October 4, 2008
Here is yet another name for Arte Moreno's playoff-challenged team: the Los Angeles Braves of Anaheim. We have seen this pattern before, annual playoff appearances and early, low-scoring exits. It has not been the lack of a big bat all these years, but the lack of anyone who can hit when it really counts. The next clutch hit Figgins or Kendrick or Napoli or Matthews or Vladdy gets will be his first. The difference in 2002 was that team had players who played well in pressure situations, Erstad, Glaus, Spiezio, Molina, Salmon, etc. It's a class organization with some stand-up guys as players, but they need to turn this around or they will be labeled as chokers.
July 28, 2007
Congratulations to the Angels on a great year of baseball. From July of last year through June of this year, they were awesome. Unfortunately, the baseball season runs from April through September, not July through June, and the second half of this season is starting to smell just as bad as the first half of last year. Everyone says they need a bat. In this rare instance, "everyone" is right.
March 22, 1997
Nice job, Bill Bavasi and Tony Tavares. You finished last season with one of the five worst pitching staffs in the history of baseball. Then you let Finley get another year older and Langston another year farther away from his good fastball. Then you let the payroll dictate that Abbott was good enough to be the No. 3 starter. And to plug the gaps in the rotation, you made bold moves for Mark Gubicza (nuff said) and Allen Watson (a guy the Giants, with no pitching of their own, were glad to ship out)
October 3, 2009
While the Angels pouring beer on Nick Adenhart's jersey may be in poor taste, people need to look at the bigger picture. The best way for the Angels' players to honor Nick would have been to get somebody who wasn't drinking to drive them home after the game. The issue isn't drinking; alcohol is legal for people over 21. But nobody should get behind the wheel of a car after they have been drinking. David Saw Diamond Bar :: The Angels' tribute to Nick Adenhart was both extraordinarily touching and unintentionally unsettling.
October 13, 2007
Two weeks ago I sent in a letter questioning why the Angels were not aggressively trying to get the home-field advantage in the playoffs. Last week I sent in a letter decrying the Angels' lack of playoff offense. Given what's happened since, I have nothing to add at this time. Ron Reeve Glendora -- Let's compare the Angels and the Red Sox: We have Shields and Rodriguez flinging the ball toward the plate and hoping that someone will swing at a bad pitch.
July 26, 2008
So in his infinite and original wisdom, T.J. Simers surmises the Angels need more offense and proposes an Ervin Santana and Casey Kotchman trade for either the overrated and over-priced Mark Teixeira or the Coors Field-friendly Matt Holliday. The Angels have already made a trade that has already given them more offense and most likely will continue to do so for some time. The Gary Matthews Jr. "trade" for Juan Rivera was brilliant. Ron Reeve Glendora The weekend sweeping of the Red Sox was a fool's gold for some Angels fans and the team's top brass.