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Tuesday Halolinks: Matt Shoemaker SN Rookie runner-up

Matt Shoemaker finished second in the Sporting News' Rookie of the Year voting.

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The countdown to the offseason starts today with the first game of the Worlds Series.  Once this potential 7-game exhibition is finished, we can dive into the news we really care about.  Until then, here are some links that caught my attention, and I hope you find somewhat interesting...unlike tonight's game.


  • This isn't the "real" Rookie of the Year award, but it probably has the same outcome: Sporting News MLB awards 2014: White Sox 1B Jose Abreu voted top AL rookie - Sporting News, "The 27-year-old first baseman had 36 homers and 107 RBIs for the White Sox—those numbers were, obviously, excellent but not surprising—and he also batted .317 with a .383 on-base percentage. And those numbers are why Abreu was the easy choice by American League players as the Sporting News Rookie of the Year (see full voting results below). Had Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka stayed healthy after his exceptional start, the vote might have been close. Instead, Abreu ran away with the award this season."  Here's the tally:

    1. Jose Abreu, White Sox-149
    2. Matt Shoemaker, Angels-4
    3. (tie) Dellin Betances, Yankees-3
    3. (tie) Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees-3
    5. Marcus Semien, White Sox-1

  • There is actual Angels' baseball being played right now.  It's in Arizona, featuring some of the Halo's young talent.  Los Angeles Angels Arizona Fall League Report: Week 2 - Halo Hangout, "In week one the pitching was dominate for the Angels prospects and that doesn’t change in week two. Nate Smith is the only starter on the roster for the Halos and he made one start this week. The left-hander pitched three and one-third innings and allowed two solo home runs. He also walked three while only striking out one. It wasn’t as dominant as week one, but still not bad for the 2014 Texas Leaguer."  I'm kind of interested in this writer's definition of "dominant" is.  Two home runs, 3 walks, and one strike out in a little over three innings doesn't sound too dominant to me.  But what do I know.
  • This is entire post is pretty interesting, but this one quote really hit home for me, as it's the thing I've wondered about the most since this whole shift thing has exploded: Hitting coaches blamed for lack of offense - The Boston Globe, "The shift is a constant topic. How can you beat it? Valentin cites Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as one of the best shift busters because Gonzalez can hit to the opposite field. Valentin doesn’t understand why more hitters don’t bunt to get a free hit and get on base. "I know that teams feel that if a big power guy is prevented from hitting a double or home run in a big situation it’s a victory," said Valentin, "but if you can get on base and start a rally, I think that’s very valuable. I’d like to see that more often."  You can't score if you don't get on base, right?
  • Speaking of hitting coaches, it looks like the Angels like theirs:
  • I think Bogar kind of got the shaft here: Tim Bogar is leaving the Rangers after being passed over as manager - HardballTalk, "Bogar served as former manager Ron Washington’s bench coach and then went 14-8 as interim manager for a team that had been horrible until that point."
  • This is lame.  Not that the station has stopped play that song, but that a station is STILL playing that song.  I mean, geez, that song is like 2 years old, can't they find something better to play?  99.7 The Point fires back after San Francisco stations ban Lorde’s ‘Royals’ during World Series - The Kansas City Star, "Let the silliness begin. Two San Francisco radio stations have banned Lorde’s monster hit, "Royals," during the World Series. Stations 104.5 KFOG and 96.5 KOIT have pulled "Royals" from their lineups until after the series between the Giants and Royals. The first game is Tuesday night in Kansas City. In response, 99.7 The Point in Kansas City announced Sunday that it will play the song "on the hour, every hour, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday."  I've got an idea, the next time the Angels play Oakland, the LA radio stations should boycott playing "Billy Don't Be a Hero" because it has the name Billy in it.  Wait, they're not still playing Bo Donaldson and the Haywoods?  Damn.

    Shut up Rob, you're dead to me since you left SBNation:
  • Rex Hudler.  Breaker of dreams.  Why Royals great Frank White no longer associates with the team whose stadium he built - Yahoo Sports, "Whether it was his criticism or the perception that he bad-mouthed the team to other organizations, the Royals told White they wanted to slash the salary of his community-relations job – essentially a perfunctory, appearance-making gig – from $150,000 to $50,000. The Bell hiring was one slight, the Hillman another. White saw this as too much, an insult. A year later, Fox Sports fired him from his announcing job and replaced him with Rex Hudler, an unabashed booster."

    In other news:
  • It's a hoax, but I would have really liked to have seen the finished product: Graffiti Artist Banksy Arrested In London; Identity Revealed - National Report, "Police apprehended the famous street artist while in the middle of finishing a piece about a mascot for a Christian organization named Fappy The Anti-Masturbation Dolphin."
  • This is a big deal.  Google really needs to get their shit together: Google Gets Back at Colbert over Height Complaints - Mediaite, "Last week Stephen Colbert called out Google for marking his height as 5″10′ when he’s really 5″11′. And Google responded by fixing the results. Sort of."

    Seriously.  Look what they did with my info.

    As if I'd ever live in Philadelphia!