July 31, 2004 |
The Angels on Friday became the second team this season to terminate the contract of Raul Mondesi after the troubled outfielder had taken an unauthorized leave of absence to return to the Dominican Republic and repeatedly missed appointments to rehabilitate his torn right thigh muscle. "The decision was made because he had an obligation to show up and try and get better," Angel General Manager Bill Stoneman said of Mondesi, who hit .
July 13, 2004 |
A six-week investigation has uncovered no evidence that outfielder Raul Mondesi skirted baseball rules so he could abandon the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates and subsequently sign with the Angels, the major league executive leading the probe said Monday. "It had an unfortunate appearance of manipulation," executive vice president Sandy Alderson said. "But, as far as we can tell, it was not a manipulation of the system."
June 4, 2004 |
The first baseman is on the disabled list. So is the third baseman, and the center fielder, and the designated hitter, and the setup man. The closer could be next, or the shortstop, or maybe both. This might not be the preferred method for pursuing a championship, but so far it's working just fine for the Angels.
June 3, 2004 |
Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday he had ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding outfielder Raul Mondesi's departure from the Pittsburgh Pirates and subsequent acquisition by the Angels. "Our people are taking a look at the whole situation and how it unfolded," Selig said. "It needs to be looked at, and it is."
May 31, 2004 |
Raul Mondesi made his Angel debut at designated hitter Sunday, and after going through a rigorous workout in Angel Stadium today, Mondesi is expected to take over as the regular center fielder Tuesday night against Boston. But what happens when Garret Anderson returns from his arthritic condition later this summer, Tim Salmon returns from an inflamed left knee in June, and there are limited at-bats for Mondesi, who signed a $1.75-million deal with the Angels Saturday?
May 30, 2004 |
The Angels are fully aware of Raul Mondesi's stormy past, his run-ins with managers and his combustible clubhouse behavior, but that was hardly a deterrent to signing the outfielder Saturday to a $1.75-million contract for the rest of this season. "I don't know what situations he's been in before, but I think he'll come to this clubhouse, see how much everybody loves each other and will do what it takes to win," Angel pitcher Jarrod Washburn said. "We police ourselves pretty well.