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A couple of injuries and a rare Ty Buttrey mistake proves costly.

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MLB: Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a strange night when a Cam Bedrosian comes out to clean up the mess that is being made by a Ty Buttrey. Which makes The Athletic ($$) look silly picking a very bad moment to pimp up Buttrey’s great success this season.

And I look silly posting up all that Trout Porn below, what with Mike going 0 for 4 and stranding 5 runners on base.

The Angels lose a tight one 3-1, and stuff like that makes a difference.

For those who went to bed worrying, yes, both Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani had to be taken off the field injured.....But initial exams reveal no fractures. In Halo Speak, that means to the IL for four weeks.

Moving along with a web page loaded with Not-All-It’s-Cracked-Up-To-Be-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

(Good?) Heaney is coming. He just K’d 10 in his latest rehab start.............

Jake Jewell says “Heaney-Who?” He strikes out 17...........

A little Kevan Smith love, because Smith is not what ails this team..........

Trout Porn. Through 250 HR’s his career to date has no peer. Where are all those anti-WAR writers from 2012/2013 NOW??? Hey, you ancient illiterate assbites! Now maybe you can understand that WAR was telling you. You needed to be listening. It was saying that you needed to be paying attention to what Trout was doing, because it was the only metric which revealed that you could have been watching unprecedented MLB history..........

Trout Porn: Don’t Waste This Opportunity to Appreciate Mike Trout..........

Trout Porn: Mike Trout Monday: Mike Trout should’ve won the Iron Throne..........

Trout Porn: Mike is pounding the history books of MLB so badly that MLB staffers in New York are the only ones with the power to stop him. So they do. I am wondering how it is that the MLB headquarters bureaucrats can know how fast Trout was moving up the first base line?..........

Trout Porn: (from reddit) Fanatics.com is selling ballcaps made from a Mike Trout jersey. Not a game-used jersey, mind you, just a New Era jersey that had “Trout” on the back. The crazy part is NOT that they are asking $500 for one of these. No, the crazy part is that people are PAYING $500 for one of these, to the point that they are almost out...........

This was shared in the Links yesterday. Some Tommy La Stella recognition over his power stroke. I notice that it was written by Alden Gonzalez............

Zack Cozart agrees with you. He sucks..........

Tim Mead takes over at the Baseball Hall of Fame on June 24............


Everywhere In Baseball

June Draft 2019: That kicks off the afternoon of Monday, June 3. CBS posts their mock draft. Adley Rutschman still goes at the top spot. CBS also has Billy Eppler going with a High School RHP, Matthew Allan of Seminole HS out of Florida...............

Sean Doolittle has chimed in concerning his toe-tap delivery. Setting aside how vastly different it is from Carl Edwards, Jr.’s full-on foot plant, Doolittle wants MLB to come out and add a comment to the rule book formally legalizing his toe-tap. Doolittle’s emphasis concerns the pitcher-batter relationship, and how a toe tap can throw off a hitter’s timing and help curtail the obnoxious amount of home runs. Certainly, Doolittle is biased. He complains about a tiny strike zone, of which there is not. And he ignores completely the issue about base-running. Both Edwards and Doolittle have their motion oddities form a stretch, implying runners on base. Doolittle, a lefty, already has a natural dominance over runners on first base. I say hell to the no on all these fancy-pants pitcher motion gambits..........

Three weeks into his MLB career and Baby Vlad is already AL Player of the Week. (For his career, Mike Trout has a total of 4). Thanks, Jerry..........

Nope. I had not been paying close enough attention to realize that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the first professional baseball team. My bad. I usually am all over shit like that..........

The Mothership goes off on quantifying service time manipulation. Or, TL;DR, how MLB owners play by the CBA rules...............

The every man’s hero, a knuckleballer, has returned to Major League Baseball. Ryan Feierabend of the Blue Jays thumbs his nose at Front Office spin rate analysts............

A basic tenet of following Major League Baseball in this era is that whenever you see things out of kilter with the Mets, you can always count on the slimy fingers of the Wilpons at the heart of things..........Except that Robinson Cano character. He has only to blame himself...........

Let’s stay with the Mets. Yeonis Cespedes, who went to the Mets during the 2015 season and has given them 132 games, 81 games, and just 38 games last year, will give them exactly 0 games in 2019. While on IL and going through recovery, Cespedes fractured his ankles in an accident while working his ranch. Just as recently as May 6th he was targeted to return in July.........This puts BVW on the hot seat. He built this roster in this past offseason, smart guy that he is............And get comfy. The Mets might go and try to claw back some Cespedes contract pay..............

For you youngsters, perhaps the greatest contribution that Dusty Baker has made to society has been the High Five. Yep, really......And perhaps the greatest contribution Josh Hamilton ever made to the Rangers franchise - earning him a spot in their Hall of Fame - would be taking his dumpster fire years over to their rivals in Anaheim............

Disney buying onto gambling, directly. Hmmm.............


The Duffle Bag

If Blake Parker didn’t want to learn about not getting a new deal with the Angels while at Tyler Skaggs’ wedding, he shouldn’t have attended Tyler Skaggs’ wedding...............I agree with Bill Shaikin of LAT here. Not a good look for MLB owners, at all....The larger story is here...........The most orchestrated hidden ball trick of all time...........Manny Machado is the kind of guy who is surrounded by dick moves on the field. But not all of those dick moves are the actions of Manny Machado...........Michael Chavis of the Red Sox calls his shot?..........