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Bless You Boys Dec 14, 2017
Evaluating the Tigers’ prospect return in the Ian Kinsler trade

Evaluating the Tigers’ prospect return in the Ian Kinsler trade

The Tigers acquired a likely fourth outfielder and a lottery ticket arm for Kinsler on Wednesday. The Detroit Tigers completed the final piece of the sell-off on Wednesday evening, sending second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Los Angeles Angels. The final movable piece of the Tigers’ veteran core will now move to Anaheim to join Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani in a shot to contend in 2018. In return the Tigers, unsurprisingly, didn’t get a whole lot back. The Angels will send their 20th and 24th ranked prospects (per MLB Pipeline) to Detroit in exchange for Kinsler. They will...
Halos Heaven Dec 14, 2017
The Mike Trout Factor: Tangible Intangibles

The Mike Trout Factor: Tangible Intangibles

Mike Trout’s super-human abilities are beginning to manifest themselves beyond the field of play. Billy Eppler and the Angels are having themselves quite an offseason so far. I need not list his conquests for this crowd, but just to put it into perspective: November 2, Justin Upton agrees to bypass his opt-out, which would have made him the best position player in a weak free agent class, to sign a very reasonable 5 year, $106 million deal. November 30, they acquire Jim Johnson and $1.2 million of the Braves’ international pool space, bolstering their bullpen and announcing to the...
Larry Brown Sports Dec 12, 2017

Mike Trout shares beautiful picture from wedding

Last weekend was a big weekend for Mike Trout, and not just because his Angels landed Shohei Ohtani. No, it was much bigger than that. The two-time AL MVP got married to his longtime girlfriend Jessica on Saturday. The Millville, N.J. native shared a gorgeous photo from his wedding on social media Tuesday: From this...Read More
Halos Heaven Dec 12, 2017
Winter Meetings Tuesday Thread

Winter Meetings Tuesday Thread

The annual Winter Meetings are underway. Not much happened through Tuesday morning This gives Halo fans a chance to talk everything baseball while we bask in the afterglow of the Ohtani signing. While Eppler is certainly in our good graces, he still has his work cut out for him while he continues to build around Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. We could very well see second base solidified and one of the corner infield spots filled. Lesser positions like the fourth outfielder spot, utility infielder, and backup catcher could also be addressed. Time for the finishing touches. The Angels have...
Halos Heaven Dec 10, 2017
Assessing Shohei Ohtani’s impact on the Angels’ offseason plans

Assessing Shohei Ohtani’s impact on the Angels’ offseason plans

Trading Mike Trout is not in the cards. Shohei Ohtani’s signing with the Angels not only altered the direction of the Angels immensely in the long term, but in the short term, too. Before the potential two-way star decided to call Anaheim home, FanGraphs pegged the 2018 Angels as an 84-win team. With Ohtani on board, the Angels now have an opportunity to challenge the American League champion Astros for the AL West title next year, meaning that Ohtani’s impact will be felt immediately, both next season and this winter. In 85 games across five seasons for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters...
Larry Brown Sports Dec 9, 2017

Shohei Ohtani cracks funny Mike Trout joke at first press conference

We don’t know a ton about Shohei Ohtani yet, but we do know that he has a good sense of humor. Ohtani met with the media for an introductory press conference on Saturday, and he wasted no time making jokes. Shohei Ohtani wanted to wear #️⃣2️⃣7️⃣ but someone else was wearing that number @MikeTrout @Angels...Read More
Halos Heaven Dec 9, 2017
Where, when & how to watch: All the details on the Angels press conference for Shohei Ohtani

Where, when & how to watch: All the details on the Angels press conference for Shohei Ohtani

Yesterday still seems like a dream, but I have been reassured over and over that it indeed happened: Japanese baseball superhero Shohei Ohtani chose to sign with the Angels after an exciting and nerve racking free agency period like most fans have never witnessed before. He’s 23-yeas-old, he is an ace and a slugger, simultaneously; a freak in the best way possible, and one that, if baseball analysts and scouts are even halfway correct, could rival Mike Trout in jaw-dropping highlights. By now, you’ve seen a mixtape or three of Ohtani’s sickest moments, and you’ve read numerous...
Larry Brown Sports Dec 8, 2017

Mike Trout reportedly FaceTimed with Ohtani to recruit him to Angels

Shohei Ohtani apparently had at least one prominent member of the Los Angeles Angels in his ear as he made his free agent decision. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Ohtani FaceTimed with star center fielder Mike Trout during the week to try to help recruit the Japanese phenom to the Angels. As part of the...Read More
Larry Brown Sports Dec 8, 2017

Mike Trout, Justin Upton react to Shohei Ohtani news

It’s safe to say that many of the Angels’ players are pumped about the team landing Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. Just when the news was announced that Ohtani had picked the Angels, Mike Trout sent the following tweet: — Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) December 8, 2017 Justin Upton, who was acquired by the team in a...Read More
Halos Heaven Dec 8, 2017
WeekEnd HaloLinks: It’s a Mike Trout Wedding Weekend

WeekEnd HaloLinks: It’s a Mike Trout Wedding Weekend

Odds are that the Ohtani news comes next week, so let’s pause to wish the Trouts a great weekend! Young Master Trout and Mistress Jessica will be married this weekend, certainly with many LAA players and officials in attendance. We at Halos Heaven wish nothing but the very best, and much happiness, to the charming couple. And thank you both for being so great. And, hey, wouldn’t it very nice of Shohei Ohtani to give the Trouts a sweet wedding present?? Let’s jump to Congratulations-To-The-Trouts-Offseason-Links: A Little Bit of Angels News While Jerry Dipoto is getting all the press...
Halos Heaven Dec 4, 2017
Mike Trout fulfills lifelong dream of inviting Philadelphia Eagles over to his house to play football

Mike Trout fulfills lifelong dream of inviting Philadelphia Eagles over to his house to play football

OK, so by “house” I mean Angel Stadium and by “play football” I mean practice for an upcoming game against the Rams. On December 10th, two of the NFL’s best teams are going to go head-to-head for not only NFC supremacy bragging rights, but also heavy playoff implications. Those teams are the Philadelphia Eagles (currently 10-2 and atop the NFC East) and our very own Los Angeles Rams (currently 9-3 and atop the NFC West). This is a big test for both of these teams, each lead by their own young, breakout-year quarterback. The Rams have Jared Goff, and the Eagles have Carson Wentz....
Halos Heaven Dec 4, 2017
Ōtani is a trap

Ōtani is a trap

We’ve all wanted Ōtani on our team; should he be our goal? First of all, this GIF: Over the last week or so, we have become enamored with the idea of having Shōhei Ōtani on this Angels lineup. The cost would be cheap, the benefit could potentially be great. But is he worth it? Recall that the Angels in 2017 were a team of two poles. We had some of the greatest players at some positions: Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons, and later, Justin Upton. We also had some of the worst: namely, second base and the designated hitter. The pitching was actually pretty solid: we finished 6th in the AL...
Halos Heaven Dec 4, 2017
Why Shohei Ohtani should sign with the Angels (and not sign with those other 6 teams)

Why Shohei Ohtani should sign with the Angels (and not sign with those other 6 teams)

Besides Mike Trout, why should Shohei Ohtani land on the Angels? By now you have all heard the news - Ohtani snubbed the Yankees. Whenever he land now, I might even consider that victor enough since so many fans and “experts” were insisting that he where he would end up. Guess what? Not everyone wants to play in the Bronx. Take a deep breath Yankees fans. It’s true. Sorry. But let’s move on. Here are the final 7 teams that DID make the cut: Cubs Rangers Dodgers Giants Mariners Padres Angels Notice a trend? Yep. Mostly West Coast teams aside from the A’s, because even...
Halos Heaven Dec 4, 2017
MondoLinks: Lightspeed to Conten-dor

MondoLinks: Lightspeed to Conten-dor

Time to stop whining about hot stove pace. Only Twitter can keep up with Ohtani. Whoosh! All of a sudden we have hot stove news happening so fast that blog writing cannot do justice. I am wrapping this up when it is 7PM PST. By 4AM, when it firt shows up for you, all that I rounded up regarding Ohtani blazing through the MLB suitors might be ancient news. The only thing for me to add, then, is a weird thought I have carried all weekend. If Eppler were to land Ohtani, and Ohtani were to truly pan out to be a mega star, what might that do to Mike Trout’s standing on his own team, and with...

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