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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:

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 11, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, indians, marlins, mets, nationals, reds, science of hitting, tigers

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Meet the Angels’ bullpen coach who doubles as a punk-rock star in the offseason | For The Win

The pursuits may seem inherently contradictory to just about everyone but Los Angeles Angels bullpen coach Scott Radinsky. Perhaps the only person in history who has both struck out Ken Griffey Jr. and opened for Green Day, Radinsky spent the 1990s pitching as a high-energy lefty reliever in Major League bullpens and spent his offseasons — still spends his offseasons — touring as a frontman for a series of Southern California-based punk outfits, first as a founding member of the group Ten Foot Pole and, for the last two decades, as the lead singer in his band, Pulley.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, scott radinsky

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Easiest Question in Baseball History Might Have a New Answer

So there’s a game baseball fans like to play (and by “fans” we also include anybody, anywhere, who has ever written any words, at any time, about the sport). The game is to rank the best player who ever lived at every position…

———

The best first baseman of all time is Gehrig. Always has been.

But here’s a thought: What if… he’s not?

What if the easiest question in the history of baseball is about to get a different answer?

What if Albert Pujols – not Lou Gehrig – is the best first baseman to ever man the bag?

gehrig97 Posted: March 10, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 225 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, first basemen, gehrig, history, pujols, yankees

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Angels figure to run more this season, just like Mike Scioscia likes it - The Orange County Register

“We’ve had a lot of different teams,” Scioscia said. “The aggressive type of baseball where you’re moving guys is something we’re drawn to, but other years we didn’t that type of team and we still scored runs by hitting the ball. We adjust to whatever the talent says, but this year we’re going to be able to incorporate that more.”

It starts with speed, and the Angels added that with Cameron Maybin and Ben Revere in left and Danny Espinosa at second.

“We’re going to be running,” Mike Trout said. “That’s what Sosh likes. Everybody is moving. You can’t sleep on anybody.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How stem cells could be the answer to baseball’s Tommy John surgery problem - CBSSports.com

What’s Richards’ secret? Would you believe orthobiologics? Here’s the story:
[The] 28-year-old is the latest player to turn to orthobiologics, the class of treatments that includes stem cells and PRP, in hopes of healing an injury. While clinical studies have shown great success with those who use orthobiologics, they are not yet a panacea for the pervasive elbow injuries in baseball for two reasons: They work only on partial ligament tears, like Richards’, and medical studies have yet to validate their efficacy independent of other treatments run concurrently.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries, medicine, tommy john surgery

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Episode 2 is alive! ALIVE! | lapodoa (PODCAST)

Primate David Peng has a new Angels podcast. In Episode 2, he talks to Dan Szymborski about the Angels. Check it out!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 03:42 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, podcasts

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The decline of Albert Pujols has been a shame. | Sports on Earth

NEWSFLASH: Players get old. Paying them as if they won’t is a problem for their teams, not the players.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2017 at 12:43 PM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels, cardinals

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ex-Astro Luis Valbuena reportedly agrees to deal with Angels - Houston Chronicle

The Angels get a useful player.

The left-handed hitting Valbuena batted .260 with 13 home runs and an .816 OPS in 292 at-bats last year before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in late July. The Astros weren’t expected to retain him given the emergence of Alex Bregman at third base and the signing of Yulieski Gurriel last summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, free agents, luis valbuena

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Danny Espinosa traded to Angels

Busy day for Espinosa. He was a no-show at the team’s annual Winterfest event, angered by the Adam Eaton acquisition. Then the Nationals announced that they had non-tendered Ben Revere but offered contracts to other players including Danny Espinosa and Tanner Roark. Then they announced they had traded Espinosa for Angels prospects Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals

Monday, November 28, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals Rumors: Andrelton Simmons Should Be 2017 Short Stop | FOX Sports

Fanciful.

Can a deal be made to the Angels then?  I believe that a deal could be landed by offering Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, and Peralta and/or Matt Adams.  It might also take a sweetener like Luke Weaver.  Would Weaver be too much to ask?

While this might seem like too much to ask, it would not surprise me to see the Cardinals package Weaver plus some of these names to land Simmons and I would NOT mind that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Monday, November 21, 2016

How big a star would Mike Trout be in another market?

Pick a team, any high-profile team — the Nationals, the Red Sox, the Giants, the Cardinals, the Cubs. It’s fun to think about Trout with any of those clubs — unless, of course, you are an Angels fan who relishes watching him every day.

Yet, as long as Trout stays in Anaheim, he will not be fully appreciated by the general public as the modern Mantle. He will not even be as famous as a certain Mickey in his county, the one who resides at Disneyland, last name Mouse.

Trout’s contract includes full no-trade protection; if the Angels ever did want to trade him, he effectively could choose his next spot. But again, the Angels do not seem inclined to even consider the possibility, and Trout has not asked out.

So, Mozart plays on, in relative silence.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 01:53 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, marketability, mike trout

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Will Angels’ Mike Trout be AL MVP runner-up again despite another stellar season? - The Orange County Register

I hope not. I love Mookie Betts, who had a great year. I’d vote for Trout.

National Troutrage Day is upon us.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awards, mike trout, mvp

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Notes: The Nationals are in the mix for Chris Sale | FOX Sports

Imagine a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg ... and Chris Sale.

The Nationals can.

Add the Nats to the list of teams pursuing Sale, a list that likely includes the majority of teams in baseball.

Major-league sources confirmed the Nationals’ interest in Sale on Tuesday. The likelihood of a deal with the White Sox, however, is unknown.

The Nats’ edge is that they have A) a farm system that can satisfy the White Sox and B) a general manager, Mike Rizzo, who relishes making bold moves.


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