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Halo Headlines: Scioscia sorting through second base options, Alex Johnson dies at 72

The March 4th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Scioscia sorting through second base options, Alex Johnson dies at 72 and much more… The Story: Mike Scioscia is sorting through his options at second base.The Monkey Says: Right now Rutledge is operating as the starter, which is no real surprise. Based on these comments here and in previous articles, it sounds...
Via Monkey with a Halo
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Does Carlos Quentin make sense for the Angels?

With Josh Hamilton out and Howie Kendrick traded, the Angels will be on the lookout for additional sources of offense to help propel a team that finished with the second best offense in the AL to another championship. It’s strange to think most reports indicate the sky is falling in on the Angels because the Mariners and Astros got better and the Angels are now without Hamilton...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Player Projection: Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols showed that when healthy he can still be a productive middle-of-the-order bat, but he also showed that he can’t be the Pujols of old. At age 35, can Albert remain productive or will his decline only accelerate in 2015? What happened in 2014?The main thing that happened in 2014 is that Albert’s legs didn’t disintegrate into dust. Turns out that Pujols is a lot...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Angels Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Los Angeles Angels. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not L.A.’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Angels’ system who are most ready to produce […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels: with Hamilton out, who is in?

There is an Angel in the outfield who has a suspension looming over his head. Prior to a MLB sanctioned drug test, Josh Hamilton confessed to recent cocaine use. This former All-Star slugger has a much publicized past, in terms of his drug abuse. Hamilton is recovering from surgery and will be out regardless of any suspension. The biggest question to arise from this mess for the...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Richards won’t be ready by April 6 opener, says Scioscia

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards will not be ready by the team’s April 6 opener in Seattle, manager Mike Scioscia told Orange County Register reporter Jeff Fletcher on Sunday. “They haven’t fully taken all the reins off him, but you can kind of project,” Scioscia said. “He’s going to be two or three weeks behind some [...]
Via Halos Insider
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels RHP Garrett Richards progressing in knee rehab

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in about a week as he makes progress from August knee surgery, and the club remains hopeful he could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season for the reigning AL West champions. "It's not going to be opening day, let's put it that way," manager Mike...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten years gone: Weaver & Scioscia form MLB's longest current pitcher-manager partnership

The careers and lives of Jered Weaver and Mike Scioscia are so intertwined, they've been known to bump into one another in the grocery store. In the offseason, they live about three miles apart in Westlake Village, Ca. and so their  meetings on the mound morph into meetings in the local Pavilions grocery store. Weaver will spot Scioscia, turn his cart the other way as a joke and...
Via Fox Sports West
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Homecoming of Spring Training

By Ellen Bell, Staff Reporter -  Homecoming usually happens in the fall, but for me It's all about the spring. That's when we get to return to the field, rediscover our team, and reconnect with our passion for baseball. Spring Training is more than just a month of practice games that don't count. It's the beginning of our favorite season, when we get...
Via Angelswin
5 days ago  |  Discuss

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

‘I’m proof that hope is never lost.’ That simple, yet hard-hitting saying, is exactly what Josh Hamilton titled an article he wrote for ESPN The Magazine (as told to Time..... The post Josh Hamilton Is Not Alone And Neither Are You appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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Report: Angels show interest in Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez

According to former LA Times baseball columnist Ross Newhan, the Angels are interested in yet another Cuban player, this after already signing infielder Roberto Baldquin and spinning the wheels on Yoan Moncada. From a Newhan tweet: Angels, Dodgers interested in Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez, 18, who requires same Moncada tax and 2 yr., international signing [...]
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #38: Albert Pujols | 1B | LAA

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Entering last season Albert Pujols had a ton of question marks. He was entering his age-34 season and coming off a season mostly lost to plantar fasciitis, and no one really knew how automatic The Machine was going to be. We liked Pujols more than most, projecting 82 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, and a .280 BA, and...
Via Baseball Professor
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton reportedly confesses to cocaine relapse

Josh Hamilton met with MLB Wednesday about a “disciplinary” issue, according to reports, and a new report says the Angels outfielder confessed to having a relapse with cocaine. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported the news: Hear hamilton had relapse. Believe occurred a couple months back. Involved at least cocaine. Honorably, he confessed. — Jon Heyman...Read More
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The nature of Mike Trout’s problem

The default introduction: Mike Trout is among the least-troubled players in baseball. By WAR, you could split him into four or five parts and have four or five decent everyday players, at least given good enough prosthetic limbs. Trout’s coming off an MVP award he deserved, after back-to-back seasons of not winning MVP awards he […]
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

It's title or bust for Mike Trout & Angels in 2015: 'Anything less than that is a failure'

Mike Trout reported to Angels camp flashing that same megawatt smile, a similar 239-pound frame and brought along that new moniker of MVP.  The Angels center fielder's life is forever changed since he won American League MVP honors in November. Trout was recognized even on vacation in the Bahamas, where he went fishing and said he caught a couple of barracudas. More people know...
Via Fox Sports West
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cuban IF Baldoquin has visa issues, won't be with Angels on time

  Cuban infielder Robert Baldoquin has visa issues and is not expected to be at spring training with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday when position players report Wednesday. The 20-year-old, who agreed last month to a contract with an $8 million signing bonus, is in the Dominican Republic. While Baldoquin is expected to work with coaches mostly on minor league fields, manager...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Steroid Era - By Tim Salmon

Rob Goldman, Historical Writer -  The first time I heard about steroids was years ago, when I was in high school. It was during football season, so I was spending a lot of time inside the weight room. But it was my Baseball coach who pulled me off to the side for a talk. From out of the blue, he turned his discussion to the harmful effects of steroids. He implored...
Via Angelswin
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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