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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Brad Ausmus named Angels manager | MLB.com

Ausmus, 49, will be formally introduced during a 1 p.m. PT news conference at Angel Stadium on Monday. Ausmus, who managed the Tigers from 2014-17, spent this past season as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. The former big league catcher beat out nine other candidates for the position, including fellow special assistant Eric Chavez, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and longtime MLB infielder Omar Vizquel.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 01:47 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brad ausmus, manager

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Angels tell Anaheim they’re opting out of their lease on Angel Stadium

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, who led the drive against a tentative 2013 agreement between the city and the team for an Angel Stadium renovation, is in his final term. Voters in Anaheim will elect a new mayor and three new council members next month.

Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey said the decision to opt out was not meant to influence voters. She said the lease required the team to opt out no later than Tuesday or wait until 2028 for another chance to do so.

“It’s today, or 10 years from now,” Garvey said. “There’s no option in between.”

Garvey would not say whether remaining in Anaheim was the Angels’ first choice.

“We’ll sit down with the new mayor and city council,” she said. “We also are going to look at all our options.”

The Angels ended negotiations with Anaheim in 2014. They explored options for new ballparks in Los Angeles, Carson and Irvine, but prioritized Tustin because of its proximity to the current stadium and fan base.

A Baseball Fan Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Angels are making their managerial candidates take a two-hour test

The most important thing a managerial candidate can bring to their interview with the Los Angeles Angels is a No. 2 pencil. The Angels are requiring all their managerial candidates to take a two-hour written test, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

The exam will test candidates on both the analytical and interpersonal aspects of the position.

While manager interviews can be intense, a two-hour written test is not a common ask from teams.

Let the disputes on testing-based pedagogy begin!

QLE Posted: October 16, 2018 at 06:44 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, managerial search, testing

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Here are five candidates to replace Mike Scioscia as Angels manager - Los Angeles Times

Dino Ebel, 52, Angels third base coach

After 14 seasons in the organization, Ebel may finally get a crack at managing.

Ebel just completed his ninth season as the Angels’ third base coach. He managed the final three innings of the season-finale triumph over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

He has served as bench coach and third base coach since joining Scioscia’s staff in November 2005. He also oversaw the outfield from 2011 to 2015 and this season.

With Ebel back as the Angels’ outfield instructor, most-valuable-player candidate Mike Trout turned in the best defensive season of his career. Trout had an ultimate zone rating of 4.0 and an 8 in defensive runs saved. He had negative numbers in each category (-4.4 UZR, -6 DRS) in 2017.

Ebel spent 17 seasons in the Dodgers organization as a minor league player, coach and manager.

“He’s one of the best baseball minds I’ve been around,” Scioscia said Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 02:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Monday, October 01, 2018

Billy Eppler begins search for next Angels manager – Orange County Register

What we’re looking for in that next manager is connectivity with the players,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said. “We’re are looking at somebody who can think with a probability-based mindset. We are looking for someone who is eager to grow. Someone who can develop a culture that puts the welfare of the team ahead of any singular person.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2018 at 08:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, managerial search

Angels were fortunate to have Mike Scioscia as manager

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The job is measured in spittle flung, in neck veins raised, in values perceived and real, in pounds of data and a moment or two of dumb luck. It’s a daily test of IQ, of patience, of emotional stability, of popularity, and of propensities for dumb luck. The job requires one to be underestimated if not – and possibly – despised, except in victory, and then the job is to be forgotten.

At the end, they add it all up. Sometimes it makes for a day. Sometimes, for a season. Sometimes, for a career. Even a good portion of a lifetime.

When he leaves, those are the numbers a manager takes with him. They are held overhead or dragged behind, the difference between intellectual brilliance and a squirrel caught under a bumper. That’s the job, leading a lot of good men and probably a few slugs. The players are responsible for their parts in it while the manager (with some help from his bosses) stands beside the numbers, because while pitching wins and losses are on the outs as they do not reflect the efforts of a single man, managers cannot escape outcomes settled by 30 or 40 of them, because that’s the job when he’s done flinging spittle and raising neck veins.

Curious to see the various opinions on this subject here, especially given that we have an expert on the subject as a site regular.

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, managers, mike scioscia

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Mike Scioscia won’t return as Angels manager in 2019

Mike Scioscia, a fixture in the Angels dugout for nearly two decades and the manager who led the franchise to its only World Series championship in 2002, announced on Sunday that he is stepping down, ending his 19-year run as the team’s field boss.

The list of potential replacements for Scioscia is expected to include at least three in-house candidates hired by general manager Billy Eppler in the past three years—Eric Chavez and Brad Ausmus, who are special assistants to the GM, and current bench coach Josh Paul.

 

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 30, 2018 at 10:40 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike scioscia

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Angels’ Mike Scioscia says he wants to keep managing

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Scioscia says he would like to keep managing next year.

The longtime skipper of the Los Angeles Angels has been widely expected to step down after the regular season concludes this week. His comments to KLAA-AM radio Monday night suggested he is open to returning for a 20th season in the Angels’ dugout, or perhaps a managing job elsewhere in baseball.

When asked directly if he wanted to keep managing, Scioscia said: “I’d like to.”

Somewhere, Mike Trout is getting the vague feeling that someone is really invested in making sure his talents are wasted…..

 

QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, manager, mike scioscia, not going away

Friday, September 21, 2018

Angels’ Francisco Arcia makes history by catching, pitching, homering in same game

OAKLAND, Calif.—Los Angeles Angels catcher Francisco Arcia began the day behind the plate, did a brief stint on the mound and ended up in the major league record books.

Arcia pitched two innings of relief and hit his sixth home run in the Angels’ 21-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

In doing so, Arcia became the first player to catch, pitch and homer in the same game in the modern era (since 1900), according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The things we wind up doing on a night when our team is being utterly hammered…..

QLE Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, catching, francisco arcia, pitching

Shohei Ohtani may prove to be baseball’s future, and what a future it could be

ANAHEIM, Calif. – While everyone else was rethinking the game, he was rethinking the player.

Shohei Ohtani’s season will end on an operating table. His team, the Los Angeles Angels, are, again, in October’s waiting room. They have over the past decade had enough bad coffee to have sated Manifest Destiny’s every wagon train, paced from here to there and back.

So, it all concludes in its usual mess: a few key players being swabbed in Betadine, Mike Trout brilliant and unrewarded, the starting rotation so thin you could see through it, ownership again seeking solutions. And this year, it would appear, there’ll be a change at manager, accounting for the last cockeyed deck chair.

So, whose ghost is happier at the rise of this kind of player- Wes Ferrell, or Chuck Bednarik?

QLE Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, future, shohei ohtani, two-way players

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Tommy John Surgery recommended for Shohei Ohtani

Everything is the worst.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2018 at 06:12 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, everything is the worst, shohei ohtani

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pujols has knee surgery, likely out for season

From MLB.com:

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, generally keeps players out for 6-8 weeks. Pujols, 38, is batting .245/.289/.411 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs in 117 games this season.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 29, 2018 at 08:30 PM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Monday, August 06, 2018

MLB: Former MLB 3B Eric Chavez lands first managerial gig

Less than 24 hours after his name was mentioned as potential candidate to replace Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as he will reportedly step down next year, former Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez has landed his first job as a professional manager.

Chavez, 40, will step in as manager of the triple-A Salt Lake Bees for the rest of the season. Current manager Keith Jonson has been promoted to the Big League staff.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2018 at 12:08 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, eric chavez

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Report: Angels manager Mike Scioscia expected to step down at end of season

Scioscia is in the final year of a 10-year contract, and the decision to not seek a new contract is his alone, according to the report, which cited major league sources.

The 60-year-old Scioscia is in his 19th season at the helm of the Angels. They last made the playoffs in 2014 and last won a postseason series in 2009, but Scioscia’s Angels did win the World Series in seven games over the San Francisco Giants in 2002.

Scioscia isn’t retiring, he’s just not going to be back in Anaheim. 18th all-time in managerial wins. I’m not happy to see him go, but it’s completely necessary.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 05, 2018 at 04:22 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike scioscia

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Angels 2-way star Shohei Ohtani scheduled to return to mound Sunday vs. Astros

Let the games begin again!

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Thursday that two-way star Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Houston Astros.

It will be his first start since June 6 after it was revealed that he had suffered a UCL sprain.

Through nine starts of his debut MLB season, the 23-year-old has posted a 3.10 ERA and 1.135 WHIP while striking out 61 and walking 20 through 49.1 innings.

QLE Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, plasma, shohei ohtani, stem cell, two-way players, ucl

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Rob Manfred: Mike Trout limits his popularity because he won’t market himself

So, Trout should consider self-marketing?

“Player marketing requires one thing for sure—the player,” Manfred said earlier in the day. “You cannot market a player passively. You can’t market anything passively. You need people to engage with those to whom you are trying to market in order to have effective marketing. We are very interested in having our players more engaged and having higher-profile players and helping our players develop their individual brand. But that involves the player being actively engaged.”

Manfred said Trout chooses not to spend his downtime marketing.

“Mike’s a great, great player and a really nice person, but he’s made certain decisions about what he wants to do and what he doesn’t want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn’t want to spend his free time,” Manfred said. “That’s up to him. If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big. But he has to make a decision that he’s prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort.”

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: July 18, 2018 at 11:10 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, mike trout

Monday, July 16, 2018


Sunday, July 01, 2018

Angels encouraged by Shohei Ohtani’s first days of batting practice

“They were very happy with how he swung the bat,” Scioscia said, referring to the trainers and staff who watched Ohtani hit. Scioscia said Ohtani had five or six rounds of batting practice against a coach on each day.

Scioscia said Ohtani could be ready to face an actual pitcher in a simulated game-type setting this weekend. The Angels could bring a minor league pitcher to Anaheim to face Ohtani, although they’d want to be careful that it wasn’t someone so raw as to risk hitting him with a pitch.

The Angels have been careful not to specify any timeline for Ohtani’s workouts, so it’s unclear when he would be able to return to the lineup. However, if he faces live pitching this weekend, it’s logical to assume Ohtani would be close.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 01, 2018 at 05:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Story Of Shohei Ohtani’s Legendary BP Sessions, From Those Who Witnessed Them

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Three-time World Series champion and Angels hitting coach Eric Hinske burst into the clubhouse like a man possessed. Inside, the Angels relievers and a few other players, including Mike Trout, were decompressing before their May 8 game at the Rockies’ notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark.

“Oh my God,” Hinske said, to no one in particular. “That was the most ridiculous BP run I think I’ve ever seen in my life.”

The way Angels reliever Noe Ramirez tells the story makes Hinske’s “Oh my God” sound like Will Ferrell as Harry Caray.

“I guess I was pretty excited,” Hinske told me, with a laugh.

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani had just finished his first career batting practice session in Denver, and he did not disappoint. Four of the approximately 20 homers he mashed hit the third deck—one in particular landed right below The Rooftop, a standing-room-only area beyond the third level. The ball left a dent on a wall several rows up. Another came a few feet short of entering a terrace bar beyond the seats of the third deck.

“My mouth was just open like, ‘Bro, you guys don’t even get it, how far these balls were going,’” Hinske said. “Nobody’s ever hit it up there, and he just does it every swing.”

Ohtani’s Rooftop blast was estimated at 517 feet, according to Greg Rybarczyk, the creator of ESPN’s HR Tracker and an analyst for the Red Sox.

“It looked like it went 600-plus feet,” Hinske said.

 

Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: June 28, 2018 at 02:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awesome, babe ruth

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Ohtani ‘likely to return’ as hitter in ‘18

Baseball fans clamoring for the return of two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani may get their wish in the coming weeks, at least in a limited capacity.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler made an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday and told MLB.com’s Jim Duquette that Ohtani is “likely to return as a hitter no matter what” happens with the plasma-rich platelet (PRP) injection he received earlier this month for his ailing right elbow. Eppler added that the Angels took the PRP approach with the hope of having Ohtani pitch again this season, and that he would already have been cleared to play as a designated hitter if Los Angeles wasn’t also aiming to get him back on the mound in 2018.

John DiFool2 Posted: June 27, 2018 at 04:56 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mike Trout Is Compiling a Historic Season and the Angels Are Wasting It Again

“This June is on track to be the best month of Trout’s career.”

Bouncing and pounding
My head the backboard
I need release to let it flow
And I was ready
Really ready
I was ready to explode

Oh wasted time

Lest we forget Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, goat, mvp, trout

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Angels Place Garrett Richards, Nick Tropeano, Zack Cozart, Jim Johnson On 10-Day DL

It’s not fully clear how severe these injuries are, but it’s still an ugly casualty list for a team that has already had some worrying health issues arise recently. Richards has a left hamstring strain, while Tropeano is dealing with right shoulder inflammation.

With Shohei Ohtani already on the shelf, likely joining JC Ramirez and Matt Shoemaker there for a lengthy stretch, the team’s rotation depth has already been tapped into. It seems the team is likely to call upon John Lamb in the near-term, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets that he’s with the team (though not yet active). That’ll require a 40-man move. Otherwise, the best 40-man possibilities are Parker Bridwell, Felix Pena, and Miguel Almonte.

Things are getting ugly. At least Andrelton Simmons is back.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 02:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Monday, June 11, 2018

Angels GM disputes Ohtani surgery report | MLB.com

Not so fast.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Monday spoke to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who said, “There have been no changes in [Shohei] Ohtani’s diagnosis and neither our physicians nor medical staff have recommended [Tommy John surgery] or said it’s likely.”

On Sunday night, ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on SportsCenter that Ohtani will “probably” need elbow surgery, which would force Ohtani to miss the rest of the season and likely keep him off the mound for all of 2019, though it’s possible he could return to serve as a designated hitter sooner than that, as the timetable for hitters returning from the procedure is shorter than it is for pitchers.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Report: Shohei Ohtani likely to have Tommy John surgery, will be out until 2020

The Angels were going to reevaluate him in three weeks. At this point, waiting the three weeks before surgery would likely not harm his timetable should surgery then be decided, so it’s possible that the Angels will still wait and see.

If Ohtani does go under the knife, however, it would be sad, sad ending to his breakout rookie season. Ohtani has wowed baseball by being its first effective two-way player in nearly a century, going 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 61/20 in 49.1 innings as a starter and hitting .289/.372/.535 with six homers and 20 RBI in 129 plate appearance as a part-time designated hitter.

I can’t f****** even.


Saturday, June 09, 2018

Joe Kelly Has the Best Draft Day Story Ever

“I turned 21 the day of the Draft. So double-whammy,” the Red Sox reliever said. “I knew I was getting drafted, obviously, and I turned 21 that day. So obviously that doesn’t mix too well. Let’s just say I was really, really, really belligerently drunk before the draft even started.”

 

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 09, 2018 at 12:14 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, draft, red sox

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