Another good news edition of Halolinks:
- Some very good news from one of the guys we love to hate: Leukemia Free - U.S.S. Mariner. "I underwent a bone marrow biopsy yesterday morning – my third one, in fact. The procedure is pretty crappy, and involves drilling into my tail bone to extract some bone and marrow samples for testing. On the list of fun things to have done to you, it ranks just slightly ahead of watching Carlos Peguero try to hit a curve ball. But, the test gave my doctors a chance to look beyond simple blood cell counts and hemoglobin levels to determine the current state of my recovery. A few minutes ago, they called with the results of the test. All clean, no leukemia anywhere to be found." Although Dave Cameron is a one of those smarmy Seattle Mariners' fans, we're all extremely happy he's going to be around to degrade our Halo club.
- The OC Register's Bill Plunkett will answer your questions today during their first live chat: Join live Angels chat Thursday at noon - The Orange County Register. "As part of our coverage of this exciting time for Angels fans, we are going to start a live chat feature at www.ocregister.com/sports. The first one is scheduled for Thursday at noon." My question for Bill is, "How awesome is it to work with Sam Miller?" Actually, I'm going to check this out because it has a high probability of being bad. In an entertaining car wreck sort of way...without the casualties...but a whole lot of blood.
- And speaking of Sam, here's his latest page view whoring: What to expect from Kendrys Morales? - The Orange County Register. "After Kendrys Morales' broken leg, a setback after surgery and almost two years away from baseball, it's hard to predict what the Angels will get from the slugger in 2012. It's impossible, really. But he's not the first player who ever missed a year or more with a traumatic injury, so we're looking at a dozen similar players who came before him."
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- There are still a few relief pitchers available who could help the Halo pen: So, What's Left? A Look At Remaining Right-Handed Relief Pitchers - MLB Daily Dish. My pick, "Joel Zumaya: Like Wuertz, he's coming back from injuries. He missed the entire 2011 season, but he's always had huge velocity and good numbers when he's been healthy enough to pitch. He's a very intriguing pitcher, and he's only 27." Sure, his arm almost fell off, but remember when he threw 100 mph? And 27 is the new 25.
- If I had a lawn I'd want these guys to mow it: Angels give Orange dream field - The Orange County Register. "The 10-member crew had adopted the 58-year-old ballfield in May as their volunteer service project for the yearly major league baseball groundskeepers' convention." Yearly groundskeepers' convention? How fun would it be to party with those guys! "This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff."
- I know redfloyd has appeared on a game show or two, has any other members of the HH community been contestants? MLB game logger wins three straight on Jeopardy - CBSSports.com. "Dan McShane, a game logger for MLB productions, is cleaning up on Jeopardy. He won Tuesday night, marking his third consecutive victory -- running his total winnings to $40,001." Tell us all about it in the comment section below!
- This seems sort of cool, except the contestants aren't us regular fans, but members of MLB organizations: Baseball IQ - MLB Network. "Baseball IQ, MLB Network's first-ever game show, premieres Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian, Baseball IQ is a recall-based trivia show featuring two participants, 30 minutes and a chance to win up to $45,000 for charity." How about a chance to win $45,000 for the WiHalo fund?
FAN Projections: Some Other Third Basemen - FanGraphs Baseball. "He (Alberto Callaspo) kept the contact rate high as always, but bumped his walk rate up to a career-high 10.8 percent. While he still does not show much power, when you make that much solid contact, add in some walks, and play good defense at third, you get a good player (3.6 WAR in 2011) at a cheap price." He not exciting, but he gets the job done. But then, there's always this guy...
Agent: Melvin Mora wants to play in 2012 - Yardbarker. "Eric Goldschmidt told FOXSports.com that Mora, who turns 40 next month, is pursuing a contract that would include an invitation to major-league spring training. Mora appeared in 42 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, mostly at third base. He posted a .228/.244/.276 line with zero home runs and 16 RBI." Yeah, right.