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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.
  16. Totprods, I respect the hell out of you and your insight. Love reading your stuff here daily. But I disagree with your premise. Okay, Joc hit 30 homers once. He also has hit over 25 in three years and is 27 years old. Spin it as you will. Stripling comes to us as no worse than a 3rd starter. His remaining potential, despite being 30, suggests he could be a strong benefit to our current club as constructed. Feel free to disagree. Your comment about Pages is entirely accurate. His high leg kick scares the hell out of me. But your statement related to the "signific
  17. While we anxiously wait to see if the Betts deal will go through, I can't help but wonder if we are ultimately going to be disappointed when the final details of our end of the trade comes to fruition. Right now, we are led to believe we will acquire a 30+ home run guy, a young and proven starter, and a top 10 prospect in our organization. And the primary piece in return, Rengifo, is a relatively unproven middle infielder. I understand the salary component of it. But here is why I am preparing myself to be disappointed despite the tweets that claim we won't need to give up our top pro
  18. I agree. Ultimately, I think the Twins actually hold the cards here. There is no way Betts and Price can return to the Boston dugout. Furthermore, there aren't many suitors out there willing/able to take on both in the manner the Dodgers have. Despite the negative press, Boston doesn't have a lot of options but to find a way to make it work. If the deal falls through, the Dodgers can easily find partners for the three (two) who might be too hurt to return. And the Twins' clubhouse will be fine due to the medical report.
  19. I don't think anyone here would argue the top of our rotation is weak and could use another frontline starter or even two. I suspect those damning the thread have this in mind.....kind of the "beaten horse" line of thinking. Others are trying to point out there are ways to win/be successful without having a dominant front half of a rotation. In other words, being strong in other areas such as the bullpen, defense, offense/run production, etc. can surely offset the lack of frontline starters to some degree. Most would agree the surest bet to a successful season and playoff run is to
  20. No, thanks for the details. There are a number of guys who post regularly that I really appreciate and you are one of them, so I appreciate your insight. After reading your reply, I better understand you disdain for Eppler. I hadn't realized it was related so much to his choices on drafting. I was thinking you were peeved about this year's free agency. I knew from your prior posts you weren't excited about Keuchel or MadBum (for the record, I'm not either, especially Baumgarner). Like you, I would have jumped for joy had they been able to lure Wheeler here for more than he actually s
  21. Second, I have enjoyed your posts for a long, long time. You keep stating how you are disappointed in Eppler with regards to the SP market this summer. While everyone is disappointed we didn't land a top tier pitcher or two, I would like to know what you would have liked Eppler to do. We know of the four who were never coming here. Would you have liked him to outbid the contracts for Ryu and/or Keuchel or are you referring to not pursuing the Homer Bailey's of the world? I'm just wondering who some of the guys are you have in mind when you express your disappointment in Eppler.
  22. I continue to have faith in Eppler as I have really appreciated his big-picture approach to running the organization. For the life of me, I can't understand what those that are stating that we should have spent money on FA pitching so as to avoid having to trade our prospects for pitching are thinking. While I wholeheartedly agree with the premise, as I believe Eppler would as well, given hindsight, what reliable plan are those of this mindsight thinking would have been viable? Cole, Wheeler, Madbum, and Stras were never coming here. Furthermore, given their contracts, many of us h
  23. I don't think Mulwin or anyone else is arguing that Eppler has fallen short on the FA SP additions he's made in his tenure. His record there has been rather abysmal. With regards to the 7 players the A's acquired, they certainly had some success for them. Perhaps it's organizational? Heck, Chacin had better results after he left us. But you will also note none of the 7 are they types of #1/2 pitchers we are all longing for, either. Bean is pretty damn special. I don't think the level of mismanagement that occurred for literally years was ever going to result in an organization
  24. I'd like to see you elaborate on this with a trade of Simmons for a combo of pitching/prospects and the insertion of Fletcher/Rengifo to cover SS. It would open up $ for FA as well (late-tier innings eater, established vet MIF, bullpen, etc.).
  25. I debated posting the same thing and agree that McHugh is the top target after Cole. You have to get the best players/fit you can regardless of what team they are on, but boy, does it help if they are on the ones you are chasing.
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