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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Angels To Hire Joe Maddon

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 16, 2019 at 01:13 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joe maddon

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Los Angeles Angels employee details team’s knowledge of Tyler Skaggs’ drug use to federal DEA investigators—ESPN

Kay has sought treatment for substance abuse twice this year, according to his mother and his wife, Camela. While recovering in the hospital from an overdose on April 22, Kay received a text from Skaggs seeking drugs, they said. Sandy was visiting her son in the hospital at the time, alongside his wife and Tim Mead, the former Angels vice president of communications and Kay’s supervisor. Sandy told Outside the Lines she saw the texts and told Mead that the team needed to get Skaggs “off his back.”

Mead, who left the Angels in June to become president of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, told Outside the Lines no one mentioned Skaggs’ name in that conversation, or that Skaggs was an opioid user at any other time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2019 at 05:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tyler skaggs

Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we?

With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining playoff teams being even close to likely to can their current skipper — we seem to be locked in at eight openings: Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Cubs, Giants, Padres, Royals, and Angels.

Which one is the most desirable? My take on the pros and cons of each gig

So, which of these jobs would you take if you had the choice?

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, giants, mets, padres, phillies, pirates, royals

Monday, October 07, 2019

Joe Maddon, Angels Expected to Agree on Contract Shortly After Interview | BR

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 07, 2019 at 09:57 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joe maddon

AP source: Joe Maddon to interview for Angels’ manager job

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Maddon will interview for the Los Angeles Angels’ managerial vacancy this week, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press,

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the Angels aren’t publicizing their search. ESPN first reported the interview.

Maddon is considered the prohibitive front-runner to replace Brad Ausmus, who was fired after one season in charge. The Angels finished 72-90, their worst record since 1999.

Maddon spent 31 years employed by the Angels as a player and a coach throughout the organization. He was Mike Scioscia’s bench coach with the 2002 World Series champions before leaving for managerial jobs in Tampa Bay and Chicago, where he won the World Series in 2016. He was let go by Chicago on the final day of the regular season.

This week, on As The Maddon Turns.....

 

QLE Posted: October 07, 2019 at 12:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joe maddon, managerial search

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Eppler: Angels’ manager search will not be limited to Maddon

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — General manager Billy Eppler said the Los Angeles Angels’ abrupt firing of manager Brad Ausmus wasn’t all about Joe Maddon.

In his first comments on the move made after the club finished its worst season since 1999, Eppler flatly denied the Angels already know who will be their second new manager in two seasons.

The availability of Maddon, the longtime Angels employee who wrapped up his World Series-winning tenure with the Chicago Cubs last weekend, wasn’t a factor in the Angels’ move, according to Eppler.

“We have a hiring process to go through, so I think it’s premature to say anything contrary to that,” Eppler said. “We’re going to collect names this afternoon, and particularly plan on sitting down with a number of candidates. I would not handicap it any other way at this moment in time.”

So, do we believe this?

 

QLE Posted: October 02, 2019 at 12:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, joe maddon, managerial search

Monday, September 30, 2019

Brad Ausmus out after 1 season with Los Angeles Angels | ESPN

With Ausmus’ dismissal, there will be immediate speculation that his replacement will be Joe Maddon, who parted ways with the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Before his first big league managerial job with the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon worked for years in the Angels organization, and sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney that owner Arte Moreno has high regard for Maddon.

No secret who the Angels will be chasing.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 30, 2019 at 02:52 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brad ausmus, joe maddon

Angels broadcaster Mark Langston returns to ballpark as an ‘absolute miracle’

Mark Langston was at Angel Stadium on Sunday, smiling and happily greeting everyone, and toting a stack of papers that illustrated why he believes it’s a miracle that he was there at all.

The Angels radio broadcaster had the printout from the heart monitor attached to him by paramedics when he blacked out in the broadcast boost just before the first pitch of a game.

It showed 3-1/2 minutes in which Langston was, clinically, dead.

kthejoker Posted: September 30, 2019 at 08:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Team Emerges as Potential Joe Maddon Suitor if He Leaves Chicago: Report

The Chicago Cubs have a big decision to make when it comes to the future of manager Joe Maddon, but according to a new report, one team would definitely be interested in his services if he ends up departing the Windy City.

According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Los Angeles Angels would be willing to jettison manager Brad Ausmus and bring on Maddon as their new skipper if the Cubs end up deciding to part ways with the 2015 National League Manager of the Year.

“According to major-league sources, the Angels would consider moving on from Brad Ausmus and bringing back Maddon,” Rosenthal reported.

My apologies: The original is pay-walled.

So, if you were Maddon, would you take that position?

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 12:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joe maddon

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Mike Trout will undergo season-ending foot surgery this week | LA Times

Mike Trout’s stellar 2019 season is officially over.

The Angels center fielder will undergo season-ending surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot, the team announced Sunday. Manager Brad Ausmus says Trout will not play again this season. Morton’s neuroma is a condition that causes pain in the the ball of the foot.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Justin Upton Done For Season | MLBT

Already eliminated from American League playoff contention, the Angels don’t have much left to play for this season. They’ll go through their final meaningless couple weeks of the year without left fielder Justin Upton, who’s dealing with patella tendinitis in his right knee

No Trout, no Ohtani, no Upton.

Anyone want my tickets to tonight’s game?

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 14, 2019 at 03:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin upton

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Shohei Ohtani To Undergo Season-Ending Knee Surgery

Angels DH Shohei Ohtani will undergo surgery on his left knee tomorrow, as per a statement from team GM Billy Eppler (Twitter link).  The procedure will focus on Ohtani’s bipartite patella, and it will keep Ohtani on the mend for roughly eight to twelve weeks.


Saturday, August 31, 2019

AP source: Angels pick up GM Eppler’s option for next season

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Angels are picking up the option on general manager Billy Eppler’s contract for next season.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the move has not been announced.

Eppler is in his fourth year with the Angels. They began the day with a 64-71 record and appear headed for their fifth straight losing season. The Angels haven’t been to the playoffs since 2014.

Well, if Mike Trout was fool enough to sign that contract, he really shouldn’t complain about the chance he’ll never play a meaningful game in October….

 

QLE Posted: August 31, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler

Friday, August 30, 2019

Tyler Skaggs: Fentanyl, oxycodone, alcohol led to death| LA Times

Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs had the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in his system when he was found dead in his Texas hotel room July 1, according to a toxicology report released Friday by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

The cause of death is listed as a mixture of “alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents,” meaning Skaggs, 27, essentially choked on his vomit while under the influence. The death, according to the report, was ruled an accident. He was found on his bed, fully clothed, and there were no signs of trauma.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 30, 2019 at 04:13 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, r.i.p., tyler skaggs

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Angels’ Ramirez suspended for drilling Marisnick

Major League Baseball has suspended Los Angeles Angels reliever Noe Ramirez for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch Tuesday near the head of Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick.

Angels manager Brad Ausmus was hit with a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine Wednesday stemming from the sixth-inning incident, in which Ramirez drilled Marisnick between the shoulder blades with a 1-1 pitch.

Whatever, man.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Angels’ Taylor Cole and Felix Pena throw combined no-hitter against Mariners

Angels’ Taylor Cole and Felix Pena throw combined no-hitter against Seattle
Angels’ right-handers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined on a no-hitter in a 13-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners, the same night they honored the late Tyler Skaggs by wearing his uniform No. 45 and last name on their jerseys. Skaggs’ mother, Debbie Hetman, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2019 at 07:40 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, no-hitters, tyler skaggs

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mike Trout: The brilliant $426.5m MLB star most Americans don’t know

A British take on Trout, including an interview with Jay Jaffe.  In which it is revealed that Trout’s favorite team as a child was the Yankees, proving that he isn’t perfect after all.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, marketing, mike trout

Monday, July 08, 2019

‘(Expletive) play!’ Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina rips play that injured Jonathan Lucroy | USAT

Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy was sent to the hospital Sunday as the result of a collision in a play at the plate with the Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick.

Lucroy got a CT scan and was being evaluated for a possible concussion as well as broken nose, the Angels said. Despite the violent nature of the incident, the play reignited debate online regarding MLB’s play-at-the-plate rules (Marisnick was called out for the collision).

Longtime St. Louis Cardinals star Yadier Molina was one of the many voices who weighed in on the play, and he was not happy to see a fellow catcher get leveled in such brutal fashion. He let his anger for Marisnick and the situation at-large known in a profanity-laced post on his verified Instagram account.


Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Tommy La Stella injury update: Angels All-Star has broken leg | Sporting News

Tommy La Stella will be sidelined for at least two months.

The Angels infielder underwent a CT scan Wednesday, which revealed a broken right leg. He will be out for 8-10 weeks, according to the team. La Stella fouled a ball off his right shin in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s 9-4 win against the Rangers and had to be helped off the field.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 03, 2019 at 07:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star, angels, injury, tommy la stella

Monday, July 01, 2019

Twitter: MLB issued a statement about the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Sad news.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2019 at 05:14 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tyler skaggs

Friday, June 28, 2019

Angels try to improve their performance against lefties … by moving a sign

The Angels suspect that an ad, of all things, might have contributed to their mysterious trouble hitting left-handed pitchers over the past several years.

The Angels have the worst batting average in the majors against lefties since 2015, which has been a well-chronicled head-scratcher. Throughout that time, the Angels’ best hitters, including Mike Trout, have been right-handed.

Months of study by the team’s analytics department concluded that a part of the problem might have been an ad on the center field fence, General Manager Billy Eppler said this week.

The ad had been encroaching toward the batters’ line of sight since 2012, moving to its furthest left position, closest to straightaway center, in 2015.

When the Angels returned home for this homestand on Tuesday, the sign – for the Pechanga Casino – had been moved to the right, clearing the fence in center field.

Eppler said he’s not sure moving the sign will make a difference, and he’d never heard a player complain about the placement, but the numbers suggested enough evidence to move it anyway.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

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

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