November 12, 2012 |
Twenty years ago this week, the stage lights went up on "Angels in America" at the Mark Taper Forum, and audiences immediately heard an aged rabbi in the Bronx proclaim that "great voyages in this world do not anymore exist. " The theatrical journey ended seven hours later with playwright Tony Kushner's AIDS-stricken protagonist, Prior Walter, assuring the audience that it wasn't so: "You are fabulous creatures, each and everyone. And I bless you. More Life . The Great Work Begins.
February 17, 2010
Staff writer Mike DiGiovanna takes a look at the Angels heading into spring training. Who's new DH Hideki Matsui, P Joel Pineiro, P Fernando Rodney, P Brian Stokes. Who's gone P John Lackey, 3B Chone Figgins, DH Vladimir Guerrero, P Darren Oliver, OF Gary Matthews Jr., P Kelvim Escobar. Biggest question Who will bat leadoff with Figgins gone? The Angels feel they have two capable candidates in Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar, but Izturis can't match the durability and Aybar can't match the plate discipline of Figgins, who had a .395 on-base percentage, 114 runs, 101 walks and 42 stolen bases last season and was a fixture at the top of the Angels' lineup since 2005.
February 17, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Within a span of six weeks last October and November, Scott Cousins went from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays to the Seattle Mariners to the Angels, all without summoning a moving truck to his San Francisco home. What a long -- or is that short? -- strange trip it's been. Three times after finishing the season with the Marlins, Cousins was designated for assignment, and three times he was picked up by another club. Now, the left-handed-hitting outfielder is in camp with the Angels, one of numerous players fighting for bench spots.
April 8, 2013 |
Josh Hamilton is not the only superstar in the Angels' clubhouse who had a bitter breakup with the fans of his old team. Albert Pujols is no longer universally beloved in St. Louis. Hamilton had a harsh homecoming reception in Texas over the weekend. Pujols said he does not worry about what kind of reaction would await him when he returns to St. Louis. "I'm way past that," Pujols told The Times. "When the time comes, I'll deal with it. " The Angels do play the Cardinals this season, but the games are in Anaheim.
September 26, 2010
Monday through Wednesday: vs. Oakland Athletics Thursday through Sunday: at Texas Rangers Fittingly, the Angels' three-year reign as American League West Division champions will end in Texas, where a new king will be crowned. But the Angels didn't wait for this season to end before starting to work on the next one, holding their annual organization meetings during the team's final homestand. And after missing the postseason for the first time since 2006, expect the Angels' lengthy winter to-do list to include finding a leadoff hitter — a focus that will likely center on free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford . — Kevin Baxter
August 7, 2010 |
Angels: Week Ahead Monday through Wednesday: Kansas City Royals Friday through Sunday: Toronto Blue Jays Time is rapidly running out on the Angels' playoff hopes. But given recent history, it's going to be tough to make up ground any time soon. Although the Angels are six games over .500 in the AL West, they have a losing record against the rest of the league — bad news, given the fact they play only six games in their division over the next month. And beginning with the Blues Jays' series this week, they play 12 consecutive games against clubs with winning records.