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Idle Day Links: Time to play guessing games

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And now is the season when we all sound like experts, loaded with glorious ideas for roster manipulation bound to result in a World Series trophy, winning lotto numbers, and world peace.

Won't anybody come out and play with me?
Won't anybody come out and play with me?
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Heads up! Now that the ASG is in our rear view mirror, The Next Big Thing is the trade deadline, just under three weeks away. Speculation season officially starts now. Buyers, sellers, or hands-in-the-pockets'ers? Don't gut your talent pipeline, versus don't overvalue your prospects. Does Arte start feeling his financial oats again, or have the years fossilized his wallet? How do you measure the chance to grab an upgrade now versus what those chances might look like this Winter? And at what costs? Peeps, this is all the stuff of magnificent guesswork and avocation, where we will pretty much all be wrong anyway. But we are the fans. This job belongs to us wankers. Go for it.

With Trout schedule to return tomorrow, this marks the very last of the Lost Weeks Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Let's be petty. Nothing else is going on, so why not? Mike Trout was not the ONLY All-Star who didn't play in the ASG. And, technically, the Brewers were the bigger snub, having won far more games but having only one guy ont eh team and that guy not getting any game time. But back to being petty. Notice how the author calls out in lamentation for het Rangers: "Rangers fans did not get to see any of their players in the All-Star Game this year. Darvish was their only selection." Now notice that we Angels fans were in the exact same predicament, and that still goes unmentioned. Sigh.............By the way, I did some looking up of things here. Three MLB teams did not get a player onto the field: Angels, Rangers and Brewers. As I just mentioned, the Brewers are the bigger snub. 50 wins and leading their division, only one player tagged and that guy DNP. The Reds and Tigers both have only 39 wins and each had two reps, and out of those 4 guys 3 actually played. In fact, there were 26 players from the 18 teams with worse WIN records than the Angels, and 25 of those 26 guys saw game time...............

Basically, this is a GIF of MLB and FOX Sports handling the lack of LAA ASG representation:

But, here, after all was said and done, is where FOX Sports makes mention of Mike Trout in the context of the 2017 ASG. The next day. In a tweet..........

Cameron Maybin keeps battling the little voices on his shoulder. I like this guy.............

Yunel Escobar autograph signing in Irvine Saturday. How times have changed. When I was a kid, reading "Cox Solutions" would not mean cable TV arm-twisting. It meant the coolest in gas-powered toy planes, cars and boats...............


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Josh Mayhood's Library of Mike Trout Hagiography

This section placed on hold indefinitely, in memory of Mike Trout's 2017 season. In the meantime, we provide The Jessica DeLine Trout Recovery Watch tracker. When will Mike be back?

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Everywhere In Baseball

Commissioner Manfred now wants to blame the bats (and, thus, the lying, cheating players) for the obvious rise in home runs. Can't be the ball, nosirree............So maybe Manfred wants to blame those nasty bats for the rise in pitcher blisters, too?...........

On the same subject, Tim Brown over at Yahoo! has convinced himself that the baseballs are not the cause, and he spends a lot of photons trying to convince all of us. Don't fall for it. Tim Brown is putting on display a charming lack of critical thinking skills. His 'evidence' is the logical consequence that this would be dangerous for the very precious MLB pitching talent. The first mistake is believing that the difference in the baseball must be "juice", as if MLB is stashing superballs in the core. Baseball flight does not have to improve only through interior changes, the kinds of things that would accelerate exit velocities off a bat. In fact, his second mistake is not reading and understanding the most recent evidence that lowered stitching reduces and smaller diameter create reduced wind resistance just enough to allow for longer ball flights - long enough on average to account for much of the rise in HR rates. This puts the difference NOT between home plate and the pitcher's mound, but well over the heads of all the players on the field, and the final result is witnessed between the warning track and the home run wall...........

Yeah, this is fair. You are not going to be voted Most Interesting of your graduation class if you (A) aren't even showing up and (B) like to spend all your time talking about the weather.............

Yes, indeedy, the strike zone is shrinking. Especially for left-handed batters............

The ASG didn't count. It was boring, but not because of that. Probably because of something else...........But whatever else it was that made the game boring, it was fun again. In other words, we still don't have a consensus on this ASG thing............

We should think about doing this for a 10th inning of an ASG. Then, if it goes to an 11th inning, maybe remove the left fielder. If a 12th, remove the second baseman and first baseman and require the batter to hit the ball on the left side, and at least to the dirt to be a hit. Maybe cut down on the number of batters in the order, too. We could probably play enough extra innings to get things down to about 3 players per side. Sounds intriguing............

Uh oh. FiveThirtyEight is positing some math which shows we might have TWO versions of the 1927 Yankee juggernaut in our midst. One of which is in our own Division. May the FSM bless the benefits of tanking...........

Ken Rosenthal, lashed as he is to Fox Sports and  their Youtubification of their content, needed to find a new outlet for his writing and reporting. He hasn't found one yet, so he takes to his own Facebook page. In the spirit of my opening paragraph way up above, here is Rosenthal on the pending Miami sell off..........

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The Duffle Bag

When mediocre athletes get noticed for their mediocreness by normal humans............Most bestest ASG recap...........You think you are the only who noticed how much FOX Sports loves Aaron Judge and the Yankees? Think again..............Huh. When was Las Vegas EVER on an official "short list" for MLB expansion?. And I am not certain that the recent NFL relocation process will have impressed any current MLB owner..........Red Sox fans: bandwagoners...............Jason Kipnis has some unclear on the concept of corn dogs problem.............Stop dreaming. The very fact that a team has to be "talked into" trading away a top-line pitcher means the Angels cannot afford him...........

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Jordan Serena Destiny Watch

Serena did not play with the 66ers last night.............Oh, and Matt Thaiss did not play with the BayBears, either.

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