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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Catching Up: Bullet Points On My Way Out The Door
On a day when the day promises to be long —
- The Angels have released Anthony Ortega. I was wondering when that was going to happen; he ended the season with a craptastic 9.24 ERA, and his 1.17 K/BB rate didn't promise much in the way of improvement, ditto his 5.0 K/9. A spare part the Angels did not need, who will ply his trade in someone else's minor league system.
- Mike Trout can't take home Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 thanks to a weird fluke of the rules:
When Trout was called up in July, he was added to the Angels’ 40-man roster for the first time. When he was sent down, then, he was what they call optioned. When you’re optioned, you aren’t on the active roster, and you don’t accumulate service time, EXCEPT you must be optioned for at least 20 days in the season for that option to count. (An option lasts all season, no matter how many times you are sent down.) Since Trout wasn’t on the 40-man roster before he was called up, he hadn’t previously been optioned, so his time in Double-A before that didn’t count. He was then called back up after only 17 days, and spent the rest of the year with the Angels, so his option didn’t technically happen. “The service time has to go somewhere,” says the Angels’ Tim Mead, which means it counts as major league service time.Boo.
- Kirk Gibson and Joe Maddon won Manager of the Year awards in the NL and AL respectively. Both were good choices, Gibson especially so. It was Gibson's first, and Maddon's second.
- Justin Verlander unanimously won the AL Cy Young Award, with Jered Weaver taking second place. The NL award will be announced Thursday.
- In an era where most regional papers are doing everything they can to cut back on expenses — including covering the local teams — it might come as a surprise to learn the Register still has its own Dodgers blog. Indeed, I wanted to use this fine post by Howard Cole on the Matt Treanor signing as a jumping off point to discuss that particular dumb deal. It's not a very good signing, but it's also typical for Colletti.
- The Angels hired Hal Morris as their new scouting director.