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Sunday, March 08, 2020

Mike Trout’s Inevitable Decline

Meditations on death.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: March 08, 2020 at 08:37 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, projections

Friday, March 06, 2020

Report: Angels Fire Brian Harkins for Giving Visiting Pitchers Sticky Substances

The Los Angeles Angels fired their longtime visiting clubhouse manager following an internal investigation that determined he was supplying opposing pitchers with illegal substances to better grip the ball.

Brian Harkins, who had been with the organization for 30 years, had been found to be providing sticky substances pitchers used to doctor the ball against the Angels, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. While doctoring the ball on the mound has long been a widespread tactic throughout the league, Major League Baseball has placed an emphasis this season on getting it out of the game.

Using a sticky substance to improve grip has generally been seen as a way for pitchers to add velocity and movement to their pitches without being detected. Given the number of baseballs a pitcher will go through in an inning, it’s tough to detect if a player is using a substance on the field except in more egregious cases.

 

QLE Posted: March 06, 2020 at 12:24 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, brian harkins, clubhouse, doctoring the ball

Monday, March 02, 2020

Maddon: ‘Hard To Imagine’ Griffin Canning Not Starting Season On IL

The Griffin Canning health situation has drawn quite a bit of attention in Angels’ camp recently. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters (including Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times) this afternoon “it would be hard to imagine” a situation in which Canning doesn’t begin the season on the injured list. Canning was unable to participate in his scheduled throwing session yesterday due to persistent trouble in his elbow, Maddon adds (via Shaikin). He’ll instead undergo testing next Wednesday or Thursday to determine if the issue is related to his joint or to a ligament, tweets Fabian Ardaya of the Athletic.

Until those results come back, it’s difficult to know exactly what to make of the situation. Still, it’s worrisome for a few reasons. Health concerns have dogged Canning dating back to his time at UCLA, and he ended last season on the shelf with elbow inflammation. A few days ago, Canning was diagnosed with “chronic changes” to his UCL and “acute joint irritation” in the elbow, hardly a promising start to the spring for the 23-year-old.

 

QLE Posted: March 02, 2020 at 12:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, griffin canning, injured list

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Unlocking Dylan Bundy’s Potential

The Angels acquired Dylan Bundy in the off-season in December, and Brent Maguire (formerly of the Athletic) writes a nice piece for about breaking down Bundy’s pitch selection and swinging strike percentages of various pitches to see if maybe there’s some unlocked potential that Halos can squeeze out of the former first-rounder…

“Acquired in a trade this past December, Bundy represented the biggest addition to the Angels pitching staff. That may sound underwhelming given the Angels atrocious pitching performance last year but Bundy is a quality arm who will make an immediate impact.

Bundy’s pedigree is well-known…

JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: February 29, 2020 at 11:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analysis, angels, dylan bundy, pitching

Monday, February 24, 2020

LA Times: After striking out as a ballplayer, Brandon Wood finds peace amid family in Montana

Failed prospect succeeds.

Yes, the game chewed him up and spit him out like a Wood chipper a decade ago, a highly touted prospect succumbing to anxiety and pressure that crippled him in the batter’s box.

But there is not a hint of bitterness or regret in his voice as he reflects on a disappointing career in which he hit .186 in 272 big-league games over five seasons while many of his prospect peers became stars.

Wood is 34 and happily married to Elly, 31. They have a 2-year-old son named Brooks — after Garth Brooks, Elly’s favorite country singer, not Brooks Robinson, the Hall of Fame third baseman. They live amid the lush rolling hills of Billings, Mont., in a house that backs up to a farm.

“Life is good,” Wood said in an hour-long phone conversation. “Real good.”

Greg Franklin Posted: February 24, 2020 at 07:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, history

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Angels owner Arte Moreno refuses to detail what happened with Dodgers trade – Orange County Register

Pressed on those, Moreno said: “I would rather not talk about that. That wasn’t going to happen and it’s not happening.”


About 15 minutes later, when Moreno was reminded that his customers would like more detail on why a reported deal that could have helped the team didn’t happen, he didn’t budge.

“I’m sure they would,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that people would like to know and they’re not going to know. It’s water under the bridge. We’ve moved on.”

Moreno did not seem at all upset with the questions or the fact that he’s recently been vilified by much of the fan base.

“One year I spent about 300 million bucks and someone wrote how cheap I was,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2020 at 09:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arte moreno

Monday, February 10, 2020

Joc Pederson trade to Angels reportedly off | MLB.com

If the Angels nixed the deal out of impatience, it was a dumb decision.

According to Rosenthal, it’s not clear why the trade fell through, but two potential explanations have been raised by his sources—the first is that the Dodgers decided to go a different way after the initial three-team Mookie Betts deal between the Dodgers, Red Sox and Twins was held up, and the other is that Angels owner Arte Moreno grew impatient while waiting for the Betts deal to be completed.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2020 at 08:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, trades

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Ross Stripling is heading to the Angels as well

Last night we learned that, as a satellite deal to the big Mookie Betts trade, the Dodgers had agreed to trade outfielder Joc Pederson to the Angels in exchange for infielder Luis Rengifo. We learned soon after that that more players would be involved in the Angels-Dodgers deal.

A few minutes ago Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Dodgers will also be sending pitcher Ross Stripling to the Angels. He says there are still “moving parts” to this deal, and the Angels plan on sending two prospects to the Dodgers.

 

QLE Posted: February 06, 2020 at 12:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, ross stripling

Boo the Astros at Angel Stadium? Yankees fans to join thousands of Dodgers fans

The Angels are projected to set a record for payroll this season, so every bit of increased revenue helps. And, as an unforeseen consequence to the cheating ways of the Houston Astros, fans of the Dodgers are here to help fund the Angels.

Last month a Dodgers fan group purchased 800 tickets to the Angels’ home opener on Friday, April 3, against the Astros. The Astros are not scheduled to play the Dodgers this season, so Pantone 294 figured a trip to Anaheim would be in order.

The Astros were convicted of cheating in 2017, the year they beat the Dodgers in the World Series. For fans that might have been deprived of the first Dodgers championship parade since 1988, booing the Houston team could serve as an outlet for their frustration.

We come today to tell you demand is so high that Pantone 294 now has secured 2,727 tickets to the game.

We aren’t about to witness European-style hooliganism, are we?

QLE Posted: February 06, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, dirty rotten cheaters, dodgers, yankees

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Angels To Acquire Joc Pederson

Jumping to the original announcement:

The Angels are set to acquire outfielder Joc Pederson from the Dodgers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported. The Dodgers will get infielder Luis Rengifo in the deal, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

This has been a wild night for the Dodgers, who previously struck an absolute blockbuster delivering former Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts and lefty David Price to LA. The Dodgers let go of outfielder Alex Verdugo in the deal and sent righty Kenta Maeda to the Twins in what will go down as one of the most memorable trades in recent baseball history.

This move’s quite an encore for the Dodgers, whose outfield has undergone massive changes in a small amount of time. Pederson and Verdugo were regulars last season, a 106-win campaign for the club, but now the unit’s fronted by two MVP winners in Betts and Cody Bellinger. There’s also the well-compensated A.J. Pollock and depth on hand in Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez and Matt Beaty.

To at least some extent, the Dodgers will miss the 27-year-old Pederson, who has been an easily above-average hitter since his first full season in 2015. Pederson’s now coming off a typically productive showing in 2019, when he slashed .249/.339/.538 with 3.0 fWAR and a a career-high 36 home runs in 514 plate appearances. If there’s one major knock on Pederson’s offense, it’s that the left-hander has struggled versus southpaws, who have held him to an awful .188/.263/.310 line during his time in the bigs.

QLE Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joc pederson, trades

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Ten Questions for the Unofficial Start of Baseball Season

The most important moment of the Super Bowl had nothing to do with football. When the game clock hit zero, baseball season began.

Sure, there’s plenty of time to get mad in March while watching college basketball, but nothing gets us through the final weeks of winter quite like the anticipation of baseball. We’ve got 10 big questions leading up to the 2020 season.

1. Will the Yankees run away with the AL East?
The Yankees signed Gerrit Cole at the winter meetings and immediately became World Series favorites. Giving $324 million to the best pitcher on the planet is the most Yankees way to fix their rotation, and their lineup should be as good, if not better than it was last season.

Still, the AL East isn’t an easy division to win. The Rays have mastered winning on a small budget and should be good again this year. The Blue Jays should be better in their second season of Vlad Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. And the Red Sox will still be a threat as long as they don’t trade Mookie Betts (more on that later).

So, what questions do you have that aren’t asked here?


Monday, January 27, 2020

Dodgers’ fan group ready to vent at Astros for sign stealing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of Los Angeles Dodgers fans is making plans to vent its frustration at the Houston Astros about baseball’s sign-stealing scandal.

Houston and the Dodgers don’t play each other during the upcoming regular season, so Pantone 294 is snapping up tickets to the Los Angeles Angels’ home opener against the Astros on April 3 in Anaheim, the Los Angeles Times reported. The group regularly organizes trips to support the Dodgers on the road.

“Spirits are great, man,” utilityman Kike Hernandez said Saturday about the fans. “Positive vibes.”

They aren’t about to become a firm, are they?

 

QLE Posted: January 27, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dirty rotten cheaters, dodgers, fans, pantone 294

Friday, January 03, 2020

Angels To Sign Jason Castro - MLB Trade Rumors

The Angels have agreed to a one-year, $6.85MM deal with catcher Jason Castro, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter link).  The contract will become official once Castro passes a physical.  Castro is represented by ISE Baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2020 at 06:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jason castro

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

The All Decade Team

Second base: Jose Altuve, Astros

Hey, another six-time All-Star and a former MVP. But unlike Posey and Votto, who have faded of late, Altuve’s still a high-end performer. The diminutive 29-year-old’s fresh off his sixth straight outstanding season after beginning his career as a fairly non-threatening hitter. Between 2014-19, Altuve hit .327/.380/.497 with 114 dingers and helped his team to a championship. He ranked fourth in the majors in fWAR (32.4) and fifth in stolen bases (179) during that span.

Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: January 01, 2020 at 10:44 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, free agents, giants, indians, pirates, red sox, reds

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Anaheim City Council approves Angel Stadium sale

By a 4-2 vote, the council agreed to sell the city-owned stadium and the surrounding parking lots to a company controlled by Angels owner Arte Moreno. Council members Denise Barnes and Jose Moreno voted no, after the council majority rejected their proposal to postpone the vote.

The sale is the first in a series of agreements intended to transform an aging stadium and acres of parking lots into a vibrant entertainment district that would make the area come alive before and after the Angels play, and on days they do not play at all.

None of this transformation would happen soon, with the deal expected to close by 2025 and development expected to extend to 2050. Moreno’s company has six months to deliver a development plan to the city, including a decision on whether to build a new stadium or rebuild the existing one.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2019 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Friday, December 13, 2019

Angels make splash with Anthony Rendon, but they still have a big problem

Cutting to the chase:

The last time an Angels rotation collectively posted an ERA below 4.00 was in 2015. In 2019, that number was closer to 6.00 than 5.00.

Here are the Angels rotation ERAs and rankings over the last four seasons.

2016: 4.60 (20th)
2017: 4.38 (12th)
2018: 4.34 (18th)
2019: 5.64 (29th)

The Angels win totals during those seasons: 74, 80, 80 and 72. That means they have effectively wasted several of Trout’s prime seasons in large part because the rotation has been average to really bad. Despite what Rendon brings to the table, they are poised to continue wasting seasons if the rotation isn’t upgraded.

So, how would all of you fix this problem?

QLE Posted: December 13, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, anthony rendon, pitching

Thursday, December 12, 2019

MLB Rumors: Angels Pursuing ‘Significant’ Starting Pitcher

Some examples of rumored goings-on with the Winter Meetings:

- The Angels are still reportedly planning to add a “significant” starting pitcher prior to the 2020 season and are pursing Madison Bumgarner, Hyun-jin Ryu, Dallas Keuchel or a trade for Jon Gray. (Jon Morosi, MLB Network)

- The Angels, after missing out on signing Gerrit Cole, have “expressed interest” in trading for Indians righthander Corey Kluber. A two-time Cy Young winner, Kluber is coming off an injury-filled 2019 season. Anthony Rendon remains the Angels’ priority, but they’re open to other options. (Fabian Ardaya, The Athletic)

- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians continue to engage in “serious” trade discussions for All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. Cleveland is seeking a package from the Dodgers including top prospects Gavin Lux and Dustin May. (Bob Nightengale, USA Today)

- The Yankees are interested in free agent catcher Martin Maldonado. In 2019, Gerrit Cole posted a 1.57 ERA and .471 opponent OPS in 10 starts with Maldonado, his best with any Houston catcher last season. (Mark Feinsand, MLB Network)

This enough excitement for you, Sports Illustrated?

 


What do the losers of the Gerrit Cole derby do now?

Gerrit Cole is now a New York Yankee. Nine years and $324 million make that so. But though the Yankees are the only team who gets him, they weren’t the only team interested in him. So let’s take a look at what the losers of the Gerrit Cole derby — the Dodgers and the Angels — can do now that they know they’ve lost.

Well, there’s always the Preakness and the Belmont…..

 

QLE Posted: December 12, 2019 at 12:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, gerrit cole

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Angels agree to 7-year deal with Rendon

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: December 11, 2019 at 10:46 PM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, anthony rendon

Friday, December 06, 2019

What we know about the Angels’ deal with Anaheim - Los Angeles Times

The last and most important question: Can the Angels still afford to sign Gerrit Cole?

Yes, but the cost probably would not be much less than — to pick a not-so-random number — $325 million. Maybe the Angels could throw in naming rights for a new ballpark and replace Angel Stadium with Cole Field.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, stadium deals

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Angels and Anaheim reach a deal for the team to stay in city through 2050

For more than half a century, the Angels have played in a stadium surrounded by acres of parking lots. For the first time, the Angels will have the chance to turn those parking lots into an attraction of their own.

The Angels and the city agreed Wednesday on a deal under which a company affiliated with Angels owner Arte Moreno would buy Angel Stadium and the surrounding property for $325 million. The city would not contribute to the cost of either renovating the stadium or building a new one, and the Angels would decide whether to upgrade or replace the current stadium.

Under the deal, the Angels are committed to playing in Anaheim through 2050, with options that could keep them there through 2065. The Angels were faced with a Dec. 31 deadline to opt out of their stadium lease or remain bound to it through 2029.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2019 at 03:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Red Sox among five teams under pressure for MLB hot-stove splash

Red Sox: They won it all in 2018, missed the playoffs in 2019, fired Dave Dombrowski (head of their baseball operations), have a manager in Alex Cora who might be tied up in the Astros’ electronic pitch-stealing scandal from when he was their bench coach in 2017, owners calling for major pay reductions, and a great, popular homegrown player in his prime in Betts, who has given no indications he will re-sign in Boston before free agency.

So Chaim Bloom, who replaced Dombrowski, has a full plate at what feels like a pivotal moment for the organization to try not to get so caught up in maximizing this year’s team as to mess up the near future. Can Bloom trade Price or Eovaldi? What can be gotten for Betts, whose value is hurt by having just one year of control and a 2020 salary that will at least approach $30 million?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2019 at 09:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals, phillies, red sox, twins

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Angels hire Tony La Russa as baseball operations special assistant

The Angels have announced that the organization hired Tony La Russa as a special assistant in baseball operations.

La Russa, 75, had been the vice president and a special assistant to the president of baseball operations with the Red Sox for the past two years. From May 2014 to November 2017, La Russa was the chief baseball officer and, later, the chief baseball analyst with the Diamondbacks.

So, any thoughts as for how much actual power La Russa will have?

 

QLE Posted: November 13, 2019 at 12:24 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tony la russa

Friday, November 08, 2019

Ranking Gerrit Cole’s Top Five Landing Spots

There’s no question Gerrit Cole will be the most sought after free agent this winter. He should be the most handsomely paid, too.

Despite a sluggish free agency period last winter that forced many players to settle for below-market deals, the top tier of players still raked in monster deals (with humongous extensions for Mike Trout and Nolan Arenado to boot). It wouldn’t be a surprise to see things play out similarly this offseason, meaning Cole appears on track to surpass David Price’s $217 million deal en route to the most expensive pitcher contract ever.

Who are the favorites to break the bank for Cole and lock up the potential AL Cy Young Award winner? Let’s assess his suitors as free agency gets underway.

So, of these options, which do we see as most likely?

QLE Posted: November 08, 2019 at 12:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, cardinals, dodgers, free agency, padres, phillies, rangers, yankees

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Angels finalize new manager Maddon’s coaching staff for 2020

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have finalized new manager Joe Maddon’s coaching staff for the 2020 season, including the retention of hitting coach Jeremy Reed and the hiring of new pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

The Angels announced the full staff Wednesday.

Brian Butterfield will be the Angels’ third base coach. The veteran infield coach spent the past two seasons working under Maddon in the same job for the Chicago Cubs.

He has also had a career marketing a diet plan, owning a karaoke bar, running a detective agency, and practicing personal injury law, among other disasters, to the delight of the British and weirdos like me.

 

QLE Posted: November 07, 2019 at 01:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, coaching staffs, joe maddon, mickey callaway

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