The September 24th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including MVP case for Mike Trout, Pujols feels good and ready for normal off-season routine and much more...
The Monkey Says: Albert says he was working to get himself in playing shape earlier in September in case the team needed him, which they obviously didn't, which Pujols would've realized if he could do basic math. This bodes well for Pujols being a more productive player next season, but that is far from a guarantee.
The Story: The MVP case for Mike Trout.
The Monkey Says: All of these arguments make sense, none of them will change the fact that Miggy is going to win MVP again because BBWAA voters are resistant to changes and new ideas.
The Monkey Says: No, didn't I just say that?
The Story: Wait until next year, LA Angels.
The Monkey Says: There have been a lot of these lately, but I have to say I am surprised at the generally positive tone. A month ago before the Angels got hot, I don't think that would've been the case at all. This piece does have a nice reminder though that the Angels are on the hook for $126.5 million in salary next season, so even if they increase their budget, they still won't have all that much money to spend barring Arte Moreno losing his mind again. Keep in mind though that the Halos will clear nearly $10 million if/when they trade Howie Kendrick.
The Monkey Says: Get it? "Pitch" because they need better pitching? So punny. It really can't be stated enough how Garrett Richards's emergence made an already daunting task to improve the rotation far more feasible. They still have two slots to fill, but they don't necessarily need one of those guys to be a high end guy since Richards has been pitching so well.If they want, they can put the pressure back on the offense to carry the team and fill out the rotation with inning-eaters or with young guys who will now be under less pressure to make a big impact right away.
The Monkey Says: I missed it, but Bostock has always fascinated as a very unique case in professional sports history in the way he reacted to his performance related to his contract but also in terms of the sad and strange circumstances surrounding his death.
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I would like Mike Trout to have a fantastic season. The 2014 season will be the best one yet. It would be really nice to see the Angels come together. If the Giants could win it all in 2012, the Halos could Win it all in 2014.
So, I'm on the treadmill just now, catching up on Macworld podcasts (I'm forced to do this because there are no old MWaH podcasts for me to fall behind on), thinking about how much I hate the autoplay ads at this website when I get to the July 31 podcast, "Summer Mac and iOS Tips." What should Chris Breen bring up as his first tip but none other than the annoying autoplay ads and how to defeat them. The answer? A Safari extension called Click To Plugin.
Give it a try if you hate, as I do, having the screen shout at you while reading along and savoring the info concerning the Angels latest win in the author's inimitable style. This really harshes my buzz. It does allow the static version of the ad (eventually) but the point is to try to get Bloguin and others to see the light about how intrusive these damn things are. Click To Plugin helps you smite the unworthy, as Chris Breen just referred to spammers, and these ads are just as annoying as any spammer.
"Garrett Richards emergence"? Whoa, there, Tex! Aren't we getting a little ahead of ourselves? I only agree to the extent that they should throw him out there every fifth day next season just to see what he's made of. The Angels did a nice job of trying to build up his IP, even though he didn't always help by getting knocked out early. The innings don't always tell the story, though, and even when he was getting pummeled he faced enough batters that you could easily add 5-10 innings to his total.
Or...he could just as easily become Ron Roenicki 2.0 which, if they act quickly enough would give him a little trade value.
Maybe Pujols should consider a new off season work out routine. That same routine hasn't served him well the past few years.