April 13, 2013 |
Worst week ever The Angels lost ace Jered Weaver, shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Alberto Callaspo to injury last week, bad news for any team but worse for this one, top-heavy with stars and hardly any depth. The Angels have started 2-8 once before - as an expansion team. They might have had a backup shortstop in Jean Segura, but they included him in last year's trade for pitcher Zack Greinke. Segura leads the National League with a .429 batting average, through Friday.
June 14, 2012 |
Dan Haren anchored the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation for 21/2 years, going 37-26 with a 3.56 earned-run average from 2008 to July 2010, but the veteran right-hander can't help but feel a little mystified about his desert stint. "Arizona made the playoffs the year before I got there and the year after I left," said Haren, who will pitch against his former club in Angel Stadium on Friday night. "And I was supposed to be the one who took them to the next level. " Arizona's struggles had more to do with pitcher Brandon Webb's arm injury, an ineffective bullpen and a shortage of established run-producers than anything Haren did or didn't do. But the Angels also acquired Haren to bolster their playoff hopes and failed to make the postseason in 2010 and 2011, so the irony of the trade is impossible to ignore, and not just for Haren.
March 13, 2012 |
Reporting from Scottsdale, Ariz. — Angels pitcher Dan Haren was impressive Tuesday in his second spring performance, striking out seven Arizona Diamondbacks in three innings. Haren mowed down the heart of Arizona's order — Justin Upton , Miguel Montero and Chris Young — then came back to close his outing with four consecutive strikeouts, retiring the side with 10 pitches in the third inning. The Angels beat Arizona, 3-0, on a combined two-hitter that included three hitless innings by reliever Ariel Pena . "The location of my fastball [clocked at 90 mph]
October 28, 2011 |
The Angels will hold a noon news conference Saturday to introduce Jerry Dipoto as their general manager, according to people familiar with the search process but who are not authorized to speak publicly until the official announcement. Since Major League Baseball discourages teams from making announcements during the World Series, Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead would neither confirm nor deny the news on Friday. Dipoto, 43, spent the past six seasons as Arizona's senior vice president of scouting and player development.
August 9, 2011 |
Reporting from New York — The Angels' top pitching prospect, Garrett Richards , is set to make his major league debut Wednesday. That could make the Angels' 2009 draft even more special, but the scouting director responsible for selecting those players is long gone. The Angels had four of the first 42 picks that year. Mike Trout , the outfielder considered one of the two best prospects in baseball, was one. Tyler Skaggs , the pitcher who was the key to the Dan Haren trade, was another.
June 10, 2009 |
Angels scouting director Eddie Bane isn't much for convention. "I'm a little bit of a maverick, I guess," he confessed. So he wasn't about to play it safe Tuesday, gambling the team's first first-round draft pick in three years on Texas high schooler Randal Grichuk, a slugging outfielder many draft-watchers considered a second-round selection at best. "Everybody has a good opinion. But we can't worry about [that]," said Bane said, who took Grichuk with the 24th overall selection.