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  1. Wow, I hope you can find a little bit of class, Arch. I wasn't sharing anything personal with you, just sharing an opinion on a forum. I suspect you watch 70+ Angel games a year because you are an Angel fan. I don't watch quite that many, but close. You would need to read and comprehend the thread to understand your comment has nothing to do with my point, but I'd prefer you just let it go.
  2. By definition, absolutely nothing. In reality, for the average baseball fan in America, playing on the west coast (time zone) for a sub-.500 team that does not go the playoffs results in fewer prime time games, including the joys of October. I live in Wisconsin and can tell you there are many teams broadcast here more than the Angels in large part because east coast and winning teams are network priorities. Strad, I don't own a FB account, so I'm unsure where I came up with the crazy idea that the best player of our generation should not have to wait more than 10 years between playoff a
  3. To follow up, you make some great points and I get it. My only request is that if this is our plan, please free him for his sake and the rest of baseball to enjoy.
  4. I couldn't agree with you more, MMC. We have been beating the mantra shared by Ten (honestly, no offense, I understand the perspective) for 5 years. Each of those years we have gotten really excited about potential free agent arms that would put us in the running, only to be asked to understand the reasoning why it can't or shouldn't be done. And each of those years we went into the season convincing ourselves that it is really best that we didn't "overpay" for the player(s) that we were so excited about. Second is correct in that JD hurt us badly and we feel it to this day. But at
  5. Barria doesn't play in the pen; he needs to be apart of a deal for an additional SP We need a FA ace; Bauer makes sense of multiple levels, but I don't have as much faith in him as I did with, say, Cole. I do think we need two, losing Barria. Pushes everyone down a slot and frees up options. We do need another reliever. I don't see the RF need as many here do.
  6. Sorry, I tried to capture your quote about putting anything past him, but apparently I'm not tech savvy enough to know how!
  7. I wouldn't put anything past him, either. That said, it can't hurt to drive the price up!
  8. I'm thinking this is about risk/reward as it's the only reasonable explanation to leave him off. He's not ready for the majors and they didn't want to start his clock. They rolled the dice knowing a team would have to stash him for a year and we lost. They responded by picking up a similar profile guy. Other than outside issues we wouldn't know about (attitude, work ethic, etc.), there is no reasonable explanation that I can think of.
  9. I read this board multiple times a day and rarely post. That said, I haven't seen any mention of the first thing that crossed my mind and am wondering if anyone else has consider it. I see the Mets and Dogs as the primary competition for Bauer. The Mets want a catcher and have been linked to McCann and, to a lesser degree, Realmuto. They are also heavily linked to Springer. It's likely they won't go so far as adding Springer, Realmuto, and Bauer. Is it possible that Perry is attempting to drive McCann's price up and/or forcing the Mets hand to prevent them from acquiring Bauer? A
  10. I voted no. Then I learned that Second and Doc voted "yes" and I questioned myself! I keep coming back to a few things. For all of his faults (namely, FA starting pitching on a budget that maxed out at 10 mil or so, he struck out almost every time), I honestly think we will look back as him being a foundation builder. He brought the farm back from one of the worst in baseball's recent history to middle of the pack in 4 years. He signed key players (Trout, Rendon, Ohatani), he fixed the BP on next to nothing most years. He made a few mistakes, like Upton's extension, but no GM in base
  11. Thanks, Second. It's information like this causes me to visit this site multiple times daily. As a high school principal, I only wonder how you are able to post throughout the school day:-) I kid!!!! Thanks for all of your contributions, I'd love to buy you a beer! Mike
  12. I think you're spot-on, Doc. But in all fairness, I think having Mike Trout on your team has, in large part, served as the impetus behind the approach for years. There has undoubtedly been pressure to build a winner rather immediately during his entire career (particularly before the extension). I'm not saying it's been a correct or incorrect approach (I'm not a fan of hindsight), but am only pointing out I understand the reasoning behind the approach. Heck, we have all wanted Mike to get to the playoffs asap for his entire career.
  13. Game 6, I did that intentionally due in large part because I don't come to the forum to draw lines in the sand and argue my position to the point of getting personal with fellow Angel fans. Enough people do that here already. Instead, I tend to enjoy the varying perspectives and the rationale behind them (though I really come here for information more than anything). As I stated earlier, I don't pretend my opinion matters and quite honestly, don't have nearly enough insight to take a comfortable stand either way. For example, I have no idea what has/hasn't been done behind the scenes w
  14. I've been reading this forum multiple times daily for the past few years, but rarely post. I come here for information, insight, and enjoy the dialogue held by many of the regulars. This particular thread really speaks to the overall perspective of many on the board. We have people who love to use hindsight as a means by which to determine their perspective, but in the process lose track of all reality of the things that were in play when the moves were made. So "FIre Eppler" is the obvious response because, somehow, someone else would have made the right decisions had they been in cha
  15. I'm not at all upset. I am simply trying to suggest that this might not work out quite like we have been led to believe. I hope I am wrong and Eppler kicks ass. If/when it doesn't, I look forward to posters like yourself that will be quick to bitch and complain about how much we gave up after all the details are out, shocked that we got screwed and pissed at Eppler for giving up way too much.
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