runs is not good". 10 days later the Angels would play the White Sox: https://www.espn.com/mlb/game?gameId=220510103 Hilarity ensues.
    7 points
  17. rougned odor. he has a stupid name. he wears shorts instead of pants. he's a smarmy little weasel. he had a stupid beard, one of those without a mustache, so it made him look even dooshier. he spiked one of our players at second base a few years ago, and it appeared to be on purpose. he's a punk. p.s. apologies to the OG. it appears i have reasons.
    7 points
  18. Ohtani seeing that lineup card for his start tonight
    6 points
  19. They want him to catch competently enough that when he’s in the majors he could be the third catcher, which gives you more freedom to hit or run for whoever your starting catcher is. That’s it. As of spring training, they didn’t see him evolving into a guy who could start a game at catcher, although they said it’s not totally impossible. As for RF, they seemed to like him a lot in the spring and it looked to me like he made some progress. At the moment they are sort of hamstrung by having Rendon hurt and having so many pitchers. Lets see what happens today with Upton l
    6 points
  20. Did you think that when they were 7-3 and had a bunch of comeback victories?
    6 points
  21. ten ocho recon scout

    Cancer

    Was looking around here for the old thread about Dads, and found this one. (If anyone can bump the Dads one, please do) Just lost my Dad from Cancer... he joins my Grandpa, Aunt and Uncle from it Day after we get news his buddy down the street, who retired on Friday of last week (at 70) is stage 4 Of all the bad shit ive seen in life, this was the worse to watch. We had him home on hospice and watched him go. Im glad we were there with him, but Ill never shake having to go through that, ever. Spend time with your parents if theyre still around, gents. We're all on borrowed
    6 points
  22. I know it's not a fresh topic, but it's relevant if he keeps showing up in the lineup. He's bad beyond words. Bring up Ward for the love of god. Even if someone else hits below .200 or is on pace to provide 2 losses relative to a replacement player then at least we might see some modicum of development. He can be a leader from the bench. For the love of everything decent and holy.
    6 points
  23. Consider... Team ERA: 5.13 (worst in majors) Team FIP: 3.77 (11th best in majors) While it is early enough that a lot of that can be chalked up to small sample noise, it is still rather striking what a huge discrepancy that is. The difference between ERA and FIP is generally due to several factors: Defense (higher ERA than FIP usually means poor defense), luck (which is especially relevant in small samples), and pitchability (this is more tenuous because there's no real way to statistically measure it, but certain pitchers are consistently one way or the other). (For the n
    6 points
  24. Chuckster70

    This is a fun team

    Tonight's game was a ton of fun. My daughter had a blast. She was screaming her head off (RIP to my left ear).
    6 points
  25. Stradling

    Anibal Sanchez

    This thread is MUCH better than Sanchez will be this year.
    6 points
  26. those mediocre cy young pitchers...
    6 points
  27. https://www.mlb.com/news/shohei-ohtani-splitter-still-most-unhittable-pitch
    6 points
  28. Still not sure why they pulled Cobb, but given the day off tomorrow and the pen's performance, the Mad Genius gets to strut around and be all geniusy... Good on him.
    6 points
  29. 6 points
  30. This thread is going about as well as I had expected.
    5 points
  31. We need to remember that many people here are very stupid. So when they complain about Maddon, take it with a grain of salt.
    5 points
  32. Why did the Angels pick Grichuck before Trout? Idiots
    5 points
  33. Don

    Walsh

    Fully agreed with you on how he changes the dynamics of the lineup. Having four very legit offensive threats in a row in our lineup is huge. And the fact that it’s 50/50 L/R makes it that much better. Walsh stepping up this year takes us from being a good offense to a great offense.
    5 points
  34. Taylor

    Callaway in trouble?

    He's just being blargumentative.
    5 points
  35. Ohtani and Trout both having good years. If it's working why change it?
    5 points
  36. Likes wood paneling. Has his "work" jeans that haven't been washed in years Does a cross word puzzle every day without fail Will drive ten miles out of his way to a gas station with cheaper prices to save money Knows the mailman by name.
    5 points
  37. I never liked the guy and it's funny because he's been a good citizen and seems like a decent guy. But he's got one of those faces where he always looks like he just got done smelling a fart... So, when this happened.. LOL!
    5 points
  38. Also has a drawer with loose batteries, including a 9 volt. Has an air pressure gauge in his glove box. Had a go to polo shirt for the night out at black angus. Still has a wall calendar with dates marked on when to feed the roses. Always thought small dogs were gay. Owns 3 yorkies now.
    5 points
  39. Dochalo

    Anibal Sanchez

    washers. Duh.
    5 points
  40. Tank

    Anibal Sanchez

    well if he does this then what's he going to do with all of the empty gerber's baby food jars?
    5 points
  41. Last I can remember doing that was erstad in 2000 For the youngsters on here, that was probably the most impressive angel campaign of all time, aside from trouts best years Erstad had 100 rbi that year.... and ignoring the old school thinking of rbi and their value, he did it from the leadoff spot... He was basically 2012 trout that year. Complete with the defense, too
    5 points
  42. Because then we'd have no one to bring in when the SP doesn't make it last the 2nd inning.
    5 points


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