September 27, 2011 |
It wouldn't seem like such a bad trade if Vernon Wells, the player he was dealt for, wasn't batting a paltry .218 and didn't have a bloated contract that guarantees him $81 million through 2014. Or if those catching for the Angels, his primary position in Anaheim from 2006 to 2010, weren't among the least productive in baseball, combining to bat .191 with 10 homers and 48 RBIs. Or if the Angels had an offensive force such as him they could plug regularly into the designated hitter spot, one with a high on-base percentage who hits in the clutch.
May 25, 2013 |
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.
October 27, 2012 |
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.
July 10, 2010
The Angels' 2001 draft was supposed to anchor the club for a decade, with three can't-miss players: first baseman Casey Kotchman , catcher Jeff Mathis and third baseman Dallas McPherson . Kotchman cracked the starting lineup in 2007, with an .840 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) that hinted at stardom. Few careers have fizzled as fast. He was traded three times in the last two years, and the Seattle Mariners reduced him to a defensive replacement by acquiring first baseman Justin Smoak in Friday's Cliff Lee trade.
March 16, 2011 |
AT THE PLATE: Torii Hunter hit his second home run in two days, and Jeff Mathis had three hits to lead a 17-hit attack. Bobby Wilson keyed a six-run sixth inning with a three-run double to right field and is batting .448 on the spring. Bobby Abreu had two hits, including a double, and two runs batted in. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver looked sharp despite pitching with flu-like symptoms, allowing three runs and three hits, striking out six and walking none. The Angels' probable opening-day starter made one glaring mistake that was hit for a two-run homer by Juan Miranda.
February 28, 2011 |
Angels 8, Athletics 7 AT THE PLATE: Monday's lineup was the one the Angels hope to roll out on opening day ? minus first baseman Kendry Morales, who is still rehabbing his broken ankle. For the most part, the lineup produced: Torii Hunter walked twice, Bobby Abreu doubled twice and Peter Bourjos scored twice. Of the starters, only shortstop Erick Aybar and catcher Jeff Mathis failed to reach base. ON THE MOUND: Just call Angels starter Joel Pineiro Mr. March. With two scoreless innings against the A's, he ran his spring-training streak to 24 appearances without a loss dating to 2006.
March 21, 2011 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. The "huge knot" that formed in Joel Pineiro's right shoulder blade during a minor league start Sunday is not expected to prevent the right-hander from opening the regular season with the Angels. "He's feeling much better," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Pineiro, who was pulled after throwing two innings and 35 pitches. "We feel better about it today than we did [Sunday] night. " Pineiro said he felt "a lot better" after undergoing extensive treatment Monday morning.
September 16, 2011 |
There is no clock in baseball. But there is a calendar. And right now it's working against the Angels, who moved a day closer to the end of the season but no nearer the division lead after dropping an 8-3 decision to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. The Angels entered the weekend trailing the Texas Rangers in the American League West by 31/2 games with 13 to play. No American League team has ever overcome such a large deficit with so few games remaining — a fact that only added to the desperation in the clubhouse.
September 18, 2011 |
The Orioles' Mark Reynolds on Sunday accused Angels pitcher Ervin Santana of intentionally hitting him in the head with a fastball the night before. And a couple of hours later Baltimore pitcher Alfredo Simon stood up for his teammate by throwing at two Angels in the first inning, actions that will likely earn him a fine and suspension. "We just got hit yesterday and I've got to defend my players," said Simon, who threw up and in to Torii Hunter before hitting rookie Mark Trumbo , the next hitter, with his first pitch.
April 1, 2010 |
And then there was one. Scot Shields returned to Angel Stadium on Thursday as the only remaining holdover from the Angels' 2002 World Series team, though he didn't exactly become misty-eyed when asked about it. "You know what? You have to turn the page," said Shields, whose career with the organization goes back to 2001. "It's not anything I think about, being the last link or anything. I want to help this team win one, the team we have here. "I had some great memories back then, but it's a whole new team now and we're just trying to get that ourselves.