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This is not an All-Star Game throwback. However, today is the day we get to see the best All-Star Game event of any sport. So, we decided to give you one of the better Home Run Derby stories of all time. Let’s go back to 2008, when gas was below $2.00, Pluto was being denigrated from planet status, and Josh Hamilton was still a relatively unknown prospect whose past addiction problems created an unlikely success story that very few can rival.
Josh Hamilton was selected #1 overall in the 1999 draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a can’t-miss prospect. Hamilton, though, never stepped onto a major league team’s baseball field until 2007. After toiling in the minors for 3+ years, Hamilton spent the next three out of baseball and in rehab facilities. Becoming addicted to pain killers after a major accident involving himself and his parents (where no one was seriously injured), Hamilton never checked back in with reality. The Rays, who felt like they had given Hamilton numerous opp...
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#FREEKOLECALHOUN is trending on Twitter. Kole Calhoun comes in #2 on our Prospect Hotlist
By Scott Stedman, AngelsWin.com Staff Reporter -
1. Daniel Hurtado, SP, Orem Owlz/Burlington Bees
Past 10 Games: 1-0, 0 Saves, 2.93 ERA, 15.1 IP, 12 H, 7 BB, 10 K, 1.24 WHIP
Overall: 1-0, 0 Saves, 2.93 ERA, 15.1 IP, 12 H, 7 BB, 10 K, 1.24 WHIP, .214 BAA
What’s Up: Daniel Hurtado...
The Angels have disappointed in the first half. Can they get it together and make a run?
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Record: 44-49 (11 GB)
Biggest Surprise of First Half:
The outfield duo of J.B. Shuck and Peter Bourjos. Bourjos has raked in the 40 games he’s played this season, producing a slash line of .333/.392/.457. To put that in perspective, Bourjos’ slash line for his...
The July 15th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Blanton, Butcher and Iannetta in dugout altercation, Hanson on track for July 23rd return and much more...
The Story: Joe Blanton, Chris Iannetta and pitching coach all had to be seperated during an in-game argument in the dugout on Sunday.
The Monkey Says: Butcher was seen arguing with Butcher...
The Los Angeles Angels have set their starting rotation for the first four games of the second half. When the No. 5 spot comes around the team will need another arm, and right-hander Tommy Hanson could get the call to fill the void, according to Bob Sherwin of MLB.com.
Hanson threw a bullpen session on Saturday, logging 38 pitches, according to manager Mike Scioscia. The skipper...
As the 2013 season transitions past the halfway mark, all 30 major league teams must prepare themselves for the summer stretch ahead and eventually the light at the end of the tunnel that is the postseason. Leading up to the start of the season, a number of offseason deals took place as per the usual, a few involving some of the game’s most talented players took place, including...
The Big Apple and Mets’ Citi Field had the honor of holding the 84th MLB All-Star game; Mike Trout had the honor of being the only representative of the LA Angels of Anaheim.
Matt Harvey vs. Mike Trout. An intriguing young matchup started the Summer Classic. Harvey’s first pitch was a fastball on the outer-half of the plate.
Being the phenom he is, Trout swung first pitch...
C.J. Wilson was in New York City today as he was taking in some of the MLB All-Star Game festivities. He and his team the L.A. Angels are 11 games behind the Oakland A’s in the American League West. He knows that after the All-Star break the Angels need to start playing at a higher level to even get a chance to play in the postseason.
Wilson and I were able to chat about the All...
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This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Sunday July 14th, 2013
Games – 15
AL Games – 7
NL Games – 7
IL Games – 1
American League Games (7):
Kansas City Royals (43-48) @ Cleveland Indians (50-44) – 1:05 pm
Kansas City ace James Shields (4-6, 3.12) will try to give the Royals their first win of the series against Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 3.47) and the tribe. Cleveland...
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Mike Trout - Yasiel Puig made his debut on June 3rd and posted a .391/.422/.616 slash line. Over that same span Mike Trout has gone for .367/.448/.597. That is an OPS by Trout that is seven points greater than Puig in a tougher run environment plus elite...
Mike Trout continues to live up to the hype and is having an excellent season without the help of Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton. Justin Upton started hot and finished hot to keep himself valuable. He hit 12 home runs in April and has hit just 4 over his last 235 ABs. But he did hit .319 in July before the break so that is a good sign of things to come. His brother B.J. on the...
The Angels did not have a good first half and they were looking to close it out with a win against Seattle, but the All-Star Hisashi Iwakuma had other ideas and the Angels finished the first half being swept by the Mariners.
Seattle scored four runs in the game. The first one coming in the 2nd inning courtesy of a Michael Saunders homer scoring Justin Smoak, in the 4th with...
The 2013 Home Run Derby came and went last night at Citi Field and, once again, it was a pretty underwhelming event overall. The competition has gotten pretty stale in the past handful of years and has become one of the most overrated events in all of sports, right up there with the NBA Slam Dunk Content. Barring an unhuman performance from a competitor (a la Josh Hamilton), the...
After hitting a hot streak and looking like a legitimate contender for .500 1st half (don't laugh) they end the run with a sweep in Seattle. Despite ending the 1st half on the season under .500 and facing an ugly sweep against the Mariners the Angels are still in a decent spot to make a run after the break. Out of the Angels next 20 games 13 of them are against teams ahead of...