December 30, 2006
So let me get this straight: Juan Rivera's absence needed to be addressed, so Shea Hillenbrand is a solution? $6.5 million for a first baseman who's never slugged .500 or hit 20 homers, doesn't draw walks, is eight years older than Casey Kotchman and Kendry Morales, and has a problem with authority? If Vladimir Guerrero hadn't fallen in Bill Stoneman's lap before 2004, he'd be fired by now. DAVID PENGLos Angeles As an avid Angels fan, I've found countless ways to rationalize and even justify many of Bill Stoneman's moves -- or lack thereof -- but this one is impossible even for me. The Angels already have a better, younger version of Hillenbrand in Robb Quinlan.
July 10, 2007 |
The Angels, unable to trade Shea Hillenbrand in the 10-day period after he was designated for assignment June 29, had no choice Monday but to release the former designated hitter, who is now a free agent. In a similar position last season, after struggling pitcher Jeff Weaver was designated for assignment, General Manager Bill Stoneman was able to acquire a decent outfield prospect, Terry Evans, from St. Louis for the right-hander.
June 30, 2007
I'm shocked -- shocked! -- to find that Shea Hillenbrand was upset about something. Even though he was on a first-place team and had nothing to whine about, he was still a distraction. He may think he is, in his own words, a "quality player in my prime," but he's not hitting for average, he doesn't draw walks, and he's got a lower slugging percentage than anyone else in the starting lineup. The less Hillenbrand played, the more success the Angels had. He didn't put up, so he should have shut up. DAVID PENG Cerritos My wife and I are resurrecting an exchange from 2002: Her: "What's the score?"
July 8, 2003 |
Shea Hillenbrand became the sixth player to homer in three consecutive innings, setting career highs with five hits and seven runs batted in as he led the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Colorado Rockies, 14-6, Monday night at Phoenix. Hillenbrand hit a pair of solo shots off Jason Jennings, then hit a three-run homer against Nelson Cruz (3-5) as Arizona overcame a 5-0 deficit to win for the 16th time in 19 games.
August 14, 2007 |
Desperate to bolster their sagging offense, the Dodgers on Monday purchased the contract of a player who has been released by two teams this season: corner infielder Shea Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand, 32, signed a minor league contract last week and was assigned to triple-A Las Vegas, where he was seven for 13 in three games.
June 5, 2007 |
Shea Hillenbrand knew this was coming, but the full weight of the news didn't seem to hit him until Manager Mike Scioscia told him in a meeting Sunday that he would no longer be the team's regular designated hitter. "I've worked hard to be where I am, and this is a pretty big step backward for me personally," said Hillenbrand, who is batting .241 with three home runs and 18 runs batted in. "But the welfare of the team comes first. I told Mike since day one ...