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HumpLinks: Halos whip up a W

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Some offense, some defense, and some pitching all show up at the same time and the Halo glows through the Orange County night again.

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Albert Pujols hits his 593rd career home run what must be 593 feet, landing on the damned train tracks. (Ignore Victor's call of that shot being his 594th. Blame some stat sheet they keep handy in the booth or something.) That proved to be the final difference, and setting the final score, as the Angels won 5-2...........And the Halo powers the skies of Anaheim once more.

A couple of things ump out at me when I look at the box score for last night. First, the bullpens of these two teams threw 7 of the 18 total innings and gave up only 4 of the 20 hits, 1 of the 6 walks. Can't blame them for the game going 3 hours....And, second, the fastest way to catch Cam Bedrosian up on getting some innings in this season appears to be to allow him to throw a 6 out Save.

Have Some Halos-Find-The-W Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Roster move. Juan Graterol is back. I feel for the guy. Clearly he is hanging onto his ream by the fingernails. Just read through his recent transaction history in that link....

The Angels held a team meeting before the game yesterday. Not to yell and scream and wake everybody up or anything. Nah, that nonsense is for chemistry. No, this was to talk with a couple of individual players "to adjust some things". And as Mike Scioscia explains it, they ain't gonna be sharing that kind of stuff with anybody. The only thing I would be looking for is whether or not anybody knows the difference between one-on-one meetings versus team meetings..........

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Everywhere In Baseball

Starling Marte, busted. 80-game PEDs suspension. That puts a hole in left field for Pittsburgh. But I do have to wonder. Marte's slash line is only .241/.288/.370 with an OPS of .659. Maybe he should go and ask for his money back from his source..........For the most part, players (well, at least the LAA players interviewed here) feel that this is a pretty good deterrent. Since it didn't deter Marrte, one must presume the players feel that without this level of penalty, everybody would still be chasing the PEDs dream. Jake Diekman, bullpen arm for the Rangers, has some fairly draconian feelings on the issue. As Bill Baer immediately points out, Jake Diekman is not an econ major.........

When I read Ken Rosenthal's take on the Marte story, I cannot help but think back to our own Gary Matthews, Jr...........

Remember when the Phillies thought they were beefing up their rotation when they acquired Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox? The Red Sox, after having acquired Chris Sale to add to David Price, saw Buchholz as an excellent piece to offer up for salary relief to afford Sale, and maybe get back some prospect or two. They got the salary relief. They got the one prospect (Josh Tobias). And they got extremely lucky. The Phillies thought they were getting a rotation anchor. So did everybody else. Not so. Buchholz, for all intent and purpose, is done for 2017..........

This lit up the baseball reddit page last night. MLB umpire CB Bucknor has himself an absolute shitshow of a night behind home plate. He completely lost track of where home plate was bolted down onto the field of play, but was laughably one-sided about it. He's pulling the plug on pitchers into their windup. And then, to end it all, he completely lost track as to how to end it all. "I don't even think he knows what town he's in right now."...I defy you to find any such video documentation of his disaster on the official MLB web site..........And even as I do my scouring of the Internet, more eyeballs are getting pasted on this dude's comically bad work............

Major League Baseball gets an overall grade of C+ for hiring diversity. I harp on this a lot, but that doesn't mean I cannot look at that kind of report with a long sideways stare of curiosity. You bet there are certain layers within the enterprise that are predominantly, or even exclusively, white male. But in the overall context of how many total humans are employed in the industry, with a disproportionate number of them the players themselves, that grade just doesn't pass the smell test. Not for me, anyway. Some things skew the numbers in ways I would need to study harder to get explained. Are franchise front office interns counted as "employees" for purposes of this study? Are the franchise owners, who are NOT hired personnel, excluded from the Front Office personnel counts? Why are the players NOT counted? (Counting players, of course, would render the numbers for female involvement almost non-existent.) Maybe in another life I will have time to totally vet stuff like this, but not today. Feel free to do so and report back for all our benefit.........

Uh, quick, somebody get me the Commissioner's office. If we want to speed up the game, we certainly do NOT need to extend the Instant Replay delays any further by giving umpires a mic so that they can announce to all present when the ruling was all about. We get enough theater out of these guys as it is. Just give the info to the broadcast booths and the press box, and put some text on the scoreboard for fans present. Let all that info get out at its own pace while the game can continue..........Oh wait. I'm not the only one who noticed this!..........

Billy Ripken takes on The Shift. I wonder what the BAPIP would be if teams did NOT shift?..........And the Cards and Cubs seem to be taking on defensive metrics in the StatCast Age. Case in point: Dexter Fowler..........

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Season Update, FINAL ACCOUNTING!
The Royals were the last team to pick up a win in the 2017 season. They claimed it on April 7th, at 10:23 PM local time in Houston....
The Orioles were the last team to lose a game. That happened on April 9th at 5:00 PM local time in New York City.....
The Rays were the last team to win on the road. This was April 14th at 10:47 PM EDT, local time in Boston....
The Brewers were the last team to take loss on the road. April 15th at 4:21 CDT, local time in Cincinnati....
The Blue Jays were the final team to snag a win at home. April 15th at 3:48 PM local time in Toronto....
And...
The final team to lose at home in the 2017 season were the Braves, who held off until 10:45 PM EDT on April 18th, local time in Atlanta. They were helped in large part by the Yankees and White Sox racing to a MFY defeat in only 2 hours and 16 minutes.

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The Duffle Bag

Mike Trout is not only great at sport, but he's a great sport, as well.......Nobody reading this Links dump today has ever seen such a thing as a 7-2-6 triple play. Until now. Not outside Little League, anyway..........The Marlins may someday have the market cornered when it comes to almost-no-hitters...........Yasiel Puig gets to speak directly to us, in his own words, about Latin ballplayer joy...........Yeah, SI. A-Rod is retired. Stop trying to find reasons to pretend that you don't have him around to kick anymore..........Don't be looking for Cubs WS rings to be showing up in pawn shops at any point in your lifetime..........Well, at least Mike Scioscia is not the lowest ranking manager in the AL West. Seems like some shine is off his media legacy anymore. The Dusty Baker and Ned Yost positions, though, yeesh..........When you spend enough of your time searching for news, eventually your search terms hit a monumentally OT and unusual, but still rather valid, result..........

OT: I can recall a time when, long before travel clubs and parochial sports powers, Katella High School was a formidable athletic program in Orange County. It's good to read them in the news again...........

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