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The Los Angeles Angels went out and got Albert Pujols last winter. They might end up having the youngest MVP in baseball history and a Cy Young winner.
They've also got plenty of time to ponder how it all went wrong during the most anticipated season in franchise history.
The Angels finished third in the AL West at 89-73, a record good enough to win the AL Central or to earn a wild-card berth in the NL.
Instead, the team with the $155 million payroll will be home in October for the third straight year, their longest playoff-free stretch in manager Mike Scioscia's tenure.
Pujols, phenomenal rookie Mike Trout and 20-game winner Jered Weaver couldn't overcome the Angels' weaknesses, most notably a stumbling rotation and a perforated bullpen.
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LaTroy Hawkins might have pitched in his last big-league game. The right-hander was effective out of the Los Angeles Angels bullpen this season — with a 3.64 ERA in 48 appearances — but he isn‘t getting any younger. A veteran of 871 games in 18 major league seasons, he’ll celebrate his 40th birthday in December.Drafted out of a Gary, Ind., high school by the Twins, in 1991...
Los Angeles Angels right-hander C.J. Wilson will undergo
offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com:
"It's one of those
things where you push yourself through anything because your job is to go out
there and pitch," said Wilson, who finished the season 13-10 with a 3.83
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Welcome to the second installment of Ninety Feet From Home, where I review each MLB ballpark.
Six categories will be evaluated with a low score of 1 to a high score of 10 based on my experience, relative to overall quality and not any other ballpark. They will then be weighted accordingly to produce a score with respect to 100.
Why the weighting? Because something like food is...
It's a wonder I didn't just post a video of myself crying and call it a night.
Mariners 12, Angels 0
Instead of picking apart this evening's "game" like I normally would, I think it's safe to say that the Angels made too many errors, gave up too many runs, and didn't hit the ball enough times. Does that suffice?
Something I will mention...
The Los Angeles Angels have signed catcher Chris Iannetta to a three-year extension, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports. The deal will be for $15.5mm.
Iannetta's previous deal included a $5mm club option for 2013. The club option became a player option after Iannetta was traded to Anaheim.
Iannetta who missed most of May, June and July because of wrist surgery, hit .240...
SEATTLE (AP) -- Casper Wells tied a career-high with five RBIs including a three-run homer in Seattle's six-run seventh inning, and the Mariners closed out the season with a 12-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Angels' star rookie Mike Trout went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double leading off the sixth and a single in the eighth to finish the season with a ...
In case you haven't heard, the Angels are the most disappointing team in baseball. Nay! The most disappointing team in the world. No! The most disappointing team the history of history across all possible dimensions of existence!!!
Or, just maybe, they are a little less disappointing than that. Maybe.
Call me biased if you want, but I don't buy into this...
Angels catcher Chris Iannetta agreed to a $15.55 million, three-year contract with the team that keeps him in Los Angeles. Iannetta will earn $5.05 million for 2013, $4.98 in 2014 and $5.53 in 2015. He can also earn performance bonuses based on starts at catcher. Iannetta, 29, batted .240 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 79 games, though he missed 2 1/2 months with a broken right wrist.
Mike Trout was the best player in baseball this season. You know, I know it. We know it for a variety of reasons – the least of which is the sabermetric craze.
The big sports media outlets are waging a debate on a near-presidential scale of whether Trout or Miguel Cabrera deserves the MVP this year.
Cabrera, as you likely know, won the Triple Crown. That’s an incredible feat...
Casper Wells tied a career-high with five RBIs including a three-run homer in Seattle's six-run seventh inning, and the Mariners closed out the season with a 12-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Angels' star rookie Mike Trout went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double leading off the sixth and a single in the eighth to finish the season with a .326 average. That...
If you haven't been reading up on the Twitter-verse this morning you might have missed a big piece of Angels news. Posted earlier this morning on The Outside Corner was an article by Overlord of MWaH Garrett Wilson calling to attention a
very spiteful rant made by Petros Papadakis on the Petros and Money Show in which he blasts Victor Rojas, the Angels play-by-play...
What a strange year it must have been for Albert Pujols. He went from winning the World Series and being the consensus biggest name in free agency, to having a worse batting average than Howie Kendrick. If the Angels wanted a .286 hitter who could get 100 RBI’s and 30 jacks, they could have just signed Big Papi for half the price.
It looks like the Cardinals came out victorious...
In the latest episode of Podcast with a Halo, we revel in the Rangers' misery and take a long, hard look at who should stay and who should go (cough, cough... Vernon Wells... cough) from the Angels roster this off-season.
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