Thursday, July 17, 2003
Posted 9:59 AM by Sean
The Angels took home the ESPY for "Best Team" last night. Okay, they didn't take it home, exactly, because they're in Baltimore, but you know what I mean.
Meanwhile, Rex Hudler has an interesting take on what Fullmer's injury does to the Angels, strategically:
"I feel for Brad," Hudler said. "He worked hard, took a pay cut and was really gearing up for a good year. But I don't think it hurts the team as much as people thought it would. With Fullmer — and this is nothing against Brad — Mike's hands were tied. I think this is good for the team. It frees up Mike to use those other guys."
Maybe that's a little bit of looking for the silver lining. I don't know. But it does seem that, as long as everyone else is healthy, the Angels have plenty of OF/1B/DH types to stick in the lineup. The general mutterings about the Angels' possible moves as the trade deadline nears have focused on picking up another bat, but I'd be a lot happier if they found a middle infielder they could rent until next year. With David Eckstein contributing precious little in the way of offense, and Kennedy having a decent but unspectacular year, I'm beginning to cast covetous glances at the Expos' All-Star second baseman Jose Vidro. I mean, yeah, he makes 5.5 million a year, but the guy's middle name is literally "Angel," for God's sake.