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January 1, 2008 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
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?
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January 1, 2008 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
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?
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January 6, 2007
Let me get this straight: Someone writes in and complains that the Angels' new first baseman, Shea Hillenbrand, has never hit 20 homers, and you publish it? That's funny, because he hit 21 in 2006 (and was an All-Star the year before). BRIAN SHARKEY Orange
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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.
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July 10, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna
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.
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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?"
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July 8, 2003 | From Associated Press
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.
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August 14, 2007 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 5, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
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 ...
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August 14, 2007 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 11, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS -- A day after trading for veteran pinch-hit specialist Mark Sweeney, the Dodgers on Friday signed infielder Shea Hillenbrand to a minor league deal and assigned him to triple-A Las Vegas. Hillenbrand started the season with the Angels but was released at the All-Star break after hitting .254 in 53 games with three homers and 22 runs batted in. He signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres less than three weeks later, but they let him go Wednesday after he hit .
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July 10, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna
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.
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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?"
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June 28, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
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?
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June 27, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
Shea Hillenbrand wants out. Not because of the organization, the manager, the city, the stadium, the fans, the weather, his teammates -- all are top notch, the Angels' deposed designated hitter said. It's the situation.
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May 12, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
Maybe if Gary Matthews Jr. had really wanted to stay in Texas, or the Rangers hadn't given him his first opportunity to be an everyday player, or the fans and front office hadn't treated him so well, he would have felt animosity toward his old team when he returned to Texas on Friday for the first time since signing a five-year, $50-million deal with the Angels. But not a trace of ill will could be found in the voice of the Angels center fielder -- and the team's latest cleanup batter -- Friday.
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May 17, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
The Angels make a considerable financial commitment to a veteran with a good track record, the player remains in a deep offensive funk well into the season, and Manager Mike Scioscia sticks with the player for weeks, even months, confident his bat will come around. Sound familiar? Angels fans can only hope the parallels between center fielder Steve Finley, the bust of 2005, and current designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand, who is hitting .
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June 5, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
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 ...
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May 17, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
The Angels make a considerable financial commitment to a veteran with a good track record, the player remains in a deep offensive funk well into the season, and Manager Mike Scioscia sticks with the player for weeks, even months, confident his bat will come around. Sound familiar? Angels fans can only hope the parallels between center fielder Steve Finley, the bust of 2005, and current designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand, who is hitting .
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