The September 15th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Rodney gripes about his role, the 2012 schedule is unveiled, Scioscia wants schedule reform and divisional realignment and much more...
The Story: Fernando Rodney is complaining about his role in the bullpen.
The Monkey Says: A general rule of thumb should be that if you can't get anyone out or throw a strike, then you should probably shut up. The closest thing to a legitimate gripe that Fraudney has is him losing his closer job just a few days into the season, but even that is a thin argument because he never should have been the closer to start with. I'm sure he is very frustrated, but he is doing himself no favors with potential future employers by bitching about his role. Missing the strike zone by three feet probably doesn't help either.
The Story: Check out the schedule for the Angels' 2012 season.
The Monkey Says: I'm not going to bother with analyzing the schedule because I really don't think it makes that big of a difference in the long run. The only issue I really care about is interleague match-ups since that is where the most glaring inequities can appear. Next year, the Halos draw the NL West which works out pretty well. The only real difference that the Angels have is that they get the Dodgers for sure while Texas avoids the Dodgers and faces the lowly Astros instead.