November 16, 2012 |
Many Angels fans are up in arms today over the fact that Detroit's Miguel Cabrera won the AL MVP award over Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who finished a distant second. The voting wasn't even close, with Cabrera being placed first on 22 of the 28 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America . Trout received the other six first-place votes and finished with 281 points. Cabrera finished with 362 points. But really, it was an easy pick. Let's compare the two players.
November 14, 2012 |
You can now officially refer to Angels outfielder Torii Hunter as former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent outfielder Hunter has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers. The person, who spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made, says the deal is pending a physical. So, it looks like the Angels outfield next season will consist of Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos, unless Vernon Wells suddenly becomes a good player again.
November 13, 2012 |
The Detroit Tigers have emerged as the front-runner to sign free-agent right fielder Torii Hunter, who reportedly spent Tuesday in Detroit meeting with team officials, who are expected to extend a two-year contract offer to the 37-year-old. The Tigers, coming off an American League pennant-winning season, and Hunter, who craves a chance to play in his first World Series after spending the last five seasons in Anaheim, appear to be a perfect match. Detroit is looking for a corner outfielder, preferably one who hits right-handed, and Hunter is a nine-time Gold Glove Award winner coming off one of his finest seasons, in which he hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 runs batted in and carried the Angels for much of September.
September 28, 2012 |
The Angels close the season with a six-game trip to Texas and Seattle, but if they finish in a tie for a wild-card spot, they could add one-game playoffs to their itinerary Thursday and Oct. 5. Asked if he packed for a possible eight-game trip, Manager Mike Scioscia said, "We can recycle clothes. We don't worry about that. Wherever we have to go, we'll go. What we really need to focus on is winning today. " The Angels could have saved themselves a lot of uncertainty and the stress of one-game playoffs if they had won the AL West and earned a trip to the best-of-five division series.
September 26, 2012 |
The Angels racked up 20 strikeouts in a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night, tying a major-league record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game, but the pitchers weren't the only ones who left their fingerprints on the win. Right fielder Torii Hunter continued to lead the Angels' September surge by hitting a first-inning single and scoring on a sacrifice fly to shallow right field and blasting a two-run home run in the fifth, as...
April 18, 2012 |
The Angels have agreed to terms with Gold Glove-winning shortstop Erick Aybar on a four-year contract extension, reportedly worth $35 million, and the deal will be announced at an informal luncheon at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim on Thursday. "It took a while," said General Manager Jerry Dipoto , who has been negotiating with Aybar's agents since early January, "but I don't think there was ever a thought that we wouldn't get to this point. " Aybar, a career .274 hitter, probably could have made more had he opted for free agency, and agent Fernando Cuza , who attended Wednesday night's game, advised Aybar that big-market teams such as the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets could drive up the market for the switch-hitter.