April 30, 2002 |
Angel outfielder Orlando Palmeiro is always there. He was there when Jim Edmonds was getting injured diving for fly balls and crashing into walls. He was there when center fielder Darin Erstad got injured diving for fly balls and crashing into walls. "That's a tough role to fill," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's not as physically taxing as playing everyday. But being prepared every day, just in case you are playing, is tough."
August 15, 2001 |
Orlando Palmeiro started at designated hitter for the fifth consecutive game Tuesday night, leaving Benji Gil wondering if he has fallen out of favor with Manager Mike Scioscia. "I guess I'm back to not being able to hit right-handers," said Gil, who is batting .324 with eight homers and 37 runs batted in this season and has a .308 average against right-handers. "I don't know what to think. I certainly don't know what to expect."
May 28, 2001 |
Orlando Palmeiro might as well have been playing right field with a blindfold Sunday, because that's how the Angel reserve felt when Gerald Williams' two-out flare came toward him in the 10th inning. Palmeiro, whose pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth sent the game into extra innings, got a good jump on Williams' ball but lost it in the lights, allowing Felix Martinez to score from second and give the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 4-3 victory over the Angels before 11,808 at Tropicana Field.
August 23, 2000 |
Orlando Palmeiro. This is what the Anaheim Angels are about. Orlando Palmeiro. You notice the weaknesses first with the Angels. It has been that way all season. Not enough pitching. Not enough speed. Not enough defense. Way too much bad luck. You notice the weaknesses first with Palmeiro. The speed of his bat just doesn't seem big league. Looks like a batter with too much Judy, not enough Punch. When he draws a walk you think, "Wow, that's about as good as he can do."
April 18, 1999 |
There was a lot of hand wringing this spring over how the Angels would squeeze four outfielders into one lineup, but the problem has yet to arise. Jim Edmonds is on the disabled list, Darin Erstad is at first filling in for the injured Mo Vaughn, and Orlando Palmeiro--once forgotten outfielder No. 5--is getting most of the starts in left field. "I'd rather have it the other way, quite frankly," Palmeiro said, "but this is kind of why I'm here.
August 20, 1998 |
The more people see of Orlando Palmeiro, the more they like him, and that includes his manager. "He will be the one name I bring up in years to come," Terry Collins said. "We sent him down after spring training. He wasn't happy about it, but he didn't go there and pout. His attitude was, 'When I come back, I'm staying.' He has shown he belongs here." Palmeiro, who was at triple-A Vancouver until June, has become a key component for the Angels the last two weeks.