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I leave you with this thought...It is not the one with the greatest power which is important!! It is the one who uses his power wisely...

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To have offense, or to have not: to play smart in the field and run the bases well, or suffer the consequences of outrageous mediocrity and waste arms opposing?

Houston is collapsing and only the Rangers are trying to take advantage. The AL West is ours if we could just get our act together. But this erratic and inconsistent performance by revolving aspects of the team - offense, then pitching, then defense, then offense again - threaten to announce that the year 2014 will be nothing more than a well-cast play that never gets past Scene I.

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Angels Baseball

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was DFA'd yesterday, which hopefully saves me from having to type that last name for a while, and called up was Kyle Kubitza to fill in for David Freese's sore hammy. Kubitza went 2 for 3, with a base hit in his first official Big League at-bat. But his fielding and base-running showed some rookie nerves. A bad choice for a third out in the second inning allowed a run to score when it shouldn't have. And running through a DiSarcina stop sign in the third impacted what might have been a big inning.We can forget worrying about his brain not yet running at MLB speeds We should hope he gets a lot of at-bats while Freese is sore so that we can see if his bat skills are real.............

Scott Miller, now over at Bleacher Report, is floating a rumor that the Angels and Dodgers are in the market to swap Andre Eithier for C.J. Wilson.  Bill Shaikin of the LA Times is countermanding that report by tweeting that his source suggests there is nothing to it, and that neither side would make that trade...........

The Angels felt that they did so well in the early rounds of this year's Draft that they could afford to play around with the back-end choices. Seriously. They said that. (Keep in mind that some pretty good kids were selected in vare late rounds, even recently.) This is why they drafted Jamie Moyer's son, Hutton Moyor, Mike Trout's girlfriend's brother, Aaron Cox, and even Jerry Dipoto's own son, Jonah Dipoto. And now, according to Ric Wilson, the Angels are "...very close to a balanced foundation"............

I should also mention that the Angels released outright Zach Stewart so that he could go and pursue an opportunity to play in Korea. Stewart already has a contract in Korea with the NC Dinos..........

Trout Porn: The Digital Mike Trout Baseball Card Collection Project.............

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Elsewhere in Baseball

Torii Hunter, now with the surprising uprising that are the Minnesota Twins, had an at-bat against their surprising fellow AL Central contenders, the Royals, last night which did not end well. It was this at-bat. And then Torii Hunter did this. In reality, this was all Salvador Perez grossly fooling home plate umpire Mark Ripperger............

Fun factoids: California had the most players taken in the 2015 MLB Draft with 215. Second place was Florida way back at 142........Every state in the Union had at least 1 player picked, except for Alaska and Wyoming........... And, in California, UC Santa Barbara was the top college of choice, with 10 players selected, followed by USC and UCLA with 8 each.............I mentioned the drafting of Jamie Moyer's son and Jerry Dipoto's son up above, so I should add that the Astros drafted the sons of Craig Biggio and Roger Clemens, while the Nationals took Mariano Rivera's son and Colorado picked Phil Nevin's son.  Then the Tigers took Kirk Gibson's son. These join the sons of Mike Cameron, Charlie Hayes, Jeff Conine, Tony Graffanino, Eli Marrero, Tom Pagnozzi, Terry Shumpert, Ruben Amaro Jr. (Phillies' GM), Mickey Morandini, Dave Brundage (minor league manager) , Tom McCarthy (Phillies broadcaster), Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox owner), Jay Bell (shortstop, now Reds' bench coach), Mike Matheny (Cards manager), and Torey Lovullo. I think that it's safe to say there are far too many rounds in the baseball draft...........

One name that has had a big impact on draft strategies, and not in a good way, is Scott Boras. And when Boras sees his name being used to identify this negative impact, well, he doesn't like it very much. And nobody cries for him..............

You know, if we did not have the DH in the American League, the near future might have held a fascinating challenge. What happens when two ambidextrous players face each other? Pat Venditte is already pitching for the A's, and the Indians just drafted Ryan Perez..........

Yeah, Ok. Fans shouldn't be voting for All-Star game starters. That's one argument. I get it. And if the 2015 Kansas City Royals ballot stuffing kills fan voting I am Ok with it. But the alternatives have major flaws too. David Price cries against a popularity contest when the event itself is nothing but an exhibition for the purposes of driving popularity. (The whole thing about playing for home field advantage in the World Series is little more than a device to get the players to take the event less like a popularity exhibition and more seriously, hopefully having somebody actually win and making the spectacle more popular with the viewing audience.)  But players and managers have done the exact same thing in the past when they had the vote, so unless you people all agree to just hand the duty over to me, we are stuck with one form of popularity contest or another, and that is not a bad thing...........

Mayhem needs to avert his eyes now: The minor league team Ogden Raptors will be donning Hawaiian uniforms for their Sunday home games this year. You people can put one on my Father's Day gift list. I wear an XL, thankyouverymuch............

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And now, being the full service weekend linkage institution that we are, here is the obligatory moment we take out of each Friday Thursday...for beer...(which works better on Thursdays anyway, because it gives you all some runway to take advantage of Friday goings on...)

Friday: American Homebrewers Association's National Homebrewers Conference, which actually starts as of Thursday, runs Friday and Saturday...........Raley Field Brewfest at Raley Field, in west Sacramento, sounds cool............

Saturday: American Homebrewers Association's National Homebrewers Conference concludes today...........Hops & Heat, and beer and food event, can be found at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos on Saturday and Sunday.(Breaking the 3rd wall here, it just stunned me that I have been doing this so much that I didn't even have to look up the fact that Churchill's is in San Marcos. And I have never been to Churchill's. Never been to San Marcos, even. I just started typing C-h-u-r...and I knew that we were talking about Churchill;s again, which is in San Marcos.)..........Surf'n'Suds Beer Festival blows it up at Main Lawn in Ventura Harbor............2015 Monterey Beer Festival will be at the Monterey County Fairgrounds...........Truckee Brew Fest is at Truckee Regional Park in, surprisingly, Truckee. Most folks who are not too familiar with California will have no idea where or what Truckee is. If you are one of those, think "Donner party".

Sunday: 53rd Annual Bear Flag Celebration & Microbrew Chicken BBQ kicks it at Sonoma Plaza 453 in Sonoma............Hops & Heat, at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos concludes...........

Stay safe, everyone!