July 22, 2011 |
Bert Blyleven came to grips with his best pitch inside his Garden Grove home. It was a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house stretched to capacity by seven children and two parents who managed to put meat and potatoes on the table every evening despite their meager means. After dinner, young Bert often listened to Dodgers broadcasters Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett describe a pitch thrown by Sandy Koufax called "the drop. " "I visualized it and found a grip on the baseball that I could utilize the seams to get that tight spin," Blyleven recalled last week.
August 31, 2009 |
John Lackey celebrated the century mark today, with a victory party at the expense of his favorite opponents. The Angels' ace earned his 100th career victory, scattering five hits over eight innings in a 9-1 triumph over the Oakland Athletics. The Angels scored four runs in the fifth inning and five more in the eighth, highlighted by three-run home runs from Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales. Morales' home run was his 30th, making him the first Angel to hit 30 since Vladimir Guerrero in 2006.
August 28, 2009 |
Left-handed pitcher Chuck Finley and outfielder Brian Downing were inducted into the Angels' Hall of Fame in a ceremony Thursday night at Angel Stadium before the team's game with the Oakland Athletics. Both the game and ceremony had been postponed from April 9, when they were canceled after the death early that morning of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends in a traffic accident. Finley, who played for the Angels from 1986 to 1999, holds the club record for wins (165)
July 30, 2006
All-time franchise pitching victory leaders *-active with team: NATIONAL LEAGUE *--* Dodgers Don Sutton 233 Arizona Randy Johnson 103 Atlanta Warren Spahn 356 Chicago Charley Root 201 Cincinnati Eppa Rixey 179 Colorado Jason Jennings* 55 Florida Dontrelle Willis* 52 Houston Joe Niekro 144 Milwaukee Jim Slaton 117 New York Tom Seaver 198 Philadelphia Steve Carlton 241 Pittsburgh Wilbur Cooper 202 St.
September 27, 2003 |
As the Angels search for a starting pitcher with a track record of throwing lots of innings and avoiding injury, few meet those criteria better than Chuck Finley, who never has had a significant arm injury and has pitched at least 190 innings in all but one non-strike season since he became a full-time starter in 1988. Finley pitched 191 innings last year, split between the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals, with 174 strikeouts and a 4.14 earned-run average.
June 12, 2003 |
Free-agent pitcher Chuck Finley, who recently rejected an offer to rejoin the Angels as a reliever, said Wednesday he worked out for the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday and has received offers from several clubs. The Angel mainstay from 1986-99 said he would like to return to his former club, "but I've always been a starter and I want to remain a starter. "My whole thing has always been building up for four days and letting it go on the fifth.