The November 8th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including bloggers vote Mike Trout AL Best Player, Conger amongst best pitch framers and much more...
The Monkey Says: And he won in a landslide that should be very similar to the size of the landslide in which he is going to lose the real AL MVP award to Miguel Cabrera. Just to twist my favorite knife some more, J.B. Shuck did not even finish in the top five of AL Best Rookie voting.
The Monkey Says: I keep wondering if Scioscia is aware of this as he supposedly loved Mathis (who coincidentally was amongst the worst framers in 2013) for his receiving skills, yet Conger doesn't seem to get much love for his defense from Sosh.
The Monkey Says: Speaking of framing, Iannetta sucks at it. Stabby McStabberson somehow hasn't received the same hatred from Scioscia that Napoli had despite similar problems with receiving skills.
The Monkey Says: Or anyone's really. While some errors are just plain flubs, there is certainly evidence that guys like Trout can force errors with their speed. One of the reasons some people actually make in support of bunting is that it is a play that results in a lot of errors, so one would think that there is value in trying to create errors. I say count the errors.
The Monkey Says: The bench sucked. It likely cost the Angels several wins because of just how badly Dipoto ignored the bench. None of the bench players even discussed in this post had any real impact on the team until the season was already lost. Instead the Halos flushed hundreds of innings down the drain on Brendan Harris, Brad Hawpe and Chris Nelson. Let's not make that same mistake again, Jerry.
The Monkey Says: Yeesh, and we thought that the Gold Glove results were comically awful.
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The bench was dreadful last year at best. Angels definitely need to look into beefing it up. Shuck being a 4th outfielder, and by 4th outfielder I mean backup left fielder, will help. I think Bourjos gets traded, Trout plays center, obviously, Hamilton stays in left like we saw at the end of the season, and Calhoun plays right. Shuck will play left field occasionally and get some AB's at DH. Romine should be a good defensive backup infielder who plays short, second, and third. I'd like to see the Angels sign Eric Chavez to platoon at third with Green or Jimenez, gives them a little more depth and flexibility. Maybe sign a Schumaker, Baker, Bonifacio, or Bloomquist who can play multiple positions to finish of the bench?
Since zero-tolerance rules have been in place long enough that the ability to use good judgement to determine the difference between a speed-related error and a dumb Grant Green-type goof at second has probably withered to to less than the size of our vestigial secondary stomachs I guess all errors should count towards OBP.
Quick! Trade Shuck straight up for David Price while others are starry-eyed about this ridiculous award!