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New Book about Bobby Grich

One of my obsessions over the last few years has been former Baltimore Orioles/California Angels second baseman Bobby Grich.  One of the reasons for this is that his national profile does not get the attention it deserves, and I want to remind people just what a great baseball player he was.  For that reason, I […]

New Book on Angel History

Hey everyone out there who is still listening to Monkey with a Halo.  I have published a new book that is available now at Amazon.  It is This Day in Angel History, a compilation of my Today in Halo History articles, one for every day of the year.  As you know, I love writing about […]

End of the Year Farm System Leaders

With the minor league regular season just finished, now is a good time to look at who the leaders were on the Angels’ farm.  There will be a couple of familiar names on this list that even a casual Angel fan should recognize.  Of the six highest levels on the ladder of development on Angels’ […]

The Quantum Mechanics of the Grand Old Game

As a baseball writer, I am a frequent visitor of such websites as baseball-reference and FanGraphs, and it never fails.  My initial reaction is always one of being hit by the staggering amount of information and the many complicated ways of looking at this information that exists for baseball and which is unprecedented for any […]

Who The Heck Is Robert Eenhoorn?

Wanna hear something crazy?  When I was doing some research today for a new baseball book that I’m writing, I came to read about an Angel third baseman named Robert Eenhoorn from the 1996 and 1997 seasons who is a knight.  A knight!  As in Sir Paul McCartney or Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Robert Eenhoorn […]

Hermosillo Steals Spotlight from Meyer

On a night when all eyes were watching Inland Empire 66er Alex Meyer, the pitching prospect acquired by the Angels in the Hector Santiago trade with the Twins who is working towards a September call-up to the big league team, it was outfielder Michael Hermosillo who made everyone take notice. The 21-year-old Hermosillo was playing […]

Eric Aguilera Suspended for the Rest of Season

I received a little punch to the gut when I was surfing around the Angel baseball sections of the internet and saw that first baseman Eric Aguilera of the Angels’ Double-A Arkansas Travelers was suspended for the rest of the season on August 21st.  Angel officials are keeping details of the suspension out of the […]

Should the Angels Retire Garret Anderson’s Number?

Before today’s game against the New York Yankees, a ceremony will be held to induct the newest member of the Angel Hall of Fame, former outfielder Garret Anderson.  He will rightly join the fourteen other inductees already enshrined in the club’s hall, but the question on many fans’ minds is, in addition to his hall […]

Four Reasons to Be Very Excited about 2018

So this year was a total bust for the Los Angeles Angels, and people all over the baseball world are trying to make sense of it.  The most optimistic are holding on to the hope that the Halos will be able to bounce back in 2017, while at the other end of the spectrum, there […]

Today in Halo History: K-Rod Ties Thigpen’s MLB Save Record

On September 11th, 2008, Angel closer Francisco Rodriguez tied former White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen’s 1990 Major League record of 57 saves in one season. Rodriguez tied the record in a home game against the Seattle Mariners one day after the Angels had clinched the AL West title. It looked like Rodriguez was going to […]

The Angels’ OPS+ Gods

The 2016 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not going to be invited to this year’s post season tournament, so that leaves fans to relax and just enjoy the incredible defensive plays performed by Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, and Andrelton Simmons and root for Albert Pujols to climb ever higher into the upper echelon of […]

Andrew Daniel Named Player of the Month

Angel minor league second baseman Andrew Daniel has just been announced as the Texas League’s Player of the Month.  Daniel had a terrific month of July for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers in which he hit .378, had three home runs, had 18 RBI, and scored 20 runs. On the season, Daniel has a .361 on-base […]

Look Who’s Pitcher of the Week Again

For the second time this season, Angel minor league starting pitcher Troy Scribner has been named his league’s pitcher of the week.  The first time it occurred, he was pitching for the Angels’ Double-A Arkansas Travelers.  He was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for tossing six shutout innings against the Frisco Rough […]

Nava/Gentry and Two Angel Platoons that Actually Worked

Instead of making every Angel fan’s dream come true this past off-season by signing one of the premium free agent left fielders to fill up the Halo roster’s largest pot hole, owner Arte Moreno decided to go for the cheap patch and sign outfielders Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry, both coming off of injury filled, […]

Blown Away by Fastball

This Sunday my wife was out shopping with her friends, so after the Angels got swept by the Houston Astros, I decided to take advantage of my remaining free time by watching a film I had noticed a few days ago on Netflix’s new releases page.  It is called Fastball, and I can not recommend […]

Stacking Up the Division’s All-Time Teams

I was rustling through a stack of papers in my closet that had to do with baseball the other day, and one page in particular caught my eye.  A couple years ago I had written down the lineup of the Angels who had played the most games at each position during the franchise’s history.  It […]

What If Arte Moreno Had Splurged for Cespedes?

A few months ago, many Angel fans were dreaming about adding one of the premium free agent left fielders who were listening to bids this past off-season to the Halo roster, but those dreams poofed into the bitter reality of Arte Moreno’s new-found, tight-fisted, fiscal philosophy, and Halo Honks had to live with beginning the […]

Matt Thaiss Has Impressive Pro Debut

The Angels’ number one draft pick from 2016, the University of Virginia’s Matt Thaiss, made his professional baseball debut on Tuesday for the rookie-level Orem Owlz.  He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Owlz over the Idaho Falls Chukars by the score of 7-4.  […]

Huston Street and the Essence of Baseball

Angel closer Huston Street was standing on the orange, clay mound at Minute Maid Park last night, ready for the ninth inning to begin.  He had fired up his arm in the bullpen.  He had thrown all of his warm-up pitches while first baseman CJ Cron was slinging grounders to his fellow infielders behind him.  […]

Halo Headlines: Tropeano Close to Return; Pujols Banged Up

The Tuesday, June 21, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a rehabbing player getting set to join the club, a veteran playing through leg issues, and more… The Story: Nick Tropeano to have one, maybe two more rehab starts before joining Angels MWAH Says: The Tropedo had been one of the better Angel […]

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