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Monday, May 27, 2019

Former Red Sox, Cubs Great All-Star Bill Buckner Dies at 69

Buckner, who played first base and outfield, played 22 seasons in the major leagues. He appeared with the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels and Royals.

In 1980, Buckner won the NL batting title, and in 1981, he earned his lone All-Star appearance while a member of the Cubs.

I didn’t realize he’d been in such ill health. RIP Billy Buck.

SoSH U at work Posted: May 27, 2019 at 02:56 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, dodgers, red sox, royals

A’s go for 10 straight as Angels visit

When it comes to baseball player names, Skye Bolt has to be right up there with the best.

The Oakland Athletics rookie outfielder got his first major league start Sunday afternoon against visiting Seattle. Bolt went 0-for-3 with a walk and scored a run as the A’s extended their winning streak to nine consecutive games with a 7-1 victory.

They’ll go for No. 10 in a row Monday afternoon when they open a three-game series at home against the American League West rival Los Angeles Angels.

Sunday capped a travel-laden week for Bolt, who took a red-eye flight to join the A’s in Cleveland only to find that designated hitter Khris Davis wasn’t quite ready to go on the 10-day injured list. Bolt returned to Triple-A Las Vegas without officially being called up.

So, did Skye Bolt escape from a novel, and, if so, what was its genre?

 

QLE Posted: May 27, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, great name, skye bolt

Friday, May 24, 2019

MLB roundup: Twins hammer eight HRs in rout

The Minnesota Twins slammed eight home runs, including two each by Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop, on their way to a 16-7 rout over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday afternoon in Anaheim, Calif., completing a three-game sweep.

The game was originally scheduled to be played Wednesday, but a rainstorm made the field conditions unplayable. The wait was worth it for the Twins, whose eight home runs tied a single-game club record. It also tied an Angels record for most home runs allowed in a game.

The Twins have scored a major league-high 289 runs this season, and they battered Angels pitching Thursday for 17 hits and six walks. Former Angel C.J. Cron had five hits, including a home run and two doubles.

Besides Sano, Schoop and Cron, Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario also homered.

 

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, home run derby, twins

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Angels’ Simmons sprains ankle; X-rays negative on Ohtani’s hand

Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Los Angeles’ Monday night game against the Minnesota Twins in Anaheim, Calif., due to a left ankle injury in the eighth inning.

Los Angeles manager Brad Ausmus said that X-rays were negative, but Simmons was diagnosed with a sprained ankle. An MRI exam is scheduled for Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury.

Simmons was trying to beat out a grounder into the hole between first and second when he landed awkwardly while stretching for the first base bag and then tumbled to the ground. He had to be helped off the field and couldn’t put any pressure on the ankle.

Do you suppose Mike Trout has any regrets?

 

QLE Posted: May 21, 2019 at 04:32 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, injuries, shohei ohtani, the ship be sinking

Monday, May 20, 2019

Is Angels owner Arte Moreno just playing Long Beach for leverage or what? | Field of Schemes

So the question now becomes: Did Angels execs finally start returning Long Beach’s phone calls because they were seriously interested in moving there, or because they were seriously interested in Anaheim officials thinking they were seriously interested in moving there? In other words, is this a genuine possibility, or just a savvy negotiator trying to create leverage?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, stadium deals

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Angels block Dodgers’ attempt at doing something cool

There’s an interesting story in the Los Angeles Times today about a neat idea the Dodgers had a couple of years ago. The idea: converting a dying mall in the San Fernando Valley into a small minor league ballpark and moving their single-A California League team there.

The plan would cost taxpayers nothing as the Dodgers and the existing landowners would foot the entire bill. It would not add to traffic, parking or zoning problems in the area — L.A.’s mayor said it would have less impact than if a Costco opened on the same property. It would provide cheap, accessible entertainment for an area of the city which is home to almost two million people for whom simply bopping down to Dodger Stadium is a tremendous headache given the traffic and expense. It would also help solve the California League’s problems with a couple of teams located in places where neither the teams nor the towns were particularly fond of one another any longer.

Sounds good, right? Well, it did to everyone but the Los Angeles Angels who, as is their right as co-owners of the Los Angeles Territory, have veto power over a minor league team locating there. They exercised that veto power, the plan died and the parties have all moved on. The land in question is probably going to be redeveloped into some boring mixed-use thing. There might even be a Costco there someday.

Well, this answers the question of what Angels management does, since building a good team clearly isn’t one of their goals….

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, minor leagues

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Angels call up two-way player Jared Walsh

The Los Angeles Angels have purchased the contract of an interesting player from their Triple-A affiliate. His name is Jared Walsh and he’s both a first baseman and a lefty reliever.

Walsh, 25, was batting .302/.398/.604 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI over 37 games for the Salt Lake Bees. He also had a 3.60 ERA in five relief appearances. The pitching has been a bit more of an experiment for Walsh over the years — he’s made only 15 appearances on the mound in three seasons while taking 1,472 trips to the plate — but it’s a fun little wrinkle in his game.

And the parade of relievers to and from the minors gets even stranger….

 

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 04:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jared walsh, two-way players

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Ohtani hits 1st HR of season for Angels in 5-4 win vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One week into Shohei Ohtani’s return to the Los Angeles Angels, the lineup is looking sharp.

Minnesota ace Jose Berrios bore the brunt of their batting success on Monday night.

Ohtani hit his first home run of the season, a towering two-run shot in the third inning against Berrios, and Tommy La Stella hit the go-ahead homer in the sixth to give the Angels a 5-4 victory over the Twins.

“I’ve been hitting the ball in the air recently,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “I think it showed today that I’m improving.”

For those of you curious as for how Ohtani is doing, now that he’s playing again….

 

QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Ohtani goes 0 for 4 in season debut, Angels beat Tigers 5-2

DETROIT (AP) — Shohei Ohtani looked so eager to make an impact in his highly anticipated season debut that he swung so hard his helmet flew off his head more than once.

He finished 0 for 4 with an RBI groundout and walked once as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Tuesday night.

“I was happy to get this out of the way,” Ohtani said through a translator.

The Angels activated the AL Rookie of the Year from the injured list and it appeared simulated games didn’t quite prepare him for the moment. Ohtani took a called third strike in his first at-bat, grounded out to help Los Angeles take a 3-0 lead in the third, struck out on a breaking pitch, lined out to third and drew a base on balls.

Not the return Angels fans want, is it?

 

QLE Posted: May 08, 2019 at 03:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Shohei Ohtani says he’s ready to play when Angels allow it

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is disappointed he won’t return to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup this week.

The AL Rookie of the Year said Wednesday he’s ready to play whenever the team allows it.

Ohtani had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, and he is currently taking the final rehab steps for his return. Although he won’t travel with the Angels for their series in Monterrey, Mexico, this weekend, he could be ready to play when the Angels visit Detroit on Tuesday.

In other words, he’ll play- when they want him to….

 

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Baseball Hall of Fame names Mead president

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum named longtime Los Angeles Angels executive Tim Mead as its new president on Tuesday.

Mead, 61, has worked with the Angels organization for 40 years, the last 22 as the team’s vice president of communications.

Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark made the announcement.

“Tim is deeply respected throughout the baseball industry, among players, executives and media alike,” Clark said in a statement. “He has a great affection for the game and its history, and we are looking forward to having him leading the efforts of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.”

Any thoughts on this appointment?

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hall of fame, tim mead

Ten years after his father left Anaheim, fans welcome the stranger in Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — They came to welcome the stranger, barely more than a child.

I saw your daddy, they would say. I saw him and he was special. He was different. Covered in pine tar and calluses, crackling with power and ferocity, otherwise awash in felicity, he was just different.

But you know that.

I wore a jersey with his name on it, they would say. Your name. Imagine that. Sat in these very seats and watched him top-spin balls into gaps, backspin them into forever, and watched him chase baseballs with uncommon, loping audacity. And even, they would say, watched you toddle behind him, lugging a life-sized bat in your tiny arms when I could get to the ballpark early enough to see.

When did Jay McInerney become a sports journalist?

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Meet the Angels infielder who has surprisingly out-homered Mike Trout

The 2019 season has provided plenty of surprises so far. None of them bigger than the unexpected power surge that’s taking place on the Los Angeles Angels infield.

Nearly one month into the season, it’s not Mike Trout who sits atop the Angels home run leaderboard. With his two-run home run during Thursday’s game against the New York Yankees, that distinction belongs to Tommy La Stella.

Yes, that Tommy La Stella.

Mind you, when your record is essentially the same as the Orioles, does that really mean anything?

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 04:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, home runs, mike trout, tommy la stella

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Angels remove Cody Allen from closer role

Angels manager Brad Ausmus said Cody Allen is no longer the team’s closer, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports. Allen is currently on a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Angels.

Somewhere, it is dawning on Mike Trout that he made a truly terrible decision….

 

QLE Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cody allen

Sunday, April 14, 2019

This Angels baserunning blunder will make your head spin

There are some moments in baseball that require no description.

Then there are moments in baseball where no description or explanation will begin to help us understand what we’ve witnessed.

One such moment occurred during Saturday’s Los Angeles Angels-Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

That’s where Angels first baseman Justin Bour turned a routine single into a baserunning adventure that defied logic and resulted in one of the wildest and most bizarre series of events you’ll ever see in a baseball game.

Oh, I hope Mike Trout doesn’t mind spending his Octobers on the sofa at home….

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, baserunning

Thursday, April 11, 2019

MLB roundup: Angels stay hot even without Trout

Mike Trout got the day off to recover from a strained right groin, and the Los Angeles Angels made the most of their five hits in a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night at Anaheim, Calif., completing a three-game sweep.

It also was the Angels’ sixth win in a row, putting Los Angeles (7-6) above .500 for the first time this season.

Three of the Angels’ hits came in the third inning, when they scored all four of their runs. The big blow was Justin Bour’s two-run single that snapped a 1-1 tie. Brian Goodwin started in center field in place of Trout, who is day-to-day, and made a Trout-like catch, robbing Yasmani Grandal of a potential home run in the second inning.

Angels starter Felix Pena gave up only an unearned run on three hits and two walks, but he lasted only four innings and didn’t qualify for the win after throwing 72 pitches. The victory went to Jaime Barria, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier in the day. Barria (1-0) gave up one run over 2 2/3 innings, and Hansel Robles pitched the ninth for his first save.

Time for the guy who makes the first post in all the OmniChatters to change his message….

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, groin, mike trout

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Remembering Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, 10 years after his death

Hard to believe it’s been a decade. Ten years have gone by in a flash.

Jim Adenhart was among the crowd of 43,283 who saw Nick dominate the Athletics, striking out five. Adenhart left with a 3-0 lead that was coughed up by the bullpen and the Angels lost, 6-4.

“I was the last guy to leave the clubhouse, and he was icing his shoulder,” former Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said of Adenhart. “I told him, ‘Congrats, it’s the first one of many, enjoy this small victory and have a good time with your friends and family tonight.’

“We were excited for him one night, and the next morning he’s gone. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years, man, 10 years since I got that call at 7:15 a.m. I will never forget that phone call.

 

ajnrules Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nick adenhart

Monday, April 08, 2019

A swarm of bees sent the Rangers bullpen running for cover

For some reason, bees love the Los Angeles Angels. There is no other explanation.

The past few seasons have seen numerous Angels spring training and regular season games interrupted by bees. It happened again on Sunday, and the Rangers bullpen wasn’t exactly amused.

Heading into the fifth inning of the game in Anaheim, Texas pitcher Kyle Bird was trying to warm up in the bullpen as a swarm of bees settled in around the left-field fence and stands.

So, would bees like Atlanta, or are they still bitter over the name change?

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bees, rangers

Friday, March 29, 2019

Angels’ Justin Upton Expected to Miss 8-12 Weeks with Toe Injury

 

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, injury, justin upton

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Despite lack of winning so far, Mike Trout believes in the Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — As is his routine, Jeff Trout, Mike’s dad, will be sitting at the breakfast table in Millville, New Jersey, reading the local newspaper, catching up on who’s doing what, who’s winning, who’s not, and where it is we all find ourselves today. Sometimes he’ll get all the way to the obituaries, which, he admits, happens more now. Get to a certain age and curiosity gets the better of you.

He’s 58.

And wouldn’t you know, after a few sentences that seek to gather up a whole life, every once in a while, there’ll be something like, “One of her joys was watching Mike Trout play baseball every night on television.” Or, “He counted himself among Mike Trout’s biggest fans.”

It gets Jeff in the heart every time. Every time. His boy, Mike, really does that to people. For people. Gives folks something to do, something to believe in, something to root for. A local guy. A good kid. Somebody who smiled and said hi, who comes home and loves them all back. Mike will go off and become famous and rich and win awards and whatever else comes with baseball and excellence, and what romances his ex-ballplayer dad is that it means something.

 

QLE Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, belief, fathers and sons, mike trout

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Stephen A. Smith still thought Mike Scioscia managed the Angels

It has long been argued that legendary sportscaster Stephen A. Smith is spread too thin, and this recent gaffe while discussing the Los Angeles Angels just added fuel to the fire.

On his radio program, Smith was discussing the pressure managers face when teams sign franchise players to multimillion dollar deals. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels signed Mike Trout to a record contract extension, paying the best player in baseball $430 million to stay in LA for the rest of his career.

Speaking with ESPN colleague Jeff Passan, Smith used Mike Scioscia as an example of managers who will be feeling the pressure to “turn things around” for their respective teams and get the best out of their all-star player.

“Legendary?” Is this proof that Robert Towne’s dictum applies to TV personalities as well?

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bad analysis, espn

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Angels and Trout agree (Report)

Seems like Trout will spend his whole career in LA. Money seems reasonable, but I’m curious if this supersedes the last two years of his current deal, or is an add-on starting in 2021.

Awaiting confirmation from the team…

JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: March 19, 2019 at 10:35 AM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hall of fame, mike trout, money

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Jo Adell injured in Cactus League game | MLB.com

 

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 09:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, injuries, jo adell, prospects

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Rosenthal: Trout’s value? Far more than Harper or Machado; Nats pondering next move; A’s not giving up on Murray – The Athletic

What a coincidence. I considered offering Trout a $400 million extension to play for the Angels too. I’m also considering a sandwich for lunch.

In​ recent weeks, the Los Angeles​ Angels​ at​ least considered offering​ Mike Trout a 10-year,​ $350 million​ extension, though​​ it is unclear whether they followed through with an actual proposal, according to sources with knowledge of the club’s thinking.

A deal of that size would be the biggest in the history of North American sports and give Trout the highest average annual value ever for a baseball player.

And still, it would not be nearly enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, pay site

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Long Beach approaches Angels about new stadium

Can’t they just play on the deck of the Queen Mary?

QLE Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, long beach, stadium issues

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