Arte Moreno is mad, and he's going to do something about it - latimes.com
"If you want to continue to perform at the highest level, you have to keep building the business," Moreno said. "And that's what I intend to do." So that's competitive integrity sounds like. So that's how the steward of a public trust behaves. "We know where our weaknesses are, we know where we are thin, we know where we have to go to market," Moreno said. "It's going to cost money, but our fans need to know what we're committed to winning."
Bill Plaschke found Arte. And he has something to say in this very interesting article in the LA Times. It wasn't my imagination that the Angels owner was M.I.A., as he says in the article, "Am I going to go down to talk to the press and say I'm mad?" he said. "I was always taught that you wash your dirty laundry at home. Yes, we want to communicate to the fans, but in this case, the fans can see what's going on." Also within this Plaschke piece, Arte alludes to one of the reason the team let go of Eddie Bane, "We're trying to improve how we operate, from the baseball side," he said. "We were thin this year. We didn't have the depth we needed. Everything starts with how we draft and how we develop, and we will do a better job of that."
Mike Napoli And The Arbitration Process - MLBTradeRumors.com
Could Napoli be non-tendered by the Angels this winter? One baseball source agreed with my estimate of a 10% chance, while another put it below 5%. We all agreed Napoli is more likely to be traded than cut loose, though one of them remarked, "I think if they are stuck with him they will wish they would have non-tendered him."
I don't know if I have some sort of "fan-bias" going on, but does it strike anyone else that the thought of non-tendering Napoli is ridiculous?
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The Angels have the 17th pick, and yes, it's protected.
Angels minor-league pitcher suspended 50 games - CBSSports.com Baseball
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jordany Gomez has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substances Phentermine and Mephentermine.
At this point, anyone who gets caught using a banned substance has got to be either one of the dumbest people on earth, or unintentionally used some sort of supplement that contained a banned substance...in which case they've got to be one of the dumbest people on earth to have used a substance without checking it out first.
Rays' Price wins Spahn award as best lefty - CBSSports.com Baseball
Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price has won the Warren Spahn Award, recognizing the top left-handed pitcher in the major leagues.
Seriously? They have awards for things like the best left-handed pitcher? I wonder who's going to win the award for the best brown-haired hitter?
Yanks See Selves as Underdogs - NYTimes.com
The David and Goliath analogy is one of the more tired clichés in sports. But when Alex Rodriguez used it Tuesday night, he managed to add a surprising twist. "I mean, for us to be David in this situation, I think, is great," Rodriguez said. Yes, Rodriguez was acknowledging that the Yankees are the underdogs in this series.
Funny, most fans see them as douchebags.
BOB: The attendance numbers are in - The Hardball Times
For the third straight year, we had a new team in last place in attendance. The Cleveland Indians were 30th with 1,391,644 tickets sold. This is particularly disheartening because not too long ago, the Indians held the record for consecutive sell outs (a record since broken by the Boston Red Sox). Coming in at 29 was the Oakland Athletics, who finished dead last the year before. The lowest attendance by a playoff team was the Tampa Bay Rays who came in at 22nd with 1,864,999 tickets sold.
Angels came in at 5th.
October 6 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on October 6.
1926 - Babe Ruth hits three home runs to lead the Yankees to a 10 - 5 victory over St. Louis in Game Four of the World Series. His 1st-inning curtain-raiser is a majestic 395-footer, exiting Sportsman's Park over its right field bleacher roof. Home run No. 2 clears the roof in right center, carrying 515 feet, breaking a window on the other side of Grand Avenue. Ruth's final foray, however, is the main attraction, carrying deep into the never-before reached centerfield bleachers, far beyond the 430-foot mark. Estimated at 530 feet, it's still deemed, as of April 2010, the longest home run in World Series history. If all this weren't enough, this also is the game during which the Babe makes good on his alleged pre-game promise to hit a home run for the bedridden young Johnny Sylvester.
1979 - The Angels get eliminated in their first play-off series as they get shutout by the Orioles' Scott McGregor, 8-0.
1972 - Benji Gil, infielder