Halo Headlines; Trumbo finishes third in Home Run Derby, Trout soaking up the attention, Pujols voted as overrated

The July 10th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trumbo finishes third in the Home Run Derby, Trout soaking up the spotlight at the All-Star Game festivities, Pujols voted by his peers as amongst the most overrated and much more…

The Story: Mark Trumbo finished third in the 2012 Home Run Derby.

The Monkey Says: For a first time participant, that’s pretty good, especially since he had a shot at making the finals but lost in a tie-breaker to Jose Bautista.  Frankly, I think that the goal for a young player in the Derby is just to not get skunked.  Oops! Sorry, Robinson Cano, didn’t see you standing there.  Didn’t mean any offense.

The Story: Mike Trout was the center of attention at the All-Star Game press event.

The Monkey Says: As has become routine, the other Angels at the ASG fielded a lot of Trout-related questions.  As for Mike himself, I saw some pictures from his media sessions and he looked like, well, like a giddy 20-year old that made the MLB All-Star team.  His youthful enthusiasm was practically palpable.

The Story: Albert Pujols was voted by his peers as the fifth most overrated position player in MLB.

The Monkey Says: This is the same poll that called C.J. Wilson the most overrated pitcher, so this might be old news and I just missed it.  Heck, I may have even linked to it before and forgot but I don’t care because the All-Star break is the worst time of year for daily links so I’ve got to use whatever I can get my hands on.

The Story: Appreciating Andrew McCutchen and Mike Trout.

The Monkey Says: This article is more about McCutchen, but like I said, slow news day.  Also, McCutchen is one of my favorite non-Angels, so there’s that too.

The Story: A look at the “easy” power of Mark Trumbo.

The Monkey Says: I link to this mainly for the map of the balls Trumbo has taken deep because it shows just how scary Trumbo can be as he can crush a ball thrown just about anywhere and doesn’t just feast off mistakes in a certain location like some other hitters do.  Now I understand why he used to be so swing happy.  In the minors, he could get away with that and still murder baseballs because the pitchers weren’t as talented.

Garrett Wilson

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