The February 16th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including 19 Angels spring training games will be televised on Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, FOX to nationally televise the Halos eight times, Angels prospect rankings from averaging all available prospect lists and much more...
The Monkey Says: That's the most ever, I believe. What I am sure of is that my DVR is going to fill up pretty quickly March.
The Monkey Says: That's one less than the maximum allowed, which frees them up to be televised when they face the Rangers in what could be a key divisional match-up during the final month of the season.
The Monkey Says: I really hope that the averaged rankings were heavily weighted towards the real experts because I feel weird having my prospect rankings included with the likes of Keith Law and Kevin Goldstein.
The Monkey Says: Williams, Thompson and Wilson are the only ones even near the roster bubble, but it seems unlikely that any of them will be forced off the roster, barring Hank Conger unexpectedly beating out Wilson for the back-up catcher job.
The Monkey Says: That's interesting, a potential bummer but also probably an aberration based on other random circumstances. Still, given the overall overhaul of the Angels batting order, I don't see any way they can end up scoring fewer runs in 2012 than they did in 2011.
The Monkey Says: The only one I grossly disagree with is Trevor Reckling. I know everyone had high hopes for him once upon a time, but I think he is going to move to Triple-A and slam up against his ceiling once again. He's a great kid and all, but I think it is pretty telling that any team could've rolled the dice on a former top 100 prospect in the Rule V draft this winter and not one team took that chance.
The Story: How will the new Angels help in 2012?
The Monkey Says: Consider this: Pujols is functionally replacing Bobby Abreu, Wilson is replacing Pineiro, Hawkins is replacing Rodney and Iannetta is replacing Mathis. Those are all guaranteed upgrades so long as there aren't any major injuries. And all it cost was over one-third of a billion dollars.
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Okay so here's my thing with FOX broadcasting 8 Angels games. This is on the surface a great thing since it means the Angels are now one of the marquee teams in the game. However, if we get stuck with some make-shift announcing crew that somehow includes Kenny Albert, who routinely murders player's names, or the overwhelmingly vacant personality of Eric Karros I may have to set myself on fire. There's an inherent advantage to having a consistent announcing team (unless you live in Kansas City...sorry Royals fans you have been warned) that Fox simply cannot provide. But it might mean that my Saturday recaps actually get completed on Saturday, which would I'm sure be a nice change for my esteemed leader here at Monkey with A Halo.
@lyonszen I'm feeling your pain, brother. I'm pretty lucky. My wife got me an iPad a couple of Christmas's ago and the MLB app streams the radio announcing teams for both teams playing any given game. It's called MLB '11 but if I have to buy '12 to keep the streaming active I will. Better the devil you know...
I stayed up past midnight writing what I thought would be a genius article, combining all the different prospects and creating the ultimate top prospect list then comparing how each prospect list compared to the consensus one. I woke up this morning and SAM FREAKIN' MILLER (pretty nice guy actually) had just published it. This is what I get, I did it last year and had been mulling it over for the past 3 days before deciding to act on it. I'm still publishing mine, just because you can't put that much work into an article and not publish it.
@ScottyAllenLAAI That's the problem with blogging, if you don't publish an idea quickly someone else will undoubtedly think of it first.
Yes, Mr. The Monkey. This "adding a slugger can make the lineup worse" premise has no legs in the case of Anaheim. What it does (we hope) is add stability to the lineup. We'd like to think Scioscia won't have to feel compelled to shuffle people all over the field in a (usually) vain effort to inject some scoring into the offense. Howie should be able to play one position the entire season. Izturis can go back to spot starts for the purpose of giving other infielders a rest. It really grinds my butt to admit that Callaspo had slightly better overall splits than Izturis but there's always the chance Izturis could improve his batting a little by spending the bulk of his time at one position. Reaching, huh? OK, scratch that, but I would very much like the defensive and base running improvement Izturis could offer by spending more time at third.
It would help if Albert hits the 48 HR's MLB projected for him. As wacky as that number sounds to me, it would be the cure for everything. Almost as important, though, is Wells making an a more balanced contribution to the team.