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Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout – finally Mike Trout!

April 28, 2012

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With the decision by Los Angeles Angles Manager Mike Scioscia to put Mike Trout on the field – we thought it would only be appropriate to toss some of our own trout on the baseball field.  If it works with squid and catfish at some National Hockey League ice rinks, it’ll be good enough for us as well.

Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Mike Trout on the field!

Our hats off, rods up and fish on the field salute to Mike Scioscia for his decision!

The Los Malos Muchachos will start Mike Trout immediately in our line up.  We think this is the spark the Angles will need to get it going and close the gap on the Rangers.

We encourage Angels Nation to empty their ice chests and get behind the Angles and celebrate the arrival of Mike Trout to The Show!

Nice job Mike Scioscia!

Fernandomania in 2012?

April 1, 2012

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It is hard to believe, but is has almost been 31 years to the day, when on April 9th, 1981 Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched his first major league game, and tossed a 2-0 shut out of the Houston Astros.  He faced 33 batters that evening in LA, walking 2 and giving up only 5 hits.  Fernandomania was well on it’s way when “he won the first eight games he pitched, including seven complete games and five shutouts, with an 0.50 ERA.”

They called him the Phenom – like nothing they had ever seen.  Sports Illustrated only used one word to capture what we were all thinking that Spring: “Unreal”.    “The Natural is supposed to be a blue-eyed boy who teethed on a 36-ounce Louisville Slugger…” writes Steve Wulf in Sports Illustrated in 1981.  But he wasn’t.  He was just a pudgy 20-yr old guy who was able to remain focused.

If you want to see what the original Linsanity looked like back in 1981, check out ESPN Film’s 30 for 30 “Fernando Nation“.  I watched it this weekend and it gave me goose bumps – again!

So just remember boys, pitchers can come from out of nowhere.  They don’t always fit the neatly prescribed Hollywood script of our usual ball players.  And they can most certainly be overlooked by the so-called experts of fantasy baseball – those managers who want to assign a dollar value on players and predict outcomes before the season even starts.

Will see another Fernando this season?  We will have to wait and see boys until at least April 9th.

Robby Cano

April 1, 2012

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Ahhh…. you just gotta love it when you see the press speak kindly of one of your fantasy players.  Check out what one writer is saying about Robby Cano here.

Here is a great photo of the Yanks second baseman…

Robby is obviously very happy – some might say even kiddy – to hear the news he was traded to the Los Malos Muchachos for a RP (aka a Closer of esteemed value).