January 6, 2010 |
In sports, in broadcasting, in politics, there is no getting around it. When someone leaves a team or a booth or an office, we must speculate. Who comes next? Who will be the next center fielder? The next anchor? The next senator? The next voice of the Angels? Rory Markas, a man of subtle humor, pleasing tone and acknowledged professionalism, died suddenly and unexpectedly Monday night. He had suffered a brain aneurysm in November 2008, recovered, broadcast an entire Angels season in 2009, was well into this USC basketball season and was getting ready to be the full-time, regular television play-by-play man for the Angels in 2010.
March 9, 2009 |
All-Star pitcher Ervin Santana was diagnosed Sunday with a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow and will open the season on the disabled list, a potentially significant setback for a team already thin on starting pitching. Santana, 26, projected as the Angels' No. 2 starter after a 16-7 record and a 3.49 earned-run average in 2008, experienced tightness in the elbow after pitching an inning in an intrasquad game Tuesday.
November 25, 2009 |
Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler won't be broadcasting Angels games anymore. Physioc and Hudler have been told jointly by FS West and the Angels that they will not be part of the Angels' on-air team next season. A statement by Fox and the Angels said that Rory Markas and Mark Gubicza will be the television voices for the team on FS West and KCOP next season, and Terry Smith and Jose Mota will do the radio on KLAA AM 830. Physioc, 54, who has called baseball for 25 years for the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and ESPN, said the news was "a total shock.
January 21, 2010 |
The $90 seat is out at Camelback Ranch this spring, and free parking is in. The Dodgers have quietly eliminated the 198-seat VIP section at their spring home, in which fans were offered such perks as preferred parking, food coupons, sunscreen and "cool, scented towels." "Based on fan feedback, we determined that premium seating in spring training wasn't necessary," Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said Wednesday. Those VIP seats were sold for $90 last spring, the highest price in the Cactus or Grapefruit leagues.
March 9, 2008 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Butcher wasn't only the best man at Joe Saunders' wedding. Butcher, the Angels' pitching coach, was the only man there. Saunders didn't plan it that way. He and his fiancee, Shanel, envisioned a dream wedding in Thailand last fall. But Shanel is a Canadian citizen, and an immigration lawyer warned she might not be allowed back into the United States unless the couple first got married last summer. "We had to get married at that time," Saunders said, "so we could get married in Thailand."
August 12, 2009 |
The Angels would rather pay reliever Justin Speier $6.5 million not to pitch for them the rest of this season and all of next, giving the veteran right-hander his unconditional release before Tuesday's game with the Tampa Bay Rays. "We felt it was appropriate, not only [for] the organization, but for the player, to make the move now as opposed to getting down the road in the season and making the move at some point later," General Manager Tony Reagins said. By releasing him unconditionally, the Angels essentially granted Speier free agency, allowing him to sign with any club that wants him. However the Angels are responsible for the money left on the four-year, $18-million contract Speier signed with them after the 2006 season.