October 31, 1987
Maybe in the off-season, someone could introduce Kent Hrbek to Vanna White. He really needs to buy a vowel. BRUCE PRESTON Placentia
September 28, 1989 |
Baseball teams can repeat. Just look at the Oakland Athletics. The A's clinched their second straight American League West title Wednesday night with a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. The win assured them of the best record in baseball for the second consecutive year. Oakland, the first repeat division champion since Kansas City in 1984-85, won its eighth AL West title, the most for any team since divisional play began in 1969.
June 21, 1995 |
It's not as if the Angels have been sticking their gloves out and hauling in victories this season. Wait a minute, that's exactly what it seemed like in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday night at Anaheim Stadium. Holding a one-run lead with no outs, closer Lee Smith on the mound and Royal third baseman Gary Gaetti at the plate, it appeared as if the Angels once again held the advantage.
June 28, 1993 |
Minnesota Twin Manager Tom Kelly smiled in front of all the reporters and television cameras Sunday, trying his best to act confident, even brazen about the Twins' fate. They had just defeated the Angels, 2-0, allowing the 29,669 fans at the Metrodome to go home feeling good about the Twins again, believing the worst is behind.
September 12, 1985 |
Ron Romanick, winless with a 10.99 earned-run average for his previous six starts, saved his place in the Angels' rotation Wednesday night, but it was another save by Dan Quisenberry that had the most immediate impact on the American League West race. Quisenberry registered No. 33 as he restricted the Angels to one hit over the final two innings of a tense game won by Kansas City, 2-1.
April 6, 1988 |
Back in Dan Petry's good old days, before a surgeon's scar adorned his right elbow, the Detroit Tigers pitcher reported to training camp every day during the spring of 1986 and stared at the photo taped to his locker. It was a baseball card of Gary Pettis. "In 1985, he hit exactly one home run," Petry recalls. "And it was off me. I still remember it. It was on national TV, right after the birth of my first son. A three-run home run to the opposite field at Tiger Stadium."
July 2, 1996 |
Last year, Seattle had its breakthrough season, winning its first American League West title. Will it be the Texas Rangers' turn in 1996? After beating the Angels on Monday night, the Rangers have the largest lead (six games) of any division leader. Only Atlanta (51) has won more games than Texas' and Cleveland's 49. The Rangers have shared or been alone in first place for 91 of the season's 95 days, the last 73 days in succession. The secret?
April 6, 1999 |
Never before has the American League West been able to boast of such star power and firepower. The Seattle Mariners have what many consider the two best position players in baseball, center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. and shortstop Alex Rodriguez, not to mention an explosive offense that includes Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner.
October 2, 1995 |
Improbably, the Angels blew an 11-game American League West lead. Just as improbably, they came back to make up three games on the Seattle Mariners in the final five days on the schedule. Now the Angels head back to Seattle and try to complete their comeback where it began last week. The Angels, on the verge of joining baseball's list of great chokers, beat the Oakland Athletics, 5-2, Sunday. The Angels' fifth straight victory left them tied with Seattle at 78-66.