Every year I come up with a bold predictions article and every year I’m confronted by the same question. Do you make a bold prediction knowing full-well it probably won’t come true just for the sake of being bold? The answer, I’ve concluded, is yes. I could make more sound predictions and come across as a reasonable and level-headed fan, but that would simply not do the term “fan” any justice. Fan is short for fanatic and a fanatic is not reasonable or level-headed. So it is in that spirit I present to you my 2014 Bold Predictions for the Angels.
First, let’s review 2013’s. If they’re terrible, I give you the reader, full permission to stop reading ahead (as though you needed it).
1) By the end of 2013, Hank Conger and Chris Iannetta will be in a fairly equal time share
TRUE! By the end of the season, despite being inked to a three-year extension, Iannetta found himself splitting time with the up and coming Conger.
2) Josh Hamilton will hit under 30 HR’s in 2013.
TRUE! Sure, I predicted better numbers than the .250 and 21 HR’s he produced, but my premise was still accurate in that he was past his power prime and the move from Arlington to Anaheim would dilute his power numbers.