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One of the greatest defensive shortstops in baseball history, a potential Hall of Famer with 24 years of big-league experience, will be in camp when the Angels begin spring training in two weeks.
As a coach.
The team has hired Omar Vizquel as its new roving infield instructor to succeed Dick Schofield, whose contract was not renewed after last season.
The Angels were in the final stages of the hiring process Tuesday and hadnt made an official announcement when Vizquel, who aspires to be a major league manager some day, revealed the news at a speaking engagement in Akron, Ohio. The move was subsequently confirmed by the team.
Vizquel, a native of Venezuela, had 2,877 hits and batted .272 during a career that spanned four decades he broke in with the Seattle Mariners in 1989. It included 11 seasons with Cleveland (1994-2004) in which he helped the Indians reach the playoffs four times and the World Series twice, in 1995 and 1997.
He won 11 gold glove awards, had a career .985 fielding percentage and committed just 183 errors, an average of less than eight a season, and had a hand in turning 1,734 double plays. Vizquel was 45 last season when he closed his career by playing in 60 games as a reserve infielder in Toronto.
Vizquel and Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, a former reliever, were teammates in Cleveland in 2004.
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Omar Vizquel has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as a roving infield instructor.
The 45-year-old Vizquel played for Toronto as a reserve infielder last season, finishing up his 24-year major league career with 2,877 hits. The three-time All-Star won 11 Gold Gloves.
Vizquel is interested in eventually becoming a manager. He'll work with the Angels' major leaguers and...
The Angels avoided arbitration with reliever Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the hard-throwing right-hander on a 1.181-million deal for 2013 that includes an awards package.
Jepsen, who rebounded from 2011 knee surgery to go 3-2 with a 3.02 earned-run average in 49 appearances last season, had asked for 1.4 million, and the team countered with 975,000, a fairly sizeable...
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols says he hopes to play for the Dominican Republic after the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
The first baseman and three-time NL MVP had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. He would need special permission from the Angels to take part in the Classic.
Pujols told a Dominican radio show that the Angels support him...
Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports that RyanMadson, signed this winter with hopes of him claiming the Halo's closer role,
may not be ready to make the opening bell.
Madson, 32, underwent Tommy John surgery last April,
which caused the then Cincinnati Red to miss the entire 2012 season. The
Angels signed the 6'6", 202 lb. right-hander to a one-year...
The Los Angeles Angels and reliever Kevin Jepsen have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,181,000, avoiding arbitration with the hard-throwing right-hander.
The Angels announced the deal Tuesday night.
Jepsen went 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA last year, returning to an important role in the Angels' bullpen after missing much of the 2011 season with a knee injury. He has been a steady...
(Eds: Updates.) By The Associated Press R.A. Dickey said the pictures and literature couldn't have prepared him for the young boy who approached him last week on one of the squalid streets of Mumbai's red-light district.
The boy was maybe 3 years old, 4 at best. He had no pants on. His body was covered with open sores.
''He was playing amongst the open sewage and...
The Angels have reached an agreement with Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi on a minor league deal that is expected to include an invitation to spring training.
Kobayashi, a 34-year-old right-hander, has a 26-36 career record and 3.65 earned run average in five seasons in Japan, in which he pitched for Chiba Lotte and Hanshin. He went 1-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 42 games for Hanshin...
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The Mets have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale (on Twitter).
The 40-year-old Hawkins was effective in 42 innings for the Angels last season, pitching to a 3.64 ERA, 4.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.
His fastball still averaged 92.3 mph, according to FanGraphs, though his 5.4% swinging strike...
A major topic of pointless debate in the world of Angels fans is "who should bat second in the Angels lineup?"
Erick Aybar because speedy!
Alberto Callaspo because bat skills!
Howie Kendrick because MOAR FASTBALLZ!
Chris Iannetta because walks!
Josh Hamilton because I'm smarter than you!
Everyone has a good case for their guy, some of you more...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with another one of the many power bullpen arms collected in this year's draft.
Position: Relief Pitcher Highest Level: Rookie
Throws: Right Height: 6'2" Weight: 180 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: 5/5/91
2012 Season Stats
Rookie: 28.0 IP, 0-1, 4 SV, 5.46 ERA, 22 H, 15 BB, 4 HR, 31 SO, 1.23 GO/AO, 4.94 FIP...
The Mets announced they have signed free-agent RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
If Hawkins makes the team, he will earn a base salary of $1 million with chance to earn more in incentives.
The 40-year old Hawkins spent last year with the Los Angeles Angels where he went 2-3 with a 3.49 ERA. In 42 innings pitched he posted a 4.9 strikeout rate...
By Brian Waller - AngelsWin.com Columnist
It’s that time again folks, time for the World Baseball Classic (WBC). The global tournament always gets mixed reactions here in the states. I personally love the WBC. I always enjoyed watching Olympic baseball prior to its dissolution in 2008; players were not only playing to win for themselves or for their teammates, they were playing...
The New York Mets signed reliever LaTroy Hawkins to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, according to a USA Today report. Hawkins, 40, posted a 3.64 ERA in 42 innings for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. The Mets will become Hawkins' 10th organization should he make the roster.