Thank the Heavens, baseball is back today. I swear, if this no-baseball-in-the-middle-of-the-season madness had gone on any longer, I may have gnawed off my arm at the shoulder. Yes, this is how I cope with things.
Nope. Nope nope nope, nope. Mike Trout had a 10.0 fWAR season in 2012. He literally, not figuratively, literally, had a season that had never happened before. Ever. Ever ever. In the all-time history of based ball, no one has ever put together a season like Mike Trout did last year. That is not to say that Yasiel Puig isn’t an exciting young player, it’s just to say that he has a long way to go to eclipse the all-encompassing (offense, defense, basepaths) value that Trout brought to the Angels last year.
Every time there is sad news about Peter Bourjos, a fairy dies.
During Josh Hamilton‘s 12-game hitting streak, he had a slash line that was nearly identical to his May 2012 production over the last 10 games of said hitting streak. And with a better walk rate. I’ve never been accused of cherry-picking. Maybe now, someone will accuse me of that and we can move on.
Efren Navarro‘s swan song with the Angels organization highlights this list.
The Angels aren’t failing. Hope remains alive.
Neither any other team. There are still at least 70 games left, lots can happen.
Tommy Hanson was kind of not bad in his rehab start for Inland Empire. He allowed two runs and three hits across 3.1 IP while striking out six and walking one. I’d rather the Angels left him there. But that isn’t going to happen.