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Tuesday Halolinks: Mark Trumbo deserves a Christmas wish

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Here's one reason why the Angels and their fans are going to miss Mark Trumbo, and it has nothing to do with hitting a baseball.

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It's Christmas Eve, what are you doing here?  Don't you have some last-minute shopping to do?  Turkeys to baste?  Mistletoe to stand under?

  • Mark Trumbo is a classy guy.  No really, this is truly a nice move by a good person: Even after trade, Trumbo celebrates holidays with Angels fans -  ""They knew that this is quite a unique thing -- a guy who's not on the team, got traded, could've been mopey," said Mota, who has been hosting the holiday party for more than a decade. "He decided, 'No, this is who I am.' You talk about showing your true colors and who you really are, I don't think it speaks any better than that action right there."  We're going to miss you, Mark.
  • What's your opinion of this; are the Angels insensitive to their past, or giving a person another chance at moving on with their life?  Jim Leyritz lands job with Angels-owned station despite troubled past -  "Leyritz, who retired after the 2000 season, previously co-hosted a show on MLB Network Radio and was a regular contributor to the "Michael Kay Show" on the New York City ESPN radio affiliate. He moved to Southern California about three years ago and spoke regularly with Angels Chairman Dennis Kuhl about possible broadcast jobs. In his new position, Leyritz will team with KLAA’s Jason Brennan on a two-hour show called "Inside the Game." It will air Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m., beginning Jan. 6, and will cover all Southern California sports."  Or possibly another feeble attempt at mimicking the Yankees.
  • Within this post is a tidbit about the Halos and a washed-up pitcher: Tom Glavine awaits deserved call from Hall of Fame - Sports - The Boston Globe.  "Mark Mulder, LHP, free agent — Mulder is looking for a creative contract as he makes his comeback attempt. He may have to agree to a minor league deal first, with incentives if he makes the major league club. Mulder has worked out for the Giants, Padres, Diamondbacks, Angels, and Phillies over two sessions. In the second session, Mulder, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, improved his velocity from 88 to 92 miles per hour. It’s a long road back, but the fact that Mulder’s shoulder is showing no signs of discomfort could mean he’d be a good back-end option for someone. The Red Sox have inquired, but probably won’t pursue him."  I know, what's the risk of a make-good, minor league contract.
  • First Angels player to make the Hall of Fame? What active players are on their way to Cooperstown? (AL Edition) - Pinstripe Pundits.
    Los Angeles Angels Locks: Albert Pujols | On the fringes: Mike Trout | Jury’s out: None
    It’s only a matter of time until Pujols gets his plaque in Cooperstown. Trout is the closest thing to a lock for his age, but just lacks the body of work. Barring anything unforeseen (i.e. career ending injury), Trout is a Hall of Famer.
  • Here's today's you-gotta-click link: The Most Amazing Science Images of 2013.Check out some really cool photos like this one: Ku-xlarge_medium

Have a merry Christmas!