The September 12th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout on pace to join exclusive club, Field optioned to minors and much more...
The Monkey Says: You know, I'm starting to think this kid might be good. He's no J.B. Shuck, but still pretty good.
The Monkey Says: You don't often see players demoted in September, but the Salt Lake Bees needed some infield depth for the playoff series, so Field was sent down to help their effort. He should be back soon.
The Monkey Says: He couldn't hit before he quite switch-hitting. He couldn't hit when he stopped switch-hitting. He has been hot since he started switch-hitting again, but we all know that is just a fluke.
The Monkey Says: Hambone has been kind of hot lately, but I'm not buying it. It is nice to see that he is still working on things and not just stubbornly sticking to his old approach, but he has been too bad for too long for me to be convinced by two good weeks that he is suddenly fixed.
The Monkey Says: For years the whispers from Angel camp were that Richards had a bad attitude about his role and griped when he got sent down to the minors. He should be better than that, but the organization should've also treated him more even-handedly and not jerked with his role so much. Either way, he seems to be in a good place now and is finally pitching at a high level.
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The sate of the angels lie at the feet of Artie moreno,
Pujols, Hamilton,morales,hunter, Grimke, they signed
Pujols for 8 yrs to many as well as Hamilton. Artie needs
to stop being al Davis - j jones- Steinbrenner, and let his
Front office & coaches do their job. They are quite capable.
Artie if you don't stop, your org, is doomed.
"not jerked with his role so much"? "We need him back in the starting rotation"(paraphrased, from a couple of months ago)? Selective memory is a wonderful thing. A quick look at his game log shows just how erratic Richards was earlier in the season and how his ERA and WHIP took on Blanton-like proportions. They had to get him out of there before his confidence collapsed; let him build it back with some short relief appearances. Even that was pretty up and down. '11 and '12 featured some pretty bad opponents against numbers for BA, OBP and SLG but they were showing slow improvement. To be honest, I was getting ready to write him off as a starter. So, one pitcher needs to be cut for an ERA of 5.5 yet another needs to be commended? Be somewhat consistent, please. Sure, he has some upside but upside doesn't always equal results.
I am glad he is now performing better. Maybe the team was correct in it's approach?
@Rick K. They have yanked him between the rotation, bullpen and minors for years now. That is what I meant by jerking with his role. They also never really gave him a long look in the rotation, even to start this year he got a handful of starts and showed promise before bumping him back into the bullpen. It is an issue even he has allegedly gotten pissed off about. I'd say give the team credit because their "approach" worked if only I had any confidence in this "approach" being part of an actual defined plan and not just kneejerk reactions from Scioscia and the front office.