Sorry, but I'm not too excited about the postseason anymore, but if you want to read some good coverage of the playoffs, SBNation has what you need.
Instead, here are the Angels' related Halolinks for today:
- I know you already know, but this is some serious F'd up stuff Josh Hamilton is putting down. You've read the quote about not playing for the fans, you've read the post on the OC Register: Angels' teammates, not fans, come first for Hamilton - The Orange County Register, and Stirrup's post here on Halos Heaven and the 100+ comments. First off Josh, if you're not playing for the fans then go play in a Sunday morning 30-and-over league someplace. You'll get all of your team bonding needs filled with like minded jocks who only play for the high-fives you can give each other after winning your meaningless games. Instead, we worthless fans would rather follow players like this: Royals players hold party for Royals fans following ALDS sweep - SBNation.com. You know, those guys who just swept you out of the playoffs. Or maybe we should just start following players who go on record as to who and what is actually important to them: Steve Melewski: Markakis: "Want to thank the best fans in baseball" (plus other clubhouse quotes), "Awesome," Markakis said. "Everything you want it to be. We play for the people that come here and they supported us. It was everything you work for. We want to thank the best fans in baseball. They showed it tonight." Or the up-and-coming rookie who already knows why he's in the game: Vargas: "I play for the fans" - Star Tribune.
Perhaps a hall of famer can give you some perspective, but I doubt it:
He's right. Your life with your teammates is yours off the field, but that's because you live, play, and travel together. However, on the field you're playing for the fans. If not, just go away.
Oh and that "poison" you put in your body so you can fell like you were able to play? Yeah, it's not poison, at least not like the other crap you used to put in your body: "Cortisone is naturally produced in the body's adrenal glands. It was discovered in the 1940s by Mayo Clinic researchers Edward Kendall, Ph.D., and Philip Hench, M.D., who first used it to treat joint disorders. Its powerful anti-inflammatory effect produced such dramatic results in people with rheumatoid arthritis that it was hailed as a miracle drug. In 1950, Drs. Kendall and Hench were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of cortisone."
- Whatever, dude: Angels claim OFs Marte, Kieschnick from D-backs - angels.com, "Marte, 25, played in 66 games for the D-backs the last two years, batting .174/.236/.282. The native Dominican bats right-handed, plays mostly right field -- though he has plenty of experience at all three outfield spots -- and batted .319/.407/.519 with 11 homers and 45 RBIs in Triple-A in '14. Marte was suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs while in the Minors in '11. He represented the D-backs in the Futures Game in '12."
- Once the dust settles, I'm sure I or one of the other more capable writers here will writeup some analysis of the upcoming offseason moves, but until then, Qualifying offer for MLB free agents set at $15.3M - ESPN, "The price of qualifying offers for eligible free agents has risen to $15.3 million from $14.1 million. The 8.5 percent increase was finalized Tuesday by Major League Baseball and the players' association. It is up from $13.3 million after the 2012 season, the first of the new system. Baseball's labor contract sets the price at the average of the 125 highest contracts by average annual value."
- Going forward I'm glad the Angels have Mike Trout, but it sure would have been nice to have this sort of output: Bryce Harper hits a mammoth homer into McCovey Cove in NLDS Game 4 - Yahoo Sports, "Even in defeat, Harper found a way to punctuate his great series. In the NLDS, he hit the three homers, had five total hits, scored four runs, plus he made a couple of great defensive plays that helped his team win Game 3."
- Worst manager ever? No, but Matt Williams and the Great Bullpen Screw-Up - FOX Sports, "As an outsider, we can't know about the internal dynamics of the clubhouse and how well Williams might or might not have handled the aspects of his job that we never see. But part of his job is also to make decisions during the games that give his team the best chance to win, and in the biggest game of his managerial career, he made a series of poor decisions that directly led to the run that eliminated his team from the postseason. The Nationals' offense didn't do Williams any favors in this series, and it's tough to advance when your team just doesn't hit. But on Tuesday night, they scored at least enough runs to earn the right to keep playing. They didn't get that chance, though, because Matt Williams was unwilling to use his best pitchers in a tie game. In many ways, baseball is getting a lot smarter. In this particular way, baseball has a long way to go." Sure sounds like the type of bullpen management another guy used to do.
- When should you pull the starter? - Beyond the Box Score, "our relief ace is warming. The entire baseball world is watching you and people on Twitter are already armchair managing. Should you pull the starter or should you let them face the next batter? Most people will judge the outcome, but many of us will consider the process. You hardly ever get railroaded for a bad decision that succeeds, but if you make the right choice and it fails or if you make the wrong choice and you fail, you might be in trouble."
- Baseball player map: A new U.S. map based on where baseball players were born. "Birth Locations of all Current Professional Athletes"