Angels Leadoff Links – January 6, 2015


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As I write this article, I have noticed there are giant white snow flakes falling outside my window. There is nothing more depressing than the thought of heavy, wet snow piling up, after all, someone has to shovel it. Not to mention the weird looks I am destined to receive as I glide down the local hill on my crazy carpet. Grown men love sledding too — there I’ve said it, the secret is out. The only thing that perks me up is the thought of spring, and the return of Angels’ baseball. The best way to immerse yourself in springtime thoughts is to read the articles of the talented writers from around the FanSided baseball network.

Emilio Bonafacio was one of the few remaining second basemen on the market, but on Monday, he signed a one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. Stephen Forsha, co-editor of Southside Showdown, breaks down exactly what Bonafacio will bring to the White Sox in 2015. The Angels are still searching for middle infielders, and with Bonafacio signing on Monday, there are few viable options left.

Next: Emilio Bonifacio brings speed and depth to roster

The Dan Haren reality show continues to entertain. Kyle Franzoni of Marlin Maniac discusses the roller coaster that is Haren this winter. It is likely Haren will get his wish to pitch on the West Coast in 2015, but his unwilling to relocate to Miami has done little to endear himself to fans across the league.

Next: Dan Haren saga continues to be a strange story for the Miami Marlins

The Hall of Fame class of 2015 will be announced later today. Emily Shoffit wrote a comprehensive article for Call to the Pen detailing every player on the ballot, and their chances of enshrinement. While the Angels are unlikely to have any alumni enter Cooperstown this season, there are a few candidates from the American League West that have a good shot of being elected this year.

Next: 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame: A look at the ballot

It was reported on Monday that Vladimir Guerrero’s 15-year-old son, Vlad Jr., is already drawing interest from multiple teams. The Toronto Blue Jays have been linked to the young man, and Kyle Franzoni, co-editor of Jays Journal, provides fans with a scouting report on the power hitting outfielder. The Angels are another team that has shown significant interest in Vladdy Jr. Here At Halo Hangout, we discussed the Guerrero Jr’s future, and the Angels chances of landing the phenom.

Next: Blue Jays are showing early interest in Vlad Guerrero Jr.

Former Angel killer, Randy Johnson, is a near lock to be elected into the Hall-of-Fame later today. Joseph Jacquez, coeditor of Venom Strikes, wonders what cap Johnson will be wearing next July when he is enshrined in Cooperstown, NY. Johnson shot to fame in the early 90’s with the Seattle Mariners, but he took his game to another level during the Diamondbacks World Series run in 2001. It is a tough call, but I would say the D-Backs have the inside track at this point.

Next: Hall of Fame: Will Randy Johnson go in as a Diamondback?

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Today is a great day for baseball, the 2015 Hall-of-Fame class will soon be announced. This year’s nominees are a very controversial group. There are multiple stars of the steroid era up for enshrinement. It will be fascinating to see who the BBWAA decide are worthy of a trip to Cooperstown in July.

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