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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Tommy John Surgery recommended for Shohei Ohtani

Everything is the worst.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2018 at 06:12 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, everything is the worst, shohei ohtani

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pujols has knee surgery, likely out for season

From MLB.com:

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, generally keeps players out for 6-8 weeks. Pujols, 38, is batting .245/.289/.411 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs in 117 games this season.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 29, 2018 at 08:30 PM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

Monday, August 06, 2018

MLB: Former MLB 3B Eric Chavez lands first managerial gig

Less than 24 hours after his name was mentioned as potential candidate to replace Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as he will reportedly step down next year, former Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez has landed his first job as a professional manager.

Chavez, 40, will step in as manager of the triple-A Salt Lake Bees for the rest of the season. Current manager Keith Jonson has been promoted to the Big League staff.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2018 at 12:08 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, eric chavez

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Report: Angels manager Mike Scioscia expected to step down at end of season

Scioscia is in the final year of a 10-year contract, and the decision to not seek a new contract is his alone, according to the report, which cited major league sources.

The 60-year-old Scioscia is in his 19th season at the helm of the Angels. They last made the playoffs in 2014 and last won a postseason series in 2009, but Scioscia’s Angels did win the World Series in seven games over the San Francisco Giants in 2002.

Scioscia isn’t retiring, he’s just not going to be back in Anaheim. 18th all-time in managerial wins. I’m not happy to see him go, but it’s completely necessary.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 05, 2018 at 04:22 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike scioscia

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Angels 2-way star Shohei Ohtani scheduled to return to mound Sunday vs. Astros

Let the games begin again!

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Thursday that two-way star Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Houston Astros.

It will be his first start since June 6 after it was revealed that he had suffered a UCL sprain.

Through nine starts of his debut MLB season, the 23-year-old has posted a 3.10 ERA and 1.135 WHIP while striking out 61 and walking 20 through 49.1 innings.

QLE Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, plasma, shohei ohtani, stem cell, two-way players, ucl

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Rob Manfred: Mike Trout limits his popularity because he won’t market himself

So, Trout should consider self-marketing?

“Player marketing requires one thing for sure—the player,” Manfred said earlier in the day. “You cannot market a player passively. You can’t market anything passively. You need people to engage with those to whom you are trying to market in order to have effective marketing. We are very interested in having our players more engaged and having higher-profile players and helping our players develop their individual brand. But that involves the player being actively engaged.”

Manfred said Trout chooses not to spend his downtime marketing.

“Mike’s a great, great player and a really nice person, but he’s made certain decisions about what he wants to do and what he doesn’t want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn’t want to spend his free time,” Manfred said. “That’s up to him. If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big. But he has to make a decision that he’s prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort.”

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: July 18, 2018 at 11:10 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, mike trout

Monday, July 16, 2018


Sunday, July 01, 2018

Angels encouraged by Shohei Ohtani’s first days of batting practice

“They were very happy with how he swung the bat,” Scioscia said, referring to the trainers and staff who watched Ohtani hit. Scioscia said Ohtani had five or six rounds of batting practice against a coach on each day.

Scioscia said Ohtani could be ready to face an actual pitcher in a simulated game-type setting this weekend. The Angels could bring a minor league pitcher to Anaheim to face Ohtani, although they’d want to be careful that it wasn’t someone so raw as to risk hitting him with a pitch.

The Angels have been careful not to specify any timeline for Ohtani’s workouts, so it’s unclear when he would be able to return to the lineup. However, if he faces live pitching this weekend, it’s logical to assume Ohtani would be close.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 01, 2018 at 05:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Story Of Shohei Ohtani’s Legendary BP Sessions, From Those Who Witnessed Them

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Three-time World Series champion and Angels hitting coach Eric Hinske burst into the clubhouse like a man possessed. Inside, the Angels relievers and a few other players, including Mike Trout, were decompressing before their May 8 game at the Rockies’ notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark.

“Oh my God,” Hinske said, to no one in particular. “That was the most ridiculous BP run I think I’ve ever seen in my life.”

The way Angels reliever Noe Ramirez tells the story makes Hinske’s “Oh my God” sound like Will Ferrell as Harry Caray.

“I guess I was pretty excited,” Hinske told me, with a laugh.

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani had just finished his first career batting practice session in Denver, and he did not disappoint. Four of the approximately 20 homers he mashed hit the third deck—one in particular landed right below The Rooftop, a standing-room-only area beyond the third level. The ball left a dent on a wall several rows up. Another came a few feet short of entering a terrace bar beyond the seats of the third deck.

“My mouth was just open like, ‘Bro, you guys don’t even get it, how far these balls were going,’” Hinske said. “Nobody’s ever hit it up there, and he just does it every swing.”

Ohtani’s Rooftop blast was estimated at 517 feet, according to Greg Rybarczyk, the creator of ESPN’s HR Tracker and an analyst for the Red Sox.

“It looked like it went 600-plus feet,” Hinske said.

 

Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: June 28, 2018 at 02:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awesome, babe ruth

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Ohtani ‘likely to return’ as hitter in ‘18

Baseball fans clamoring for the return of two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani may get their wish in the coming weeks, at least in a limited capacity.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler made an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday and told MLB.com’s Jim Duquette that Ohtani is “likely to return as a hitter no matter what” happens with the plasma-rich platelet (PRP) injection he received earlier this month for his ailing right elbow. Eppler added that the Angels took the PRP approach with the hope of having Ohtani pitch again this season, and that he would already have been cleared to play as a designated hitter if Los Angeles wasn’t also aiming to get him back on the mound in 2018.

John DiFool2 Posted: June 27, 2018 at 04:56 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mike Trout Is Compiling a Historic Season and the Angels Are Wasting It Again

“This June is on track to be the best month of Trout’s career.”

Bouncing and pounding
My head the backboard
I need release to let it flow
And I was ready
Really ready
I was ready to explode

Oh wasted time

Lest we forget Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, goat, mvp, trout

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Angels Place Garrett Richards, Nick Tropeano, Zack Cozart, Jim Johnson On 10-Day DL

It’s not fully clear how severe these injuries are, but it’s still an ugly casualty list for a team that has already had some worrying health issues arise recently. Richards has a left hamstring strain, while Tropeano is dealing with right shoulder inflammation.

With Shohei Ohtani already on the shelf, likely joining JC Ramirez and Matt Shoemaker there for a lengthy stretch, the team’s rotation depth has already been tapped into. It seems the team is likely to call upon John Lamb in the near-term, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets that he’s with the team (though not yet active). That’ll require a 40-man move. Otherwise, the best 40-man possibilities are Parker Bridwell, Felix Pena, and Miguel Almonte.

Things are getting ugly. At least Andrelton Simmons is back.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 02:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Monday, June 11, 2018

Angels GM disputes Ohtani surgery report | MLB.com

Not so fast.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Monday spoke to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who said, “There have been no changes in [Shohei] Ohtani’s diagnosis and neither our physicians nor medical staff have recommended [Tommy John surgery] or said it’s likely.”

On Sunday night, ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on SportsCenter that Ohtani will “probably” need elbow surgery, which would force Ohtani to miss the rest of the season and likely keep him off the mound for all of 2019, though it’s possible he could return to serve as a designated hitter sooner than that, as the timetable for hitters returning from the procedure is shorter than it is for pitchers.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Report: Shohei Ohtani likely to have Tommy John surgery, will be out until 2020

The Angels were going to reevaluate him in three weeks. At this point, waiting the three weeks before surgery would likely not harm his timetable should surgery then be decided, so it’s possible that the Angels will still wait and see.

If Ohtani does go under the knife, however, it would be sad, sad ending to his breakout rookie season. Ohtani has wowed baseball by being its first effective two-way player in nearly a century, going 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 61/20 in 49.1 innings as a starter and hitting .289/.372/.535 with six homers and 20 RBI in 129 plate appearance as a part-time designated hitter.

I can’t f****** even.


Saturday, June 09, 2018

Joe Kelly Has the Best Draft Day Story Ever

“I turned 21 the day of the Draft. So double-whammy,” the Red Sox reliever said. “I knew I was getting drafted, obviously, and I turned 21 that day. So obviously that doesn’t mix too well. Let’s just say I was really, really, really belligerently drunk before the draft even started.”

 

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 09, 2018 at 12:14 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, draft, red sox

Friday, June 08, 2018

Shohei Ohtani to the DL for NOT blister issues

Obviously, I’ve gone into mourning.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 08, 2018 at 03:17 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani, ucl

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Mike Trout Is on His Way to the Best Season Ever

On Sunday, Mike Trout went 0-for-3, failing to reach base via hit or walk for only the eighth time in a game he’s started this season. Even so, he helped his team win. With the Angels up 2-0 on Texas in the fifth, Delino DeShields drove a ball to the wall in left-center, 103 feet from where Trout was standing when the pitch left Tyler Skaggs’s hand. Based on the distance and direction of the wall and the ball, an average outfielder would have had only a 19 percent chance of corralling the probable extra-base hit, according to Statcast. But Trout made the grab, running a nearly direct route (104 feet) and reaching a top speed of 29 feet per second. It was the unlikeliest catch that Trout has recorded in the 2015-18 Statcast era, and the latest highlight of the multitime MVP’s consistently extraordinary season.

...

By going 3-for-5 on Saturday with a single, a triple, a home run, and a tag-evading stolen base so slick that it required a replay review to sort out, Trout propelled himself to 5.3 wins above replacement, 1.2 WAR ahead of anyone else on the Baseball-Reference leaderboard. That put him on pace for a 14.6-WAR season, which would surpass Babe Ruth’s 14.1 in 1923 as the best ever by a position player.


Saturday, June 02, 2018

Tempers flare as Rangers-Angels game ends

ANAHEIM—Andrelton Simmons took a spike to the shin on a slide from Rougned Odor, one that forced him to wrap his leg with bandages after the Angels’ 6-0 win over the Rangers, and one that left a “nasty gash,” according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. The dugouts cleared. The bullpens cleared.

The fracas in question occurred immediately after Friday night’s game was over, the play itself a 4-6-3 double play that ended a threat in the ninth inning and secured the Angels’ win.

As Simmons turned two with a play at second base, Odor appeared to veer out of the baseline in an attempt to break up the double play by swiping at Simmons’ leg on his slide.

The days of the takeout slide are over. The days of Rougned Odor being a total disgrace are still going strong.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 02, 2018 at 01:22 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, illegal slides, rangers, rougned odor

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How Mike Trout improved his defense

You don’t get to be the best player alive if you aren’t always trying to get better, and this year, his focus was defense. For all the highlight-reel catches, Trout hasn’t actually been rated all that highly by defensive metrics over the past few years. It’s been the only minor flaw on an otherwise spotless resume.

“There are a lot of defensive metrics out there you want to get better on,” said Trout to MLB.com in February.

So far, so good: One-third of the way through the season, Trout’s defense looks better. It’s been rated better. In an admittedly small sample, Trout looks like he’s once again identified something he wants to fix and done exactly that.

Nice to see Mike Trout do some actual work for once.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 30, 2018 at 01:17 PM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, defense, mike trout

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Zack Cozart is concerned the Rays ‘have an ulterior motive’ in starting Sergio Romo

“I feel like teams have an ulterior motive when they are doing this,” Cozart said before the Angels’ game on Tuesday night. “Less starting pitching means you don’t have to pay guys as much.”
...
“I’m more concerned about the financial aspect of three or four years down the road, if your whole staff is bullpenning except a couple guys, your payroll is going to go down because you don’t have to pay starters anymore,” he said.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Shohei Ohtani experiment isn’t just working—it’s been perfect

Hardly anything has ever worked as well as the Ohtani experiment has so far. Pitching in the Los Angeles Angels’ six-man starting rotation, Ohtani has made seven starts and the Angels are 6-1 in those games; playing three or four days a week as the club’s DH, he has batted 90 times and outhit everybody on the team except Mike Trout. Short stretches of baseball are inherently inconclusive, but we can now say Ohtani is certainly one of the 50 best pitchers in the world, probably one of the 30 best, plausibly one of the 10 best, and there’s an outside chance, a glimmer of hope, a faint possibility he’s actually the best pitcher in the world and we’re just waiting to find that out. And we can almost say the same about him as a hitter.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 23, 2018 at 02:51 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Monday, May 14, 2018

A walk-off win at Angel Stadium, another Sunday with Shohei Ohtani

Scioscia has refrained from using Ohtani the days directly before and after his starts and the player said his has physically responded well to the schedule.
...
His condition has made the Angels wonder if it’s possible for them to get more out of him, with Scioscia already saying he will likely pitch once every six days at some point this season.

“In the big picture of where I think we will need to be with our rotation, it’s going to be very helpful if he can come back and pitch on that sixth day,” Scioscia said.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 14, 2018 at 03:15 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Albert Pujols joins 3,000 hit club, adding to latest chapter of Hall of Fame career

The hit wasn’t his most majestic, more well placed than well struck.

But there was no questioning the significance of the single, this accomplishment about an accumulation of moments rather than one crowning instant.

In his 18th season and 17 years, one month and four days after his first career hit, Albert Pujols collected No. 3,000 on Friday, overshadowing a 5-0 Angels victory and everything the game included.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 01:10 PM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, albert pujols, angels

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pujols’ Age Revisted

An old subject with a little bit of new information.

bunyon Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:51 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, pujols, scouting

Monday, April 09, 2018

How I was wrong about Shohei Ohtani

Maybe Spring Training isn’t a big enough sample. Of course, neither is ten games.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

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