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Except for one bad frame by Matt Harvey, and a lot of bad hitting by #3 through #9, it was a pretty good game.

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Well...except for one bad frame by Matt Harvey, and a lot of bad hitting by #3 through #9, and a Cam Bedrosian appearance, it was a pretty good game.

After a very sad season-opening road trip, this kind of first home game was exactly the wrong thing that fans need. Not that there is anything we fans can do about it.

I’m still fine. It’s a phase. Teams have phases. We have 155 more games to enjoy, and most of them WILL be enjoyable. Just you watch.

Spend your weekend with these Rose-Colored-Glass-All-The-Way-Full-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

Almost as a theological mission, I avoid those videos where baseball personalities open up packs of old baseball cards. But this time that personality was St. Michael. And then he gets Justin Bour (but stick around as Darin Erstad comes up later).........

And what does Mike Trout think about when picking walk up music? How he overlooks Riders on the Storm eludes me..........maybe if he ever plays here we can all go and pick his song for him..........

Trouty warming up his A game...........

Andrelton Simmons, the second best defensive player out of all positions, throughout all of MLB.................That is, of course, when he is healthy.............

Shohei Ohtani wants to be back into the lineup this month. Which would be fun.............

Jo Adell, The Future Of Baseball..........

If we spend the rest of the year chasing Oakland, I’m gonna blame the Red Sox...........

Long Beach is considering tearing down the Long Beach Arena in order to sweeten the project opportunities for Arte, trying to draw the Angels to Long Beach..........

The SLC Bees are opening the season without their legendary official scorer, Howard Nakagama, who dies this past January. He had been scoring Bees games for 25 years..........

PSA: Metrolink is again running an express train for home games..........And speaking of commutes to the park, does anybody actually find the Douglass entrance to be an advantage?..........

Say some prayers for Victor and his wife, Kim, who is battling Grave’s disease..........


Everywhere In Baseball

So the Yankees have an injury bug.....And everybody is freaking out....Hell, just think about how it is going to impact pre-season projections!.....The calamity of it all!!!.....You cannot imagine how, as an Angel fan who just witnessed 2016 then 2017 then 2018 and who still has Shohei Ohtani gone and now Justin Upton, I feel so little empathy for them...........

I was driving yesterday and listening to MLB Radio. The discussion was all about the Ron Kulpa event the other night. Now, keep in mind that nobody reporting on that incident knows anything about how much crap that umpiring crew was getting from the Astros all series long, so we don’t know how innocent the players and coaches are here. I forget the names of the studio team, but the ex-player was making that very point. He then went on to state something amazing. He said that he was watching a game on TV recently in a stadium that was extremely quiet (LOL, Cincinnati?). The broadcast mics were able to pick up all the noise out on the field. In the very first inning, immediately after a pitch, one could hear a bullpen phone ring. A few pitches later the same thing. Shortly after, the plate ump was heard shouting back to the dugout that “he could hear the phone ringing”. What was happening here was that somebody upstairs or in the clubhouse was watching the same broadcast, and using the K Zone graphic to determine pitches being represented as outside that the ump was calling as strikes. That person was calling to the dugout, so that the dugout could bark out at the umpire. Now that is insanely stupid. Insanely so...........

Adam Jones gets a fan at Petco park ejecting for heckling. Jones insists that fans “keep the banter polite”. So I have a suggestion for anybody with lungs sitting near Jones’ position tonight: “Dear Mr. Jones! If it pleases you, might I suggest that perhaps you consider not doing anything of note with your upcoming opportunities to make plays or hit the baseball with a bat? It is my humble opinion that your prowess as a player of the baseball has somewhat lessened in recent years, and that anything you might do would not be very impactful for the benefit of your side. However, in the extremely unlikely event that you accidentally might do something prodigious, I politely request that you refrain.”...........

Here is an analysis into the value of the international signing bonus money pools..........

Once Upon A Time Babe Ruth hit a baseball very, very far. At least 552 feet. And, no, that is NOT including a long roll across an asphalt parking lot.........

Matt Shoemaker is not the only ex-Halo doing well in Toronto. So is Randal Grichuk..........

Ramon Laureano does it again............

Uh, on average an MLB All Star is one of the more highly paid, right? And usually the highest vote-getters are the biggest of names, the highest of those paid. For exmaple, it would not be a surprise for Bryce Harper and Mike Trout to be those names for NL and AL, respectively, this year. MLB is going to reward them with a bonus that roughly equates to about 4 hours of their time...........

I remember when MLB sent an envoy to Kyler Murray and tried to convince him to choose MLB instead of NFL. Murray, of course, chose NFL. In this piece from the Bay area that reviews the impact of that decision (wouldn’t it be ironic if Murray fell into the lap of the Oakland Raiders?), something jumps out at me. Murray will most definitely have a much higher national profile throughout the sporting world via NFL than MLB. The NFL is a marketing genius. MLB is a bunch of marketing boobs...........

Minor League players, unable to get paid by their employers, are pivoting to capitalism and selling futures in order to make ends meet. Sadly, they are also being forced to ask for charity. And that last sentence should piss you the hell off. You know Jo Adell is going to get paid, but you need to remember that he is working in MiLB for a reason. There are a lot of guys against whom he is honing his skills for your future benefit who will never get paid..........In a corollary piece, Dale Murphy notes how things have actually gotten worse than when he was in MiLB..........

Ken Rosenthal goes into how all the millions being committed to extensions is actually not a good thing. He touches on a lot there. That bit about the Ronald Acuna high-interest loan is enlightening. He also notes how future gold-plated Free Agents who sign extensions now and take themselves off the market fail to drive the market up for others down the road. I guess that was once true but I’m not sure anymore. These days we seem to accept that it is the middle class that is getting torched. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado and Patrick Corbin did not seem to help out Mike Moustakas. What I do believe, though, is that these extensions are taking the future top class off the market and will be paying them at middle class rates. MLB is effectively solving it’s problem with the top of the future markets by eliminating them today...........

Hey, let’s rate how the agents did this winter! You probably think that Scott Boras was king, right? Wrong..........

You can pretty much assume that when any organization publishes a review concerning the accuracy of their predictions, the result will be that their predictions are damned accurate. Nobody goes on record to tell you that they suck, lest you walk away and never look back. So it is with FiveThirtyEight. Damned proud of themselves over there..........For the record, I am telling you the same thing I tell everyone before the start of every season: every MLB team will win 87 games this year. And I am using the same margin of error as PECOTA. I used to get about 23 correct every year. But now in this era of super teams, like last year, I down to the high teens............

I keep writing about DAZN. Probably because they are the most active pursuer of MLB content. Here is how you sign up..........


The Duffle Bag

The 10 Commandments of Home Run Balls...........And that last link had a sidebar story of particular amazement...........UniWatch on a roll!...Nationals Park video board constantly rebooting. (Is it sad that I not only know how to fix this, but that I was present at the birth of PXE??)....Ty Cobb video from 1929.....The French Embassy here in the U.S. has ripped off the MLB logo. (Or the NBA logo, had this been a basketball blog.)....1936 jersey, glove and bat from the U.S.S. Lexington ball team. (Check out how Louisville Slugger branded their bats back in the day!)..........ARod, cheating? No! How could that be?!?..........The LAPD is making progress untangling that latest Dodger Stadium parking lot attack..........Tim Tebow goes 0-4 in a game. Why is this any kind of story? Why am I linking to it??..........Chris Davis of the Orioles has turned into Stirrups of Halos Heaven. I could hit that good and I wouldn’t cost anything near $23MM..........h/t Brent McGuire, who points us to an amazing new search power from Baseball Savant..........