• Angels Release Bobby Abreu

    Posted by on April 28th, 2012 · Comments (18)

    Via SB Nation -

    Well, the Los Angeles Angels are shaking up their roster. The Angels announced after Friday’s loss that they have released outfielder/designated hitter Bobby Abreu, and are replacing him with uber-prospect Mike Trout.

    Since 1901, only 50 batters have been on base more times than Abreu:

    Rk Player TOB From To Age G PA BA OBP
    1 Pete Rose 5929 1963 1986 22-45 3562 15890 .303 .375
    2 Barry Bonds 5599 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606 .298 .444
    3 Ty Cobb 5532 1905 1928 18-41 3034 13078 .366 .433
    4 Rickey Henderson 5343 1979 2003 20-44 3081 13346 .279 .401
    5 Carl Yastrzemski 5304 1961 1983 21-43 3308 13992 .285 .379
    6 Stan Musial 5282 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12717 .331 .417
    7 Hank Aaron 5205 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 .305 .374
    8 Tris Speaker 4998 1907 1928 19-40 2790 11991 .345 .428
    9 Babe Ruth 4978 1914 1935 19-40 2503 10620 .342 .474
    10 Eddie Collins 4891 1906 1930 19-43 2825 12040 .333 .424
    11 Willie Mays 4791 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 .302 .384
    12 Ted Williams 4714 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 .344 .482
    13 Mel Ott 4648 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 .304 .414
    14 Eddie Murray 4606 1977 1997 21-41 3026 12817 .287 .359
    15 Frank Robinson 4561 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 .294 .389
    16 Craig Biggio 4505 1988 2007 22-41 2850 12504 .281 .363
    17 Rafael Palmeiro 4460 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 .288 .371
    18 Paul Molitor 4460 1978 1998 21-41 2683 12167 .306 .369
    19 Wade Boggs 4445 1982 1999 24-41 2440 10740 .328 .415
    20 Joe Morgan 4422 1963 1984 19-40 2649 11329 .271 .392
    21 Cal Ripken 4379 1981 2001 20-40 3001 12883 .276 .340
    22 Dave Winfield 4351 1973 1995 21-43 2973 12358 .283 .353
    23 Al Kaline 4339 1953 1974 18-39 2834 11596 .297 .376
    24 Gary Sheffield 4299 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947 .292 .393
    25 George Brett 4283 1973 1993 20-40 2707 11625 .305 .369
    26 Paul Waner 4281 1926 1945 23-42 2550 10766 .333 .404
    27 Derek Jeter 4279 1995 2012 21-38 2445 11247 .314 .383
    28 Lou Gehrig 4274 1923 1939 20-36 2164 9663 .340 .447
    29 Frank Thomas 4222 1990 2008 22-40 2322 10075 .301 .419
    30 Ken Griffey 4174 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304 .284 .370
    31 Mickey Mantle 4161 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 .298 .421
    32 Robin Yount 4156 1974 1993 18-37 2856 12249 .285 .342
    33 Alex Rodriguez 4127 1994 2012 18-36 2421 10717 .301 .386
    34 Jimmie Foxx 4111 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 .325 .428
    35 Chipper Jones 4104 1993 2012 21-40 2399 10212 .304 .402
    36 Rod Carew 4096 1967 1985 21-39 2469 10550 .328 .393
    37 Jim Thome 4084 1991 2012 20-41 2496 10146 .277 .403
    38 Charlie Gehringer 4075 1924 1942 21-39 2323 10244 .320 .404
    39 Luke Appling 4062 1930 1950 23-43 2422 10254 .310 .399
    40 Reggie Jackson 4055 1967 1987 21-41 2820 11418 .262 .356
    41 Rusty Staub 4050 1963 1985 19-41 2951 11229 .279 .362
    42 Rogers Hornsby 4016 1915 1937 19-41 2259 9481 .358 .434
    43 Manny Ramirez 4012 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774 .312 .411
    44 Tim Raines 3977 1979 2002 19-42 2502 10359 .294 .385
    45 Tony Gwynn 3955 1982 2001 22-41 2440 10232 .338 .388
    46 Harold Baines 3942 1980 2001 21-42 2830 11092 .289 .356
    47 Omar Vizquel 3913 1989 2012 22-45 2913 11862 .272 .337
    48 Dwight Evans 3890 1972 1991 20-39 2606 10569 .272 .370
    49 Darrell Evans 3863 1969 1989 22-42 2687 10737 .248 .361
    50 Luis Gonzalez 3857 1990 2008 22-40 2591 10531 .283 .367
    51 Bobby Abreu 3843 1996 2012 22-38 2255 9696 .293 .397
    52 Jeff Bagwell 3843 1991 2005 23-37 2150 9431 .297 .408
    53 Fred McGriff 3834 1986 2004 22-40 2460 10174 .284 .377
    54 Lou Brock 3833 1961 1979 22-40 2616 11240 .293 .343
    55 Mike Schmidt 3820 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062 .267 .380
    56 Richie Ashburn 3815 1948 1962 21-35 2189 9736 .308 .396
    57 Roberto Alomar 3806 1988 2004 20-36 2379 10400 .300 .371
    58 Billy Williams 3799 1959 1976 21-38 2488 10519 .290 .361
    59 Eddie Mathews 3785 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 .271 .376
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    Generated 4/28/2012.

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    Comments on Angels Release Bobby Abreu

    1. Raf
      April 28th, 2012 | 9:38 am

      It was only a matter of time. I think Abreu will land somewhere, but where?

    2. Jim TreshFan
      April 28th, 2012 | 11:34 am

      In the 12 year period from 1998 – 2009 Abreu put up a .301 BA, a .406 OBP, and a .497 SA, while averaging 106 BBs, 30 SBs, 108 Rs, and 100 RBIs per 162 games. Not a bad stretch. But he’s past 38 now, is a defensive liability and isn’t hitting a lick. I don’t know who would take him on.

    3. Jim TreshFan
      April 28th, 2012 | 12:32 pm

      And you wonder who might be next. Thus far this season 45 year old Omar Vizquel is 1 for 11 (.091) with the Blue Jays, who are using him primarily as a back-up 2B.

      BTW. Jeter’s BB last night was the 999th of his career.

    4. LMJ229
      April 28th, 2012 | 4:42 pm

      Freddie Garcia:
      0-2, 12.51 ERA
      0 quality starts in 4 starts
      1yr/$4M contract

      Bartolo Colon:
      3-2, 2.62 ERA
      4 quality starts in 5 starts
      1yr/$2M contract

      Once again Cashman shows his incompetence with regard to starting pitching.

    5. Evan3457
      April 28th, 2012 | 10:58 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Freddie Garcia:
      0-2, 12.51 ERA
      0 quality starts in 4 starts
      1yr/$4M contract
      Bartolo Colon:
      3-2, 2.62 ERA
      4 quality starts in 5 starts
      1yr/$2M contract
      Once again Cashman shows his incompetence with regard to starting pitching.

      OK…and what was the LAST actual evidence Cashman had before making this decision?

      The last evidence was Garcia pitching up and down in his last 7 starts, and Colon collapsing in his last starts so badly he didn’t make the post-season rotation. What would you have based the decision on?

      Was it incompetence that led Cashman to sign both of them last year, when both pitched far beyond what anyone reasonably expected of them?

    6. Jim TreshFan
      April 28th, 2012 | 11:32 pm

      @ LMJ229:

      Don’t forget A.J. Burnett. Cashman let him go and he’s got a 1.38 ERA!

    7. Raf
      April 29th, 2012 | 7:35 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Was it incompetence that led Cashman to sign both of them last year, when both pitched far beyond what anyone reasonably expected of them?

      Luck when he succeeds, incompetence when he doesn’t. I believe that’s the way it works. :P

    8. LMJ229
      April 29th, 2012 | 9:51 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Was it incompetence that led Cashman to sign both of them last year, when both pitched far beyond what anyone reasonably expected of them?

      when both pitched far beyond what anyone reasonably expected of them
      No, everyone was quick to give Cashman credit last year, when both pitched far beyond what anyone reasonably expected of them. So why does Cashman get a pass on the criticism this year when Garcia is pitching far below those expectations?

    9. LMJ229
      April 29th, 2012 | 9:57 am

      Raf wrote:

      Luck when he succeeds, incompetence when he doesn’t. I believe that’s the way it works.

      It seems to me that those who support Cashman laud his good moves and defend or ignore his bad moves, while those who don’t support Cashman point out his bad moves and ignore his good moves. What’s the difference?

    10. LMJ229
      April 29th, 2012 | 10:01 am

      Jim TreshFan wrote:

      @ LMJ229:

      Don’t forget A.J. Burnett. Cashman let him go and he’s got a 1.38 ERA!

      I never have and never would criticize him for trading Burnett. I couldn’t stand the guy and would not want him back no matter how well he pitches in the weak NL Central.

    11. Corey Italiano
      April 29th, 2012 | 10:03 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      No, everyone was quick to give Cashman credit last year,

      I don’t remember that. I remember everyone saying Cashman got lucky with them. Heck, I remember him getting blamed for HAVING to sign those two.

    12. JeremyM
      April 29th, 2012 | 10:03 am

      Pitching in Oakland has obviously helped Colon- but he’d still be better than almost everyone else starting for the Yankees right now. Unbelievable how bad the starting is and how good the bullpen has been. Hard to believe so much will be riding on Andy Pettitte’s back now

    13. Corey Italiano
      April 29th, 2012 | 10:39 am

      JeremyM wrote:

      Pitching in Oakland has obviously helped Colon-

      Also pitching against Seattle in 3 out of his 5 starts is a nice boost.

    14. Raf
      April 29th, 2012 | 11:48 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      It seems to me that those who support Cashman laud his good moves and defend or ignore his bad moves, while those who don’t support Cashman point out his bad moves and ignore his good moves. What’s the difference?

      One uses hindsight, disingenuity, revising history and pretzel logic. The other Pineda thread was a perfect example of this.

      It’s either the payroll, or taking advantage of a smaller market team, or buying players, or luck, or making obvious moves. Even when they agree that the deals made were sound when they were made… Whether people realize it or not, Cashman has been doing the same thing other GM’s were doing before him, whether it’s the Yankees or others.

      Cashman isn’t the greatest GM ever, but he isn’t as incompetent as people like to make him out to be. The Yankees don’t have a run like this with an incompetent GM.

    15. Jim TreshFan
      April 29th, 2012 | 12:13 pm

      @ Raf:

      Agreed. Cashman is neither a genius nor a boob. But I think what irritates most people who dislike him is the plain and simple fact that there is nothing they can do about him. Cashman will be the Yankees’ GM for as long as he wants the job regardless of how we feel here or what we say here. It sort of reminds me of what George Burns once said:

      “The problem with this country is that everyone who knows how to run it are either driving taxis or cutting hair.”

    16. Raf
      April 29th, 2012 | 12:58 pm

      @ Jim TreshFan:
      He’s been GM since 1998… Familiarity breeds contempt.

    17. Evan3457
      April 29th, 2012 | 1:05 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Raf wrote:
      Luck when he succeeds, incompetence when he doesn’t. I believe that’s the way it works.
      It seems to me that those who support Cashman laud his good moves and defend or ignore his bad moves, while those who don’t support Cashman point out his bad moves and ignore his good moves. What’s the difference?

      Not much, I guess.

    18. Evan3457
      April 29th, 2012 | 1:07 pm

      Raf wrote:

      @ Jim TreshFan:
      He’s been GM since 1998… Familiarity breeds contempt.

      As with a politician that stays too long, the blunders accumulate, and the successes are forgotten and dismissed, until only the complainers are heard. Both lose their constituencies over time, but only one has to answer at the ballot box.

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