Angels News: Trout Extension Talk, MLB Expanding Instant Replay

By Saxon Baird

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Aug 12, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton (32) doubles to left and drives in a run against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Hamilton DFA ComparisonsMonkey with a Halo

Garrett Wilson of Monkey With A Halo plays a little game comparing Josh Hamilton’s stats in 2013 with players who have been sent back to the minors or released.

The Inevitable Mike Trout ExtensionBeyond the Box Score

“This article isn’t about how wonderful Mike Trout is; however, because, well frankly I bet you’re a little tired of articles that simply sing his praises. Instead, I want to look at the question hanging over the head of Angels’ GM Jerry Dipoto: What will it take to sign Trout to an extension?”

The Angels’ pitching plans feel through along the wayLA Times

“The hope that accompanied the off-season acquisition of four pitchers faded and the shortfall was evident again in an 11-3 loss to the Yankees in which Alfonso Soriano hits two home runs and drives in seven runs.”

In offseason, Halos will re-emphasize

“There’s no doubt that pitching is going to be an important focus in the offseason, as it always is, really,” Scioscia said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that some guys on our pitching staff have underperformed. Our bullpen has underperformed with most of the guys, because of some guys being banged up. I’m sure [general manager Jerry Dipoto is] going to take a very close look at it, and we’ll see where everything leads.

MLB Plans to Expand Instant

Highlights of the new system: A review will be initiated when a manager informs the umpire that he wants to challenge a play. He will be allowed one challenge in the first six innings and two more from the seventh through the end of the game.