March 15, 1987 |
They say you can judge a man by what he eats. Mike Port, general manager of the Angels, likes quarter-pound hamburgers from a famous fast-food chain. He devours them plain. When it comes to his burger, Port is unyielding. No pickles, no mustard, no lettuce. No kidding. Port runs a baseball team with the same flair. When it comes to his players, Port also is unyielding. No long-term contracts, no bonuses, no compromises. No bidding.
April 3, 1987
Mike Port succeeded Buzzie Bavasi as general manager of the Angels Sept. 1, 1984. Port discussed several issues, including free agency and his methods of negotiating with free agents, in a recent interview. Here are some of his responses to questions asked by Dean Hill of The Times' special sections department.
December 3, 1988 |
Still shaken by Bob Boone's bolt-and-jolt defection to the Kansas City Royals, Angel owner Gene Autry said Friday that the 41-year-old catcher "cost himself a lot of money" by not contacting the Angels before agreeing to play elsewhere. "He should have called me first," Autry said. "Hell, yes. If he had, we wouldn't be talking about this today. "We were going to give him a raise. . . . We were talking about the $1-million range. After all, he did have a good season, his best year with the bat."
April 1, 1988 |
The infield of Mike Port's dreams--all home-grown, aged 26 or under, and averaging $304,000 in annual salary--is finally ready to set up around the horn in 1988. At first base is Wally Joyner, 25, back in the gates after 217 RBIs in his first two Angel seasons and chomping at the bit to make a run at arbitration. At second base is Mark McLemore, 23, regarded so highly as a prospect by the Angels that they moved a career .288 hitter to left field to make room for him.
October 28, 2011 |
FRED HANEY (1960-68): Haney selected future Angels All-Stars Jim Fregosi and pitcher Dean Chance. DICK WALSH (1968-71): Best known for firing Bill Rigney, at the time, the only manager the Angels had ever had. HARRY DALTON (1971-77): Acquired Nolan Ryan from the New York Mets. BUZZIE BAVASI (1977-84): Led the Angels into free agency, signing a multitude of big names. MIKE PORT (1984-91): Was GM for heartbreaking 1986 ALCS against Red Sox. DAN O'BRIEN (1991-93)