The September 13th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including the 2013 Angels schedule is released, Pujols still dealing with calf problems, a detailed look at the resurgence of Ervin Santana and much more...
The Monkey Says: They also end the season in Texas and make a trip to St. Louis in between, which should be interesting, to say the least. Also, it apparently never occurred to the schedule makers that the Angels can play both the Rangers and Astros on one road trip to Texas. Such arrangements are usually made to cut down travel, but I guess that just wasn't doable this year. Hopefully they will figure it out in later years because that could become a real hassle.
The Monkey Says: In fact, it looks like he might have even aggravated it Tuesday night when he got tangled up with Brandon Moss on a play at first base. It doesn't seem to be hindering his hitting too much and one could argue that the leg problem has probably saved him from some of his standard TOOTBLAN instincts, so I really don't see this being a problem other than Morales maybe getting fatigued from playing in the field for an extended period for the first time since his injury.
The Monkey Says: It is interesting that the arm slot data doesn't back up their claims because I always thought it was a BS excuse, but I still don't really know what the issue really is either, so maybe I am full of BS.
The Monkey Says: I know nothing about either man but one can assume that they were let go since they were leftovers of the Reagins regime.
The Monkey Says: Which is too bad because they Angels need him as a pinch-hitting option (and yes, I am aware that he is 0-for-the season in that role; small sample, size my friends).
The Monkey Says: Greinke makes sense for the Angels, but he also invokes the Yankees even though there have been rumors for years that the Yanks are not interested in him because of concern over his anxiety disorder not fitting well into the Big Apple pressure cooker. As for Rodney, that is just plain dumb. If he had done even the slightest bit of research, he would know that Fraudney has irrational cartoon hate for the Angel coaching staff because of how he (falsely) felt that they slighted him during his stay in Anaheim. The coaches weren't too fond of him either, so I have a hard time believing that either side would field the other's calls, much less engage in contract talks.
The Monkey Says: I implore whoever wins this to film it and put it on YouTube because I really want to see the immense awkwardness of the winning fan just slobbering over Trout the whole night and completely ignoring Bourjos, possibly even mistaking him for the waiter.
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I. Hate. Interleague. And yet it keeps expanding. This is the opposite side of the coin wherein so many TV shows I like get cancelled. Firefly and New Amsterdam would be examples. Why "limit" the playoffs to ten teams?Just make baseball into hockey and basketball and have all playoffs, all the time after August 1. Why even play the World Series? It's not like there's any mystery to playing the "other" league anymore. Hell, they could just go to Interleague Playoffs, the thirteenth team in each league could play a one game playoff and then alternate, same league/other league, for each round thereafter. The final round could be "same league" so the best two teams (AL) would actually face each other.
And is that the same Willie Fraser who "pitched" for the Angels, uhhhhhh, a long time ago?
Doesn't matter what causes Santana's problems. They crop up as regularly as (fill in bowel movement joke, or whatever) and he should not be back next season in an Angels uniform.