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May 3, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The irony isn't lost on Jeff Mathis, the notoriously weak-hitting Toronto Blue Jays reserve catcher who in a mere 17 at-bats this season has two more home runs than Albert Pujols, who now dons the No. 5 Angels jersey Mathis wore from 2005-2011. How can it not be when just about every writer, broadcaster or fan Mathis comes into contact with brings up the fact that, entering Thursday night's game against the Angels, Mathis has out-homered the $240-million slugger who has 445 career homers but none in 101 at-bats this season?
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May 25, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
As Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout lay the foundation for another spirited race for American League most valuable player, imagine how frightened pitchers might be if Cabrera followed Trout in the lineup. It could have happened, in the Angels lineup. When the Florida Marlins decided to trade Cabrera in 2007, the Angels offered second baseman Howie Kendrick , catcher Jeff Mathis and one of two pitchers, Ervin Santana or the late Nick Adenhart . The Marlins wanted both pitchers; the Angels had second thoughts about including Kendrick; the talks deteriorated to the point where the two teams publicly clashed about whether they ever had agreed on a deal.
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April 6, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Jeff Mathis has modest offensive goals for this season. The Angels catcher is not looking to hit .300 with 25 home runs and 100 runs batted in. "After the last couple of years," Mathis said, "I just don't want people to think of me as an out." While Mathis has developed into an above-average defender, an extremely athletic receiver with a good arm and game-calling skills, he has struggled offensively, batting .195 with a .
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October 27, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
As much as the Angels valued Tom Kotchman's three decades of work as a minor league manager and scout, General Manager Jerry Dipoto asked him two weeks ago to give up his on-field duties with Class-A Orem (Utah) to focus solely on scouting. Kotchman chose to do neither. The longest-tenured manager in the farm system and father of Cleveland first baseman and former Angels first-round pick Casey Kotchman resigned Friday after 29 years in the organization, though he said any inference he was "forced" out were not accurate.
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April 20, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
As it turns out, catcher Jeff Mathis played the final two innings of Monday's game with a broken wrist. Reliever Kevin Jepsen threw a pitch in the dirt in the eighth inning, and the ball bounced up and smacked Mathis' bare hand. He stayed in the game, but he complained of soreness after the game, and X-rays Tuesday revealed the fracture. The Angels put him on the disabled list — he is expected to be out at least six weeks — and recalled utility man Robb Quinlan from triple-A Salt Lake.
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October 20, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
He's the defensive half of the Angels' catching platoon, the one who supposedly can't hit, the guy one Orange County newspaper blogger referred to earlier this season as a "busted prospect." Monday afternoon, Jeff Mathis was a playoff hero, the guy who touched off a wild celebration in Angel Stadium after he pulverized an Alfredo Aceves slider for a two-out, run-scoring double to left-center field in the 11th inning. Mathis' hit, which followed Howie Kendrick's two-out single to center field, gave the Angels a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
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August 7, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Angels fans pining for catcher Jeff Mathis to take a long seat on the pine might have to keep waiting. Manager Mike Scioscia said Mathis' ability to work with starting pitchers outweighs his offensive struggles. "If you look at the job he's done with [ Jered ] Weaver and [ Dan ] Haren , we're winning games when they pitch not because of anything Jeff's doing at the plate, but what he's doing behind the plate," Scioscia said Saturday. On Sunday, Haren, who is scheduled to pitch Tuesday at the New York Yankees, cosigned that argument.
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September 8, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Jeff Mathis didn't so much win Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians with his 16th-inning sacrifice fly; he put it out of its misery. Torii Hunter doubled to lead off the 16th, took third on Alberto Callaspo's grounder to first base and scored on Mathis' fly to deep right field to give the Angels a 4-3 victory in a 4-hour, 57-minute marathon that was the 19th game in club history to last 16 innings or more. But riveting theater it wasn't. The Angels managed six hits in 49 at-bats, left seven runners in scoring position and squandered several opportunities to win. The Indians, one of the league's worst offensive teams, left 16 runners on base.
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March 5, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
From a glance at the offensive numbers, Jeff Mathis has no business catching ahead of Mike Napoli. Mathis hit .194 last season, with nine home runs in 283 at-bats. Napoli hit .273, with 20 home runs in 227 at-bats. The catchers struck out at the same rate, but Napoli walked half again as much.
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March 23, 2010
Seattle 6, Angels 4 AT THE PLATE: Robb Quinlan , Kendry Morales and Howie Kendrick had two hits each, but Jeff Mathis , who wound up hitless, may have had the best day at the plate. Mathis stung the ball in both his at-bats but was robbed of extra-base hits by Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Lopez . Both of Kendrick's hits were doubles while Morales drove in his team-best 10th run of the spring. He also leads the Angels with a .400 average. ON THE MOUND: Scot Shields was hit hard for the first time, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in his lone inning.
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October 27, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
As much as the Angels valued Tom Kotchman's work as a scout and minor league manager for the last three decades, they asked him earlier this month to give up his on-field duties with Class-A Orem (Utah) and focus solely on scouting. Kotchman's response was to do neither. The longest-tenured manager in the Angels farm system and the father of Cleveland Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman resigned Friday after 29 years in the organization. “He understood our position and decided this was the way he'd rather go,” said Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, who hadn't spoken to Kotchman as of Saturday afternoon.
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September 7, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Pitcher Dan Haren would "take a catcher who hits .100 if I can get into a good rhythm with him," though his general manager and Angels fans who grew tired of Jeff Mathis' weak at-bats would disagree. Jerry Dipoto's first move as GM was to upgrade offensively behind the plate, acquiring catcher Chris Iannetta from Colorado for pitcher Tyler Chatwood last Nov. 30. Iannetta had a career .357 on-base percentage and averaged 14 home runs a year from 2008 to 2011. Three days later, Dipoto shipped Mathis and his career .194 average and 26 homers — total — in 51/2 seasons to Toronto for pitcher Brad Mills.
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July 9, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It was a balmy 79 degrees in Angel Stadium on Sunday, with no marine layer in sight, and the ball was carrying well, as evidenced by the four home runs the Angels hit in a 6-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The conditions didn't seem to favor Brad Mills, a soft-tossing left-hander who often throws his 86-mph fastball up in the zone and who was making his Angels debut against a club that ranks fourth in the American League with 106 homers. Mills didn't even flinch. Called up from triple A to replace the injured Dan Haren, Mills gave up three hits in five innings, striking out six and walking none, to earn the victory and give a sagging rotation a much-needed shot in the arm. Ace Jered Weaver and left-hander C.J. Wilson are All-Stars, though Wilson backed out of Tuesday's game because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, but the rest of the starting pitching staff has been in tatters.
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July 8, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels got a jump on Home Run Derby festivities Sunday, driving four balls over the wall in a 6-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles that pushed their record to 48-38 entering the All-Star break. Left-hander Brad Mills, filling in for injured right-hander Dan Haren, gave up three hits in five shutout innings, striking out six and walking none, to earn the victory in his Angels debut. Relievers LaTroy Hawkins, Kevin Jepsen, Jordan Walden and Ernesto Frieri each threw scoreless innings to complete the Angels' major league-leading 13 th shutout of the season.
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May 3, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The irony isn't lost on Jeff Mathis, the notoriously weak-hitting Toronto Blue Jays reserve catcher who in a mere 17 at-bats this season has two more home runs than Albert Pujols, who now dons the No. 5 Angels jersey Mathis wore from 2005-2011. How can it not be when just about every writer, broadcaster or fan Mathis comes into contact with brings up the fact that, entering Thursday night's game against the Angels, Mathis has out-homered the $240-million slugger who has 445 career homers but none in 101 at-bats this season?
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April 29, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND - If this isn't rock bottom, the Angels can definitely see it from here. A team that can't hit and is stocked with relievers who can't get anyone out found another way to lose Sunday when nine-time Gold Glove-winning right fielder Torii Hunter lost a routine fly ball in the sun, the key play in a 4-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Progressive Field. Right-hander Derek Lowe went through the Angels like a chainsaw through kindling, giving up three hits in 72/3 innings, and reliever Vinnie Pestano struck out Howie Kendrick with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to snuff out the Angels' only real threat.
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May 28, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Jeff Mathis admitted that the pitching showdown between Jered Weaver and Minnesota's Anthony Swarzak on Saturday was both exhilarating and frustrating. Exhilarating because, as a catcher, he got to call the pitches for Weaver's nine scoreless innings. And frustrating because as a hitter he was 0 for 2 against Swarzak in a game in which the Angels were nearly held hitless. "Every guy that goes to the plate wants to get that big hit for" Weaver, Mathis said. "You want to get in there and battle for him. Not only yourself.
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August 24, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Jeff Mathis' batting average dipped below .200 for the first time this season Monday, the Angels catcher's season-long slump only worsening over the last month. But that figure wasn't the one triggering the most concern in the manager's office. "What's probably more disappointing than his offensive side are some of his defensive numbers," Mike Scioscia said before the Angels played Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Angels pitchers have a 4.03 earned-run average when Mathis is behind the plate this season, a smidgen higher than the 3.95 ERA they had compiled in games he had caught previously in his career.
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April 28, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Texas (15-5): In 130 games since Mike Scioscia jettisoned him from the Angels, Mike Napoli has hit 37 home runs. Tampa Bay (13-7): Fernando Rodney, out as Angels closer after one week last season: 6 saves, 0 blown saves. Atlanta (13-7): It's them again at back of 'pen: - Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel combined: 16 IP, 1 ER, 29 K. Washington (14-6): Four starters with sub-2.00 ERA: Strasburg (1.08), Zimmermann (1.33), Gonzalez (1.52), Detwiler (1.64). St. Louis (13-7)
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March 7, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — If the plan was to ease Mark Trumbo into third base this spring, the Angels picked a good day to do it. With fly-ball pitcher Jered Weaver on the mound, Trumbo did not field one grounder in three innings of a 6-4 exhibition loss to the Seattle Mariners at Tempe Diablo Stadium Wednesday. "Jered may not be the best candidate to get a lot of work, but I was just happy to get out there," said Trumbo, who was pushed off first base by Albert Pujols . "It's just a matter of time.
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