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The offense was odious for oh, too long. And Weaver wavered just enough. A rally ran short, and Salas sank the team's final shot at supremacy.

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I wish I had access to research tools other than the freebies on BBR. I would really like to research that which we here on HH take as gospel with our lyin' eyes: that batters who play for the Angels fare extremely poorly against new pitchers when they face them for the first time. I'd like to know how LAA ranks against the rest of baseball, and how their ranking may have fluctuated over the past 15 years.

And I gotta think this newbie-into-Walter-Johnson thing is TEAM, not PLAYER. Because I would expect to see players dip as they pass though Arte's franchise during their careers. And because I blame scouting.

So, yeah, this suckage is ridiculously infuriating. It pisses me off almost as bad as all the errors that are starting to pile up, both on defense and on the base paths. Which is pretty bad, because the only thing that pisses me off worse than errors piling up would be instant replay. It's totally fine for the early implementation of instant replay to be bad, but only if there are ongoing development efforts to improve the damned thing. But this is not how MLB committees run by old guys protecting their equity works.

Take my mind off of this, and let's go read some links:

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Angels Baseball

Progress: Matt Joyce isn't thrilled with his demotion to the bench. Tough, I say. Joyce went to the plate nearly 200 times, appearing in 56 games. He is merely the first and most obvious of he black holes in this "attack" that needed to be addressed, and guys like Daniel Robertson need to be granted a very long leash before Sosh tilts back in Joyce's direction. Alas, Joyce isn't going to find any swing in the minors, so you what is going to happen soon.............

Progress Report: Cory Rasmus is on the verge of his first rehab assignment.  He was supposed to be at this point but was delayed by a bad back. He whould be back up, and in the pen, in a couple of months............

Lack of Progress Report: I don't happen to agree with this author. "In the last five seasons, the Angels have gone 52-53 against the Oakland A’s, one of the worst teams in baseball."Umm, sure, Oakland is really bad this year, and we are all blessed that reality caught up with them late last year. But, overall, looking back over those past 5 years we saw 3 playoff teams. Sure, we'd like for the Angels to crush Oakland every year, but that's not how rivalries work. Oakland knows the Angels very, very well...........

Draft Update: I give up. There is no figuring this out. The Angels singed their 6th round selection yesterday, David Fletcher. And at $407K his signing came at nearly 200% of the assigned slot value. So we over-paid. For a 6th rounder. Who was willing to sign within the first 7 days after the draft. This might be such a big deal with some other team with lots of slot money to toss around, but for a team with the 4th least amount, and one that already whiffed on their choicest opportunity in the entire draft? Hrr-drrr.............

Trade Talk: Looking forward to fixing what ails the Angels in the trade market, what with the Trade Deadline the next newsworthy off the field activity? Forget it. It looks to be a sellers market this year, and the Angels still have rather bare cupboards...........

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Elsewhere in Baseball

The big news yesterday was the firing of San Diego Padres skipper Bud Black. Predictably, a crush of hopeful wishes to reclaim Black for the LAA dugout hit HH. Mike Scioscia is not biting, though, as he expects Black to land another lead job elsewhere. And I agree. Besides, unless Black is equally as good as a hitting coach as he proved to be as a pitching coach, he is not the answer to any of our questions these days..............
MLB released the weekly update to the AL All Star voting yesterday, and bad things just keep getting worse. But the Royal don't give a damn about your opinion, because you have failed to express it. They are perfectly delighted in an All Star game with the talent showcase stuck on the bench. In fact, Royals' skipper Ned Yost seems to think it preferable (which bodes ill for anyone hoping that the AL ASG Manager makes some attempt to fix things early) "There's nothing wrong. Vote! The votes are the votes. If you don't like it, go out there and vote. Our fans have gotten out and voted...Does seven starters surprise you? Yeah. But once you sit back and think about it, it's really not that surprising." Yeah, Ned, the whole reason that this is a national bitch session is because nobody is surprised...........

Speaking of All Star craptastrophes, at least one guy is thinking about it. Dave Cameron over at Fangraphs comes up with some brilliant shizzle: not a game, but a tournament! And he divides the tourney into 4 teams, broken out by age groups. How freakin' fun is that!?!? 4 teams in a single-game elimination spread out over two consecutive days. There is just one little oopsie to Cameron's radical plan, however. And it's not, as he states, the issue about not having all the great pitchers present (that happens anyway, so as to not hamper regular season rotations). Nope, it's the thing that he fails to address at all, and is that thing which is most controversial this year: who gets to name which players make the rosters???..........

Bookmark this page. The Physics of Calling Pitches from Your Sofa. It lays out clearly why your view of the strike zone on television is warped (unless you happen to be watching a game at one of those few stadiums where the center field camera is lined up straight away). Sure, many of you realize this already, but you probably didn't realize the proper extent to the issue..........

The Biz of Baseball: This is an extremely lengthy piece of history and analysis concerning the impact of recent court activity, most surrounding the Houston-Comcast lawsuit, and how all that might some day impact the MLB blackout practices. So let me help you cut to the chase: "Nevertheless, Thursday’s news suggests that the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Garber case may be willing to strike a deal with MLB without requiring the league to modify its television blackout policies. If so, fans hoping that the Garber case would finally bring about an end to MLB blackouts may be left unsatisfied."..........

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Bits & Pieces

Game of Thrones minor league uniforms shall be on display for Meet George R.R. Martin Night. Not sure aboutthe promise of real live wolves on the field, however. Euphemisms, and all.........MLB insists that the KCR fan voting is legit. While it's easy for an I.T. professional such as me to call bullshit on MLB "security", in truth it has only required about 170,000 people to make Eric Hosmer the starting 1st baseman for the AL...........The Yankees were dickish enough to try and to pay their way out of their marketing debacle by offering to spend pennies on the dollar to a charity in lieu of paying A-Rod his contractual bonus money. And A-Rod was dickish enough to say no..........Born with no arms, still throws out ceremonial first pitch. And better than most, I should add.........A little history: all about baseball's first perfect game.