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Friday, June 23, 2017

Trout got extension but longer deal was broached

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was that rare young positional superstar who took a long-term deal with his team, and sources say the idea of a “lifetime” 14- or 15-year deal was even mentioned in talks with the Angels before he and the team settled for a straight six years that brings him to free agency at barely 29….

After Trout’s suggestion of a possible lifetime deal wasn’t immediately accepted by the Angels (word is, he preferred shorter if not very long), the sides wound up compromising on six years when he started at a deal of four or five years and they wanted something along the lines of seven, eight or most preferably nine. Again, the main issue there is wanting to be a free agent in his 20s, and he easily accomplished that with the six. Anyway, this was an exception to the trend, and that extends to the next level of great player.

George Springer was approached a couple years ago, and didn’t take the deal. And the Cubs tried multiyear deals with Willson Contreras and some other young players, and like Bryant, all of them are going year to year. It may work out for all of the stars around baseball going year to year, but one management person warns, “At least one of them will wind up regretting not taking the deal, and he’ll be stuck.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, george springer, kris bryant, mike trout

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Angels put right-hander Matt Shoemaker on the disabled list

The strain in the extensor muscles of Matt Shoemaker’s right forearm has abated a bit, but not enough, and the Angels put the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Saturday. He will miss at least one turn through the club’s starting rotation.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dl, matt shoemaker

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Alex Meyer blanks Royals while Angels bats explode – Orange County Register

Richards told him what pushed him over the hump.

“He just kind of simplified things,” Meyer recalled. “Trust (the fastball). Just throw it over the middle and let them hit it. I’m not saying that’s the whole key to everything, but that definitely played into it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex meyer, angels

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Angels’ Albert Pujols’ 600th HR is grand slam | MLB.com

Albert Pujols’ march to 600 is complete, and he got there in unprecedented, grand fashion.

The 37-year-old Angels slugger crushed the milestone home run—a two-out grand slam into left field—off Twins right-hander Ervin Santana in the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday in the Angels’ 7-2 win over the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels, milestones

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Angels’ Mike Trout continues his remarkable start to the season with another home run

With 15 home runs and a league-high 1.218 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, Trout has exceeded even his own outlandish norms. Little about his game, though, seems to be demonstrably different than in years past. The most pronounced difference is his first-pitch swing percentage.

The rate has increased in recent years, but it’s taken another jump in 2017, from 12.2% for his career to 17.2% last year to 24.3% entering Tuesday’s game.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 24, 2017 at 06:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, the rapture

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jered Weaver’s hometown discount was a cautionary tale

There was a three-year stretch when Jered Weaver was one of the best pitchers in baseball, with top-five Cy Young finishes in each of those seasons. In an era of wacky strikeout rates, he was one of the purest artists of the weak-contact genre, keeping his WHIP near the 1.0 mark the whole time, even as he wasn’t blowing hitters away.

In the middle of this stretch, Weaver signed a team-friendly extension. How team friendly?

No one from (Scott) Boras’ office attended Tuesday’s media availability.

That team friendly. The five-year, $85 million contract was something Weaver negotiated himself, essentially, over the objections of the game’s best agent. He hired Yo-Yo Ma to play his birthday party and handed him a ukulele at the door. You can understand why Boras was frustrated.

The year before Weaver was supposed to be a free agent, he won 20 games, finished third in the AL Cy Young voting, and led the league in WHIP and hits per nine innings. He turned 30 the October before his free agency would have started.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hometown discount, jered weaver

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mike Trout: Baseball’s Best, Without the Brand - The New York Times

“What he does on a daily basis, it’s just awesome to watch and be a part of,” Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker said. “There’s always something brand-new he’s done in baseball that no one’s ever done.”

Trout is LeBron James in spikes, Tom Brady out of shoulder pads, minus their championship rings. Also missing is something that barely matters to Trout but is so important to other athletes in his echelon: a brand.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Angels To Sign Doug Fister

The Angels are in agreement with free-agent right-hander Doug Fister on a Major League contract, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). Fister is a client of PSI Sports Management.

As of last week, the 33-year-old Fister was said to be close to signing, and Cotillo listed the Angels as one of five clubs in the mix for him at that time.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, doug fister

How Mike Trout Is Hitting Better Than Ever – The Ringer

Trout has achieved his historic consistency through a remarkable ability to evolve. Throw him high fastballs designed to elude his low-ball swing, and he’ll eventually become one of the best hitters against that pitch. Tell him his arm is weak, and he’ll work on throwing until his arm is no longer a liability. Point out that he’s stopped stealing bases, and after combining for 27 in two years, he’ll swipe 30 in a single season. We’ve seen Trout stand out as an all-around stud capable of combining best-in-class baserunning and defense and back-to-back top-five finishes in the batting-title race. We’ve seen him excel as more of a strikeout-prone, home-run-happy slugger who once finished tied for fourth in baseball in dingers. We’ve seen him lead the majors in walks. However he’s gotten there, Trout has always ended up about 70 percent better than a league-average hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Angels’ Garrett Richards hoping for a return in August

Team doctors made Richards aware of two cases similar to his. In 2004, right-hander Brad Penny felt biceps nerve irritation shortly after the Dodgers acquired him at the trade deadline and effectively missed two months. That same year, St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter missed the season’s last two weeks and the Cardinals’ World Series run with the same condition.

“What I’ve been told is theirs were worse than mine,” Richards said. “So, if it took them all offseason to get back for spring training, then hopefully mine’s shorter than that. That would give me a chance to pitch this year.”

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 14, 2017 at 03:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Doug DeCinces convicted of insider trading, awaits sentencing

Former All-Star Doug DeCinces was convicted Friday of insider trading for a stock buy that earned him more than $1 million.

The ex-Baltimore Orioles and Angels third baseman was convicted of 14 federal charges. According to the Orange County Register, each count potentially carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Jurors deadlocked on 18 other charges and a judge declared a mistrial for those counts, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2017 at 12:13 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, doug decinces, insider trading, legal, orioles

Monday, May 01, 2017

Angels’ Tyler Skaggs to miss 10-12 weeks with oblique strain

Tyler Skaggs has a grade 2 right oblique strain, which will cause him to miss the next 10 to 12 weeks, the Angels announced on Monday.

The latest setback for a pitching staff beset by injuries came from Skaggs’ evaluation on Monday by Angels doctors and imaging. Skaggs received a platelet-rich plasma injection to help the healing, the Angels said.

Daniel Wright is expected to take Skaggs spot in the rotation, starting on Thursday in Seattle.

Skaggs had allowed just three runs in 19 innings in his last three starts. He came out of Friday’s game after just five innings. He said he felt a “pinch” in his right side, but expressed little concern that it would be a serious injury.

Skaggs, 25, just returned last July from missing nearly two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He developed shoulder trouble when he was nearing a return from the elbow surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 06:30 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tyler skaggs

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fred Lynn might’ve been a Hall of Famer if he’d stayed healthy — or in Boston

Lynn’s sabermetric numbers — 50 WAR, 44.1 JAWS and 94 Hall Rating — all paint him as a very good, though not great player who fell just short of Cooperstown.

But if he’d played a full career in Boston, Lynn might have long since been in the Hall of Fame. To some extent, his career is one of the great what-ifs in baseball history.

.....

Asked whether he considered himself a Hall of Famer, Lynn said “Talent-wise, yes. Numbers-wise, no.”

He noted, “If you want to make the Hall, you’ve got to play games and get numbers,” Lynn said.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Angels Notes: Garrett Richards shifted to 60-day DL

Richards, the erstwhile ace of the Angels’ staff, departed in the fifth inning of his only start April 5 and hasn’t picked up a baseball since. He was said to be “making progress” from his biceps injury as recently as Friday, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

However, “his most recent assessment and exam showed mild improvement in biceps strength and also irritation of the cutaneous nerve, which is contributing to his strength deficit,” the Angels said Saturday in a statement while announcing Richards’ move to the 60-day DL.

When Richards first suffered his injury, the Angels said he was pulled from the game as a precautionary measure, and that he wouldn’t even miss a game. Then, he was put on the 10-day DL as a precautionary measure. Then, he was going to be left on the DL just a little longer as a precautionary measure.

At some point, the Angels are going to have to own up to the truth, that Richards’ injury is far worse than they had let on. This drip-drip-drip of bad news strung out over weeks as they are constantly forced to revise their ridiculously — and falsely — optimistic assessments of Richards’ health does no one any good, not the team, not the fans, not Richards. Moreover, this pattern of dishonest spin was exactly how they revealed Richards’ UCL injury last year. For Angel fans, the injury is disappointing. For hardcore fans and those of us who actively blog and podcast the Angels, the injury is disappointing, and it’s downright infuriating to be basically lied to on a daily basis.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2017 at 10:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rangers release Josh Hamilton following another knee injury

It appears the baseball career of Josh Hamilton is, once and for all, done.
Hamilton, rehabbing from a left knee surgery, injured his right knee during rehab and will undergo surgery to repair it. The Rangers on Friday released him from his minor league contract.
Hamilton did not say he definitively planned to retire, but the reality is he will be a free agent at the end of this year, 36 years old and without a major league at-bat for two full seasons.
“I am disappointed but not discouraged that my knee problems have not allowed me to play this season,” Hamilton said in a statement. “I plan to have surgery on my right knee and then evaluate the situation. I want to thank the Rangers and all of the great fans for the support and encouragement. I really appreciate it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 03:58 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Friday, April 14, 2017

A young fan got to play catch with Mike Trout and you didn’t | MLB.com

OK, it’s now a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2017 at 07:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Angels could face extended period with Garrett Richards on the disabled list

The Angels do not plan to activate ace Garrett Richards from the 10-day disabled list when he is eligible Sunday. Richards has not yet been cleared to resume throwing, and reliever JC Ramirez will replace him in the Angels’ rotation on Friday.

“Right now, there’s no time frame for how long he’ll be in our rotation,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday of Ramirez. “It could be the whole year.”

Oh, no, it’s just a bicep strain, they said. It’s no big deal, they said. He’ll be back in ten days, they said.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Angels rally for another late victory

In the aftermath of the Angels’ previous mind-boggling comeback victory, Cliff Pennington suggested that it could carry over. The next time they’re a few downs run, he said, they’ll be confident they can win.
His theory was proven correct in the very next game.

The Angels scored three runs in the ninth and the winner on Carlos Perez’s safety squeeze in the 10th, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.

On the heels of Sunday’s seven-run rally to win in the ninth, the Angels became the first team since the 1971 Detroit Tigers to win back-to-back games when trailing by at least three in the ninth.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awesome sauce, rangers

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) have more. That makes him one of the best hitters for average in the past 70 years—oh, and he’s hit 446 home runs, won two home run titles and is capable of blasts such as this one:


Monday, April 10, 2017

Statcast of the day Angels 9th inning rally | MLB.com

Now that’s a comeback.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mariners

Saturday, April 08, 2017

MLB teams missed boat on Mike Trout in Draft | MLB.com

New Jersey ballplayers discriminated against. When and where is the rally?

“If there had been even one great prospect to come out of New Jersey in a while, it would probably have been different,” Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said. “But there really hadn’t been. One thing we look for as scouts, like it or not, are patterns. I can assure you that after Mike Trout, there won’t be another New Jersey prospect who gets missed like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 07:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout

Thursday, April 06, 2017

For every Mike Trout in the draft, there are hundreds of swings and misses by the scouts - LA Times

Mission accomplished.

“People doubted me,” he said this spring. “A lot of teams passed on me. I always told myself to try to prove everybody wrong.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout

Angels Richards leaves start with biceps cramp | MLB.com

The club announced that Richards’ removal was precautionary, and he said afterward that he wasn’t concerned about the issue, which was called a cramping of his right biceps.
“My bicep was just kind of cramping a little bit,” Richards said. “Nothing serious. My arm feels good. I felt good tonight. Elbow feels fine. Shoulder feels fine. It was kind of a long inning and I kind of stiffened up a bit, but nothing to be worried about.”

Manager Mike Scioscia said Richards will be evaluated by team doctors when the Angels return to Southern California following their series finale against the A’s Thursday, but as of now, there are no plans for the 28-year-old right-hander to undergo an MRI.

“We’re going to take it one step at a time,” Scioscia said. “As of right now, hopefully he’ll make his next start. We’re not going to take any chances with any pitcher that’s feeling something like that, let alone a guy that went through what he went through last year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Miller: Garrett Richards, Angels ready for biggest game yet

Richards will make his first start since May 1, his first since opting for stem-cell therapy over Tommy John surgery, his first since becoming the most public example yet of a treatment both pioneering and polarizing.

“I might be the first one to be so open about it, I guess,” Richards said. “I didn’t really have a choice about keeping it private. But I don’t mind being an ambassador for this or whatever you want to call it.”

A guinea Angel, you might label Richards, stem-cell therapy very much still an experimental, developing approach to healing partially torn ligaments, like the one in Richards’ right elbow.

In fact, there are some health experts who - because of the lack of sufficient research - remain unconvinced by the results, even as Richards is a living, breathing, believing example.

“Science, bro,” he said. “I’m all for it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Saturday, April 01, 2017

The Best Player in Baseball Doesn’t Want to Be a Superstar

The first remarkable thing about Trout is how big he is. At listed dimensions of 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, Trout isn’t as bulky as The Mighty Giancarlo Stanton. He’s not incredibly tall for a ballplayer, either, and he doesn’t have quivering Disney bad-guy muscles popping out from under his uniform. Trout just looks big, the way a truck or an office building is big. Despite that, he’s unbelievably light on his feet — fast, but not bouncy, leaning forward as he chops down the baseline like a steampunk helicopter.

Unlike his contemporaries within baseball, like Bryce Harper, or in other sports, like Messi or James, Trout was relatively unknown as a youngster. The son of a minor league ballplayer, Trout grew up in the Philadelphia exurb of Millville, New Jersey, a part of the country not known as a prep baseball hotbed. South Jersey produces its fair share of talented ballplayers, but most of them are from shore towns, like 2016 Red Sox first-rounder Jason Groome, or were college products, like Trout’s Angels teammate Andrew Bailey and A’s reliever Sean Doolittle, or, in the case of White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier and longtime big league pitcher turned Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, both.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 01:05 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

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