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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jered Weaver Announces Retirement | MLB.com

He had a great career.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jared weaver, padres

Monday, August 14, 2017

Angels’ Parker Bridwell fires gem vs. Mariners | MLB.com

Unheralded is an understatement.

With Sunday’s outing, Bridwell (7-1, 2.88 ERA) has allowed two or fewer runs in nine of his last 11 starts,and the Angels are 11-1 this season when he toes the rubber. Keynan Middleton earned his second save of the season by inducing back-to-back flyouts after allowing three hits among Seattle’s first four batters in the ninth.

“I’ve just kind of gotten more in a groove,” Bridwell said. “The way I like to pound the zone, it’s kind of my game every time. If I can do that, execute pitches and just throw strikes, I think my game will come.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, parker bridwell

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Don Baylor - Toughest and Gentlest of Giants

He was celebrated for once throwing a temper tantrum and tipping over the food table with the postgame spread. Why? A young Angels rookie had a bad game in the field, in a bad loss, and was surrounded by the media. Don wanted, needed to pull the media to him. He told me that’s what veterans, team leaders do. So he stagecrafted his way into an impromptu state-of-the-team scrum with reporters, pulling attention away from the kid.

Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: August 08, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, orioles, red sox, rockies, twins

Monday, August 07, 2017

Don Baylor, who won MVP with Angels and World Series with Twins, dies at 68

Don Baylor, the 1979 American League MVP, died Monday of cancer. He was 68.

“Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life,” his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement.

Baylor played for the Orioles, Athletics, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Twins over a 19-year baseball career. He was an All-Star and the MVP winner with the Angels in 1979, when he led the majors in RBIs and runs.

He reached the World Series three straight times at the end of his career from 1986 to 1988 and won the title with the Twins in 1987.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, obituaries, rockies, twins

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Under-radar MVP pick? Consider Andrelton

What if Andrelton Simmons is having the quietest great season in years?

Simmons checks off all the boxes to be overlooked, doesn’t he? He generates value more from defense than his bat, never once having had a full season as a league-average hitter. The best player on Simmons’ team (Mike Trout) also happens to be the best player in baseball, taking most of the Anaheim spotlight. The Majors are currently stacked with great young shortstops, like Carlos Correa and Corey Seager. Plus, thanks to the Astros, the Angels haven’t had a division race to participate in.
So if you haven’t noticed that Simmons has been one of the 10 most valuable all-around players in baseball this year, we’ll forgive you; we hadn’t really, either. So let’s change that, right now. By FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement, Simmons is eighth, at 4.3 WAR. Per Baseball-Reference, he’s second. Minor variations in methodology aside, that’s elite either way. But how?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2017 at 12:55 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, mvp

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A look into Albert Pujols’ terrible 2017 - Halos Heaven

He only has four years and $114 million to go (18:$27M, 19:$28M, 20:$29M, 21:$30M).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 131 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Absurd History of “The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim”

Almost nobody noticed it, but a major league team changed its name prior to the 2016 season. Slipped into a team style sheet was a detail almost nobody noticed until this June:  The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dropped the “of Anaheim” label and returned to the name “Los Angeles Angels” for the first time since the club moved away from Dodger Stadium in 1965.
This is, admittedly, a minor change, but the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” name has been a source of ridicule for fans across the country since the team adopted the moniker in 2005. The Angels are no more “Los Angeles” than Orange County or Disneyland. Angels Stadium is roughly 30 miles away from downtown Los Angeles and is at least a 45-minute drive away — and potentially significantly longer with that legendary Los Angeles traffic.

The Angels claiming Los Angeles is one of the more cynical marketing moves in American professional sports, but it’s understandable. Especially in a world where media markets determine so much of a franchise’s revenue, anything to claim more viewers — like the 17 million people in Los Angeles — goes. But in the history of the Angels name and the distinctions between Los Angeles and Anaheim is a fascinating story of the battles between sports franchises and the cities who host and help finance them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Angels Designate Danny Espinosa For Assignment | MLB Trade Rumors

Espinosa was acquired from the Nationals last offseason as a possible answer to their long-standing hole at second base, though 2017 has been a disastrous year for the 30-year-old.  Espinosa has hit just .162/.237/.276 over 254 plate appearances for Los Angeles, owning both the lowest wRC+ (40) and the sixth-highest strikeout rate (35.8%) of any player with at least 250 PA this season.


Monday, July 10, 2017

How are the Angels succeeding without Mike Trout?

Quite a few players excelled in Trout’s absence. After struggling up until Trout’s injury, Kole Calhoun has hit .292/.356/.456 with 7 HR. To have some fun with arbitrary endpoints, he had a great month of June, hitting .324/.388/.505. Yunel Escobar came off a hamstring injury on June 1st and started firing on all cylinders, hitting .319/.388/.440. Andrelton Simmons — who is in the midst of his best offensive season and is already worth 4 bWAR — is getting in on the action, too. He has hit .304/.349/.500 with 5 HR in Trout’s absence. He has only hit 8 HR in the past two seasons combined!

Even utility infielder Chad Pennington is performing better since Trout got injured. The last two seasons he has been a nightmare at the plate, hitting .209/.283/.293 for a 57 wRC+. His .250/.304/.365 line is not good either, but that 83 wRC+ is a big improvement for him. Sadly and ironically, that is better than Albert Pujols has performed in that same time frame.

Even though some players enjoyed increased production at the plate, it was not enough to overcome the Angels’ poor overall offense. They have the fifth-worst offense since Trout’s injury and the sixth-fewest runs scored. The starting rotation has been better, but not by much. They have a 4.95 RA9 since Trout’s injury. So how exactly have the Angels managed to stay afloat without Mike Trout?

HOW CAN HE BE MVP IF HIS TEAM WINS WITHOUT HIM? I’ll hang up and listen off the air.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2017 at 03:39 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Angels’ Mike Trout reports no pain after first rehab game with Inland Empire | OC Register

Trout batted third and served as the designated hitter. He grounded out weakly to second in his first at-bat on a 3-and-1 pitch. On the seventh pitch of his second at-bat, he struck out swinging. In his third at-bat, he hit a routine fly ball to center field on a 1-and-1 pitch.

It was Trout’s first game action since tearing a ligament in his left thumb sliding into second base May 28 in Miami.

“I feel great,” he said.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 06, 2017 at 05:30 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, rehab

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

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