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A lot of people will be staying indoors on Sunday. That means lots of opportunity for crowd-free outdoor living. Will you be taking advantage?

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This is a great weekend to get outside and enjoy SoCal activities with smaller crowds. Lots of people will be stuck indoors on Sunday, eating cheap bottled salsa and crappy scooper tortilla chips while watching hours of mindless TV and hoping for some random beer commercial to make their time interesting. The parking at beaches should be easy. The lines at Disneyland should be light. The mountain trails should be quiet. There is snow on the local mountains and the surf might be high. The baseball field at the local park will be empty, and begging for you to go play catch. The sunset will be gorgeous. Grab a pair of gloves and a ball, and go have fun with your significant.

And until then, have some Super Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

We have our list of party invitations all written out, stuffed into envelopes, stamped and addressed, and dropped off at the post office. Spring Training non-roster invitees were published. The most important part of this list for you and me would be that we have the chance to get a glimpse of a lot of kids before they get bused off to Sky Harbor to re-engage their minor league careers. Matt Thaiss, Taylor Ward, and...holy shit!..THE Shane Robinson!!..........


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Everywhere In Baseball

Ok. This ain't about the Astros' hack because I told you I wasn't go to dwell on the Astros hack again. Instead, this is about the Astros' hack. This Ryan Pollack guy obviously knows a few things about cyber security. I would add some things to his commentary. First, there have been network analytical technologies on the market well in advance of 2013. Maybe not Big Data/Splunk kinds of products, but products nonetheless. The problem is not htat they didn't exist, but that they are extremely costly to own, maintain, and operate. Sports franchises operate their own little corners of IT the same as most small businesses and this kind of overhead is beyond their means. Why they don't collaborate at the league level and create a multi-tenant shared service is beyond me. The world is loaded with people like me who do this stuff for more important businesses than baseball - like hospital systems and defense systems - every damned day. I would use the Angels as a case study, but they stripped out their Front Office listings on their web site. (I take credit for that one. For years I have been blasting Arte by exploiting that listing and using it to compare against other baseball operations, because it reveals a lot about how he funds his operations. Taking it down is his way of shutting me up. Obviously, he did it personally, and just to spite me.)........

Here is a fun game for you. This is a link to a reddit page, asking who is the most-hated former player for your favorite team?. Sure, we all know the right answer for LAA. So let's play the game. How many players can you find named at all, anywhere in that discussion, who at any time played for the Halos?...........

I would be more happy to see the Astros NOT turn into a perennial contender, starting this year. One reason, obviously, is because such a ting would come at the expense of the Angels. The other reason, though, is because I still have lingering disgust at the way they tanked in order to hoard the resources necessary to do such a quick pivot. I would like to see that short-sighted fraud turn into short-lived success............

Remember way back in the old days? 2015? When chicks still dug the long ball? Yeah, those were fun. Seems they are gone now. Teams want a complete player. Not just some guy with power. Oh wait, you say? Mike Trout IS a complete player AND has lots of power? Why, yes, America, he does. And that's what makes him the MVP...........

Poor Caleb Joseph. His claim to infamy was going an entire season without a single RBI. That is what everyone is pointing at as he lost his arbitration hearing yesterday. It doesn't help that Caleb only saw 27 at bats all year with RISP. It also doesn't help that he hit .074 in those situations.............

Dodger fans leaving early to avoid traffic is a fan institution that pre-dates their move to Los Angeles. So don't blame our freeways...........

Under Armour announced late last year that they had secured a 10 year contract to outfit Major League Baseball. That is supposed to start in three years. They might not make it. Their stock is getting absolutely hammered. Their credit rating has just turned into junk status. And people are starting to think they need to just shut it down and sell themselves..........

Man, that A.J. Preller screw-up last year really created a giant roster mess across multiple teams. I had no idea it was all so complicated.............


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Trade Winds

Oooh. The Dodgers are looking at signing ex-nemesis Sergio Romo. This kind of stuff doesn't happen. Kinda takes the wind out of those sails of animosity, don't it?...........

Interesting. Mike Napoli might get signed by the Rangers after all, but not until Valentine's Day. Not because the Rangers love flowers and cheap Hallmark sentimentalities, but because that is when they get to move some contract money around...........


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The Duffle Bag

Minor League Promos Better Than Arte Promos: Take 338..........Sooner or later, Hal Steinbrenner, we never forget that the Yankees suck...........Damn. Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young has an inoperable brain tumor. News like that makes me feel terrible............Just sayin' here, Mr. Fan-Sided video game dude, Mike Trout might be suffering on your simulations because the game algorithm writers suffer the same kinds of doubt that ZIPs algorithms have tended to have...........

Not OT, considering it's Super Bowl weekend: We have a special return of Fire Joe Morgan's own Ken Tremendous, coming out of retirement to do a take down of our local ass-bite Bill Plaschke...........

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Halo-Oppo-ly

(On a 2-week hiatus while I deal with a teensy bit of travel time)

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