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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Angels’ Garrett Richards passes last significant test, expects to anchor rotation for 2017 - The Orange County Register

And “Garrett Richards 2.0” – as he referred to himself – not only has given the Angels hope for a rebound after this nightmarish 2016 season, but he might have given hope to other pitchers with damaged elbows.

“I hope this opens doors for other guys,” he said. “You don’t have to get surgery right out of the gate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to go this route and have the timeline I did, why would you automatically go in and have yourself cut and miss two years of baseball?

“I hope this opens up some doors or at least puts a second thought in people’s minds. Before, people were just 100 percent ‘I have to have surgery.’ This is becoming a somewhat alternate route. It’s worth a shot, in my opinion.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Buchanan: Joey Votto happy with 2016 performance, team’s direction

“Personally, until (Mike) Trout came into the league, I thought every year that I would be in the conversation for best player in the game and he f——-d that up for everybody,” Votto said. “Babe Ruth and Ted Williams included. He’s ruining it for everyone.”

FactCheck: AWESOME.

Renegade JE (((Jason))), Fermenting Violence Posted: October 02, 2016 at 06:09 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joey votto, mike trout, reds

Friday, September 30, 2016

Why Bo Jackson chose baseball

“Bo would like to visit Kansas City,” the agent said. “He’d like to see the players, see the stadium. But he doesn’t want to work out.”

Schuerholz wasn’t buying it. He suspected Jackson and his agents were merely using the Royals as a negotiating tool against the NFL, and asked Stewart for his opinion. He contacted Gonzales, who assured the director of scouting that Bo Jackson had genuine interest in the major leagues. “John,” Stewart told Schuerholz, “all I can tell you is Kenny Gonzales has spent seven years on Bo Jackson, and he knows him and his family better than anyone. We have to believe in Kenny.”

That Saturday afternoon, Jackson and Woods arrived at Royals Stadium and sat down with Schuerholz, Stewart and Gonzales. The general manager wasted no time. “Bo,” he said, “do you really want to play baseball?”

Jackson was young and green and raw but haltingly sincere and steadfast. “Mr. Schuerholz,” he replied, “that’s why I’m here.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bo jackson, draft, football, royals, yankees

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Garrett Richards takes another step toward the 2017 Angels rotation - The Orange County Register

It will be interesting to see how this treatment will work out.

Richards’ next step will be a game on Monday in instructional league. It will be his first time facing another team – albeit mostly low level minor leaguers – since his May 1 start at Texas.

Richards is scheduled for three instructional league outings, building up to about 50 pitches, and then a follow-up exam and imaging. If he clears those hurdles by mid October, he will be cleared for a normal winter and can be penciled into the Angels 2017 plans, without Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Trout’s HR carries Angels over Rangers

What is Mike Scioscia thinking batting Andrelton Simmons fourth in the order? He has no power. His on base skills aren’t great. It makes me scratch my head.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, mike scioscia

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mike Trout’s real MVP problem? He’s just not that interesting

We take Mike Trout’s greatness for granted.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, mvp

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Angels’ Matt Shoemaker has surgery to stop bleeding in his skull

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker had surgery Sunday night to stop additional bleeding in his skull after getting hit in the head by a line drive.

Shoemaker had the procedure late Sunday at Seattle’s University of Washington Medical Center, and athletic trainer Adam Nevala is staying with him until he is able to travel to Southern California.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler provided the update Monday in Oakland, saying Shoemaker had been receiving CT scans every 2/3 hours when the third image showed increased bleeding. That’s when surgery was determined the next step.

He told reporters Monday that the surgery was successful and that Shoemaker is speaking and recovering.

Shoemaker was diagnosed with a small skull fracture and a hematoma Sunday after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, matt shoemaker

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Trout hammers 427-ft. homer |


Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, statcast

Friday, September 02, 2016

The Decline of Albert Pujols Underscores the Greatness of Frank Thomas

Piling on Phat Albert.

“Frank Thomas was a first-ballot HOFer, but in some respects he might be modestly underrated as a hitter. I suspect it’s because Thomas, like Pujols, endured an extended decline phase that began after his last truly great season (at age 32). But unlike Pujols, Thomas was actually a very good hitter deep into his 30s; Pujols (and the Angels) would kill for this kind of production.”

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Mike Trout Involved in [minor] Car Crash

Trout was uninjured while trying to avoid an accident on the freeway.

Two questions: is he Bruce Willis from “Unbreakable”? And what in the world was he doing in Tustin?

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 |

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 |

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

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