The Angels traded outfielder Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks as… (John Sleezer / McClatchy-Tribune )
Mark Trumbo traded for this year's versions of Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson? I hereby offer my official resignation as an Angels fan. Good luck surpassing Seattle in the standings with less hitting than last year and the same mediocre pitching.
Looks like I'm going to rehab, because I hallucinated that the Angels traded Mark Trumbo, and his 34 home runs and 100 RBIs. Maybe it was that massive $540,000 salary. Oh well, stupid is as stupid does.
Not content to have insulted their fans by giving up on Peter Bourjos, Mike Napoli, Kendrys Morales and many more, the Angels have just dealt away one of the most exciting young sluggers in the game in Mark Trumbo. Aside from Mike Trout, we are now left with aging, overpaid slugs who eat up a third of the payroll and are past any potential to excel. Angels management has had tons of money to waste because of a new TV contract, but who is going to watch this aging bunch of underachieving has-beens that they are now left with?
Good job by Angels GM Jerry Dipoto to clear some salary space by trading Mark Trumbo. Of course if the Angels had not signed Albert Pujols to a ridiculous contract two years ago and gone with Trumbo as their every day first baseman then, they wouldn't be in this position now.
The Angels could have had Torii Hunter, Peter Bourjos, and Trumbo on their roster today for the cost of Pujols or Josh Hamilton alone and they would not have to be clearing salary space. At least they got a couple of nice news conferences for their money.
After trading away their home run leader for the past three years, Mark Trumbo, the Angels are now interested in 41-year-old Raul Ibanez. Pujols, Hamilton, and now maybe Ibanez? How much older can the Angels get?
With Mark Trumbo going to the NL West, are we sure Arte's not simply trying to sabotage the Dodgers for market share?
Paul Shubunka Sr.
That's great about Trumbo: It'll be interesting to see what they get for Trout.
The sixth tool
Matt Kemp is what people in baseball like to call a five-tool player. He can hit, hit for power, run, field, and throw. However, baseball needs to begin thinking in terms of a six-tool player, the sixth tool being the most important one. It's the ability to use one's mind while in the heat of battle, in this case one's baseball IQ. It also encompasses mental toughness, leadership, desire, and work ethic, among others.
Presently Kemp is seriously lacking in this sixth tool. Hopefully, Kemp has learned from his boneheaded mistakes. The Dodgers need to find out, and so does Kemp. Unfortunately, Puig comes from the same mold!
Block it out
Blocking home plate (with the ball) is part of the game. Once in a great while there are injuries just as there are in other aspects of the game. How about ruling that two players can't call for a fly ball because they might run into each other and get hurt? This has probably happened more times than collisions at the plate. Baseball is totally overreacting because of the injuries in football and hockey, which are contact sports. Baseball for the most part is not a contact sport.
Old college try
By hiring Steve Sarkisian as USC's football coach, Pat Haden set in motion a domino effect that will make the Trojans' long-term Pac-12 success that more difficult:
UCLA gives Mora a big extension to prevent him from pursuing his "dream job" at Washington, which backfills Sarkisian with one of the most sought-after coaches in Chris Petersen that USC decided wasn't a good fit for their post.
And SC gets Sark.
Well played, Pat Haden, well played.
City of Industry
What will Haden do next year when Notre Dame and UCLA beat USC? He will probably back Sark by 200%.....
To the wishful-thinking Trojans fan who wrote that Jim Mora minus Brett Hundley equals Rick Neuheisel, just look at the talented group of 2013 freshmen brought in by Mora and his staff, many of whom were coached up to start, including the Pac-12 freshman offensive/defensive player of the year.
You probably think Vince Lombardi minus Bart Starr equals Lane Kiffin!
One thing for sure: In his return to NBA action, Kobe Bryant definitely did not look like the 25th-best player in the NBA!
Mike D'Antoni will wreck Kobe's body, wreck the flow of the Lakers and keep them from going far in the playoffs until he is replaced. Phil would have known how to coach Kobe (and Dwight) and would have led to the trade of the injury-prone Nash.