March 18, 2001 |
A giant bee swarm congregated around home plate in the middle of the fifth inning Saturday, causing a five-minute delay in an exhibition game between the Angels and San Diego Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex. "Where were they in the third inning?" Angel pitcher Tim Belcher cracked. The veteran right-hander could have used such a delay--anything to break up a 30-pitch inning in which he was stung for six runs on six hits, including three-run homers by Damian Jackson and Bubba Trammell.
March 9, 2001 |
In the first inning of his first game as an Angel, Mo Vaughn tumbled down the dugout steps at Edison Field and wrenched his ankle. Angel curse? Vaughn scoffed at the notion. But Tim Belcher believes. Before he joined the Angels in 1999, he had pitched at least 200 innings in each of the preceding three seasons and at least 150 innings in each of his 11 years in the major leagues.
February 15, 2001 |
* Who's new: Pitchers Ismael Valdes and Pat Rapp, designated hitter Jose Canseco, first baseman Wally Joyner, shortstop Wilmy Caceres, catcher Jorge Fabregas and outfielder Kimera Bartee. * Who's gone: Pitchers Seth Etherton, Kent Mercker, Mark Petkovsek and Scott Karl, outfielder Ron Gant, shortstop Kevin Stocker and catcher Matt Walbeck. * Biggest question of the spring: Who's on first? Joyner, utility player Scott Spiezio and rookie Larry Barnes will compete for the first-base job.
December 8, 2000 |
The Angels gave pitcher Tim Belcher a chance for redemption Thursday, signing the veteran right-hander to a minor-league contract that will allow him to erase the sour taste of a disappointing 1999 season and an injury-marred 2000. On the eve of baseball's winter meetings, the Angels also offered salary arbitration to free-agent reliever Mark Petkovsek, greatly improving their chances of re-signing one of their key setup men. Petkovsek, who was 4-2 with a 4.
November 4, 2000
I was delighted to learn that the Angels declined to pick up the option on Tim Belcher. This should save them enough money to sign another over-the-hill arm for several million dollars and then complain that their limited budget prevents them from pursuing a starting pitcher. BARRY P. RESNICK Orange
September 30, 2000 |
Tim Belcher will make his final start of the season today against the Mariners. He hopes it's not his final start as an Angel or the final start of his major league career. After contemplating retirement this summer, the veteran right-hander, plagued by elbow problems for two seasons, has informed General Manager Bill Stoneman he would like to return in 2001 and is willing to renegotiate his contract to do so. The Angels have a $5.