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.
June 28, 2007 |
Shea Hillenbrand vented his frustration about losing his designated hitter job Tuesday, saying he felt "pushed aside, put on a back-burner," and that if he wasn't going to play for the Angels, "give me enough respect to trade me or get rid of me." Wednesday, the Angels informed Hillenbrand he would be designated for assignment Friday, giving the team 10 days to trade or release him. Did Hillenbrand think his strong comments Tuesday led to his departure Wednesday?
January 1, 2008 |
GILBERT, Ariz. -- Don't get Shea Hillenbrand wrong. There's no doubt he's devoted to baseball. After all, it would be difficult to last seven seasons in the major leagues and make two All-Star teams without having an affinity for the game. But baseball is just his job. "This," he says, pointing to the 38-acre farm and stables he and his wife, Jessica, opened two months ago in the shadow of the San Tan Mountains, "this is our passion. This is what we want to do." Passion?
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.