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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Harper’s inconsistency highlights Trout’s greatness. | Sports on Earth

Barring a significant slide over the last quarter of the schedule, Trout is going to join an exclusive club with this metronomic stat line. Since the dawn of the 20th century, only nine others have strung together at least five consecutive qualifying seasons with an OPS+ of 160 or better. Here is the impressive list in reverse chronological order.

Barry Bonds 1990-98, 2000-04
Frank Thomas 1991-97
Stan Musial 1948-54
Johnny Mize 1936-40
Lou Gehrig 1927-37
Babe Ruth 1918-24, ‘26-‘34
Rogers Hornsby 1920-25
Ty Cobb 1907-19
Honus Wagner 1902-09

(Ted Williams likely would be on this list if not for his military service. He topped the 160 mark while qualifying for the batting title in each of his first eight seasons, which were interrupted by three seasons lost to World War II. It’s also possible that others are in the same boat, including Charlie Keller, who hit the mark from 1941-43 and again in ‘45 after a year away).

Not only would Trout be just the third player in the past 70 years to accomplish this feat, but he also is doing it while playing a premium defensive position—and in his age 20-24 seasons (he turned 25 on Aug. 7). Only Cobb, more than a century ago, has had five qualifying 160 OPS+ seasons at such a young age. Only Cobb and Williams can top Trout’s career OPS+ of 169 up to this point (minimum 2,000 plate appearances). And of course, Trout is more than just a good hitter, as he is closing in on Cobb’s record of 46.7 wins above replacement by the end of the age-24 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Friday, August 12, 2016

Angels renew stadium talks with Anaheim after striking out in Tustin - LA Times

Win-win for taxpayers means they shouldn’t pay very much at all.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said the City Council has not yet been briefed on the talks. He said he would like the city to strike a deal with the Angels.

“My preference is to find a win-win,” Tait said, “that’s a good deal for the people of Anaheim. There’s lots of room for that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, stadium

Angels’ Garrett Richards hopeful he can begin throwing Monday - The Orange County Register

A week into his increased workouts, Garrett Richards is feeling as good as ever about being able to avoid Tommy John surgery.

“I literally feel like my arm is just refreshed,” Richards said Wednesday. “Everything feels great. My shoulder feels nice and loose. I feel zero discomfort in my arm. Nothing even close to what I was feeling when I was put on the DL.”

Richards has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that normally requires Tommy John surgery and a 12- to 18-month rehab process.

Last Wednesday, imaging of Richards’ elbow showed enough progress from stem-cell therapy that he began doing workouts that simulated throwing. He will continue to do those until Monday, when he will have another test on his elbow to see if he can throw.

“If everything looks the same as it did a couple weeks ago or even better then we start throwing an actual baseball on an actual field and doing actual baseball things,” Richards said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

Sunday, August 07, 2016

MLB: Lincecum designated for assignment by Angels - Mercury News

Angels: Tim Lincecum was designated for assignment on Saturday, bringing into question the professional future for the former Giants two-time Cy Young Award winner. The Angels made the move a day after Lincecum allowed six runs in the first inning of a 6-4 loss to Seattle. Lincecum is 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts in his return from left hip surgery last September. Lincecum signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Angels in May. Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels are hopeful that Lincecum will accept an assignment to Triple-A.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tim lincecum

Monday, August 01, 2016

Angels deal Hector Santiago, Joe Smith, add veteran Ricky Nolasco, prospect Alex Meyer - The Orange County Register

Keeping hope alive!

Billy Eppler looked at the emptiness of the Angels farm system and knew he couldn’t take the safe route.

When he made the surprising swap of Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, it was with the idea that if he wanted Alex Meyer – once one of the top pitching prospects in the sport—he had to take Ricky Nolasco.

“These are opportunities we have to seize,” Eppler said Monday. “Everyone documented the situation with our farm system. So let’s grab a guy who is fairly high on people’s high radar for the difference between Santiago and Nolasco… Let’s get the guy who throws 96 mph with a good curve… He’s physical. He throws hard. He misses bats. That’s what we need to gamble on.”

In a lesser deal, the Angels also sent reliever Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs for Jesus Castillo, a starter in the low minors. That was a simple deal of an impending free agent for a prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex meyer, angels, hector santiago, joe smith, ricky nolasco, trade deadline, trades


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Angels slugger Albert Pujols racks up RBIs | angels.com

Albert Pujols is bringing the RBI back.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Monday, June 27, 2016

Angels pitchers Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney hoping stem-cell treatment helps them avoid Tommy John surgery

When Garrett Richards left his last outing at Texas on May 1, he felt arm fatigue. The club said he was dehydrated and cramping. A subsequent MRI revealed rather he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, a setback that requires Tommy John ligament replacement surgery for most pitchers.

The standard recovery takes up to 18 months.

Richards, instead, hopes to avoid the daunting post-surgery timetable and pitch again in a potential wild-card race thanks to a stem-cell shot he received last month from Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

“It’s an option, and I decided to take it,” Richards said. “Why not?”

So, on May 16, Yoon extracted bone marrow from Richards, concentrated it and injected the mixture back into the UCL in his elbow, aiming to repair the injured ligament.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Semien, Davis lead A’s to 5-4 win over Angels - Yahoo Sports

Not a good second start for the Freak.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, tim lincecum

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tim Lincecum’s debut for Angels goes better than he expected in 7-1 win over A’s - LA Times

The Freak is back with the freak turned low.

In the sixth inning, Lincecum clapped for his teammates when they turned a quick double play behind him. Lowrie lined his next pitch into left field, Robinson secured it, and fans again stood up to commend Lincecum on his performance.

His day was done. To use his favored idiom for fastball velocity, he did not pump any cheese, but he induced the kind of weak contact he could not in recent seasons for San Francisco.

“I’ve tried to scratch what’s been going on the last few years and tried to move on,” Lincecum said. “I’ve tried not to dwell on the past. I had some success in the last four years and a lot of not. So, I’m trying to let that go and move on to wherever I’m at right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tim lincecum

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Angels activate Andrelton Simmons ahead of schedule - The Orange County Register

Good news for the Angels.

Simmons, who returned early from thumb surgery, made three difficult plays in his first game back, including one eye-popping backhand play in the hole.

“He made some tough plays look easy,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.

Simmons even had two hits and he drew a walk, an all-around good return for one of the many key players the Angels have lost to injury this season.

When Simmons tore the UCL in his left thumb on May 8 and had surgery on May 10, the initial prognosis was that he would miss six to eight weeks. He came back in just over five weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels

Friday, June 10, 2016

Beyond the Boxscore: The AL West doesn’t look like we thought it would.

With the AL West comes the payoff for this whole exercise, and, in a broader sense, this whole baseball thing: a division in chaos, and unlike the other divisions in chaos, chaos that looks nothing like we expected it to. On Opening Day, the Rangers and A’s had nearly identical playoff odds of about 19 percent; today, the Rangers are sitting atop the division, just over 60 percent, while the A’s sit at a measly five percent. The only team below Oakland is the team that began the season just above them, the Angels, but the loss of Garrett Richards and Andrelton Simmons have sent their playoff odds tumbling from 26 percent to three percent.

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Monday, June 06, 2016

Tim Lincecum determined to be a major league starter again

“I think he threw the ball fine,” said Bud Black, the Angels’ special assistant to the general manager. “You could tell he might have been a little rusty the first innings but he looked good physically. The hip injury didn’t seem to be an issue and his arm motion looked the same. He was throwing 90 miles and his secondary pitches looked fine. He just needs to build some stamina.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tim lincecum

Friday, May 27, 2016

Angels pitchers opt for stem-cell therapy | MLB.com

Interesting stuff.

Six years ago, Yoon began treating partial UCL tears with platelet-rich plasma injections, wherein a patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, which contain healing elements that are then injected into the affected area.

Yoon found that PRP worked for about 50 percent of patients. But in that time he also experimented with the use of stem cells from concentrated bone marrow and “noticed that the success rates, anecdotally, were much higher with regards to pitchers going back to throwing, and not having to undergo surgery.”

Yoon estimates that he has performed stem-cell procedures on 15 to 20 Major League pitchers and that “less than 50 percent” ultimately needed Tommy John surgery, though he is not allowed to reveal the names of his patients. The results can be misleading, in both directions, because success is contingent on the type of tear and the amount of time allotted for healing.

Dr. David Crane, who specializes in regenerative therapy for Blue Tail Medical Group in the Midwest, said he has done about 50 of these stem-cell procedures since 2004, the vast majority of them for pitchers in high school and college. About five were Major Leaguers, and Crane said only one wound up needing Tommy John surgery. He claims to have a 90-percent success rate overall, but he is also picky with the patients he chooses.

Said Crane: “If it’s a partial tear, and they still have the healing potential, and the stem cells from bone marrow are good, it’s a useful tool.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, angels, garrett richards, tommy john surgery

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian is a cat admirer, and that’s that - LA Times

I could not post the first intro which came to my mind.

Bedrosian has two cats at home, Gracie and Bootsy, named after Aunt Bootsy from the 1998 film “Rush Hour.” He does not own one at his Orange County apartment. He considered searching for the cat that ran onto the field at Angel Stadium one week ago and taking it home with him, only to realize he can’t keep it fed during road trips.

“Cats, they just want to lay on the couch all day and relax,” he said.

“That’s what I like about them. You can just chill with a cat.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cam bedrosian

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Angels’ Jered Weaver vows improvement, says others ‘would’ve shut it down’

“It’s no secret,” Weaver said. “My stuff isn’t that great.”

It is unfair to compare almost any pitcher to Kershaw, who sports a 22-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season and has struck out at least 10 batters in his last six starts. But the juxtaposition is especially sharp with Weaver, whose neck and shoulder stiffness have transformed his pitches into sluggish, inconsistent offerings.

According to Fangraphs, Weaver’s fastball is averaging just 82.8 MPH this season.

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: May 18, 2016 at 06:18 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver, owchies


For The Angels, There’s No Such Thing As A Good Trade For Mike Trout | VICE Sports

How often do the magic beans actually grow anything?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Garrett Richards of Los Angeles Angels opts to get stem-cell injection in elbow, avoid TJ surgery

I guess it doesn’t hurt. I’m not so sure how effective the treatment will be.

- Angels pitcher Garrett Richards had a stem-cell injection in his right elbow Monday.

Manager Mike Scioscia says there’s no timetable for his return. The right-hander went on the 15-day disabled list May 6, leaving the injury-riddled team without its best starting pitcher.

Richards decided on the injection as a way to avoid surgery for the torn ligament in his arm, although it will be weeks before he knows whether it worked.

“Hopefully it’s going to be the course of action he needs to heal and get back to action,” Scioscia said. “Really he doesn’t have many symptoms at all, so I know that he’s confident that he’ll heal with this course of action.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Former Angels and Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren opens up about the inner turmoil that led to his retirement from baseball

Dan Haren repeated a ritual after the miserable outings, and during the last four years of his baseball career the miserable outings became too numerous to count. He trudged off the mound and through the dugout, embarrassed by the reassurances from teammates, so he could find his phone in the clubhouse and text his wife, Jessica.

I quit, Haren would write after games for the Angels or the Dodgers or whoever employed him.

I don’t want to do this anymore.

I’m sick of the stress.

I quit.

I quit.

Zach Posted: May 15, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dan haren, dodgers, stress

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tim Lincecum reportedly has 3 teams interested | MLB.com

He’s not close to signing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, tim lincecum, white sox

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Andrelton Simmons of Los Angeles Angels will require surgery on left thumb

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will require surgery for what the team described Monday as a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

The Angels said they would have an update on Simmons following the surgery. He will be placed on the disabled list.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 10, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, injuries

Friday, May 06, 2016

Source: Angels ace Garrett Richards expected to undergo Tommy John surgery - Yahoo Sports

Another quality pitcher blows out his elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bryce Harper rising to No. 1? Execs still prefer Mike Trout | New York Post

So I asked 13 executives and scouts: If money were no object and you could start a franchise with either Trout or Harper, who do you got?

Three said they actually would take Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, and one also mentioned Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. But the request was Trout vs. Harper, and eight took Trout and five went with Harper — with two of the Harper voters admitting they only had changed recently. One Trout voter actually wavered toward Harper in the midst of an email response before stating, “I’ll stay with Trout, but it’s as close a vote as you can get.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Friday, April 08, 2016

Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney not concerned about long-term impact of injury - The Orange County Register

Despite the fear that Andrew Heaney’s forearm tightness is a precursor to something far more serious, at the moment Heaney and the Angels are remaining optimistic.

Heaney may miss only a few weeks if all he has is a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.

“I saw the MRI for myself,” Heaney said Thursday. “Obviously I’m not a doctor, but the way they explained it to me, it looked perfectly sound and healthy.”

In this case, “it” refers to the ulnar collateral ligament, which leads to Tommy John surgery when it’s torn. Sometimes pitchers who first complain of forearm tightness end up with a torn UCL. That’s what happened to Tyler Skaggs in July 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, angels

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