The April 29th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including frustrations boil over in the clubhouse, Hanson returns, Burnett to the DL and much more...
The Monkey Says: That frustration was memorialized in this GIF. It is also memorialized in my ulcer. I really don't even know what to say anymore. This was a huge series for the Angels to turn things around and they did the opposite. As much as I keep telling myself that it is still early, that excuse just isn't going to fly much longer.
The Monkey Says: When it rains, it pours.
The Monkey Says: It was Hanson's 24-year old stepbrother who passed away. That is just tragic. Hanson sounds glad to be at work, but it would be understandable if his performance tonight was affected. Condolences to the families.
The Monkey Says: It looks like the reports that he was heading to extended spring training games in Arizona was erroneous. Madson just can't past this hurdle. Once upon a time, he was supposed to be ready Opening Day, then it was by May 1st, now it might be June 1st if at all. Is anything going right for the Halos?
The Monkey Says: Great idea. Why would the Angels want organizational depth. It isn't like a lack of organizational depth is killing their bullpen, right? Delaney a 28-year old righty reliever who is stingy with walks and used to be able to strike people out even though he doesn't throw hard. Dipoto seemed to do well when he scooped up Dane De La Rosa, maybe Delaney will prove to be useful too.
The Monkey Says: Morosi chose Harper for bullshit narrative reasons, so we know for sure then that Trout is the true correct answer.
The Monkey Says: If there is one thing that Dipoto has unequivocally done right in his tenure it is getting the Angels re-established in international scouting.
The Monkey Says: It is working for him so far as he is racking up the infield hits. He is due for some regression though as even someone with his speed is going to have a hard time maintaining a .379 BABIP, unless that someone is MIke Trout and even that might be a tall order.
The Monkey Says: They pick someone every year, I guess it is Howie's turn.
The Story: Jerry Dipoto talks about "The Want To."
The Monkey Says: I don't know if I missed this months ago or just forgot about writing about it, but Dipoto basically ascribes to Hawk Harrelson's infamous TWTW statement, even though Jerry is into sabermetrics. He obviously talked about it in a more rational way, but I think it just boils down to him having a preference for guys with a strong work ethic. When not taken to an extreme like Hawk takes it, I see no problem with that. I would think most players have a very strong work ethic to advance to the majors, but perhaps when it comes down to scouting prospects, I can see work ethic being a major issue.
The Monkey Says: Very interesting stuff and something I think that sheds a lot of light on how Mark Trumbo has developed himself into a very good all-around hitter.
The Story: The wild life of former Angel George Brunet.
The Monkey Says: You're not going to believe this, but there was an Angel player in the 1960's that liked to drink and party. I'm sure he had a hard time fitting in.
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I haven't seen this discussed yet, but shouldn't there be an examination of the club's off-season and Spring Training prep? If players aren't hitting and getting injured, seems there's something amiss with pre-season work. This will particularly be an evident if the team turns things around after another terrible April.
@jdj74 That is an interesting notion, but I would think that with Scioscia leading things for 13+ seasons, the regimen is the same one that worked for so long. The injuries are more of the flukish variety this year and those that weren't were guys that the team was taking a chance on despite health red flags. I know everyone wants an answer, but I don't think there is any one thing that is to blame for the slow start.