Mike Trout

When the calendar turns to October each year it’s time to begin thinking, not just about football or playoff baseball, but about which two players will take home Major League Baseball’s most prestigious awards the AL and NL Most Valuable Player Awards. While there are other honors awarded to players and managers in each league, the MVP award is the most important. For example, the Cy Young is the highest honor for a pitcher but the Cy Young Award winner can be the MVP as can the Rookie of the Year. In 2001 Ichiro Suzuki won both the AL ROY […]

The fascinating AL MVP race of 2016

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 8 Well, I’m a day late but I still made my commitment to do something not published elsewhere for my  blog! LOL! Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving  you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but didn’t have the time. ( If I did do a post on an […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 8

Mariners and Angels, angels, watched, AL MVP race
A post a bit past it’s expiration date but worth a read and watch! I still have not seen this with volume (just ask my little tiny Levono Yoga 2  computer why because I don’t know why I can’t get sound!! Talk about inconvenient! Even though the Angels just killed my A’s, despite the fact that my favorite position player is Marcus Semien. Semien hit three homers in two days and is leading the Athletics with four homers on the year. I don’t like the fact that people think that Semien still “sucks” at playing shortstop. The fact is that […]

I never watched this video before today ….

dexter fowler
The Angels are wasting talent and time, they need to sign Dexter Fowler to fix their biggest problem It is time for the Los Angeles Angels to stop playing around. Maybe they need to wake up but the reality is that the team MUST deal with their issue in left field. It’s a problem that has been well documented everywhere, from right here on Today’s Knuckleball to ESPN.com. Everyone seems to be able to see that this problem is bigger than just having a relatively decent left fielder, and they don’t even have that right now with their current platoon of […]

Angels need to get real, get Dexter Fowler

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Are the Angels building a team that’s good enough to surround Mike Trout? What have the Los Angeles Angels been doing this offseason? It’s a legitimate question. It certainly doesn’t seem as though they’ve done enough to contend in what again will be a very competitive American League West. It almost seems like a waste, being that they have unequivocally, hands down the best player in baseball signed to a six-year deal that will keep him from free agency until after the 2020 season in Mike Trout. It’s curious that they did not (or have not) gone after some of […]

Are the Angels wasting Mike Trout’s youth?

free agent chris davis
Angels need free agent Chris Davis most The Los Angeles Angels should really sign former Baltimore Oriole and free-agent Chris Davis. Actually, they need to sign Davis. They aren’t the favorites or even on ESPN’s David Schoenfield’s list of teams interested in Davis that came out on Sunday, but Davis could help fill every hole the Angels have–and there are a few. He’d be a huge help to any team because of his power, and he has been linked to a number of them. The New York Yankees could use some power. Even though Alex Rodriguez did a very nice job for them last […]

Angels should have free agent Chris Davis in their sights

2015 Louisville Silver Slugger Award
2015 Louisville Silver Slugger Awards “With Major League Baseball in the heart of its awards season, Thursday marked the dishing out of Louisville Slugger’s 2015 Silver Slugger Awards.  Emerging in 1980, the Silver Sluggers are presented to one player at each position per league for offensive excellence and are voted on by managers and coaches of the 30 big league franchises,” writes Joseph Nocco of Today’s Knuckleball. Nocco goes on to say, “The highest honor among the annual trophies specifically surrounding a player’s offensive ability, the Silver Slugger Award is the direct correspondent of the Rawlings’ Gold Glove Awards for […]

2015 Louisville Silver Slugger Award winners

walk-off, donaldson, BBWAA Awards
The Baseball Writers’ Association’s (BBWAA) annual award nominations were announced in ESPN on Tuesday afternoon.  I’m going to list the nominees with a start by who I predict to be the winner and then once the award winners are announced, I will write a short profile on each of the winner so be sure to come back. Here is the schedule of the BBWAA Award winners announcements: Rookie of the Year: November 16, 2015 Manager of the Year: November 17, 2015 Cy Young Award: November 18, 2015 Most Valuable Player: November 19, 2015 *I do not know the time but […]

BBWAA Award nominees & schedule

Daily Fantasy Sports, DFS
A few reasons why I don’t like Daily Fantasy Sports Ok, I’ll admit I’ve played in a few fantasy baseball leagues and even a football one over the past few years, however, I’ve never played Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). So many things surrounding the idea of them bug me – here’s the short list: They make people believe that they will “get rich quick”  They charge people money to play – except for that first time so that  hopefully (for them) you’ll get hooked They cater to the “gotta have it now” masses  Their websites are not informative at all […]

There’s a lot NOT to love about Daily Fantasy Sports

Mariners and Angels, angels, watched, AL MVP race
With a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Angels now find themselves four games back in the American League West behind the first-place Texas Rangers. They find themselves in a much better position when it comes to the race for the second AL wild card spot. After winning Wednesday afternoon, the Angels are only one and a half games behind the Astros the race for the AL wild card. The Minnesota Twins are also in the mix, tied with Los Angeles, so anything can still happen. Any one of those three teams could end up in the postseason. […]

2015 postseason holds no hope for Angels

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Every team has had a window to win a World Series Championship at some point during their history. By window, I mean having the right collection of great players at the right time. For the most part, a team needs a superstar along with a good collection of supporting players, a solid pitching staff and a bullpen that won’t blow the game in the late innings. This is also most often combined with having a strong farm system in case of an emergency, and young players to bring up to replace aging ones. Windows can stay open for a few […]

Is the Angels’ Championship window closing?

Taylor Ward, Angels, top draft pick
Not many agreed with the Los Angeles Angels’ decision to draft catcher Taylor Ward with their first pick in the 2015 draft, but thus far, he’s proving the naysayers wrong. A lot of people, from the fans to other baseball executives, scoffed when the Los Angeles Angels took 21-year-old Fresno State catcher Taylor Ward as their first round pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. Why? To begin with, Ward was not expected to be a first-rounder. He was predicted to go anywhere from the third to fifth round by most experts, ranked number 70 by Baseball America and […]

Angels’ top pick Taylor Ward is 2015 Draft’s biggest surprise