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Well, THAT was highly un-entertaining! Two teams committed to not winning found themselves stuck, grappling tightly to each other in a fierce contest of impotence. All seemed lost to an un-ending carousel of feebleness until, finally, the arrival of Cam Shit-the-Bedrosian in the 12th inning. And, with the speed of 9 pitches and 2 outs, Bedrosian gave Giovanny Urshela his 4th home run of the season. 79 batters came to the plate and only 2 of them came back to cross it. Both belonged to Cleveland. Gone was any benefit of Matt Shoemaker's brilliant 10 strikeouts over 6 innings, followed by 3 innings of 1-hit, 1-walk pitching from Formula Bullpen.

Suffer the links, my friends...

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Angels Baseball

The Shoe Fits: Wouldn't it be fun if, after al the talk and hype surrounding Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, the longest scoreless streak of the season ended up belonging to Matt Shoemaker...currently sitting at 20?.............

Dumbo: The shuffling of deck chairs on the U.S.S. MLB Front Office is now well underway.  Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski was released by owner Mike Ilitch, who then promoted the previously Assistant GM Al Avila to the full GM role.  Dumbo is now on the bench alongside our one ex-GM, Jerry Dipoto. This follows the recent stepping down of Larry Lucchino as President and CEO of the Red Sox, effective at the end of the year. It has already been announced that sam Kennedy, currently serving as Executive VP and COO, will rise to fill Lucchino's spot. But that leaves open the COO role. Would Dumbo be going to Boston as an upward career move?..........

Litmus Test: So, of course, with Dombrowski now on the market, we can expect the local media to jump all over the potential connection with the LA opening. the question we fans will have, of course, is how likely is it that a proven and competent and powerful executive prospect would accept the hot seat between Moreno, Carpino & Kuhl upstairs, and their main man Scioscia downstairs??????????

Buy or Sell: As a retrospective, Nate Silver dives back into the theories behind trade season and whether a team should buy or sell. And along the way we come out with some interesting observations, some of which would be worth consideration among we faithful here on HH. For example, "One of the biggest lessons of Doyle, in fact, is that adding the talent to win once you’re in the playoffs is probably more important than picking up enough talent to merely get there. The point at which adding an extra win of talent stops accelerating a playoff team’s World Series odds upward is about 118 wins — a level of true talent reserved for the best All-Star teams ever. Realistically, you can never add too much talent if you’re gearing up to win a World Series.". In other words, WWWWWWG is whistling in the dark.............It also documents that the idea of protecting future prospects and forsaking an important playoff piece is a bad idea. "This suggests the Royals were right to go for broke in the short term; for them, each marginal win of talent added in 2015 is worth forsaking about 1.5 wins of future talent."...........And, finally, "Doing Something Is Better Than Doing Nothing".  This year Stoneman did something. so he has matured.............

Wilsonian Economics: Rob Neyer remembers that the Angels exist, and chimes in on our C.J. situation. "If the Angels fall short -- and it's looking more and more like they will -- it probably won't be because they're missing Wilson. It'll probably be because there's no real ace in the rotation, and because the left fielders and DH's never got going."...........

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Elsewhere in Baseball

Dumbo: The shuffling of deck chairs on the U.S.S. MLB Front Office is now well underway.  Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski was released by owner Mike Ilitch, who then promoted the previously Assistant GM Al Avila to the full GM role.  Dumbo is now on the bench alongside our one ex-GM, Jerry Dipoto. This follows the recent stepping down of Larry Lucchino as President and CEO of the Red Sox, effective at the end of the year. It has already been announced that sam Kennedy, currently serving as Executive VP and COO, will rise to fill Lucchino's spot. But that leaves open the COO role. Would Dumbo be going to Boston as an upward career move? Could he have already been contacted by Arte for our own opening, which would be the hidden meaning behind Ilitch's quote: "I've decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities" ? Is the market shrinking for Dipoto?.............

Tech Talk: We have had numerous convos here on HH about the Next Gen ballpark. For the newbies, some of these go back quite a few years. Here, for example, I discuss (and not for the first time) my idea of in-game seat upgrades (see "UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT AWARD OF THE DAY".) Most of the feedback in the linked iteration were agreeable, as were early versions. So imagine how excited I was when I was watching this presentation by Bill Schlough, Chief Information Officer of the Giants and got to 24:28 in the video. Yup. The SF Giants have an in-stadium app from MLBAM that allows their fans to upgrade their seats in-game. Genius, I tell you. Sheer genius..............

More Tech Talk: By the way, earlier in the same Bill Schlough preso, take a gander at how robust their wireless infrastructure has become, and how prolific their fans have become at using it (from 16:45 to 23:00). really, you should watch the entire thing and marvel. It would be a good in-depth interview topic to have with the IT staff of LAA (who, by the way, don't even have a CIO leading their valiant, but miniscule, IT staff).............

Even More Tech Talk: Long form, but if you get a chance this week take the time to read how MLB Advanced Media has and, with some tremendous foresight, continues to revolutionize sports broadcasting..........

Colorful: I was in a parking lot the other night and saw a man walking to his car wearing a maroon ball cap. That struck me as odd because I couldn't think of what MLB team wore maroon? I wrote it off as a Little League cap or some such. But I couldn't get it out of my mind. So, after pestering Uncle Google, I found this nifty graphic that organizes all the colors of all the MLB teams. (And, to answer, maroon is only found in the NFL.)...........

Old versus New: Retired ballplayer and current TV analyst Gregg Zaun took on contemporary player and all-around ass-hat Yordano Ventura of the Royals on live TV, and ripped into him pretty damned good: "Among the highlights were the former big league catcher telling Ventura to 'show some respect and stop writing checks with your mouth that your skinny ass can’t cash' and 'stop acting Tommy Tough Guy while hiding behind the internet and a dozen teammates.' And the 'grab a bat and man up, otherwise shutup' was basically Zaun’s way of dropping the mic at the end."............


OMNI: Alex Wood tosses out the king of all balks..............As if there were anyone left who needed evidence that A. J. Pierzynski will instinctively take every opportunity to cheat his way into stealing any possible advantage, here is that evidence.............Did the 2015 MLB Playoff logos just get leaked?

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