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Halo Headlines: Aybar Named Co-Player of the Week, Wells’ Quote Turns Meme, Kendrick Seeking a Gold Glove

The September 20th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Aybar named Co-Player of the Week, Wells’ quote on opting out turns into an internet meme (and not in a good way), Howie Kendrick’s Gold Glove credentials and much more…

The Story: Erick Aybar was named AL Player of the Week along with Justin Verlander.

The Monkey Says: Good thing the week ended on Sunday because he wouldn’t even have factored into the voting after his choke job performance yesterday.

The Story: Vernon Wells’ “Maybe it’s just society” quote becomes an internet meme.

The Monkey Says: Ugh.  Vernon can’t even make the obvious decision to not opt out without turning that into a disaster as well.  He literally can’t do anything right.

The Story: Examining Howie Kendrick’s Gold Glove credentials.

The Monkey Says: Howie has become an excellent fielder, but I don’t think he is going win it.  With the way the voting works, I suspect Dustin Pedroia will win the award as a sort of compensatory honor since he has fallen out of the AL MVP race.

The Story: Erick Aybar is breaking out… again.

The Monkey Says: I don’t know if it is really a breakout so much as a stabilization.  Aybar has clearly recovered from his attempt to morph into Bobby Abreu and is putting up solid numbers now.  I definitely don’t think the Angels should really consider upgrading over Aybar with a big investment in Jose Reyes, but I also think they need to recognize that he has limitations and that means he shouldn’t be a leadoff hitter and he will always be very streaky.

The Story: The Angels pitching is amongst the best in the majors.

The Monkey Says: Yup, they are going to be the best rotation NOT in the playoffs.  Shoot me in the head.