The July 5th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton chewing tobacco again, Pujols likely to have foot surgery after the season and much more…
EDITOR'S NOTE: Yeah, I know the links are way late. I have a life, get off my ass.
The Monkey Says: He's annoyed that this is a story, but that is kind of his own doing since he is the one that blamed his struggles last season on his efforts to quit chewing tobacco.
The Monkey Says: Ah, I see we are back to the excuse that the lower body problems are affecting his hitting after Albert and the team denied that earlier in the season. Apparently this edition of the Halo Headlines is sponsored by hypocrisy.
The Monkey Says: Wait, how is that a strategy? If he is constantly throwing 80%, how is he going to know if his stuff is working? How is he going to know his arm is healthy enough to throw 100%? That's like
The Monkey Says: People are trying to twist this as a slam, but it really isn't. Scioscia just doesn't think he has played enough, which is yet more hypocrisy when you consider Scioscia backed Trout for the All-Star team who had a little more than an extra month of experience over Puig. Just let the people see the guys they want to see and let's shut up about this.
The Monkey Says: The team and city of Anaheim are in agreement on how much renovations are needed, which is a strong sign that the Halos intend to stay. Most teams looking to move would grossly inflate how expensive the fixes would be to create an artificial excuse for bolting.
The Monkey Says: Finally, the Angels make a big of noise in Latin America. Sanchez is, ironically, compared to Alex Torres, an Angel prospect that was dealt for Scott Kazmir, who is killing it for Tampa right now.
The Monkey Says: I hope this isn't true as the Angels REALLY need him, as I wrote earlier this week. It is worth noting though that you basically shouldn't even believe anything Jerry Dipoto says. He would never tip his hand and tell teams he is going to bid hard for a guy.
The Monkey Says: Conger is definitely the better defensive catcher right now, though he is hardly a defensive ace and he has the offensive potential to pass Iannetta. Getting more regular playing time will help see if his bat can live up to the hype, but the Angels might be giving up the sure thing that is Iannetta's strong on-base skills to do it.
The Monkey Says: Now, if only he knew where it was actually going, he'd be unstoppable.
The Monkey Says: Oddly, that hasn't really translated to strikeouts as their K/9 and K% rates are a little below average overall on the season. I'm not sure if that means June is a fluke or that the Halos pitchers are underachieving when it comes to finishing hitters off.
The Monkey Says: Still not a prospect.