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August 14, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher has been suspended for one game and issued an undisclosed fine for leaving the dugout to argue balls and strikes and "aggressively arguing" with an umpire during the Angels' game Sunday against Seattle, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.  Butcher will serve his suspension during the Angels' game against Cleveland on Tuesday, the league said.  Butcher was ejected in the first inning of the Angels' game...
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March 28, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels had a dismal spring last year, losing a major league-worst 20 games. And that lethargy carried over to a regular season in which the team spent just one day above .500. It's been a different story this spring, with the Angels' 7-5 win over the Dodgers in Thursday's Freeway Series opener running their exhibition winning streak to nine games. And that has the team hoping success, too, will carry over into the regular season. "We want to finish spring strong," outfielder Josh Hamilton said.
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April 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MINNEAPOLIS - Mike Butcher is aware of the chatter. The pitching coach knows there are legions of fans who look at the Angels' major league-worst 5.43 earned-run average and think he should be fired. He also knows people above him in the organization might feel the same way. After hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was fired last May in the wake of the team's sluggish start, who's to say the Angels wouldn't make a similar move with Butcher if the pitchers continue to struggle? "It doesn't bother me, not at all," said Butcher, when asked before Wednesday's rainout whether Hatcher's dismissal, the first off Manager Mike Scioscia's coaching staff in 13 years, made him feel less secure about his job. "It's not going to make me do my job any different or make me feel any different.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sean Burnett took what he called a “huge step” in his return from elbow surgery Thursday morning, the Angels reliever throwing 30 fastballs off a bullpen mound at about 85% to 90% intensity. “It felt good - I didn't fatigue at all,” Burnett said. “I was kind of pushing it to see what I have. I'm a competitor. I want to see where I'm at, and my 30 th pitch felt as good as the others.” Burnett, who was limited by elbow problems to 13 games last season and underwent surgery to repair a small tear in August, said he will need two or three more bullpen workouts and to throw batting practice to hitters before he pitches in an exhibition game.
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August 21, 1994 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mike Butcher sat alone in his hotel room, waiting for the phone to ring, imploring someone to tell him it was all a mistake, that he could come home now. He didn't belong where he was. He was a major league pitcher. He was supposed to be the Angels' stopper. Instead, there he was in Vancouver, Canada. He was back in triple A, the minor leagues. "I was in a state of denial," Butcher said the other day. "I had a bitter attitude. I didn't want to be here and didn't think I belonged here.
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May 12, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
There isn't enough couch space in Mike Scioscia's office to accommodate all the struggling players the Angels manager could have summoned for closed-door meetings, but it was pitcher Scott Kazmir who got the invite Wednesday. The left-hander emerged from an hourlong meeting with Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher with some drills designed to help him find his proper arm slot and assurances he will not be skipped in the rotation. "We wanted to get an understanding of where he felt he was, some adjustments that needed to be made and whether he needed some time to make them," Scioscia said.
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July 14, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE - The Angels lost to the Seattle Mariners, 4-3, Sunday in Safeco Field, but they didn't go down without a fight … among themselves. Struggling right-hander Joe Blanton knocked a water cooler off the bench and snapped at pitching coach Mike Butcher in the dugout after the fourth inning, the lowlight of an afternoon in which the Mariners completed a three-game sweep that dropped the Angels 11 games behind first-place Oakland in the American League West entering the All-Star break.
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May 13, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter and Baxter Holmes
The clubhouse is all but empty when Rick Honeycutt reports to work. It's six hours before the first pitch, but he's already pressed for time. The Dodgers' pitching coach has two hours of video to review from the previous night's game before he can start preparing for that night's opponent. "I can't count the number of times I've walked past that video room and his back is to the door in front of the video screen," reserve catcher Brad Ausmus said. It's a job done largely in isolation.
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September 30, 2009 | Ben Bolch
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.
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October 27, 1995 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Utility infielder Rene Gonzales of the Angels will file for free agency, and relief pitcher Mike Butcher, a six-year free agent, will not return to the team, according to agent Danny Horwitz, who represents them. Horwitz said the Angels plan to retain reserve infielder Rod Correia. "But we're not happy about that," he said. "He wants to be with an organization that wants to give him a chance." Correia played a few games at shortstop after starter Gary DiSarcina went out with a thumb injury Aug.
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July 14, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE - The Angels lost to the Seattle Mariners, 4-3, Sunday in Safeco Field, but they didn't go down without a fight … among themselves. Struggling right-hander Joe Blanton knocked a water cooler off the bench and snapped at pitching coach Mike Butcher in the dugout after the fourth inning, the lowlight of an afternoon in which the Mariners completed a three-game sweep that dropped the Angels 11 games behind first-place Oakland in the American League West entering the All-Star break.
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July 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - Mike Scioscia couldn't say for certain whether a 12-pitch at-bat that resulted in a third-inning single in the Angels' 9-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on June 12 is what sparked Erick Aybar's monthlong hot streak. Nor could he rule it out. "I guess you can rationalize and go back and say that's why this happened," the manager said. "There's nothing wrong with a 12-pitch at-bat. You can connect some of the dots. The quality of his at-bats has improved, no doubt about it. The last 75 at-bats, you're seeing a tough out from both sides of the plate.
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July 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, who represent two-thirds of the Angels rotation, both took significant steps in their return from injury this week. Hanson, on the disabled list since June 26 because of a forearm strain, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session in Wrigley Field on Wednesday that left pitching coach Mike Butcher very encouraged about the right-hander. “There was no hesitation of turning anything loose,” Butcher said. “The ball came out nicely. He threw some good sliders, changeups and breaking balls.
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June 26, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels say they're not sure what, if anything, is wrong with right-hander Jered Weaver, who has lost his last three starts to fall to 1-4. But pitching coach Mike Butcher says Weaver's role as the staff ace remains unchanged -- and with that comes added responsibilities. "Jered is an elite pitcher and the expectations are what not only does he put on himself but we expect a lot out of him as well," Butcher said of Weaver, who is scheduled to start Thursday against the Tigers in Detroit.
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June 20, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson will start the series finale against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. The Angels hope the Mariners don't turn the game into a track meet. Opponents have been successful on 14 of 15 stolen-base attempts in the 45 2/3 innings Hanson has pitched, which is hardly a surprise. Because of a pause in his motion when he cocks his arm behind his head, Hanson has difficulty holding runners on, often leaving catchers little or no chance to throw them out. “As long as I can remember, it's been hard for me to hold runners effectively and make a pitch,” said Hanson, who is 4-2 with a 3.94 earned run average in eight starts in a season that has been interrupted by stints on the bereavement and restricted lists.
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April 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MINNEAPOLIS - Mike Butcher is aware of the chatter. The pitching coach knows there are legions of fans who look at the Angels' major league-worst 5.43 earned-run average and think he should be fired. He also knows people above him in the organization might feel the same way. After hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was fired last May in the wake of the team's sluggish start, who's to say the Angels wouldn't make a similar move with Butcher if the pitchers continue to struggle? "It doesn't bother me, not at all," said Butcher, when asked before Wednesday's rainout whether Hatcher's dismissal, the first off Manager Mike Scioscia's coaching staff in 13 years, made him feel less secure about his job. "It's not going to make me do my job any different or make me feel any different.
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March 9, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
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."
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April 13, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels came out of spring training with what they thought was a pretty stable roster. But as with so many things involving the Angels this season, reality has fallen far short of expectations. So Saturday the Angels made five transactions, finishing a five-day blitz that included them making nine personnel moves - two of which involved outfielder J.B. Shuck , who was optioned to the minors Friday afternoon then recalled the following morning. And that doesn't even include Saturday's signing of former major leaguer Kip Wells to a minor league contract.
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April 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Jered Weaver jogged out of the dugout, serenaded with applause from every corner of the stadium. This was a happy time, or at least it was supposed to be. Weaver dared not extend a handshake to a teammate, or a fist pump to the fans. He held his left arm gingerly, at a right angle. For these few brief moments, as the Angels introduced their players one by one before Tuesday's home opener, Weaver had removed the blue sling that protected his broken elbow. PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from opening day at Angel Stadium Pomp and circumstance had been replaced by whispers and apprehension.
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