January 7, 2006 |
While Angel owner Arte Moreno has suggested the team could move from Anaheim, and while the city of Anaheim has wondered whether Los Angeles would be the destination, the most likely partner in building a stadium there says Moreno has not discussed any such project with him. "Not once," said AEG President Tim Leiweke. As California cities and counties grow increasingly resistant to funding sports facilities, AEG has built Staples Center and the Home Depot Center, largely with private financing.
August 27, 2006 |
Oy, such a dilemma: You're a Jewish Yankees fan, and the Mets just picked up Shawn Green. The New York papers all have dutifully told the story, as if handed down from the Bible: Green refused to play for the Dodgers on Yom Kippur, just like Sandy Koufax. So, New Yorkers: Do you root for the Yankees or root as a Jew? You can have your bagel and eat it too, as it turns out. Just ask Derek Jeter, who said he saw this T-shirt in Boston: "Jews for Jeter."
July 30, 2008 |
The World Series starts Oct. 22 at Angel Stadium. Or else. The Angels usually speak softly, without carrying a big stick. They got the big stick Tuesday, and they're not shy about telling you why. "We're in it to win a world championship," General Manager Tony Reagins said. Talk isn't cheap, not this time.
August 18, 2012 |
The Angels will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their 2002 World Series championship Saturday night when more than 20 players and coaches from that team are inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame before a game against Tampa Bay. "I'm excited about seeing the guys, catching up and reliving the memories," said Tim Salmon, the right fielder on that team. "It's 10 years later, and it seems like it was yesterday ... until you watch the grainy film. " In a postseason filled with highlights -- a dominant bullpen headed by Troy Percival, Adam Kennedy's three-homer game in the American League Championship Series, Scott Spiezio's World Series Game 6 homer against San Francisco, and Garret Anderson's decisive three-run double in Game 7 -- what stands out most for Salmon is the heart of the club.
September 30, 2009 |
He was part of their team, so they wanted him to be part of their celebration. But one day after the Angels doused Nick Adenhart's No. 34 jersey with beer and champagne, players and coaches found themselves defending a gesture that some bloggers, columnists and fans criticized as insensitive considering that Adenhart was killed by an alleged drunk driver. "We wanted to celebrate with him like he was here," reliever Kevin Jepsen , whose locker is a few stalls away from Adenhart's, said Tuesday.
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.
May 2, 2006 |
It's the big overhand curve -- a.k.a. the hook, the hammer -- that Oakland left-hander Barry Zito built his reputation on, a pitch so devastating it draws not only the ire of opposing hitters but the awe of opposing pitchers. "I really don't like watching Zito pitch," former Angel left-hander Jarrod Washburn said last season, "because when I see him I think, [shoot], I wish I had that curveball." If Washburn saw Zito Monday night, he might have wished he had Zito's changeup too.
January 27, 2005 |
Anaheim taxpayers could face a million-dollar legal bill if the City Council proceeds to a trial in its lawsuit against the Angels, but two members of the council said Wednesday that amount would not necessarily deter them. "The spending of any money gives us pause," Mayor Curt Pringle said. "But we're spending money for a purpose that is right and to defend the economic value of our name."
December 14, 2007 |
Sixteen former Angels and Gary Matthews Jr. were connected to performance-enhancing drugs in baseball when the Mitchell Report was released Thursday. One of them, Adam Riggs, was responsible for introducing a steroid connection to Angels teammates, according to the report. Riggs, an infielder in the Dodgers organization from 1994 to 2000, joined the Angels in 2003.
July 24, 2007 |
Ervin Santana's struggles not only hurt the Angels this season, they may have wrecked the team's chances of acquiring Texas slugger Mark Teixeira before the July 31 trade deadline. According to a baseball source, the Angels, in great need of a power bat, and the Rangers held substantive trade talks this month regarding Teixeira, the first baseman who sat out almost a month of the season because of a leg injury and entered Monday with a .301 average, 13 home runs and 47 runs batted in.