The April 11th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Vlad Guerrero arrested after night club brawl, Dipoto talks sabermetrics, Angels still have some of the cheapest tickets in MLB and much more...
The Monkey Says: This obviously does not sound like something Vladdy would get involved in, but he did turn himself in. Hopefully this all gets cleared up quickly.
The Monkey Says: Step back from the ledge all you old schoolers, he talks about blending statistical analysis with more traditional scouting practices. Like it or not, involving more sabermetrics into the front office can only be a good thing.
The Monkey Says: I kind of feel like the whole part where that price index excludes premium tickets is a way to game the average price, but it is certainly encouraging that the Angels barely raised ticket prices despite their massive outlay of long-term contracts this off-season.
The Monkey Says: It is nice to see that not everyone is dumping on Trumbo after just two games. I still don't know that it is a match made in heaven, but I very much agree with the sentiment that they "need each other."
The Monkey Says: That sounds a little dubious, but it is hard to blame him after seeing his career potentially derailed by the knee injury that he thinks carrying less weight somehow caused. He looks much better this season, but he will still have to continue proving himself if he wants to hold onto his roster spot once Bobby Cassevah is ready to come off the DL.
The Monkey Says: Garrett Richards was good too, but Williams was always going to get the fifth starter spot barring an absolute disaster.
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There was a guy in the frat who was about 6'7" and ugly in a mean looking way. Except he was the nicest guy in the world who would never hurt anybody. Get him in a bar, include some liquid courage/stupidity and some idiot would always think, "This guy ain't so tough. I could take him." This could be what happened to Vlad, if he was even there. Let's face it, Vlad looks more like the evil visage of Mohamed Farrah Aidid than the dude they put in Black Hawk Down and I can easily see some knucklehead having the same (lack of) thought. While I can't reconcile "reduced weight" with "wrecked knee", I have to admit that Jepsen looks a lot better already this season. SABR, analytical probability matrix, whatever you want to call it; even a little is better than what we had. Stoneman probably accomplished this on a sub-conscious level based upon his professional experience but it turned out to be a sense Reagins could never develop. I like this Alden Gonzalez guy. A lot. He sent out a lot of nice subliminal messaging to the Trumbo naysayers out there. Well done!