Job battles figure to go down to the wire for the Angels, Cubs and Brewers.
Who's on First (and DH): The Angels may be planning to use Juan Rivera and Jeff DaVanon as a platoon for the DH slot. With Darin Erstad hanging on to first base by way of his Gold Glove and reputation for being a team leader, one wonders what will become of Casey Kotchman. PECOTA projected the following for these four players in 2005:
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January 5, 2005 12:00 am
What's the thinking behind the Angels' name change? And will anyone actually use the new name?
Swirl that around in your mouth a few times. Now spit.
As p.r. moves go...well, let's just say that Arte Moreno should be
hoping that there's truth in the old canard about "there's no such thing
as bad publicity," because that's the only kind he's getting right now.
Though you'd think Angels fans would be inured to name changes by now (as
one friend of mine remarked, "Don't they just buy blank caps and a
dry-erase pen, anyway?"), the response from much of Angel fandom is as if
Moreno had disemboweled the Rally Monkey and posted its head on a pike
atop the Big A. The most popular sentiment on ESPN.com's Angels message
board is, and I quote, "this is retarded"--though a few Halo rooters are
apparently holding out hope that a doofy name will be worth it if it
provides the cash to land, say, Carlos Beltran.