The January 9th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels poised for positive regression, J.T. Snow got Hall of Fame votes and much more...
The Monkey Says: I think a lot of people think that as so much went wrong in 2013. The question is how much bounceback do they really have in them? At this point, I am seeing them as an 86-win team, and that isn't going to be good enough for a Wild Card spot.
The Monkey Says: But J.T. Snow got two votes! He was more of a Giant than an Angel, but we'll take what we can get. I still don't know who the hell thought he was worth voting for him, but, whatever. Heck, I'll even take the one-plus season Lee Smith played for the Halos.
The Monkey Says: Hudson is a speedy centerfielder with no power whatsoever who had a cup of coffee with the Orioles in 2011 and then bounced around some. O'Malley is a Tampa farmhand who also has speed but no power whatsoever. It is unclear if either of them are going to get an invite to big league camp this spring.
The Story: A profile of Angels prospect Michael Roth.
The Monkey Says: We are doing our prospect countdown right now and Inside The Halos apparently is as well. They do good work, so give them a read... after you give us a read.
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We traded Trumbo because we needed pitching, young controlable pitchers. Angels with all the injuries to pujols and bad season of Hamilton still finished 7th in MLB in runs. You want Trumbo sign Mark Reynolds or Cron will be up soon. Our farm system stinks right now with nothing on the way in young arms to help this year. So lets keep Trumbo low average and 180 strikeouts and low obp and pitch Blanton and Hansen in rotation this year. Rolling dice on Santiago and Skaggs but maybe only one starter away from having a chance in our division this year.
Is the correct word for "positive regression" something like "possession" or "posression"? I'm just dying to hear the latest made-up word. It will most likely be some multi-word term that will leave most of us unsatisfied. "Positive regression"? Ick. By definition, it doesn't work.
It's gotta be that JT got his votes simply for dragging Dusty Baker's boy out of harm's way in the World Series. There's really no other explanation for voting for a career .268 hitter with less than 200 home runs, is there?
Yes, it is as if the word "progression" had never been invented. When I read "positive regression" I just about fell out of my chair. It's great that the English language is living and elastic and all that, but why shoot for the double-negative with a single word is so much clearer? "Me, fail English? That's unpossible!"
@Joemromerobecause they were an 84-win team before that trade ;)
@GeorgeKaplan8 @Rick K. Positive regression and progression do not mean the same thing. Progression means to go forward in a positive manner from the present. Positive regression means to go back to a more preferable, previously held state. There is no word that means 'to go back to' that does not hold negative connotations, so it has to be 'Positive regression'