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I assume they had to move SOMEONE off the 40-man to make room for Frias coming off the 60-day DL...
Angels are not leaving Minnesota quite yet. Yesterday was the first game of a four game series.
CJ Wilson has been moved up to Sunday, as they put Shoemaker in the pen for a few days due to the two offdays surrounding the weekend.
My understanding is that the union allowed Hamilton to take a pay cut because Texas has no income tax, so the money to Hamilton would be comparable to what he would have gotten had he stayed in California.
"Brewster's Millions" is a movie with baseball in it, not a baseball movie, IMO
Scioscia DID come out of the dugout after the catch at the wall, though it may not have been shown or mentioned on the broadcast. He came out, looking over his shoulder, got about ten feet and then went back in the dugout, so I suspect he got word quickly that the catch was good based on the replay.
The OTHER reason for the play-in game, is that in a case like we had this year, where Det/KC and Pit/StL were separated by just one game, they didn't really care if they were going to be the wild card or the division winner. LA/SD entered g 162 tied a few years back and neither team really tried to win the game. The Dodgers yanked their starting pitcher after a couple of innings and went through the motions to tune up. The play-in game makes winning the division important enough to really try to win it in a close race.
"Duffy entered the season with nine career pickoffs in nearly 160 big-league innings. This season, he has nabbed four baserunners in 115 innings."
ummm, 9 in 160 is a higher pickoff rate than 4 in 115. (4 in 115 would be 8 in 230), so how is this an improvement?
It also appears that Amarista left the base line to avoid the tag, since he completely missed the plate on his slide and had to go back to tag it.
On further review, I DO remember Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas. That was a pretty memorable trade....
that was the first one that jumped into my head as well, though I don't really remember if I actually remember the trade itself or just the aftermath.
The Fregosi for Ryan/Stanton/Rose/Estrada trade also jumps in, but I was already in college, so not sure that counts as "growing up". How could they trade my favorite player for a bunch of nobodies???
ESPN says Gausman is scheduled to start in the double-header against the Rays on Friday even though he was sent down. Is that even possible? I thought you had to stay down ten days unless there was an injury and I think that would be only seven at most.
Umpire Jim Wolf's wife was in a Bunco group my wife dragged me to a few times.
Also, while coaching my daughter's softball team 25 years ago, we called up Wayne Nordhagen's daughter from the minors for one game.
And we are pretty sure that James Shields was on my son's recreational basketball team when he was in elementary school.
Maybe it is a west coast thing, but it seems like Jered Weaver's 95 pitch complete game was worth a mention, or at least George Springer getting injured trying to get back to first on a pick-off.....
Fastest STARTING pitcher to 500 K. Rob Dibble and Billy Wagner, at the very least got there in fewer innings.
Your football description doesn't say what a forward pass is, nor the restrictions on who can throw one. I suppose the word "tackling" MIGHT be self explanatory, but perhaps not. I think it may assume too much knowledge.
I keep seeing people say that if they hadn't signed Hamilton, they could have signed Greinke. Greinke signed BEFORE Hamilton, and the press generally reported at the time that the Hamilton signing was, at least in part, a reaction to losing Greinke to the Dodgers.
They could have also kept Torii Hunter....
Answer: Gross was already in the majors for quite a while.
Shuck is pretty fast, though.
I wonder what Greg Gross looked like at the same age?
I am a little surprised that no one has mentioned Nick Johnson yet.
Not to mention Cespedes
Weren't they also teammates on the Dodgers, when the opposite relationship was in effect?
If you were REALLY o-l-d-e old, you would remember when a million dollar contract was five years at 200K/yr
no, he doesn't. That is why the Hall picks the hats now.
And doesn't Wade Boggs have a Devil Rays hat?
I suppose there is a remote chance that Pujols could end up with and Angels hat, but that does seem unlikely, especially since the hall is picking that now.
The Angels' other chance would be if the Veterans' Committee adds Bobby Grich, also somewhat remote.
I don't know why I even looked at this article. I think I will keep three outfielders (Trout, Braun and Stanton) and can't imagine why I would keep a fourth. (8 team league with five keepers per team)
More specifically, Brian Downing and Christopher Reeve as Superman. Bill James even made that comment in one of his Abstracts.
From looking at the replay, I thought Pujols might actually have gotten "spiked" by Braun on the slide, consistent with the "raspberry" the announcers pointed out when he next batted. (if one can count it as being spiked when your arm collides with the runner's foot during a head-first slide)
I will just note that the FIRST of Walden's three straight blown saves was a game which he entered with runners on the corners and one out in the eighth inning in a one-run game (runners courtesy of Downs). That he allowed one of the inherited runners to score was unfortunate, but not a disaster. He did come out with the win. His second blown save was a different story, with two walks followed by a hit to blow the save AND lose. He did better in his third blown save, giving up only a solo homer. Walden's job seems safe for now, but Downs is certainly next in line.
He was implying (I thought) that hitting 26 homeruns at age 22 was extremely rare and the other people that did it all had much more impressive careers. If he gave a list of people who hit 25 or more homeruns at age 22 who had never hit that many before, it would be a longer list (but still impressive, most likely) with more relevance.
By restricting it to EXACTLY 26 homers in that age season, he ended up with a sample size that made it look rarer than it really is, since hitting more than 26 didn't count.
After further review, I see that it was a list of people who hit EXACTLY 26 homers in their age 26 season. All but Chavez and Dunn (and Pena) had a previous 26 or better homer season, which is more to the point. This is not a very informative comparison.
So your list is just people who hit 26 (or more?) homers in their age 22 season, ignoring any earlier seasons or other factors? Tony Conigliaro hit 32 in his age 20 season and 28 in his age 21 season (and 24 in his age 19 season). He had 20 in his age 22 season when he caught a fastball in the face.
Joe Grzenda is memorable in a weird way.
One of my favorites was Brock Davis.
I suppose you could look for pitchers with multiple relief years, instead of just one.......
But then he should subtract (R-HR) to get the right value. If some one is 1/2 with a homerun, his calculation will yield -1 (one hit - one homer - one run)
How can this article not even mention Terry Forster. Usually a reliever, and often in the American League, his exploits were limited.
However, he was 31/78 (.397). While he only had four extra base hits and two walks, that is still the highest batting average with that many at bats (although September callups have taken that title away briefly once or twice). He was 10/19 in 1972, the year before the DH, entering the 1973 season with a 12/24 career mark. Returning to the National League in 1977, he went 9/26 and 4/8 his first two seasons before Lasorda stopped letting him hit, going 0/4 during the period 1979-82. Then, in 1983-4, in Atlanta, he was 6/11 before an 0/4 his last season there (the only season he had three at bats without hitting over .300)
The only thing I see missing, perhaps is the other announcers (Doggett, Drysdale, Porter, Monday, Steiner, etc)
I think Weaver was left off because he is scheduled to pitch today, which would not allow him to pitch in the ASG.
I will say that I am in the opposite boat. I would be much more likely to attend in Anaheim (or elsewhere in Orange County), depending on the time.
If you are going to be out here for two weeks, perhaps you should consider one up in LA and one in OC.
The 11th is also the Futures Game as part of the All-Star festivities. I was at a couple of events out here when Joe and Jonah had them. One was at a Buca de Beppo, of which there are quite a few, and one was at a sports bar in the Irvine/Costa Mesa/Santa Ana area which is now an empty lot.
A minor point, but the local papers here said that the Angels OUTRIGHTED Evans to SLC, rather than "optioned". If they could option him, waivers would not have been a problem.
There is the additional point that Wilson may not have been able to clear waivers, or been perceived as such, as he is also out of options.
and Gary Matthews, Jr is another candidate for the 2010 outfield.
Joe Dimaggio did it his rookie year with 29HR and 24 walks (of all kinds). We don't seem to have IBB numbers for him, so he may even have done it some other time. His second season with 46 HR and 64 total walks might be a candidate. Of course, he had more HR than strikeouts seven times......
I am a little disappointment you didn't comment on the Dodgers signing Garrett Anderson to a minor league deal. He will supposedly be battling Brian Giles and Doug Mientkiewicz for the last bench spot.
Well, that is what I get for posting that without actually updating for new qualifying players for the last couple of years.
It was Phelps, Covinton and Roenicke until Branyan joined, and I haven't been updating my list for the last couple of years.
From 2002 to late last season, Russell Branyan had been the fouth player with more than two 20 homer seasons, but no seasons of 400 AB. Now that he cleared 400 AB in 2009, the list is back down to three.
SOME of Kendrick's gaps have been injury-related. Not last year, though.
This says "a pitcher with a higher BABIP will have a lower K/IP even if he strikes out the same percentage of hitters."
Isn't that backwards? If you have a higher BABIP, you will face more hitters per batted ball, as more will get on base. If you K the same percentage of batters faced, you should get MORE K's per inning. In the extreme case, Two pitchers both strike out every third hitter, and one has a BABIP of .000 and the other has a BABIP of 1.000, the first will have one K/IP, and the latter will have 3 K/IP.
Defensive Efficiency is not QUITE "1 - BABIP", because 1-BABIP gives the defense credit for making the plays which are scored as errors, when it should not.
You seem to be missing the link to your speed score calculations. Would be helpful to determine how important steals are in the that calculation, since using steals to predict steals dilutes the effectiveness of the measure.
I always thought Kotchman's upside was Mark Grace or thereabouts, which (I suppose) isn't all that bad. But as time went by, it became increasingly clear that that wasn't all that likely. (And I say this an an Angels fan).
I think this was a review of last year's top ten. Rivera probably did not forecast that well, having not played much in the past, especially the previous year.
McClelland said without instant replay, no one would have known he missed the calls. Perhaps we couldn't have PROVED it, but I could tell Cano was off the base from my seat in the upper deck.
Once the fans in terrace level saw the replay on the TVs they have down there, they started loudly booing, then the crowd started chanting "Bullshit" for quite a while. Did Fox let that through on the air?
Some of the scenarios have them making Monday an off-day and pushing games 3 & 4 back a day and losing the Wed off-day. Everyone says this would prevent Sabathia from pitching three times, but he could still pitch game four on normal rest and then pitch game seven on three days rest (just the opposite of their current plan). And given the long-range forecast I have heard for NY, they could also hope for another rainout next weekend to get game seven back to full rest.
(They could also pitch him in game three on Tuesday and then full rest for game seven, but that would mean using four starters in games 4-7).
Whether he was ahead of the hitters or not, Lackey took 21 pitches to retire the side in order in the first, which was disconcerting and part of why he only lasted to the the seventh. BOTH starters were at 50 pitches by the end of the third in a scoreless tie.
Happ took a liner off his knee and didn't look steady throwing afterwards, so they yanked him.
Today's off-day is caused because the Vikings are playing at home for Monday night football IN THE METRODOME, and the Twins' lease agreement does not allow them to bump them out or play the same day, and they get home field for the tiebreaker.
I suppose someone could pitch on short rest Saturday, as well. Or you have a second starter available for long relief on Sunday on full rest.
So, if the Twins tie it up by taking three of four, which is better positioned to deal with the lack of a fully rested starter from their top five on Saturday (due to yesterday's rainout)?
One of the more comparable suspensions would be the Angels suspending Jose Guillen, though that was for on-field antics, rather than talking to the press. There wasn't two weeks of season yet, but the Angels hadn't clinched yet, and the suspension essentially extended into the post-season.
Another thing the Angels bullpen has done at least last year and this, is that they have been very "good" at turning large leads into save situations. Justin Speier's problems last year contributed quite a bit to K-Rod's save totals, routinely turning four-six run leads into three run leads. Some of that has happened this year as well.
I am a little surprised you left Howie Kendrick out of this discussion......
well, Santana and O'Sullivan both pitched Tuesday, so both would be on only three days rest for this Saturday, and they didn't want to do that with either. So, they will start Loux or Palmer and won't need the fifth again until O'Sullivan is eligible to return again. Even if they hadn't sent O'Sullvan down, they would still be looking at Palmer or Loux for Saturday. This isn't the fifth spot coming up, but rather the sixth spot.
The rankings are his pre-season rankings.
The Mets blurb even says that it is hard to keep considering them the favorites.
I have been hamstrung with Reyes, Beltran and Soriano on my roster and I am not allowed to cut any of them. Luckily, I picked up Zobrist when Reyes went on the DL and Jayson Werth has filled in nicely for Beltran. I also used Callaspo for a little while to fill in for Zobrist and F.Lopez.
Though I haven't seen mention of it any where, I suspect that Jered Weaver being left off may have something to do with the fact that he is scheduled to start next weekend and would not have full rest, not that they need to use all the pitchers that make the team....
After trying it once again, for a longer time, it does cut out quite a bit without WiFi access. Still probably better than the highlight video and impressive to show other people.
I have played video over Edge a little and it certainly is better than the highlight video (I have a first generation phone).
I do wish I could watch the video of the game I am at sometimes (to see a replay or hear an explanation), but blackout rules do not allow that.
I will listen to most of a game on the radio part of the app, but not watch it on the phone for lots of reasons.
My impression from reading the LA times is that Escobar is certainly headed for the bullpen, something that he seems to agree with here: http://anaheim.angels.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090616&content_id=5354174&vkey=news_ana&fext=.jsp&c_id=ana
ENDANGERING Clint Hurdle's job???
I believe he WAS fired a couple of weeks ago, and that Jim Tracy is now the manager.
From rags to riches. I dropped Kurt Suzuki and now have to decide whether to start Wieters or Posada on a day-to-day basis....
"Alex Gonzalez had a cortisone shot in his strained oblique, in hopes that he can avoid the DL"
I got a cortisone shot in my shoulder last week, and was told not to throw for two-three weeks. Admittedly, I am older and not in as good shape as a MLB player (by a long shot), but the doctor said the risk of injury by trying to do too much was increased, as the shot would mask any discomfort.
Also, cortisone is a steroid (though not an illegal anabolic one).
Or maybe that isn\'t Quality Starts?
What is QS, any way.....
Dustin Moseley\'s stat line on the Angels looks ridiculous to me. First, he is a \"spot\" starter with 38 starts. 15 Quality starts and only 110 innings. The 15 Quality starts needs at least 90 innings (six innings per), leaving only 20 innings for the remaining 23 starts........
If you need another left-handed bat, Garrett Anderson is also still available.
Garrett Anderson is another left-fielder muddying the free agent waters.
Everyone keeps harping on the Angels\' weak competition, yet during the season the Angels commentators kept telling me that their record was actually better against better teams. And while I cannot find THAT split so far, the Angels were 30-16 against the ALE, the best record in the league.
If I have a complaint with Scioscia\'s pen usage, it is his reliance on the one-inning 7-8-9 guys. Several times this season we have ended up in extra innings, having only Darren Oliver to bridge the gap to Justin Speier, who usually ends the game quite promptly this season.
Shields\' innings are way down this season, as he rarely pitches over one inning. But even in past seasons, whether the 7th belonged to Donnelly or Speier, one-and-out has been the rule.