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Angels Done: Is It Mike Trout’s Fault?

September 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

About now, we can depend on baseball pundits to pose the Big Question pertaining to another disappointing season by the Los Angeles Angels: Is Mike Trout wasting his career playing for this club? It was a fair question, in recent years, as the Angels found themselves stuck on one playoffs appearance since Trout’s breakout 2012 […]

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Angels Get Upton, Phillips in Unexpected Playoffs Push

August 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

Imagine the confusion in the Los Angeles Angels front office. They knew their 2017 team was bad. It was Mike Trout, Albert Pujols running on fumes, a slick-fielding shortstop … and a bunch of guys. Angels officials hoped the team might be just good enough that Orange County fans would still buy tickets. Mike Trout, […]

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Hold That Thought, Rod

June 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

I saw the headline: Twins Turn Triple Play … and, sure, I went to the video. The Twins were playing in Anaheim Stadium and I wondered which of the Angels’ slugs had managed to hit into a 5-4-3 (round the horn) TP. But what really struck me, as the video began? Well, have a look/listen, […]

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The Headfirst Slide and Mike Trout’s All-but-Inevitable Injury

May 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

Mike Trout played 857 games in the major leagues without visiting the disabled list. Of course, as long as he continued to use the headfirst slide as his preferred means of getting to a base in a hurry … it was nearly inevitable he would hurt some key part of his body. The headfirst slide […]

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Time to Tear Down and Replace Dodger Stadium?

May 18th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Angels, Baseball, Dodgers, Lakers, Olympics, World Cup

A few days ago, I watched Tottenham Hotspur’s final match at their ancient stadium at White Hart Lane, where the London club had played its home matches since 1899. Fans were a bit melancholy but the celebrations before and after the match, won 2-1 by Spurs over Manchester United, seemed to mollify them. Actually, they […]

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Fantasy’s Top Ballplayers, 2017

April 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball, Dodgers

You didn’t ask, but here are the top 24 players selected in the 35th annual Sun Baseball League draft. Probably not much different than your league’s results, but we fantasy ballers like to compare and contrast. And No. 1 …

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The Awful Angels

March 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

I’m not yet ready to explain why … but the Los Angeles Angels are horrible. Like, 72-90 horrible. How do I know this? From looking at their players, ahead of the fantasy draft. I play in a 12-team league in which we draft two-deep at every position on offense. That means 24 of the 30 […]

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Waiting for the Next Big Soccer-Celebration Injury

December 30th, 2016 · No Comments · Angels, Football, soccer

Someone will get hurt. Actually, lots of someones already have. OK, then. Someone else will get hurt. Seriously hurt. This weekend or next. Or both. Soccer’s goal celebrations. Out of control. Mindless, actually. Exuberance perhaps is to be expected, following something as rare in many soccer games as a goal. However, in their enthusiasm to […]

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Trout Recognized for What He Is: AL’s Best

November 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

Mike Trout was voted Most Valuable Player of the American League, it was announced today, and how about an “it’s about time!” for the Angels center fielder. This was his second MVP award, but it could have been his fifth, given that he has led the league in one of the most important metrics, Wins […]

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‘The People Will Come’ … Times Three

October 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

I had disappeared down the YouTube rabbit hole today, when I came across some videos that might interest sports fans, and baseball fans in particular. Renditions of the speech from the movie Field of Dreams, a soliloquy sometimes known as “The People Will Come” speech. I have three versions of it here — one you […]

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