Angels Leadoff Links – January 26, 2014


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After a short hiatus, the Angels Leadoff Links are back with a vengeance. Here at Halo Hangout we have combed FanSided in search of Angels related articles. Thankfully, we stumbled across a few. Reading the work of the talented writers from around the FanSided baseball network is the best way to kick off your week. Pour yourself a diet Coke, butter up a bagel, and take a few minutes to catch up on all the news you may have missed over the past 24 hours.

When Josh Hamilton decided to jump ship from the Texas Rangers to the division rival Angels, he understandably rubbed some folks in Arlington the wrong way. David Cash, co-editor of Nolan Writin’ implores fans to finally bury the hatchet and forgive the 32-year-old. Hamilton has failed to endear himself to the Angels’ faithful in his first two uninspiring campaigns, but there is still hope he will turn things around in 2015.

Next: Josh Hamilton deserves the fans forgiveness

Chicago Cubs’ legend Ernie Banks passed away at the age of 83 on Friday. Banks made his big league debut way back in 1953 at the age of 22 with the Northsiders. Banks was a beloved figure in Chicago and across baseball for over 50 years. Obviously, there have been many tributes to Banks’ life and career the past couple days, but Jacob R Misener, co-editor of Cubbies Crib, wrote a heartfelt goodbye to Mr. Cub. Banks’ “let’s play two” quote will live on, and his presence will be sorely missed by the millions of fans across the league.

Next: Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs legend, dead at 83 years old

Thankfully, the season is finally approaching, and it is nearly time to begin crafting fantasy baseball cheatsheets for your drafts and auctions. Craig Melissas of Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks spent Sunday breaking down the Angels’ players projected value in fantasy baseball leagues this season. If you live for the Angels and fantasy baseball make sure you check out these two articles.

The first piece previews the Angels’ starting pitchers and relievers.

Next: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Pitchers: 2015 Team Preview

The next article previews the Halos’ infielders, outfielders, and catchers.

Next: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Hitters: 2015 Team Preview

Outfielder Tony Campana saw action in 18 games last season with the Halos. With the Angels outfield full of quality options, Camapana decided to sign with the Chicago White Sox this offseason. Brian Draus of Southside Showdown discussed a number of candidates who could see significant time in a reserve role with the White Sox in 2015, including the 28-year-old speedster. Campana may not be an everyday player, but his incredible speed could provide the Pale Hose with a dynamite pinch-runner off the bench late in ballgames.

Next: Chicago White Sox: Who are candidates for reserve roles?

More from LA Angels News

Hall-of-Fame infielder Rogers Hornby was once quoted as saying “people ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” I think Hornsby’s statement acurately describes how the majority of baseball fans spent their time during the depressing winter months. Thankfully, we are just 24 days away from Angels’ pitchers and catchers reporting to Tempe for spring training, and just 70 days till the Halos take the field in Seattle for opening day.

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