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Our very own RubixsQube, currently based across the country in New Hampshire, caught a glimpse of The Face of Baseball conquering the remote backwood burgs of New England.

Saturday afternoon, August 1, 2015. Hanover, New Hampshire. Population: 11,259 New Englanders + 1 Mike Trout fan.
Saturday afternoon, August 1, 2015. Hanover, New Hampshire. Population: 11,259 New Englanders + 1 Mike Trout fan.

14 players took the field last night and manned up against the reigning AL CY Young Award winner, Corey Kluber. This, after getting steamrolled by the likes of the 2014 NL Cy Young Award winner, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, and on and on...

But see what happens when everybody pulls together? Team effort = team win. That's all it really takes. Wrap a team effort around Mike Trout and let Mike Trout do Mike Trout things and these guys really can be indomitable.

So let's celebrate our exit from a losing streak with links!

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Angels Baseball

Trout Porn: Mike Trout, MLB AL Player of the Month for July..........."The best player in baseball + Coors Field = dingers". This from The Five Longest Homers of July, starring...Mike Trout. Trout takes #1 longest, with 476.54 feet. (.54 of a foot is 6 inches, plus another 48/100ths of an inch. Somebody wants me to believe that they can project such things to a precision of 1/50th of an inch???)..............Good job, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Trout parents, for raising Major League Baseball's number one ambassador...........

Andrew Heaney: Heaney was named MLB AL Rookie of the Month for July. "Notching an undefeated 4-0 record with a 1.98 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 27.1 innings, Heaney allowed just six earned runs in the month of July while aiding a dominant Angels’ offense."

Heavenly: A guy puts together a list of the all-religion MLB team, all the way down to P.A. announcers and minor league affiliate cities and team motto and such, and yet fails to realize that the team name can be nothing other than the Angels???..........

Gak!: You know that power hole in the outfield that we cannot seem to plug? The one that is costing us millions of dollars to be paid to half a dozen players?? It was totally unnecessary, and we can blame Jerry Dipoto: "It’s probably time to start referring to Grichuk as 'the guy that was drafted one slot ahead of Mike Trout.' Still just 23, the powerful outfielder has continually found a way to offset his massive strikeout rates (30% in 2015) to remain not only relevant but an above-average offensive threat as witnessed by his 143 wRC+. His power is a valuable asset for a club that didn’t hit many home runs in 2014 and desperately needed to add pop to its lineup this season...His ability to play center field also provides a significant bump to his value....". So, the bottom line, Freese is underwhelming and on the DL. Hamilton is gone, Cowgill is on the DL even when he is not underwhelming, Joyce is a bust, Victorino, Murphy and DeJesus are now on the payroll to plug holes as platoon players, and Mike Scioscia has the daily ability to run Fernando Salas out to the mound on behalf of late-inning comeback by opposing teams everywhere. And we are paying all these guys. All that for the privilege of watching Grichuk blossom as the power-hitting outfielder we need, but someplace else.........

C.J. Wilson: I find myself uncomfortable reading articles such as this: Second opinion on Wilson 'like a Hail Mary'. It's because I find no unity in the message.  Paragraph 1 reads like Wilson has taken himself out of the lineup, and checked himself in with a famous and powerful doctor who, as it happens, is nowhere to be found. That's kind of a cluster, is it not?....Paragraph 2 reads as if Wilson wants to have surgery but the Angels staff and management want him to consider anything but for the time being.....That only makes Mike Scioscia in paragraphs 3 and 4 sound disingenuous when he (a key member of "Angels staff and management") tells the media that it's all up to the doctors....Paragraph 5 smells like the Angels training staff has made an unofficial diagnosis of bone spurs, but just as unofficially, won't make the diagnosis that such a thing should shut him down...And it all ends with Wilson campaigning in defense of his own reputation. I don't why these people communicate so poorly.............Which is timely, since we have been hearing about LAA player whispering in doubt about his actual injury..............Anyway, Wilson isn't talking to the players these days and isn't hearing those whispers...............It's like the entire organization has turned into a rusty colander over the past year. It's the kind of oddness that one used to expect out of the Yankees or Red Sox organizations..........

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Elsewhere in Baseball

David Price: While everybody was chasing Cole Hamels for nearly a year, this guy keeps bouncing around baseball, and we haven't had the prospect talent needed to afford him. (Hamels, meanwhile, was not nearly as impressive in his first outing for the Rangers.)..........And the shocking moment in the Price recap video? When pitcher David freakin' Price is pitching to Russell freakin' Martin at catcher, and induces a dribbler that goes past third baseman Josh freakin' Donaldson and on to shortstop Troy freakin' Tulowitzki. Tulo's snag prevented the ball from rolling all the way out to left fielder Ben freakin' Revere. Tulo who throws to Justin freakin' Smoak at first base for the put-out. Think about that one for a while................


Wake up to Walk Ups: The life of a stadium soundman, the dude or dudette responsible for punching up the music for baseball players...........

Collectibles: The National Sports Collector Convention just concluded in Chicago, and The Hall of Very Good was there to share. Check out this list of The Strangest Finds at the National. My fave? A 50-year old paper bag full of unused burnt wood chunks apparently felled from trees in Jasper County, Mississippi, which could be yours for 40 bucks! (H/T Deadspin)..........

Dog Days: Taking your pooch to a ballgame is the thing to do at a ballpark when you have run out of other things to do at a ballpark. Like watch real baseball. This is the kind of thing that will happen early in a season at places like Miami, run by jokers. I would never think to take my two dogs, since they can have surprisingly fierce anti-social moments. I am pretty famous for warning people that the youngest one, the one who looks all cute and cuddly and puppyish and is adorably stupid, is actually the anti-christ in disguise. So when this micro-growler goes off on the interviewer, all I can do is giggle at how my own little fuzzball would have already turned that pup into a chew toy just for cause, as punishment for wearing the doggie dress...............

Advanced Stats: It's 1959, and Pirates General Manager Joe Brown uses statistics to defend his 1960 salary offer to Roberto Clemente. As the author points out: "Brown cites Clemente's low 'on-base average' and 'power average,' which seems to be a super-early version of what we now call isolated power, or ISO. He also pointed out Clemente's poor fielding average."..........

Real Fakes: The Real Fake Umpires showed back up again, this time to raise money for charity. They outdid even themselves, exceeding their fund-raising goal AND being hilariously obnoxious at the same time..........

International Baseball: Koreans sure know how to have fun with baseball:

Their mascots can absolutely kill it..........

They know how to put the "ceremony" into ceremonial first pitch..........

Their bat flips are without equal..........

Their defensive shifts are glorious..........

And they deal with heat waves by doing a mashup of baseball and waterpark..........

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