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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 to compete at that stage. This famously happened to Mike Trout last year in the AFL where for the first time in his life, he posted rather pedestrian numbers. Scouts who before marveled at his athleticism, polish and intensity were quoted as saying “He simply looks tired”. Judging by the other-worldly numbers he put up in 2012 in the major leagues, I’d say they were right.
But the one thing you can look for on both sides of the ball, the walks. The Arizona Fall League features the best and brightest of tomorrow’s stars in meaningless games to work on some things. This is where the Angels sent Jean Seg...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
Scott Kazmir’s comeback season isn’t done just yet.
Kazmir recently made his debut in the Puerto Rican Winter League with the Gigantes de Carlina. In four innings, he surrendered two runs on four hits, while walking one and striking out six.
He was all but written off once the Los Angles Angels released him at the beginning of the 2011 season. Months after being let...
Generally speaking, at least in terms of baseball free agency, the top free agent will set the market for the rest of the free agents as soon as he signs his big contract during the start of the offseason. Not to take away from the rest, but it is the best player who will sign a large contract, setting the parameters for the others to fall in line, almost sort of like a domino effect...
Right near the top of Jerry Dipoto's off-season shopping list has to be bullpen help. It is probably listed right underneath rotation help and maybe milk and eggs. Regardless, getting some better, more reliable relievers is a major priority for the Halos after their 2012 season was largely torpedoed by the Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow.
This glaring need has become somewhat...
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...
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...
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 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...
I'm happy to say Miguel Cabrera won the MVP. If trout did it would of been the second year in a row i had a major issue. Last season it was Verlander winning that really bothered me. After all he played in 1/5 of his team's games, so how could he be their MVP, let alone the leagues. This year Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown, it was the first time someone claimed the triple...