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Roundup of Angels' news from around the internet.
The World Series is starting tomorrow and will feature an American League team which finished the season with one-less win than the Angels, and a National League team who lost a World Series to the Angels in 2002. Yeah, that's all I got...here are some Halolinks:
- I'm assuming the only reason Trout's win wasn't unanimous was because of team loyalty. Is it safe to say that the four players who didn't vote for Trout were two Rangers and two A's? Mike Trout was named Sporting News' AL Rookie of the Year on Monday - angels.com. "In the AL, 88 players voted for Trout, while two voted for Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish (16-9 with a 3.90 ERA) and two voted for the Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (.292 batting average, 23 homers and 16 steals)."
- The August 1st game kind of sums up the Angels' season in one brief moment: Five losses damaged Angels' 2012 season - angels.com. "Aug. 1 at Rangers Ballpark: Rangers 11, Angels 10 (10 inn.) This may have been the most gut-wrenching loss of the season, even though the Angels would bounce back and play good baseball once more. Just think about all they would've gained with a victory on this Wednesday night in Arlington: Wins in the first three of a four-game set against the Rangers and two games back in the AL West to represent their shortest deficit in nearly four months. "It broke my heart," Torii Hunter said. The Angels would lose 12 of their next 17." First there's the frustrating managerial move, or non-move, by Mike Scioscia when he failed to pinch-run for Kendrys Morales. And then the failings of the Halo bullpen. I honestly believe had the Angels won this game we'd be getting ready to watch the club in the World Series.
- I think this was written for fans of other teams who know little about the Angel team: Halo Effect: Looking back, looking ahead - ESPN Los Angeles. "Greinke’s immediate transition back to the American League wasn’t pretty as he had a 7.20 ERA in his first four starts with the Angels, but he finished the year by allowing two-or-fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts. Getting him back could be quite expensive." Nothing earth-shattering in this post.
- Bobby doing a little bridge burning on his way outta town: Blue Jays claim catcher Bobby Wilson off waivers - angels.com. "I'm excited," Wilson said. "Sometimes I felt like with the Angels that they kind of took my services for granted. I'm not saying that they did, but sometimes you get that feeling like there's the next best thing behind you or there's that next best thing that's going to be better than you. But I know I can still play, and I know I'm pretty good, and I'm just excited for the new opportunity."
- Animated GIFs seem to be the big thing right now. Almost wherever you go you see one (even here on HH). This isn't a complaint, as I think most are pretty cool...like this one: Hunter Pence created the weird spin that fooled Pete Kozma by hitting the ball three times - MLB GIFS.
- Bite me: The 10 worst postseason sweeps ever - The Hardball Times. "10 (tie). 2004 ALDS: Red Sox sweep the Angels. 47 points" For a few years the Red Sox really had the Angels' number.
- Interesting post pointing out a reason the Yankees should deal A-Rod -- luxury tax and incentive bonus savings: A-Rod’s Future with the Yankees - Diamond Dollar$. "Aside from the debate around the expectations of A-Rod’s future performance, he has five years and $114 million in salary remaining on his contract. In addition, he is entitled to a potential $30 million in milestone bonuses for achieving various historic home run totals, beginning with his 660th HR (he currently sits at 647). FanGraphs also weighs in: Imagining an A-Rod Trade - FanGraphs Baseball
- Here's an interesting post about how "the Giants win the pennant...the Giants win the pennant" became the call heard 'round the world: Aural History: How An Old Lady In Brooklyn Ensured That The "Shot Heard 'Round The World" Call Was Heard 'Round The World. "He tuned his radio to WMCA 570 and told his mother to hit the record button of his Webcor reel-to-reel tape recorder when Game 3 of the Dodgers-Giants playoff reached the bottom of the ninth inning."
- Here's your chance to spend the summer in New York with other intense baseball fans: MLBFanCave.com - 2013 Application - MLB.com. "While participating in the MLB Fan Cave program, Winners will 1) watch every single baseball game of the 2013 season in the MLB Fan Cave, 2) interact and film video content with current and former players, celebrities and musicians, 3) discuss the hottest baseball and pop culture topics through blog posts and social media - and much more. MLB will provide housing and a stipend for Winners while participating in the MLB Fan Cave program." I wonder how much the stipend is.
- Just in case you were wondering: The 2012 World Series schedule is set - Yahoo! Sports