Maniac Ball

Because you have to be a maniac to be an Angels fan

Now that teams can begin to sign free agents, we are releasing our top 50 free agents. This is not just relative to the Angels needs, but a general ranking for MLB. We will give the player’s age at opening day, previous team, a short write-up of their profile, and possible contract values and suitors. Remember, crazy things happen in free agency, so take any estimates with a grain of salt. The rankings were compiled using average rankings from a couple of us putting a list together, so some of us may like a player less or more than where they are actually ranked.

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This will be Maniacball’s very first podcast, the first episode will include Tanner Shurtz and Robert Livingston. We discuss baseball around the league, the Arizona Fall League, some trade talk, and a LOT of talk about depth. All you have to do is sit back, press play, and enjoy! If you click on more, down at the bottom, you’ll see a list of topics with corresponding times, we WILL be shortening these podcasts (unless the listeners like longer chats) as well as being more selective when it comes to topics :)

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Mike MetcalfeMike Metcalfe spent nine years in the Angels minor leagues as an athletic trainer. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 2004 with a B.A. in Athletic Training and in Health/Fitness. In 2005, he was hired on as the athletic trainer for the Mesa Angels (now the AZL Angels). He then went on to be the athletic trainer for several minor league teams in the Angels organization: Orem Owlz (2006), Cedar Rapids Kernels (2007; Angels later changed affiliation to the Burlington Bees), Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2008-2010; Angels later changed affiliation to the Inland Empire 66ers), and Arkansas Travelers (2011-2013).

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Game 1 – Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 – Angel Stadium of Anaheim – First Pitch: 6:00pm PST
LHP Jason Vargas vs RHP Jered Weaver

Game 2 – Friday, October 3rd, 2014 – Angel Stadium of Anaheim – First Pitch: 6:30pm PST
RHP Yordano Ventura vs RHP Matt Shoemaker

Game 3 – Sunday, October 5th, 2014 – Kauffman Stadium – First Pitch: 4:30pm PST
LHP C.J. Wilson vs RHP James Shields

Game 4 – Monday, October 6th, 2014 – Kauffman Stadium – First Pitch: TBD
RHP Jered Weaver vs RHP Jeremy Guthrie

Game 5 – Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 – Angel Stadium of Anaheim – First Pitch: TBD
*LHP Jason Vargas vs RHP Matt Shoemaker
* – Tentative

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