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December 14, 1988
California Angels first baseman Wally Joyner received an award from the Board of Supervisors Tuesday for his work as chairman of the 65 Roses Club, a nationwide organization of professional athletes who raise money to combat cystic fibrosis. "We're getting real close to curing this disease," Joyner told the supervisors at their Tuesday morning meeting.
October 5, 1991
So the Angels want to re-sign Wally Joyner, do they? Good luck. He'll probably want a five-year contract for $50 million. Lee Stevens can do the job. Dick Schofield, too? Unfortunately, this nice young man will always be a good-field, not-much-hit player no matter what batting stance he applies. Gary DiSarcina can do the job. And Dave Winfield? So he doesn't want to be a designated hitter, and the number of hits he has gotten recently seems to prove that. Almost anyone can do the job. Let's build for the Angels' future with young, hungry ballplayers, not hungry-for-money players who don't seem to care where the team finishes.
October 14, 1986 | MIKE PENNER
The Angels left Orange County Monday morning without Wally Joyner, but their rookie first baseman caught up with them in the evening, taking a later flight to Boston along with Angel team doctor Jules Rasinski. Joyner is listed as a probable starter for Game 6. "He's coming to play," team spokesman Tim Mead said. "He has no fever, the swelling is down. We're very, very optimistic." Joyner was hospitalized Saturday and Sunday because of a bacterial infection in his right shin.
April 8, 1989
When Mike Penner cites the drop in Wally Joyner's 1988 home run production without further explanation, he is implicitly attributing the tail-off to something within Joyner himself. I submit that Joyner's performance was the same, but that the baseball was different. The ball was enlivened in '87 and deadened in '88. Intermediate power hitters such as Joyner were most sensitive to the changes. The marginal home run of '87 became a double or a long out in '88. Thus, Joyner dropped from 34 to 13 home runs and Wade Boggs dropped from 25 to five.
October 18, 1986
Angel first baseman Wally Joyner is expected to be released from St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange sometime this weekend, Angel spokesman Tim Mead said Friday. Joyner has been hospitalized since last Saturday with an infection in his right shin, which forced him to miss the last four games of the American League championship series.
Angel first baseman Lee Stevens, haunted by the ghost of Wally Joyner, was traded Friday to the Montreal Expos for minor league pitcher Jeff Tuss. "I think it was the best thing that could have happened to my career," said Stevens, who batted .221 with seven home runs and 37 runs batted in last season. "It just seemed like everything that could go bad, did go bad. There were a number of factors that went against me, but that one thing never went away.
October 5, 1991 | HELENE ELLIOTT
First baseman Wally Joyner has played his last game of the season. But has he played his last as an Angel? "I'd like to know the answer, too," said Joyner, who will be eligible for free agency after the season. "All I can say is good things come to those who wait. I'm satisfied with my season and disappointed I had to miss the last two weeks (because of a sprained right ankle)."
December 11, 1991 | MIKE DOWNEY
Wally, Wally, Wally. Poor, sweet Wally. Sniff. The Angels were so mean to me! Sniff. They don't like me! They really don't like me! Sniff. Yeah, how dare those mean old Autrys treat Wally Joyner that way? They played him every day. They paid him every payday. They gave him an everyday job, even when it meant taking it away from Hall of Famer Rod Carew.
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