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  1. Amazingly consistent his entire career. No 50 plus homerun season to generate extra attention, but every year, homeruns in the 30s and 40s. With elite rbi production and high batting and slugging averages. And a very good outfielder. Lack of high end speed was his only imperfection. Along with the HOF third baseman Eddie Mathews they formed a tremendous one - two power duo for over a decade. Longer together and better numbers than Mantle and Maris, but out of the spotlight. Their only post season success as a team were the 1957 and 1958 World Series. Winning the first, losing the second.
  2. Geez, pitching every fourth day was the norm for decades. And training, medical options, nutrition were so much more primitive. As well, players are generally much more educated about care for the body since they were kids. The stress of pitching on the body isn't worse now than then. Actually the fear of four day starts is more about a mindset created by analytics and strategy. Some brave manager/organization need to go against the conventional robotic trend and trust specific pitchers to know their own bodies and limitations.
  3. These one year deals don't address the future at all. Basically just rentals. If the player is really good he likely will generate a lot of interest next year and may be too expensive to re-sign. If he doesn't meet expectations then it means the signing was a dead end move. One and done. But no help for that one season. If he plays decently but not great or terrible you still have to decide on whether you want him again and work out another contract. I know finances are a big factor in these signings, but sometimes you outsmart yourself trying to be too cute. It reall
  4. He's going to the White Sox. Perceived as a serious young contending team already. Besides, they sent in their special negotiators to assure a happy welcome.
  5. a dependable catcher is important. Suzuki may not be more than average at bat or in the field, but he can bring savvy, poise and experience to tense situations. More so than an inexperienced catcher. And be a source of knowledge about other players. Solid, low key short term addition.
  6. Obviously health determines usage. And if his arm is up to a once a week rotation I doubt they let him go for more than six innings. Depending on pitch count of course. And there may be times where he needs extra recuperation between starts. I think around 90 - 110 innings if there are no setbacks. And providing he is effective. If he is healthy and ineffective then maybe half as many starts/innings. They will take their time and slowly retest him if he starts off poorly. Baby steps with a fragile asset for the mound. Hitting is also a question mark, but not part of this thread.
  7. 30 minutes from home. More stable family life. Probably a key factor. Not sure about salary comparisons. Also changing jobs/careers can be stimulating. Especially since he has been trying to do so and get into the front office side of things. Good luck going forward
  8. Base coaches also have input about strategy and player assessment as games are in progress. So they have to understand the philosophy of the manager and communicate to the players. Also some teaching skills and morale boosting.
  9. He had a good style. Informative.,cooly conversational, witty. Perfect for the pace and rhythm of baseball. I dislike the rabid homers who disrespect the opposition or meander into never ending stories. Former team players are usually selected as full time team color broadcasters, but it isn't really a prerequisite. As long as it's someone smart, professional and knows strategy and has insight about MLB personnel.
  10. Lasorda was the top Dodger pitcher for their AAA team in Montreal in the fifties. Before my time, but over the years he was always popular there. I saw many interviews with him when he brought the Dodgers to town, recollection his playing days and complimentary to the city and fans. But he still broke their hearts in 1981.Always a great baseball ambassador. His presence will be missed.
  11. Fregosi was a leader and an all star. Ryan was inconsistent and a number 3/4 starter for the Mets. Not as good as Seaver or Koosman at the time. You hate giving up proven quality for potential, but the timing was right and the gamble paid off. Too bad Nolan had to head back to Texas. He was missed.
  12. Mid January I think. He'll want some time before spring training to get acclimated to a new city and mentally prepared for a new team. The teams want to be able to design their rosters knowing whether he will be part of their mix sooner rather than later.
  13. Happy new year Angel fans. 2020 sucked in so many ways. Real world, entertainment and sports. Personally I was hospitalized and had surgery for the first time in my life. Puts things in perspective. I'm doing well now and looking forward to a really positive Angel showing. Baseball is a real cohesive part of the fabric of life for many. I always liked this picture and quote from 1954, the first year if Sports Illustrated.
  14. Snell and Gray. Savvy veterans with probably two or three quality years left at least. Experienced, been with playoff teams, know the league. Know how to get out of jams and remain poised under pressure. Not elite, but professional. durable and dependable. At this point. Minasian needs solid veteran starters for a couple of years while the farm team produces and younger players mature. Deals can be made if the opportunity to add quality presents itself. We could use a Clyde Wright type of top end starter.
  15. Merry Xmas, happy holidays and hoping for a winning, playoff bound 2021! Time to take my Angel stockings out of their cellophane and hope for a Trout rookie card. Or something along those lines.
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