Found November 19, 2012 on
Los Angeles Angels
By Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
Of all the superlatives that can be lavished upon Mike Trout’s rookie season, perhaps the simplest and most appropriate is “unprecedented,” because no rookie in Major League history reached the statistical heights Trout achieved. For that matter, no second-, third- or even 20th-year player did so, either.
And he did it all as a 20-year-old.
.326/.399/.594, 129 runs, 27 2B, 8 3B, 30 HR, 83 RBI, 49 SB
Trout led the American League in runs scored and stolen bases and finished second in batting average, despite starting the year at AAA Salt Lake and missing the first 20 Major League games. As for “unprecedented,” no player in Major League Baseball’s 141 years had ever surpassed 125 runs, 30 home runs and 45 stolen bases in the same season. Not one. Furthermore, he became the youngest player in history to record a 30 HR-30 SB season and the first rookie to combine 30 HR and 40 SB. Only two rookies scored more runs: Joe DiMaggio (132 in 1...
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Right handed pitcher Zack Greinke could be considered the top free agent starter this off season, and both the Angels and Rangers are expected to bid against each other to land him, but according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Dodgers are viewed as the favorites to land Greinke.
Earlier this month, we learned that the Angels' top priority this offseason is to...
If you believed in the MVP candidacy of Mike Trout over Miguel Cabrera, then the day since the announcement has likely been a frustrating one.
Obviously there was the vote itself, in which 22 of 28 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America said that Cabrera was the more “valuable” player in 2012 — the other six did indeed vote for Trout. But beyond the outcome...
AngelsWin.com is never short on running contests through the season and offseason. This month we're proud to have teamed up with egraphs.com in an effort to bring recognition to this new way of receiving an autograph from your favorite players electronically.
An egraph is a shared moment between you and your favorite star. It is immortalized forever with a beautiful high...
The November 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels meet with Fujikawa, wondering if the Angels be better off without Greinke and much more...
The Story: The Angels hosted Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa for a visit yesterday.
The Monkey Says: This was expected as Fujikawa is meeting many teams right now. Hopefully this means...
The Angels have intensified their pursuit of Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who toured Angel Stadium on Saturday and then went out to lunch with General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Manager Mike Scioscia.
Upon returning to Japan on Sunday, Fujikawa, a 32-year-old right-hander who has been Japans top closer for six years, told reporters, I was very impressed with the way the Angels...
I was able to cast a ballot - for the end-of-season MLB awards - in a vote held by the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. The full list of 2012 Award Winners, as selected by IBWAA members, can be found here.*Click either picture to embiggen.*Thanks to Howard Cole, as always, for the opportunity to participate. Feel free to discuss the ballots and my selections, whether...
Between the normal drudgery of following baseball in November and the annoying lack of non-Josh Hamilton rumors, the last few weeks have been a pretty dull time to be a Brewers fan. However, according to the folks at The Brewer Nation, that might change soon. The always-insightful Brewers blog reported today that the Brewers have been in talks with the agent of free agent reliever...
Whenever I am struggling with writer's block or just insanely bored, I like to take a look back through the traffic sources for the blog, Sometimes the keyword referrals provide me with an idea but most of the time they just provide a good chuckle, like the time someone cam across the site by Googling "is Jeff Mathis a homosexual." That was my personal favorite...
Just a couple years ago, it was Jason Heyward and Giancarlo Stanton that were tearing up baseball, looking like an unprecedented pair of rookie talents ready to continue on into the stratosphere together. Now, just two years later, we’ve got Mike Trout and Bryce Harper one-upping them. That’s just how it goes. With an injury (and a team deflation) taking some of the wind out...
Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness: Mike Petriello has a list of the players up for the Rule 5 Draft along with who he thinks will be protected on the 40-man roster.
True Blue LA: Brandon Lennox has basically the same thing but from his perspective.
Both are interesting reads, and I was considering doing one myself, but this off-season has been/will be a mess, so I’m not entirely...
The Arizona Fall League season has commenced and now most baseball junkies are tuning into late night or early afternoon ESPN to watch the Latin American winter leagues. But what can we really take away from these offseason leagues? In truth, not a lot. Players can sink or swim for any number of reasons in the offseason. The most common, players can simply be too exhausted...
The Case for James Shields By Robert Cunningham - AngelsWin.comAuthor’s Note: I originally wrote this article near the trade deadline (late July 2012) as I felt very strongly that the Angels wanted to acquire Shields for the division run. However, this event did not come to pass for, probably, the following two reasons: 1) The Rays, rightfully, felt that they were still in contention...
The Los Angeles Angels are stepping up their pursuit of Kyuju Fujikawa. A handful of teams are known to have spoken or plan to speak the to 32-year-old. The Japanese born reliever is a free agent and thus is not subject to the posting system.
It was reported last week that the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks had met with Fujikawa. Fujikawa will meet with the Los Angeles Dodgers...
By Jonathan Northrop - AngelsWin.com Columnist
Williams and DiMaggio, Mays and Mantle, Bonds
and Griffey…baseball has a history of paired superstars, players of similar
talent that are associated with each other for much of their careers. Mike
Trout and Bryce Harper, AL and NL Rookies of the Year of 2012, will almost
certainly be paired in name for the rest of their careers...
Yes, Miguel Cabrera won the AL MVP and deservedly so. But that doesn’t mean that Mike Trout didn’t also deserve to win the award. This year’s award is more important than who came in first. This year marks the beginning of a war. A war on WAR, or Wins Above Replacement, a new sabermetric statistic that is supposed to more thoroughly express a player’s all around impact on...