March 26, 1999 |
Tom Tanzer, the agent for third baseman Dave Hollins, met with General Manager Bill Bavasi Thursday morning to discuss his client's status with the Angels. Hollins then spent Thursday afternoon solidifying his standing, smacking two home runs, one from each side of the plate, a sacrifice fly, and knocking in six runs to lead the Angels to an 11-4 exhibition victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix.
November 21, 1996 |
The Angels, who have long been frustrated in their attempts to woo the fans of Southern California away from the Dodgers, were at least able to beat their rivals for the services of veteran infielder Dave Hollins. Hollins, who has played on four teams during the last two seasons, signed a two-year contract worth at least $3.8 million with the Angels on Wednesday. "We caught a break because he wanted to stay in the American League," General Manager Bill Bavasi said.
July 22, 1997 |
His stomach is covered with shirts, hiding the tender skin that is stuck as many as four times a day with hypodermic needles. "During the season, I can't shoot my arms and legs and butt," Dave Hollins says. "I need them too much." His dugout shakes are covered by teammates, who sprint to the clubhouse and bring back little packets of energy gel before anyone notices the Angel third baseman is pale and trembling.
April 16, 1997 |
Dave Hollins is a whirlwind on the field, diving for ground balls, going from first to third on most singles, running out every grounder. But in the clubhouse, the Angel third baseman moves around so gingerly you'd swear he was either hurt or exhausted. "I have to shut it down and save my energy because of my situation," Hollins said, alluding to his efforts to cope with diabetes. "I don't want to do too much before the game because if I work too hard, I'll be shot.
March 17, 1998 |
The first few weeks of spring training were a grind for third baseman Dave Hollins. He had difficulty getting his legs and back loose and, not wanting to risk injury in the cold weather, he spent a good deal of time on the bench during the first week of exhibition games. But as temperatures have risen in the Phoenix area, so have Hollins' at-bat totals, and the switch-hitter finally appears to be getting into game shape.
March 22, 1999 |
Had this been a normal spring training, where all he had to do was get in shape and find his batting stroke, Dave Hollins might have spent the weekend getting treatment on his sore hamstring and resting until it was 100%. But a normal spring, this isn't. The 32-year-old switch-hitter is trying to fend off youngster Troy Glaus for the third-base job, so Hollins played Saturday and Sunday even though it's obvious he's not at full strength.