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Monday, June 29, 2015

Tensions return between Angels’ front office, manager Scioscia

Angels certainly in the running for “Most Dysfunctional Executive Team of the Year.”

Emotions simmered in a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players, sources said. At least one coach responded heatedly to Dipoto and first baseman Albert Pujols issued a pointed rebuttal to his GM, sources said.

The intervention of Dipoto in such a forceful manner is uncommon even in an era when GMs are exerting more authority over in-game strategy. It also comes at a time when Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in baseball, could choose to make the current season his final one with the Angels.

Scioscia, 56, signed a 10-year extension with the team through 2018 in January 2009. The contract, however, gives him the right to opt out after 2015 and forfeit the $18 million that he is owed over his final three seasons.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2015 at 11:34 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pitcher Chris Ellis having breakthrough season in Angels’ minor league system - The Orange County Register

A discussion of some of the Angels prospects, including something positive about Kaleb Cowart.

Servais also said the organization is pleased with the progress shown by former No.1 prospect Kaleb Cowart. Cowart, whose career stalled with two bad years at Double-A, started this season at Class-A, but the third baseman went up to Triple-A when Kyle Kubitza was promoted to the majors. Cowart hit .279 with a .941 OPS in his first 14 games at Triple-A.

Servais said the Angels stopped trying so many mechanical adjustments with Cowart and basically left him alone.

“He’s a good player,” Servais said. “We just let him go. ... He’s made some adjustments. He’s doing a little better controlling the strike zone, getting good pitches to hit. Let’s cross our fingers he keeps it going.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, prospects

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Angels’ rookie league team is holding a “Caucasian Heritage Night”

The real outrage should be the spelling of their team name.

This is a thing happening in minor league baseball in the year 2015. I screencapped it because I predict it will be canceled by the end of the day, but as of right now, this is still a promotion on the Orem Owlz’ schedule:...

I suspect that this is born out of a benign yet ignorant impulse. Someone said “you know, it’d be way cheaper for us to combine Italian Heritage Night and Irish Heritage Night and [insert predominantly European country] Heritage Night into just one night.” But by calling it “Caucasian Heritage Night” you sort of change the entire tenor of the thing, ya know? Because there are some seriously different connotations involved once you go with that — which basically mans “white” — over any specific nationality.

But please spare me your “hey, they have Latino Heritage Night” and “Black Heritage Night” and all of that rebop. The idea behind those sorts of things are to correct an imbalance in cultural celebration and appreciation. When you’re part of the majority — especially if you are a historically hegemonic majority — you don’t get special celebrations and things like this. That’s sort of the entire point.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wilson leaves it all on field in draining day | angels.com

It didn’t impact his pitching.

All while still recovering from an intense morning of HBO binge-watching.

“I watched the last episode of ‘Game Of Thrones’ today and I was really drained,” Wilson said. “It was very up and down. I was very worried it wasn’t going to turn out well for Daenerys Targaryen. My wife and I are big fans of her. Part of my routine is to spend time with the wife and the dogs. Usually it relaxes me, but today it was like, ‘Oh man.’”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, c.j. wilson

Monday, June 08, 2015

Angels, scouts rave about suddenly ‘great’ Yankees | New York Post

The whole league is a jumble this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, yankees

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Attendance Update and the Angels’ Latest PR Mess | FanGraphs Baseball

That same search also revealed many cheap tickets, some as low as five dollars, for an upcoming Saturday night game. The Angels have not priced out fans from lower socioeconomic classes from entering the game, but they apparently do want their well-off fans to know that the club is marketing to the rich and trying to prevent their less well-off fans from intermingling.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, attendance

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Angels attendance is way down, Arte doesn’t care

Per game attendance is down at Angel Stadium by 4,300 fans. That’s compared to their numbers last year, but if you want to compare it to the height of Red October days, then that number is closer to 8,000. The benchmark for every season since 2002 was 3 million Angels fans passing through the turnstiles every year, and from these early estimates, they are not going to be hitting that mark. Are the Angels worried? Well, if Robert Alvarado, the VP of marketing and ticket sales is to believe, then no, they’re not worried.

Halofan Posted: June 06, 2015 at 01:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, attendance, tickets

Friday, June 05, 2015

Best spot for Angels star Mike Trout to hit? Not as easy to figure out as 1-2-3 - The Orange County Register

Lineup talk and the greatness that is Mike Trout.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Tuesday, June 02, 2015


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Video: Must C: Hamilton goes deep twice | MLB.com

So far, the Rangers are getting the Angels money’s worth.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers, video

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Notes: Teams should trade for Hamels now, while he’s hot | FOX Sports

Not exactly a buy low scenario.

Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.

Get him now, get him while he’s hot.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Angels again are stung by Mike Napoli in loss to Red Sox - LA Times

Manager Mike Scioscia has juggled the batting order in an effort to spark the offense, but it doesn’t matter how the Angels line up if the majority of them aren’t hitting.

“All the things we need to create offense are not there on a consistent basis,” Scioscia said. “We have confidence in the guys on our roster and some of the guys on our depth chart, but they haven’t performed.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mike Trout teaches expert lesson in the art of sliding | MLB.com

Nice slide.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:14 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, red sox

Friday, May 22, 2015

Remembering How Mike Trout’s Road to the Red Sox Was Detoured

“I got into a discussion with a random fan at a game and they were saying, ‘How smart can you guys be? You missed the best player on the planet,’ ” said the Red Sox’ Northeast region scout. “I just said, ‘You want to hear the real story?’
...
It was simply more comforting getting the chance to see a player play more baseball. Both Red Sox scouts had seen him a bunch. (“He was a kid who was fun to watch. He was fun to scout,” Fagnant said. “I never dreaded that 5 1/2-hour drive to Millville because you always saw something good. it was fun to spend time with him.”)

But there was a definition in seeing a kid like Fuentes, who was excelling in the year-round baseball-playing climate of Puerto Rico.

“We just had less of an opportunity to scout Trout,” Haas said. “Some of us thought we had more of a powerful outfielder in [Ryan] Westmoreland than we probably did. And you’re sitting there watching Jacoby Ellsbury steal 40-50 bags in the big leagues and totally impacting the success of the organization and you would like to get that again. A lot of people probably thought here’s the next Ellsbury.”


Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Statcast: Richards spins his way to success

When you look at Richards’ full repertoire, you can see that he’s actually got several pitches that rank near the top in spin:

• Four-seam fastball: 2498.88 (seventh)
• Two-seam fastball: 2468.69 (first)
• Cutter: 2390.75 (seventh)
• Slider: 2779.35 (second)

When the ball leaves Richards’ hand, it’s got just a ton of spin to it, almost no matter what he’s throwing.
That sounds impressive. It is impressive. But so what—why, in other words, should you care about spin rate?

And then they tell you why.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Josh Hamilton of Texas Rangers—Los Angeles Angels front office prevented me from talking to owner Arte Moreno

Actually, Josh, there is one person responsible for you…you.

“When you haven’t been yourself for a while, it’s not that easy to just flip back over and do it every time,” said Hamilton, who was 4-of-19 with two RBIs in Round Rock. “You need people around you that can remind you and help get you back to where you need to be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ROCKIES ANNOUNCERS TAKE TIME OUT OF THEIR BROADCAST TO SHAME JOSH HAMILTON

During Wednesday night’s Rockies-Angels game, Colorado’s Root Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast crew of Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson provided even more of those hot takes, dressing Hamilton down for not thanking the Angels for paying him tens of millions of dollars *and* for not apologizing to Angels fans for… not playing well? ...

Here’s a transcript of their comments.

“Howie Kendrick is gone. You can focus on that certainly. Also, the whole Josh Hamilton situation. A lot of guys around this club have said that they haven’t fully reconciled what went down in their minds. And a lot of players, not just at the top with Arte Moreno, are upset with Josh Hamilton that he never publicly thanked the Angels for paying him a ton of money. And he obviously didn’t hold up his end up the bargain, I understand he has demons, but he never publicly acknowledged his teammates or the Angels organization at all.”
 
“And the Angels are still on the hook for about $71 million of the $80 million still owed to him. So yeah, if you want to thank anybody, that’s who you should be thanking.”

“It became more about the Rangers bringing him back, and I don’t know if Josh Hamilton didn’t think it through or got poor advice, but in his situation, in my opinion, you need to spend some time apologizing to the Angels fans, to his teammates, and thanking the organization for what they ended up doing, not only initially, but sending him back to Texas”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 03:33 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, announcing, drug abuse, drugs, josh hamilton, rangers, rockies

Calcaterra; Mike Trout saved the Angels’ bacon with three fantastic defensive plays (Video)

Anything can happen. Mike Trout could literally get hit by a bus tomorrow or could figuratively fall off a cliff like Dale Murphy did, but as things are going right now, we’re watching a player that we’ll be telling our grandkids about one day.


Fangraphs: Mike Trout Fixed His Only Problem

I can’t imagine you need background. Everyone knows what was going on. Everyone saw what the Royals did to Mike Trout in last year’s ALDS. Trout’s strikeouts went up because teams realized they could throw him fastballs upstairs. OK, this, we’re all familiar with. It was probably unrealistic to expect Trout to make an adjustment last year on the fly. He’d need an offseason to work out how he wanted to respond. I think we’ve now seen his response. That glaring, obvious weakness? It’s completely disappeared.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Angels sign closer Huston Street to $18 million extension

Throughout spring training indications were that Huston Street and the Angels both had an interest in keeping him from next offseason’s free agent market with a contract extension and now the two sides have agreed to a two-year deal.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll get $18 million in guaranteed money and the deal also includes a team option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.

Street is currently finishing up a six-year, $43 million deal originally signed with the Rockies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2015 at 06:10 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, closers, contract extension, huston street

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hamilton Starts Rehab in Triple-A After ‘Long, Ugly Process’ - NYTimes.com

“It’s really a small miracle that I got back here because it was a whole, big, long, ugly process,” Hamilton said. “I feel like the Lord had his hand on it to get me back here. I feel like I’m in the place I’m supposed to be in now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Jered Weaver: “I’m not hurt … I’ve got no answers”

Weaver never threw particularly hard and his velocity has been trending in the wrong direction for a while now:

2010: 89.9 mph
2011: 89.1 mph
2012: 87.8 mph
2013: 86.5 mph
2014: 86.3 mph
2015: 83.3 mph

However, while a decent number of pitchers are able to thrive with high-80s fastballs once the velocity dips into the mid-80s consistently the tightrope they need to walk becomes incredibly thin. Weaver won a league-leading 18 games last season with a 3.59 ERA, but at age 32 there’s definitely reason to worry about his ability to return to that level.

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mysteries

Monday, May 04, 2015


10 Degrees: Jered Weaver’s fastball can’t even break a Texas speed limit, and what it means for his future - Yahoo Sports

Only here we are, in May, four full weeks of the baseball season past, and Weaver – 20-game winner and Cy Young runner-up within the past half-decade – is averaging around 83 miles per hour with his fastball. Considering the biggest in-season leap from April to the end of the year last year was 1.2 mph, the prospect of the 32-year-old Weaver regaining his velocity grows unlikelier by the day.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver

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