I checked out the Angels press conference introducing Vernon Wells. He appears to be one of the nicest, humblest guys around. Mind you, there are a lot of players that have TV face. Or, jerk off, great guy on, camera. He sure seems excited to be here. He did say something of note. When asked about the difference between the Angels and Blue Jays, he said “In Toronto we hoped to contend, here they expect to win”. With those expectations, I hope he raises his game to the level of a world champ.
I do like it that Wells said he will play left or center. I hope Peter Bourjos can hit, because he can catch anything hit in the 714 or 657 area codes. Plus, he can flat out fly. I can’t confirm this, but I do believe he is one of the fastest players in baseball. Unfortunately, you can’t steal 1st.
I get the feeling Mike Scioscia wants/expects Hank Conger to start at catcher. I know Angels TV play by play guy Victor Rojas does, and he said as much. Go Conger is all I have to say.
Mark Gubicza and Jose Mota gave their lineup projections. Mota has Maicer Izturis starting at 3rd and leading off. I think I’d rather have Aybar at top. He’s more of a speed guy, then a guy in the 7th hole. I don’t know if I like 7-1 being: Aybar, Mathis, Bourjos and Izturis. I’d switch Aybar and Izturis and than Izturis and Bourjos. That’s 2 quality MLB hitters at the top and bottom, with 2 possible black holes in the 7th and 8th spot. Still, if they are counting in Izturis as their starting 3rd baseman, it’s gonna be a long season. He is a fine player, but not the caliber 3B for a team that has W-S aspirations.
Mark Gubicza is more on par with what I think. He has Abreu leading off. He’ll take a lot of pitches and can steal a few bags. He has Aybar 9th. Not a bad move either. He also has Bourjos and Mathis in the 7th and 8th spot. I was gonna make a snarky comment about Mathis again, but I’m gonna hold my finger until spring. Forget that, Mathis best spot is the bench. If he’s there I won’t have to hear such jewels as, “Strike 3 call” or “Gardner attempts to steal 3rd, Mathis throws the ball in to left”.
So the Angels have started negotiations with Jered Weaver. I hate to be cynical, but with Scott Boras as his agent, I don’t see him signing a deal with the Angels before his contract is up after the 2012 season. Would you say that Weaver is better than A.J. Burnett? At this stage of his career he is. Burnett most wins in a season: 18, 13, 12, 12, 11. The only 5 years of Weavers career his win totals are: 11, 13, 11, 16, and 13. So Burnett has 66 wins to Weavers 64. Burnett is 34 while Weaver is 28. Burnett signed with the Yankees in 2009 for 5 years and 82,5 million dollars. You know Boras is going to ask the Angels for, let’s say 5 years, and 110 million dollars. I hope they can get a deal done, but Boras usually makes sure his high-profile clients take their services out on the open market.
Spring training starts in 2 weeks. Let’s get excited.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.