Balls and Strikes

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Moran to have Tommy John surgery, done for the year


Well, I guess since he will spend all year on the dl he's an angel for good.

a few details on the Angels' revenues


They didn't include our rsn revenues in the bit, but have some great info on how much cash the team is bringing in (for anyone interested in trying to figure out the team's financial standing)

ernesto looking for a new walk up song, wants something that intimidates opponents


help out frieri as he searches for a new walk up song.

tanaka to yanks 155mil


Opt out after 4th year, 155+20mil. Thats a fat payday for tanaka. Heres to watching trout blast a few flat fastballs to fullerton.


Offseason Predictions

Who doesn't love to imagine themselves as the off-season master? Calling all the shots, deciphering who will surge on to career highs and identifying who will struggle and burden his team. What...


What's Really Holding the Angels Back

The Angels failed to reach the postseason for the 4th year in a row. The teams pitching has been (repeatedly) identified as the weak link and rightly so it seems. Our offense was a tick above...

MLB to suspend 20+ over biogenesis clinic


Mlb got Bosch to cooperate, suspensions are imminent for linked players. This might shake up the playoff race.



I just found a box of old cards and noticed a Jerry Dipoto sitting on the top of the stack.

Angels trade Geltz to the rays for De La Rosa


Geltz for a 30 year old reliever who has been in the minors for 13 years... who let reagins by DiPoto's phone?


Here's a little dreaming about what Trout could do

Comparing Age-20 Seasons to Career Peaks of HOF Greats to See Where Mike Trout Might Stack Up.

I took my kids up to the snow last weekend and we made this snowman.


I took my kids up to the snow last weekend and we made this snowman.

Napoli Deal has "issues"


Napoli's deal with the redsox still isn't finalized- apparently due to problems with his physical... so many jokes possible here


Little League Coaching Advice

I signed my 4 year old son up to play T-Ball this weekend. I knew there was a good chance the league would need coaches and since I played baseball quite a bit, have a relaxed schedule since I...

Haren admits he has had back trouble all year, will be checked by doctors


Haren admitted he has been bothered by his back all season and it has gotten to the point he will have it checked out. "It's getting to a point where I think we have to find out exactly what's going on in there," manager Mike Scioscia added. "He'll get evaluated when we get back to California, and we'll take it day by day." Get well soon, Dan!


Draft Strategy and Minor League Development

I was thinking about the Angels previous drafts the last couple days, mostly because of Trout and Trumbo and the amazing success they both are having this season. Trumbo is the one that really...


The Thing That Makes Baseball Great

We are just about a week into the season and the Angels are off to a disappointing start. All the stats tell us that over the course of the season, this team will be just fine. After all, its not...


Would We Trade Bourjos to Keep Hunter Around?

I found this little nugget stashed away on MLBtraderumors: Peter Bourjos, meanwhile, is still prominent on the Nationals’ wish list for center fielders, but the Angels want considerable value...

Vernon Wells Reworked His Swing During the Offseason


Apparently, too blessed to be stressed was lost all last season and confused about who he was. He tried to hit a home run every at bat and messed himself all up. Now he changed his swing completely and has a load in his swing and is going to be amazing. Here's to hoping he is right.

Worse in Real Life! Hard to believe, but the Marlins appear to have outdone the expectations for...

Worse in Real Life! Hard to believe, but the Marlins appear to have outdone the expectations for pure awful with their home run show.

Joel Sherman says 'A surprising number of baseball execs believe the dodgers will ultimately be in...


Joel Sherman says 'A surprising number of baseball execs believe the dodgers will ultimately be in play on Fielder.' Anything that keeps him away from texas.!/Joelsherman1/status/161126691786326016

Spring Training Tickets on Sale Saturday!!!


Angels spring training tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10A.M.!

Post on Roto Hardball about What Makes Albert Pujols Great


Good read about how Albert is the best baseball player ever.

70 Days until Pitchers and Catchers Report


Just a happy reminder that we are just over 2 months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training!

Dipoto Comments on the Iannetta Deal

"It’s not very easy to trade away a young pitcher like Tyler Chatwood, especially a guy who is relatively local," Dipoto said. "This one made a lot of sense for us in my mind. It answered a need at the big league level and gave us the kind of guy that fits in our clubhouse and brings a presence behind the plate that (Scioscia) will appreciate." Sounds like its Goodbye Mathis, after all.

Jerry Dipoto: Answer to All our Problems

Or: Explaining the Scioscia/ Mathis Love Affair

Scouts at the 66ers last night


I took my family to the 66ers game last night and noticed 7 or 8 scouts suddenly pop up when David Carpenter came on in the 9th inning. I talked with one guy who was there from the Rockies and noticed another from the White Sox. The others didn't have team affiliated stuff, but had the guns, iPads and other gear to take their notes made them easy to identify. Carpenter looked awesome- he throws 3/4 to almost sidearm with good heat, great command and solid breaking stuff.


Goodbye Woody!

 I was working on this for a while, put it aside when I got busy the last couple weeks but now seems like a good time to throw it out there.  A lot of people seem concerned that Brandon may end up...

Quite a bit of good news on the Injury Front


A few people have asked about updates on Morales so here you go- He is cleared for baseball activities. The link also mentions Vernon Wells played last night and Piniero threw 59 pitches in AZ yesterday.

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