February 13, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Albert Pujols reported to spring training along with Angels pitchers and catchers Thursday, and his mood seemed to mirror his health. The left-heel injury that hobbled him for four months last season before giving out in late July is fully healed. The surgically repaired right knee that flared up several times in 2013 is sound. Pujols is seven pounds lighter than he was last September, his 6-foot-3, 236-pound frame lean and chiseled from a winter of workouts. And while he will never be compared to Mike Trout on the basepaths, Pujols is feeling as frisky as the 22-year-old speedster.
February 12, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Doomed from the start. No phrase better captures the last two playoff-free seasons for the Angels, who were 18-25 and eight games back in the American League West by mid-May 2012 and 15-27 and 12 games back by mid-May 2013. After lavishing $240 million on Albert Pujols before 2012 and $125 million on Josh Hamilton before 2013, the Angels spent modestly this off-season, their only free-agent splurge on reliever Joe Smith for three years and $15.75 million. Expectations are lower for 2014 - most projections have the Angels finishing third in the division - but if they are to contend, they must hit stride opening day, a mission they hope to accomplish by infusing spring training with a keener focus and greater sense of urgency.
December 13, 2013
Mark Trumbo traded for this year's versions of Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson? I hereby offer my official resignation as an Angels fan. Good luck surpassing Seattle in the standings with less hitting than last year and the same mediocre pitching. Go, Dodgers! Jeff Pollak La Crescenta :: Looks like I'm going to rehab, because I hallucinated that the Angels traded Mark Trumbo, and his 34 home runs and 100 RBIs. Maybe it was that massive $540,000 salary. Oh well, stupid is as stupid does.
December 7, 2013 |
The team had won 71 games, finishing a distant fourth in the American League West. The fans had gotten impatient. The best player in free agency had decided this would be all about the money, and that fourth-place team got him with a blowout bid. In 2000, that team was the Texas Rangers. They signed Alex Rodriguez for $252 million, won 73 games the following year, and dumped him on the New York Yankees two years later. On Friday, that team was the Seattle Mariners. They agreed to sign Robinson Cano for $240 million.
November 12, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford have drawn interest on the trade market over the first two days of the general managers' meetings. The Dodgers have fielded inquiries about all four of their outfielders, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The conversations were described as preliminary. Of the four, the Dodgers are most reluctant to trade Puig, who turns 23 next month. The markets for Puig, Kemp, Ethier and Crawford aren't expected to fully develop until the free-agent market is defined.
October 28, 2013 |
Dear Miss Alterman, We ran into one of your students, John Bentley, here at the World Series. He really enjoys your fourth-grade class. He also enjoys baseball. He is 10. The Boston Red Sox are his favorite team -- or, at least, both of his grandfathers told him the Red Sox would be his favorite team. This would be different if John lived in Boston. He could see the Red Sox all summer long. But you live in Atlanta, and so does he. His dad got tickets for the World Series, so they flew up to St. Louis for Game 4 and Game 5. John is sorry he had to miss a couple of days of school, but who knows if he might ever get another chance to see the Red Sox in person, in the World Series?