May 28, 2007 |
In an era when run-of-the-mill major league baseball players own fleets of Hummers and aging superstar pitchers command $1 million a start -- here's looking at you, Roger Clemens -- it's almost comical to learn that a reported $205,000 bonus paid to an amateur 43 years ago sent ripples through the sport. But it did.
June 3, 2012 |
It hit me last week as Mike Trout was turning a stand-up double into a head-first-slide triple against the New York Yankees, that we are looking at the most mesmerizing prospect in the Angels' 51-year history. Mind you, I've only been following the team since 1966. Ross Newhan, a semiretired Hall of Fame baseball columnist, has been chronicling the team since its 1961 inception. "I don't remember one," Newhan responded when I asked if he could remember a brighter young Halo.
June 17, 1985
Player Years Stats Residence Joe Adcock 1964-66 .261 Coushatta, LA Sandy Alomar 1969-74 .243 Salinas Ken Aspromonte 1961 .223 Houston, TX Earl Averill 1961-62 .243 Auburn, WA Julio Becquer 1961 .000 Minneapolis,MN Bobby Bonds 1976-77 .264 San Carlos Ted Bowsfield 1961-62 .137 Seattle, WA Dean Chance 1961-66 74-66 Wooster, OH Tex Clevenger 1961 2-1 Porterville Paul Doyle 1970-72 3-0 Huntington Beach Ryne Duren 1961-62 8-21 Soughton, WI Tom Egan 1965-70, .186 Hacienda Heights 1974-75 .
September 10, 2001 |
At 5 feet 8, 170 pounds, Angel rookie David Eckstein doesn't have the physically imposing presence that Don Baylor did. But when Eckstein was hit by a Rick Reed pitch Saturday night, it was the 19th time Eckstein had been plugged this season, a club record that surpassed Baylor's 18 in 1978 and Rick Reichardt's 18 in 1968. It also gave Eckstein the American League rookie record. Detroit's Heinie Manush was hit 18 times in 1923.
August 5, 1989 |
When this week's games began in Seattle, the Angels led the major leagues in team home runs with 98. That's an average of .95 dingers per game and projects to a season total of 154. While that would be a 25% improvement over last year's 124, it would not be close to the Angels' season record, 189, hit in their first season in old Wrigley Field.
August 9, 2001 |
Shortstop David Eckstein doesn't need his head examined--not yet. But when he was plunked on the arm by a Kip Wells' pitch in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, he moved into a tie for the American League lead for being hit by a pitch. Eckstein and Oakland's Frank Menechino have been hit 15 times. Nothing wrong with a leadoff batter getting on base by any means necessary, and Eckstein's on-base percentage is .361. But he denies having any premeditated thoughts.