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Arte commits to the current stadium, and his next window to vacate may find him too tired to bother.

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The big LAA info dump over the weekend came out of an OCR Jeff Fletcher interview with The High Seraphim himself, Arte Moreno. There is a lot of meat to gnaw at there, but let's look into something that Rev picked up on within the comments. Something that hit me right off the top, too.

See, Arte Moreno is 70-years old now. According to Social Security life table forecasts, he has a 65.8% chance of reaching the age of 80 (provided no catastrophe). This is important, because Mr. Moreno has bound his franchise to Angel Stadium in Anaheim until at least the year 2029, and that is when he would be 82. How likely is it that an 82-year old man is going to want to go through the time and effort to invest a good chunk of his family equity into a resource that won't be restoring that equity and then paying out heavily when he is starting to look down the barrel of the age of 90? (That same link give Arte a 21.6% chance of reaching 90.)

I don't want this to sound like any poor reflection on Arte Moreno. It's just a fact of life. We all get old and, as we do, we tend to change our priorities.

To me, I feel that this means that Arte is not going to be doing any serious push to make any radical changes to his stadium situation. If he and the City of Anaheim can work things out rather quickly, something as simple as rebuilding on the same lot, he could take that route. But I doubt he has too many years left to be more aggressive than that.

The more immediate plan is to patch and paint the existing stadium. Maybe they can hide some faults with banners or billboards. They will be installing new field lights. They can always do things like swap out the seats or upgrade the video boards and change up the concessions yet again. But the big stuff is not being discussed publicly. I continue to read many questions from HH'ers wishing to know more about the deterioration of the existing facility. So I will put it to all of us who are fortunate enough to attend live games this season. When you are walking the public areas, look around and don't be afraid to take some photos to post. Think of it as a community education project.

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A Little Bit of Angels News

Let's do Jered Weaver. Can't do the Weave too many times. As you know by now, Weaver was signed to a one-year deal to pitch for the Padres. He has declined far too much to take a slot on a team hoping to contend and, thus, we all knew that his time as a player under the Halo had come to an end. San Diego is a nice gig. It's close. It's a pretty cool city. The stadium is still pretty pitcher-friendly (more so, even, than Angel Stadium). And the Padres is pretty much as funked up as he is........As an homage to Mike Trout, since Weaver will not have a DH in the NL, he has chosen to wear #27............Victor Rojas gives Weaver a send off...........But for us, Weaver has found a better use of Twitter. Special thanks to Dan Haren for the mentoring. He announces his signing with the Pads via invocation of Ron Burgundy. And he sends we LAA fans a special thanks of farewell. Unsure of his avatar, however.........

Yup. Albert Pujols is gonna roll out there post-surgery will all the confidence of a guy is is now used to start super slowly. See you in May, Pujols. In his defense, I should admit that I have every reason to understand why his wheels keep falling off at his age. I had chance to enjoy front row seats up the 1B line one game a couple of seasons ago when Pujols had to turn and run hard and chase down a very wild throw to first that eluded him. I have never heard such a heavy-footed athlete running as that. It was thunderous..........

Mike Trout admits that he, too, gets frustrated by the failure to reach the playoffs.............

Noah Syndergaard took advantage of the off-season by bulking up, putting on 17 pounds in an effort to become a better pitcher. Well, in contrast, Huston Street took advantage of the off-season by losing 15 pounds in an effort to become a better pitcher. In that link is a little nugget where Street confesses he "...was kind of just cruising" in his prior seasons as a Halo............Arte Moreno is pleased with Street's more svelte appearance..........

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Everywhere In Baseball

Man, what a mess in New York. Oh, wait, tough shit! No sooner did the Yankees win their arb case versus reliever Dellin Betances than all hell broke loose. (Betances, yes, WAS the Yankees Closer last season after the Yankees traded away Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs but, no, won't be the Closer now that the Yankees have signed Chapman back into the fold). Instead of keeping his mouth shut, of issuing any of a number of available cliches, MFY President Randy Levine volunteered to speak out in the press against Betances. As FanGraphs points out, this is Levine looking like a nincompoop, because Levine is relying on the Save "stat" to count against Bellances. Oh, and it appears that the MFY also argued against Bellances because opponents stole bases against him. It's worth noting that Bellances finished 2016 with a WHIP of 1.123, a FIP of 1.78, and an ERA+ of 141. Not exactly chump change..............This behavior by Yankee brass is not going unnoticed. MLBPA boss Tony Clark barks back at the unprofessionalism of bringing the arb animosity out of the closet and putting it on display.  Bellances is years away from FA, but when he gets there his bitterness might still be strong.............

If we bloggers really wanted an MLB press pass, it's not as if getting one through creative means is unpossible............

RBI Baseball is still going strong like, what, 30 years later?..........

Goose Gossage finds comparisons to Mariano Rivera to be insulting. To Gossage............

Josh Donaldson clearly did not spend the off-season getting his calves ready by running sprints with heavy barbells. And so Donaldson will now miss a small chunk of Spring Training with calf strain...

Drooling for the chance to sniff at Neil Walker next winter when he hits FA? You might be suffering from mere pipe dreams as the Mets might be looking to extend Walker with a 3 year contract.............

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The Duffle Bag

The next time you visit the stadium, wander by the World Series case and see THE glove that caught THE ball, and THE ball, that was the final out to seal up the 2002 WS title..........Sports broadcast blackout rules are back in court..............Bryce Harper, Walking Dead?............Mike Trout reminds Chris Christie with a dig that Trout is a fan of Philadelphia sports............We celebrate our LA Angels Super Bowl pool winner, who has received his reward.............

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Halo-Oppo-ly

Week 3 of our Chance/Community Chest cards!

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