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Hard to normally feel bad for a Ranger fan but...R.I.P.

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Ugh. I heard about someone falling and dying out in Arlington and assumed drinking, typical douchery, etc. Then I read the story and feel horrible for his young son and family, and feel bad for Josh Hamilton as well. Well wishes to the family. Throwing balls into the stands is as old as baseball itself, so hopefully nothing changes at that park - although I'm sure Josh can't help but wonder "what if..." Rest in peace.

Is the AL simply better than the NL or does the DH break the competitive balance? (Note: I realize...

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Is the AL simply better than the NL or does the DH break the competitive balance? (Note: I realize the picture would indicate the opposite, but the 2005 playoffs forever drive my passion to see the White Sox eat dirt) I have a strange baseball fetish. When the Angels are winning a game against particular rivals such as the Yankees, Boston, and Dodgers, I love to listen to the opposition radio broadcasters and the pity parade that sometimes follows. So while listening to AM 790 today, their announcers (Rick Monday and Charley Steiner I believe) brought up how the AL has beaten down the NL in recent interleague play. The AL has won the majority of games for seven consecutive years (with the most lopsided being 2006 where the AL won a ridiculous 154 games vs 98 for the NL) and are leading this year, if my count is correct, by a margin of 80-73. Their assertion was that this was not due to the AL having greater teams or greater talent as a whole - which is my belief - but that the DH gives the AL a great advantage. For the record, I tried finding a way of comparing relative strengths of talent in both leagues and simply don't know how as there are no controls to give the data any real meaning and weight in terms of an apples-to-apples valuation. The funny part though is that in the same conversation, after stating that the DH gives the AL a large advantage, they touted how the NL-aspect of having to manage the pitchers, double-switches, etc. adds much more to the game of baseball in that it's more strategic, difficult to manage well, etc. So if that is the case, it would seem the NL should have the advantage in that many AL managers would fall far short in this regard, the pitchers can't hit for crap, yadda yadda. So is it sour grapes or...? If there is one consensus criticism of Soth, it has to be his management of pitching in general and bullpen management in particular. Therefore, you would think the Angels would have a hard time in interleague play, but recent history shows that to be exactly the opposite. Well, I'm not sure anyone can agree on what the real reason for AL dominance is (relatively speaking), but I for one enjoyed the arse-kicking today and hope it continues for years to come!

1.2IP 6ER 3BB 1HBP 1K

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1.2IP 6ER 3BB 1HBP 1K

I think this is going down on his Angels tombstone tonight. Over/under on Kaz being DFA'd tonight vs tomorrow? And does Chatwood keep his spot rest of year? (Posting VIA phone so no formatting :/ )

Torii Can Count - Or Can He?

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While it's bad enough on reports that team chemistry isn't the greatest, the starting pitching has been the ONLY stand-up part of Angels baseball this season. That is, unless you are counting - and counting homeruns given up by Angels pitching to be specific. Per an article in the OC Register (title is the link) posted last night: "And we gave up 11," Hunter said. "Nobody's really talking about that. Eleven or 12, right? This homestand, we counted 11. Me and Vernon (Wells) and them, we counted 11" Thanks Torii. But before you start calling out starting pitching, maybe you should work on counting outs. I counted 2. The other fans and I, we counted 2.

So I'm unable to sleep thanks to infant feeding/crying cycle #7124. Rummaging through most of my...

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So I'm unable to sleep thanks to infant feeding/crying cycle #7124. Rummaging through most of my crap-tier links for entertainment, I see a Mike DiGiovanna twitter which builds on what Turk posted: MikeDiGiovanna Mike DiGiovanna Kazmir was so wild in trip-A start that, in add. to 4 walks and 4 HBPs, he threw 3 pitches behind RH batters. #Angels will release him soon. The magic words that feel almost as good as a large Fatburger with fried egg and relish at 4am... #Angels will release him soon. So does Mike D. have some inside insight or pure speculation and just what all of us wish, hope, and expect sooner or later? Truth is, a shy, bald buddhist could guess The Kaz should be let go but given how the FO has run things lately, I'd not be surprised if he's allowed to pitch two starts in a row. I should be excited he's gone, but sadly it's a bittersweet reminder of the charred remains that TR (and Soth?) have left in place of what once was an exciting, vibrant team. I want to say something positive in parting, but I can't. Hurry and please take Wells, Mathis, Willits, Rodney, Takehasbrowns, Branyan, and Reagins with you. And kick Soth in the arse enough times that he cries uncle before you close the door.

Stay classy Boston and New York, stay classy! I guess you need to teach 'em young. I love how...

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Stay classy Boston and New York, stay classy! I guess you need to teach 'em young. I love how Escobar pulls a full mangina and tries kicking a dude in the head while he's down. On second thought, how much would it cost to hire him and practice on Rodney and Mathis to put them on the DL? Ahh hell, half the team could use a good kick in the head rightaboutnow.

When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It's for fun. Down with the...

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When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It's for fun. Down with the Rally Monkey, on with Nacho Libre luchador masks! It worked. I'm probably the only one who has that as my favorite comedy (tied with The Big Lebowski). More masks, less monkey! Plus, it makes a few of them easier on the eyes. The Angels won, but I think Rodney learned his pitching at the Oaxaca Parish Convent of the Immaculate Hearts Sisters Ladies Mountains of Guadalupe.

Can we do this to Wells for PISSING all over our team? Unfortunately, I don't think he's agile...

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Can we do this to Wells for PISSING all over our team? Unfortunately, I don't think he's agile enough to not die in the process. So.... ...win-win ?

Wells could learn a thing or two about bat speed from a lady... I think. She is. a...

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Wells could learn a thing or two about bat speed from a lady... I think. She is. a lady... (( The look on the dad's face is how I feel watching Wells play )) The story background can be found here. But tantalizing video is so much better. I can't fathom why, after stopping the first time, she had to do it again. Did someone in the crowd say "I didn't quite get it, do it again?"

I'm not one to rely too much on MSNything, but for what it's worth... looks like Frank's nickles...

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I'm not one to rely too much on MSNything, but for what it's worth... looks like Frank's nickles are not clinging together all too well. So will this lead towards the same thing we saw happen in Texas? Or might a bunch of cholos get together, dig a tunnel from just across the border into the outfield bleachers, and fund the team with sales of freakydo?

MLB power rankings same kaka as BSPN ones?

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Ok, I know power rankings are about as useful and meaningful as a Charlie Sheen ticket show stub, but they are still fun for discussion points if nothing else. So, I'd like to discuss with the author of this article the merits of my middle finger as it relates to the Angels being tied with the Rangers (as he mentions) yet the Rangers are #1 and the Angels only move up 4 spots to #8?!? The Angels are on fire, the Rangers just got swept....but hey, what do I know. EDIT: They didn't get swept, but don't argue with the facts that I make up. :P I forgot they beat the Skanks in the first game.

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Who's the REAL bulldog of the staff now?

I was surprised to see the results of a recent poll over at ESPN. When asked who the ace of the pitching staff was, Haren or Weaver, Haren led by a couple percentage points.   I assume nationally...

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Which tainted player will be the first to make it into HoF?

Something quick, fun and light before tonight's game! With the recent and unsurprising news that Manny has once again found himself under the cloud of substance issues, he has chose to retire **...

0 - 6 Yeah baby! Ok, the Angels are not exactly lighting up the league after two series...

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0 - 6 Yeah baby! Ok, the Angels are not exactly lighting up the league after two series against lesser teams, and I sure wish it was Texas 0-6 instead of 6-0... BUT I LOVE IT!! (( yes, they have a good team and like we say when the Angels go sideways, "It's a loooong season" but damn it sure is fun to troll their boards - errr I don't do that but I see others are ))
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An Angel fan who found out what really ails him...

Ok, this will be my last fanpost or reply to a post until at least 2 months into the season.  I've posted twice already in the last couple of weeks, and I don't want to wear out my welcome or turn...

Twelve reactions to the Vernon Wells trade

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Look who's post fragment is in here. Surprisingly, Matt's is the only real positive one. It is positive, right? ;) It feels like one of those interview background checks. Normally, you always instruct the person to dig for something negative. In this case, "Dig for something positive, we need to find something positive to add in with the rest!"

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Questions...

I was working under the hood much of the day so I was listening to A LOT of AM sports talk shows, XM-Sirius radio, and a little internet radio (love the IHeartRadio app). As you can tell browsing...

Sadly, when I stare at this face and think of what Tony Reagins has done to this once great team, I...

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Sadly, when I stare at this face and think of what Tony Reagins has done to this once great team, I can only think of a scene in one of my favorite movies... Walter, raising his crowbar in the air, and yelling "This is what happens when you f*ck a stranger in the ass!" (Censored version: "This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!") Thanks Tony, but it does not feel good. Now please remove your bumpy penis.

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Am I becoming one of them?

It is time to confess.  I think I'm becoming one of them...

With the Downs signing, allegedly Reagins posted this in response to his latest blockbuster...

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With the Downs signing, allegedly Reagins posted this in response to his latest blockbuster mega-deal. You show the league Tony, You show em! SPLASHES! LOUD SPLASHES!

I think the only SB Nation boards I can post on any more are the Pirates and KC. Ha! I don't...

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I think the only SB Nation boards I can post on any more are the Pirates and KC. Ha! I don't even know what I did to get this one other than they must have been pretty sensitive during the playoffs. It was probably that epic collapse in game 1 against the NY Bumbers. And I thought Texans were supposed to be 'tough'. Pussies. Anyone else banned from the entire AL West board? If not...get to it!

Lee being Lee? Or...

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He definitely said the right things. Really the right things. Probably nothing but does make you wonder just how much Ark. will play into his decision...

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Extended wild-card slots and extended divisional playoff series (for 2012)?

The MLB baseball union has talked about this before - and is at it again. Two points are being "discussed": Possibly add additional wild-card slots Possibly extend the divisional playoff series...

Allegedly, this started because the home fans were being "abusive". Can you imagine what Brandon...

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Allegedly, this started because the home fans were being "abusive". Can you imagine what Brandon Wood would do given what fans yell out when he's at the plate? Well...actually...he'd probably swing at a fan and miss. But still...! Hamilton police say no charges will be filed. WTF.

Interesting O'Day - Adenhart Article

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Rangers reliever continues to pay tribute to his fallen friend and former teammate (Source: The four letter word) "Nick helped me through a lot, and I still think about him a lot. It was tough. It certainly was. I remember Jerry telling me, 'Hey, you can go to the services if you want. You should go.' I kind of had that feeling where I wanted to go, but I figured if I went, that was the end of my career with the Mets. So I didn't go."

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What is the issue with what Jeter did?

For those who missed the 'controversy', you can watch it here. I'll keep it short and simple:  He did nothing wrong, violated no rules, and performed in the spirit of the game (i.e. did whatever...

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Is Seattle where players go to die?

Ok, when your team is playing like the matted sh*t on the back of a dog's ass, it's really hard to point at anyone elses team and laugh. Except Seattle.   And doing so at least provides a...

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Could Arte ever do this?

Could Arte ever write an open letter to one of our homegrown "superstars" and call him out? This Open Letter to Lebron was just released and written by Dan Gilbert, majority owner of the...

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Pulse check - Strasburg vs Wood trending

What do you think has a more likely probability of happening the rest of the way out? Strasburg trends towards an above-average pitcher the rest of the way out, with more ER's on his plate as he...

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If an Angel did what Zambrano did, would you...

...be against him or support him? If you've not seen/read about it, you can find it here. The last incident like this the Angels really had was Jose Guillen.  The difference, of course, was: 1...

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