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  1. I keep asking. Given his hitting in last years short season, his hitting in spring training and his gold glove level defense at 3rd, why wouldn’t he be used at 3rd versus Gosselin? I am baffled for weeks.
  2. Lou, I respect you. Give me your thoughts. Maybe I’m wrong.
  3. I know I have asked this before, but why hasn’t Taylor Ward been brought up? He hit really well in last year’s shortened season and I believe he hit over 400 this spring. He is an glode glove caliber 3rd baseman (while Rendon is out) and can play both corner outfield positions, 2nd and first. I don’t understand the logic of promoting Renjifo over Ward. My only explanation is that he’s in Maddon’s doghouse. I think offensively he’s figured it out and if anything, he seems to be just getting better as he gets more MLB at bats.
  4. Trying to understand why Taylor Ward was not the player called up after Fowler’s injury. He hit well (be it a small sample size) last year and hit the cover off the ball thus Spring. I appreciate the Rojas story, but to me, Ward, to date, has shown to be a better hitter. He can play both corner outfield positions, is a gold glove caliber third baseman in Rendon’s absence and can fill in at 2nd and first.
  5. I’m just wondering if given that our new GM came from the Atlanta system and that Sean Newcomb is in the Braves doghouse, whether it might be worthwhile seeing what it take to get him back? He’s young and has ace stuff. His issue has been control. If he can learn to throw strikes more frequently he might be a top of the rotation piece. In general, I prefer to move players after a good year and pick up players after a down year. What do my fellow angels think?
  6. Very sad. Grew up in Queens. Went to see a doubleheader at Shea. Seaver threw a 2 hitter in game one. Nolan Ryan pitched a 3 hitter in game 2. Field level seats were $4.00. Just a great pitcher and part of my childhood. Rest In Peace, Tom Terrific.
  7. Dear Friends: I like Billy Eppler. I have defended and supported Billy Eppler. Billy has done some good things like developing our minor league system. Some of his trades have been good. All that said, he’s done a terrible job at creating/developing a high level starting pitching staff. Again, I have been an Eppler supporter until now. I was wrong. The most important thing (in my view) if you want to win is to have quality starting pitching. I grew up a Mets fan in the late 60’s living in Queens. The Mets had little offense but were in most games due to their starting pitching.
  8. Salary aside, I’d rather keep Goodwin’s bat in the lineup than Upton. As Tommy Lasorda once said about Kurt Bevaqua (probable misspelling of last name), “he couldn’t hit water if he fell off a boat.” Upton looks lost at the plate. He looks unable to hit a breaking ball. I hope I’m wrong about Upton but right now he’s not helping the offense.
  9. I appear to be in the minority. You will regret the firing of Eppler--especially if Dombrowski is hired, as has been rumored. Dombrowski destroys farm systems. Eppler has made some mistakes. All GMs do. Bill Stoneman made mistakes, but he also signed/drafted the team that won the World series. I thought the Ausmus hiring was uninspired. I said so at the time (as did many others). Cozart was a huge mistake (obviously). Eppler rebulit the farm system. That's huge. Eppler was responsible for the Ohtani signing. Trout said one of the primary reasons he signed his extension wa
  10. I appear to be in the minority. You will regret the firing of Eppler--especially if Dombrowski is hired, as has been rumored. Dombrowski destroys farm systems. Eppler has made some mistakes. All GMs do. Bill Stoneman made mistakes, but he also signed/drafted the team that won the World series. I thought the Ausmus hiring was uninspired. I said so at the time (as did many others). Cozart was a huge mistake (obviously). Eppler rebulit the farm system. That's huge. Eppler was responsible for the Ohtani signing. Trout said one of the primary reasons he signed his extension wa
  11. Dear Fellow Angels Fans, I love the Angels. I have followed them since the mid 1970s. I have not submitted a post since about a year ago. That was after Scoiscia was let go. I submitted a post with the heading, Be careful of what you ask for. concerning his being let go. I have not been overly impressed with Ausmus. Yes, I know we have had injuries and tragic losses this year. That said, Ausmus still doesn't overwhelm me as a leader. I have questions/concerns after watching this team throughout the season. I apologize if any to all questions have been addressed in prior p
  12. Dear Friends: Like many of you, I remain optimistic our Angels can compete for a wild card spot this year. Hopefully, we take advantage of our upcoming games with Baltimore and Detroit. We have an above average offense and an above average bullpen. With the addition of Adell next year, Ohtani returning as a pitcher and the maturation of guys like Canning and Soarez, we should be better next year. If we sell prior to trade deadline, that doesn't necaserilly mean we are giving up on this season. It all depends on what we sell and we we get in return. We have a surplus of good infield
  13. My humble observations after the first 3 games are as follows: Sooner than later, the angels will part ways with Zach Cozart. You just can't have a third baseman who produces no power and hits below the Mendoza line. My hunch is if Cozart contnues not to produce, he'll be released by the end of April and the team will go with another option. Maybe Rojas as has been suggested. Peter Bourjos: Same as above. we can't have a left fielder who hits below 200. Felix Pena: I love his stuff, but I've noticed over almost every start I've seen that he is dominant as long as no o
  14. Dear Fellow Angel Supporters, As many of you, I am not blessed with inside information. That said, I have a prediction (which I will probably receive much deserved criticism and ridicule for): Albert Pujols will announce his retirement prior to the start of the season. My reasons (in no particular priority order): 1) Billy Eppler is as smooth as a velvet glove when delivering the "don't let the door hit you on your ass on the way out" message. He essentially fired Mike Butcher and all Mike said when leaving was how smart and wonderful Billy E was. Billy was able to end Mike
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