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March 19, 1996 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randy Velarde used to come to the park with an assortment of baseball gloves and absolutely no idea where--or if--he would be playing. 'It was like going to the airport every day and flying standby, not knowing if you're going to get a flight," Velarde said. "It was a tough mental grind, and it really took a toll." Velarde, an eight-year utility player with the New York Yankees, will be free of such anxiety this season.
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March 3, 2004 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
Designated hitter Tim Salmon was stunned to learn Tuesday that ex-teammate Randy Velarde, an Angel infielder from 1996 to '99, was reportedly one of six major league players who received steroids from the Burlingame nutritional supplement lab that is at the center of a growing sports drug scandal. "That's kind of a shocker," Salmon said of Velarde, who retired after the 2002 season. "He was so ripped as it was, that's surprising.
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February 22, 1996 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Angel Manager Marcel Lachemann has a leadoff hitter in mind. "It will probably be Randy Velarde," Lachemann said Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz. Velarde played just about every position but pitcher and catcher during his eight-year New York Yankee career and has appeared in numerous batting-order slots, but rarely at the top. * Reliever Mike James, who went 3-0 with a 3.88 earned-run average last season, signed a one-year contract for $150,000.
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August 29, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN
Besides taking those shots at the Angels and expressing gratitude for being traded to the Oakland Athletics, second baseman Randy Velarde has continued to take aim at opposing pitchers in the best season of his career. He has a career-high 60 runs batted in, a .347 average in 28 games with his new team and leads the American League with 41 hits in August. There is one other number that has the A's talking, and that is Velarde's 7% body fat.
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March 23, 1998 | MIKE DIGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A repeat magnetic resonance imaging test on Randy Velarde's right elbow showed a reduction in the inflammation that has sidelined the second baseman three weeks. Velarde took batting practice during the weekend, but was ordered to rest until the team returns to Anaheim Friday. "It's an encouraging sign, but I still can't put a timetable on his return," said Lewis Yocum, the team's physician. . . .
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November 22, 1995 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Free-agent infielder Randy Velarde is close to signing a three-year contract with the Angels that would pay him $800,000 a year. Velarde, who has played his entire nine-year career with the New York Yankees, said he thought the deal would be completed Tuesday, "but there was a minor kink in the contract that we're going to go over [Tuesday night]." The versatile 33-year-old, who batted .
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May 3, 1996 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Second baseman Randy Velarde, suffering from severe infections in both ears, sat out his second consecutive game Thursday, and he wasn't exactly looking forward to the team's flight home Thursday afternoon. "The doctor said flying might actually be good because if my ears burst it would relieve the pressure," Velarde said. "But I'm thinking, busted eardrum? That doesn't sound good, does it? Is this going to be a problem?"
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March 31, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER
Randy Velarde underwent an MRI on his injured right arm Sunday, but will have to wait to learn his future. Dr. Lewis Yocum will examine the results today. Luis Alicea, who played for St. Louis last season, has started at second base in Velarde's place. Alicea was a nonroster player going into spring training. "He started for a team that made the playoffs last season," Manager Terry Collins said. "So he can play." Alicea had two hits Saturday and homered Sunday.
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February 18, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Second baseman Randy Velarde says he has no regrets but there was a hint of wistfulness as he reflected on the New York Yankees' World Series victory over the Atlanta Braves last October. Velarde spent eight years as a Yankee utility player before signing with the Angels last season. "The part that hurt was not being there for the championship, because I was there through all the tough times," Velarde said. "I knew when they won it would be something special, and it was.
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May 6, 1996 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randy Velarde came to Anaheim Stadium Sunday knowing he'd be in the lineup. The ear infection, which kept him on the bench the last four games, was "50% better." The tendinitis in the knees hadn't been a problem since spring training. It was time to go back to his job. "Mentally, it's a grind when you don't know if you'll play every day," said Velarde, who spent eight seasons with the New York Yankees as a utility player. "You get to the ball park not knowing where, or if, they'll use you.
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August 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
One of the top home-run hitting teams in the majors showed Sunday they can win with more than just the long ball. The Oakland Athletics, who are second in the majors with 181 home runs, saw right fielder Matt Stairs preserve a tie by going to the wall and catching Shawn Green's one-on, two-out drive in the top of the ninth before Randy Velarde delivered a two-out, run-scoring bloop single off bullpen ace Billy Koch as Oakland defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3.
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July 31, 1999 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A baseball source familiar with trade talks regarding pitcher Chuck Finley said the team "is confident a deal will be worked out" by this afternoon, and the Cleveland Indians appear to be the clear front-runners for the Angel left-hander. But if Finley is on the mound for tonight's game against the Minnesota Twins, that will be a pretty good indication he will finish out his career with the Angels. Finley has given the Angels until 3 p.m.
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July 30, 1999 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Angels didn't merely raise the white flag on this highly disappointing season Thursday night. They took a stick of dynamite to the team, trading second baseman Randy Velarde and pitcher Omar Olivares to the Oakland Athletics for three minor leaguers, and the very foundation of this franchise, veteran pitcher Chuck Finley, could be the next to go. Velarde has been the Angels' best position player, with a .
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June 29, 1999 | FRANK SCHWAB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last October, Randy Velarde knew exactly what he wanted from his 1999 season: To be the everyday second baseman for the Angels. At that time however, it looked as if Velarde was going to be an everyday second baseman, or an Angel, but probably not both. Justin Baughman had made a good impression in his 63-game trial at second base last year while Velarde was out with an elbow injury. Baughman is 12 years younger than Velarde, who was a free agent and was going to be 36 on opening day 1999.
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June 25, 1999 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
The Angels played their last game on the dungeonous slab in the Kingdome Thursday night. The dim dome with the rock-hard artificial turf that has housed the Mariners since 1977 will be torn down, and the team will move into a new retractable-roof stadium called Safeco Field after its next homestand. For some Angels, it was good riddance.
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June 3, 1999 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Second baseman Randy Velarde did not retract any of the strong comments he made earlier this week regarding Manager Terry Collins, whom Velarde criticized for taking the green light he had on the basepath away while Mo Vaughn was batting. But he did apologize to Collins for the manner in which he vented his frustration. Instead of marching into the manager's office, the Angel veteran voiced his complaints to reporters.
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February 15, 1998 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Second baseman Randy Velarde has consulted several players who have undergone elbow reconstruction surgery, and has found a consensus on what his biggest hurdle will be this spring after missing the entire 1997 season. "The hardest thing will be cutting loose on that first throw, that first relay or off-balance throw up the middle," Velarde said. "I've talked to guys [who have had the surgery] and they say once you get past that, everything will be fine."
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April 23, 1998 | JOHN WEYLER
Catcher Todd Greene and second baseman Randy Velarde head to Mesa, Ariz., today for an extended spring training where they will see game action . . . with some limitations. Greene, recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, will bat and catch, but he won't throw to second base. Velarde, coming back from reconstructive elbow surgery, will hit and play in the field, but he won't be going out as the cut-off man and making relay throws.
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May 18, 1999 | BILL SHAIKIN and CHRIS FOSTER
Second baseman Randy Velarde stepped to the plate with one out in the eighth inning Saturday, but everyone in the stadium knew who was on deck. The Angels trailed Tampa Bay, 3-1, but had runners on first and third with Mo Vaughn waiting in the wings. This had potential for the Angels. Instead, Velarde hit a sharp grounder that Devil Ray shortstop Kevin Stocker snagged and turned into an inning-ending double play. A disappointing moment, but Manager Terry Collins wasn't about to wallow in it.
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May 18, 1999 | CHRIS FOSTER and BILL SHAIKIN
Second baseman Randy Velarde stepped to the plate with one out in the eighth inning Saturday, but everyone in the stadium knew who was on deck. The Angels trailed Tampa Bay, 3-1, but had runners on first and third with Mo Vaughn waiting in the wings. This had potential for the Angels. Instead, Velarde hit a sharp grounder that shortstop Kevin Stocker snagged and turned into an inning-ending double play. A disappointing moment, but Manager Terry Collins wasn't about to wallow in it.
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