The May 15th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Torii Hunter has left the team following his son being arrested for sexual assault, the Halos still have plenty of time to rally, looking for potential flaws in Albert Pujols' swing and much more...
The Monkey Says: This is just the worst. Hunter has always prided himself as a family man after growing up with an absentee father, so this has to hit him hard. There is no telling when he will return as these appear to be very serious allegations. Ryan Langerhans has been called up to take Hunter's place on the active roster.
The Monkey Says: That is completely true, with two wild card spots available, they have more than enough time to get back into playoff contention. The problem is that there is a pretty good chance that this team just stinks, and all the time in the world isn't going to cure that.
The Monkey Says: That is certainly possible, but his slump is so deep that I have a hard time believing that a slight alteration in his stance has turned him from the best hitter in the league into the worst.
The Monkey Says: This theory holds more water than Poz's theory, but again, it does not fully explain his slump. Albert is swinging at almost everything and a wobbly plant leg doesn't cause you to involuntarily swing at a slider in the dirt, last time I checked.
The Monkey Says: I don't know whether to laugh at that headline for suggesting that Vernon Wells has done remotely enough to earn his roster spot and salary or whether to cry at the notion that Wells is imparting his "wisdom" on the younger players because if he is, that might explain why this team can't hit worth a damn.
The Monkey Says: We all are, James. We all are.
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Let's not get ahead of ourselves with Torii's kid. This happened to a kid we all know at my son's junior high school: A girl likes the kid so she sexts a nude picture of herself to him. Don't get me started about how stupid people are for sending pictures of their junk/junkette to ANYONE. Anyway, the kid receives the picture, at school, turns to his buddy and says, "OMG, is this what I think it is?" KID gets hauled into the office for "distributing porn" and if the girl's parents don't do the right thing the kid could have been arrested and registered as a sex offender FOR LIFE. Kid's name withheld but this IS an actual person I know, not just some useless anecdotal evidence. Point is, "zero tolerance" rules have let common sense-less bureaucrats off the hook of decision making at every kid's expense. So, this problem with Torii Jr. could easily be absolutely nothing to anyone with a working brain, which often does not include edu-crats.
Sadly even if the problem is fixable, it won't help Torii's recent hitting. Mickey Hatcher has ruined him. How does that work, by the way, that Hatcher can be an all-world genius with Mark Trumbo and the worst coach ever with somebody like Albert, who, if I remember correctly, was hitting the ball pretty damn hard in spring training only to have the switch flipped to "Off" on Opening Day.
@Rick K. Just got to mother-in-law's house in time to see the AL West wrap on Quick Pitch. Like I wasn't starting the day depressed enough. Luckily I was spared more nightmares because Uverse FSW didn't carry last night's game. Yet AT&T has the nuts to advertise Uverse during every game they do show. They should have to put the disclaimer "Not all Angels games shown on our messed up version of FSW". Come to think of it, that might be a selling point.