January 6, 2011 |
The reviews are in, and they are not kind. "One stinker of an off-season," is how one Internet columnist sized up a winter in which the Angels failed to land their top free-agent targets, left fielder Carl Crawford and third baseman Adrian Beltre. "Not only have the Angels shown they're not prepared to compete financially with the big boys," wrote another, "but they can't even compete financially with the big boys in their own division. " General Manager Tony Reagins, who said he still "likes the club" despite his inability to upgrade it offensively, is defiant in the face of such criticism.
July 14, 2012 |
Not even a big night from Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier could save the Dodgers on Saturday. The Dodgers' two most productive batters combined for six hits and drove four runs, but Everth Cabrera and Will Venable stole the show in the top of the ninth to give the San Diego Padres a 7-6 win in front of a crowd of 54,014 at Dodger Stadium. Cabrera, who had come in as a pinch-runner for Yonder Alonso, stole home. Venable scored from second on the same play after Jansen overthrew home plate trying to nab Cabrera, and the Padres slipped away with the win. But early on, it appeared the Dodgers would roll.
July 27, 2008 |
BALTIMORE -- In May and June, while the Angels averaged 3.7 runs per game and hit .242, Manager Mike Scioscia kept saying the solutions to the team's offensive woes were "in house," while refusing to give the most obvious in-house answer a chance. But with injured and ineffective Gary Matthews Jr. putting a drag on the lineup, Scioscia finally turned to Juan Rivera in late June, and the outfielder has helped key the team's July surge. In 16 starts since June 29, Rivera is batting .340 (18 for 53)
September 20, 2010 |
The Angels will gather Tuesday for their organizational meetings, an annual two-day event in which front-office executives, coaches and scouts evaluate the team's strengths and weaknesses and begin formulating ideas to improve the club this winter. There will probably be much hand-wringing over the team's underachieving offense, too-often unreliable bullpen, thin bench, sometimes shaky defense and fundamental lapses that cost the Angels a shot at their fourth straight division title.
January 27, 2011 |
There was a time when fans evaluated trades on the merits of the players. That time passed long ago, consigned to nostalgia by free agency and fantasy leagues, by wildly escalating player salaries and ticket prices, and most notably by the era of information and opinion at a click. The Angels traded for an outfielder last week. No one seemed to care how good he might be, or whom the Angels gave up to get him. No, this was the analysis: Vernon Wells has $86 million left on his contract, and the Angels traded for him. Are they nuts?
June 2, 2008 |
Juan Rivera has gotten 400 at-bats once in a major league season, in 2006. He hit 23 home runs. Gary Matthews Jr. has gotten 400 at-bats six times. He never has hit 20 home runs. Matthews went hitless Sunday, dropping his batting average to .215 overall and .175 since April 24. The Angels need some punch, having scored four runs or fewer in 12 consecutive games, but Manager Mike Scioscia said that for now Matthews would remain in the lineup. Rivera is a career .288 hitter, with a .
August 9, 2007 |
After a series of discouraging medical updates on Juan Rivera, the Angels finally got some good news Wednesday regarding the outfielder who has missed the entire season because of a broken leg suffered in a Venezuelan winter-league game. Manager Mike Scioscia said Rivera "passed a hurdle" in his rehabilitation program this week and could begin playing in games next week, which would greatly improve Rivera's chances of returning to the majors by late August or early September.
July 10, 2008 |
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia benched slumping Gary Matthews Jr. on Wednesday and said he wasn't sure how long it would be before the outfielder returned to the lineup. "He's got to get into his game," Scioscia said of Matthews, who is batting .186 with only two extra-base hits since June 19. "I don't know where we're going to be tomorrow or a week from now. But I do know that it's very clear -- and Gary said it very clearly too -- he's not where he needs to be. " Juan Rivera started in Matthews' place, hitting a home run and driving in three runs, giving him more than twice as many runs batted in (seven)
April 25, 2005 |
Quick quiz: When the Angels defeated the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2002 playoffs, who started every game in left field for the Yankees? The answer: Juan Rivera, who returns to Yankee Stadium with the Angels on Tuesday. Two teams and three years later, Rivera says he understands the Angels simply played better during that series. At the time, though, he was a youngster who had known no organization other than the Yankees.
November 30, 2011 |
Their visions of landing Prince Fielder already something of the past, the Dodgers are spending another off-season shopping in the bargain aisle. The next player they sign is expected to be former Angels infielder Adam Kennedy , with whom they are closing in on an agreement, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. Kennedy attended J.W. North High in Riverside and played at Cal State Northridge, but that was long ago. He will turn 36 in January.