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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from AngelsLakersFan in The Official 2020 MLB World Series Gameday Thread   
    The Angels won 98 games in 2014. The offense is bad the supposed star pitching has underperformed. Glasnow earning his LVP
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from AngelsLakersFan in The Official 2020 MLB World Series Gameday Thread   
    The Rays are a .500 team at best over a full season
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from Spin Rate in The Official 2020 MLB World Series Gameday Thread   
    The Angels won 98 games in 2014. The offense is bad the supposed star pitching has underperformed. Glasnow earning his LVP
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from Fourts in The Official 2020 MLB World Series Gameday Thread   
    The Rays are a .500 team at best over a full season
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from T.G. in The Official 2020 MLB World Series Gameday Thread   
    The Rays are a .500 team at best over a full season
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to T.G. in I'm the GM: Here's My (Latest) Offseason Plan   
    Congratulations on the new job.
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to Inside Pitch in Angels interested in Didi Gregorius   
    Neutral park numbers....  .247/.308/.412.    I'd rather keep Fletcher at SS and sign Cesar Hernandez to play 2B.  Switch hitter, gets on base more, and they won't be paying for a .915 home park OPS.
     
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from ten ocho recon scout in Amy Coney Barrett   
    Mia Khalifa would be a solid choice
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from ten ocho recon scout in Is Mookie Betts the best player in baseball?   
    Betts has had the distinct advantage of playing for the Sox and then being traded to the Dodgers right as the Sox began their downward trend, so he's played on stacked rosters his entire career. It obviously helps, just as a great corporate culture makes you generally more productive and happier. 
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from Kevinb in The Official 2020 MLB World Series Gameday Thread   
    The Rays stink. This is basically the Rockies in the WS all over again. 
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to NrM in Billy Eppler is a candidate for Marlins President of Baseball Ops   
    This new GM pick will be telling if Arte wants someone who can build a successful franchise from top to bottom or another lapdog GM.
    If it's another younger first time GM that is looking to get his foot in the door, then I think there should be some reason for concern.
    I suspect most seasoned GMs/Presidents with successful resumes probably want full control of baseball operations. 
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to Second Base in Billy Eppler is a candidate for Marlins President of Baseball Ops   
    I agree. It still stings though. Eppler was the process driven guy that convinced Trout to stay long term, brought in Ohtani and recognized value in hidden places pretty consistently with guys like Bud Norris, JC Ramirez, Hansel Robles and Dylan Bundy. 
    Whatever process-driven guy they bring in to replace the other process driven guy is going to need to display some pretty serious team building skills. Eppler had his faults, but it feels like his strengths outweighed them. 
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from Inside Pitch in The Official 2020 MLB Playoff Series Gameday Thread   
    I'm actually impressed. That was a classic Angels loss. Offense looks great in the early innings, then make a dreadful baserunning error and completely forget how to hit for the rest of the game. Then you wait agonizingly for the bullpen to blow the lead, which they will 100% of the time, because they're not truly awful, but just barely bad enough to where they will never pitch a clean sheet in a meaningful game. It's like watching the Angels protege in action
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from AngelsLakersFan in The Official 2020 MLB Playoff Series Gameday Thread   
    I'm actually impressed. That was a classic Angels loss. Offense looks great in the early innings, then make a dreadful baserunning error and completely forget how to hit for the rest of the game. Then you wait agonizingly for the bullpen to blow the lead, which they will 100% of the time, because they're not truly awful, but just barely bad enough to where they will never pitch a clean sheet in a meaningful game. It's like watching the Angels protege in action
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to Inside Pitch in Dodgers Young Pitching   
    I apologize for a response that will come off as possibly elitist or overly harsh but sometimes people say things so utterly stupid I don't really know how to respond other than to point out their glaring ignorance. 
    First, I'm talking about investing in analytics and player development, not the actual results of those things. 
    There is no question the Angels have budgeted more, spent more, and put a greater emphasis on those areas under Eppler than they did Dipoto or that they have more closely followed saber tendencies than at at point under JD.  This is true despite the fact that JD sold himself as a card carrying member of SABR and Eppler downplayed his expertise in the area -- which is possibly why he quadrupled the analytics dept.  Unlike JD, Eppler knew he needed to find better, more qualified people to make those decisions.  And yet having said all that I previously went on record in the "What three things would you do if you were hired to be the GM" thread as focusing solely on adding to the player dev and analytics departments...  Meaning that despite believing Eppler improved those areas, I feel he could have done more.   It's the single most cost effective way to improve a franchise.   
    As far as there not being much to indicate the farm has improved at all, you'll have a hard time finding anyone with an actual clue that extends beyond prospect rankings that would agree with you.
    Your lack of insight outside of what the rankings tell you doesn't make for any false narratives -- it simply means you don't have any clue other than what you can find online and the most basic of "metrics."
    Rankings tend to be all over the place depending on who is reviewing them and what their focus is, as such I have never put a lot of weight in them -- even when they propped the Angels up.  You've got tools sites, you've got saber sites, you've got proximity sites, you have FG's attempt at gauging future value ... they all measure and give credence to different things and make for differing opinions.   Rankings are also dependent players having graduated meaning they are always in flux which is why you see "prospect rankings" three or four times a year now.   The single biggest issue when looking at the Angels (ranking wise), is the overall youth of the farm system -- you have a ton of guys on the right side of the age .vs league argument and that tends to temper their results at times. 
    Still, since you put so much weight in rankings -- here are a couple reminders for you..  https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/los-angeles-angels-top-10-prospects/   The best part of this list is that the guy responsible for signing Barria was fired by JD almost immediately after taking over.   The MLB top 30 isn't much better http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2015?list=ana   Thank god for David Fletcher!.   Zero top 100 guys .vs 3 currently.  Don't look now but Packy Naughton might have been in the conversation for the top prospect in the system in 2015.  

    Even if all one does is focus on the rankings...  The massive difference between then and now is that the Angels were universally ranked dead last -- didn't matter where you looked it was 29 teams, 6 miles of shit, and then the Angels.   That simply isn't the case any longer, to argue otherwise is nuts.   If there is one area of real concern with the farm now that was evident then it's the lack of catching and that is 100% on Eppler's view of the position and saber leanings
    LOL..    If you had actually bothered to read any of my criticisms about JD it had almost nothing to do with where the Angels farm system ranked, I focused on his actual actions.
    I blamed JD for creating dysfunction, for constantly leaking shit to the press, notice how that BS magically stopped as soon as he left -- almost as magically as it started when he got here.  I accused him of saying one thing then doing another when it came to sabermetric/baseball decisions.  I blamed him for focusing solely on high floor low ceiling players in the draft.  I blamed him for spending assets on RPs and for trading away international money while continuing to ignore the market as a whole.  I will continue to blame him for creating a mess it has taken years to reverse.  Feel free to show me where Eppler is guilty of any of the same things and then we can start to talk.   "But the rankings"... Giggity!
    The next GM of the Angels won't be taking over a team with black holes at C, 2B, 3B, or LF and 7 more years of AP..   They won't find a farm system lacking upside at every level or handcuffed by bad financial decisions.   The next GM of the Angels won't have to spend the first three years of his tenue simply trying to correct his predecessor's mistakes just to get back to ground zero.  The next GM of the Angels will have Eppler to thank, and not blame.   There is a huge difference there, I'm sorry some can't see it.
    I look forward to revisiting this thread in 5 years to see how well our differing opinions will have fared.
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to Warfarin in Dodgers Young Pitching   
    I think if Arte were willing to pour quite a bit more money into analytics and player development, Eppler could have done a lot more.
    Look at Friedman.  He built a good team on a limited budget in TB, but now that he’s a Dodger and has way more financial resources, he has built an incredible juggernaut that will be competing for titles for a very, very long time.
    So while Eppler didn’t get the job done, and certainly part of that is on him, I do suspect he could have done quite a bit better had he been given a much more generous scouting and analytics budget than he was provided
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to Inside Pitch in Dodgers Young Pitching   
    And the reason for that is they have invested the most in their analytics and player development than anyone else in MLB.  This is where Arte falls short despite having improved a great deal under Eppler.
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to Chuckster70 in Dodgers Young Pitching   
    This would make a World Series victory for the Rays over the Dodgers even sweeter. 
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from Spin Rate in The Official 2020 MLB Playoff Series Gameday Thread   
    I'm actually impressed. That was a classic Angels loss. Offense looks great in the early innings, then make a dreadful baserunning error and completely forget how to hit for the rest of the game. Then you wait agonizingly for the bullpen to blow the lead, which they will 100% of the time, because they're not truly awful, but just barely bad enough to where they will never pitch a clean sheet in a meaningful game. It's like watching the Angels protege in action
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from Angel Oracle in The Official 2020 MLB Playoff Series Gameday Thread   
    I'm actually impressed. That was a classic Angels loss. Offense looks great in the early innings, then make a dreadful baserunning error and completely forget how to hit for the rest of the game. Then you wait agonizingly for the bullpen to blow the lead, which they will 100% of the time, because they're not truly awful, but just barely bad enough to where they will never pitch a clean sheet in a meaningful game. It's like watching the Angels protege in action
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from Vegas Halo Fan in The Official 2020 MLB Playoff Series Gameday Thread   
    I'm actually impressed. That was a classic Angels loss. Offense looks great in the early innings, then make a dreadful baserunning error and completely forget how to hit for the rest of the game. Then you wait agonizingly for the bullpen to blow the lead, which they will 100% of the time, because they're not truly awful, but just barely bad enough to where they will never pitch a clean sheet in a meaningful game. It's like watching the Angels protege in action
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from Angels_Make_Me_Drink in The Official 2020 MLB Playoff Series Gameday Thread   
    I'm actually impressed. That was a classic Angels loss. Offense looks great in the early innings, then make a dreadful baserunning error and completely forget how to hit for the rest of the game. Then you wait agonizingly for the bullpen to blow the lead, which they will 100% of the time, because they're not truly awful, but just barely bad enough to where they will never pitch a clean sheet in a meaningful game. It's like watching the Angels protege in action
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    AngelsFaninGA got a reaction from fan_since79 in The Official 2020 MLB Playoff Series Gameday Thread   
    I'm actually impressed. That was a classic Angels loss. Offense looks great in the early innings, then make a dreadful baserunning error and completely forget how to hit for the rest of the game. Then you wait agonizingly for the bullpen to blow the lead, which they will 100% of the time, because they're not truly awful, but just barely bad enough to where they will never pitch a clean sheet in a meaningful game. It's like watching the Angels protege in action
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to fan_since79 in The Official 2020 MLB Playoff Series Gameday Thread   
    That's some classic Angels baserunning. Hilarious.
     
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    AngelsFaninGA reacted to Fourts in The Official 2020 MLB Playoff Series Gameday Thread   
    I seriously might give up baseball for good if a cheating, under .500 Astros team wins the title this year.  
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