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The Outside Corner:
I'm Scotty Allen and I'm somewhat of a "Jack of all trades". I'm a former Marine and current grad-student, amateur scout for a sports agency, senior columnist for LA Angels Insider, minor league writer for Monkey with a Halo, and a correspondent for The Outside Corner. My favorite team is of course the Los Angeles Angels, but I find myself routinely rooting for the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres as well. My favorite current players are Torii Hunter and Mike Trout, and my favorite all-time players are Tony Gwynn and Wally Joyner. When I'm not in the classroom, in the stands, on the field or at my computer, I can be found traveling to parts unknown with my wife. Follow and chat with me on twitter @ScottyA_LAAI.
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If baseball fans ever wanted to hate a team because of its name, the sheer stupidty of doing business as the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” would suffice. Yet 10 years ago, it seemed this n’er do well franchise was becoming a force to be reckoned with: with one of the game’s brightest young managers, deep pockets, and a stocked farm system, the Angels seemed poised to challenge...
The February 24th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...
Jordan Walden came into spring training trying to improve on a season that wasn't what he wanted it to be.
The Angels closer was 5-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 32 saves in 2011 but he also had 10 blown saves, tied for the major league lead.
''It wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, but I learned a lot,'' Walden said.
This season, Walden hopes to make his fastball...
Tempe, Ariz. Even if Kendrys Morales' running program goes exactly as planned, with no setbacks, the earliest the Angels slugger would play in exhibition games is mid-March, Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday.
Morales has missed the last year and a half because of a broken left ankle, but if he regains his 2009 form, when he hit .306 with 34 homers and 108 runs batted in, he...
The February 23rd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...
From out of the league since 2007 to the surprise fifth starter for the Angels by the end of 2011, the last four years have been quite the adventure for Jerome Williams. Now it is a whole new adventure for Williams as he looks to prove that he belongs in the big leagues for good.
2011 Stats: 4-0, 44.0 IP, 3.68 ERA, 45 H, 15 BB, 6 HR, 28 K
2012 ZiPS Projections: 5-7, 103.2 IP...
Kevin Jepsen, a key reliever in 2009 but slowed by knee issues the last two years, appears sound after surgery, is back up to his original playing weight and hopes to regain his high-90s velocity.You can see it in the ease and comfort of his delivery, his explosive thrust toward the plate and the way the ball comes out of his hand. You can hear it in the loud pop of the catcher's mitt.
Although the runner-up for American League rookie of the year last season, he has been forced out of first base because of the team's acquisition of Albert Pujols, but looks at learning to play third base as a challenge.Dec. 8 was a day of celebration for the Angels. That's when they signed first baseman Albert Pujols, considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history.
Scott Kazmir will always be the one who got away for a lot of Mets fans. Cast off as trade bait, he was traded for Victor Zambrano going on a decade ago. As we all know, Zambrano was a bust in New York and fans have always wondered what could of been.Fast forward to today and we find Kazmir looking to resurrect his own career, which has been derailed by injury. On Friday, the...
Young catcher is trying to stick with the big league club for good, but after a rough patch last season and with the likelihood that the Angels won't carry three catchers, he might be headed back to triple A for more seasoning.Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- There comes a time in every highly touted youngster's career when he must turn promise into production, when he must...
For a man who had the lowest batting average and on-base percentage among qualifying players last year, Vernon Wells seemed especially confident and enthusiastic when he arrived at the Angels' Spring Training facility on Saturday. In his mind, several things are working in his favor heading into 2012
Angels pitchers Dan Haren and C.J. Wilson, teammates for the first time this season, have opposed each other twice as starters in the big leagues, in 2010 and 2011, but their history actually dates back to 2001, when they squared off in a memorable college game at Loyola Marymount University.
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Manager Mike Scioscia says the right-handed pitcher, who signed a minor league contract with the Angels, will have a setup role.Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — Jason Isringhausen signed a minor league contract with the Angels, but he could have a major impact on the bullpen. Manager Mike Scioscia indicated Thursday that the veteran right-hander is a near-lock to make the club.