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Mickey Hatcher is gone. Long gone. Mercifully gone. Ask any Angel fan and they will gleefully inform you that this is nothing but a good thing as they had been calling for his head for nearly a decade.
But now that Hatcher has been fired there is a void in the heart of the Halo faithful. A different coach must now become the target of their discontent, even if it is misguided. Despite Hatcher being sent packing only a few months ago, the void appears to have already been filled by none other than pitching coach Mike Butcher.
As far as I can tell, the case for Butcher being made into the new pariah is based primarily off these bits of evidence:
He is not revered former Angels pitching coach Bud Black.
Instead of resurrecting Scott Kazmir's career as expected, Kazmir instead totally imploded.
The bullpen is a national disaster zone.
Ervin Santana has devolved into a mess... again.
Players like Fernando Rodney have blossomed since leaving the Angels.
Angel fans need ...
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The August 9th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles ...
Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia acknowledges that there is difficulty in trying to produce with the sporadic playing time Vernon Wells likely will be getting. However, he clearly wants to see more than Wells has shown him since returning from thumb surgery. "You might not find the groove, but you have to have better at-bats," Scioscia said Tuesday before the...
If you spent any amount of time on Twitter yesterday, you probably noticed that Angels wunderkind Mike Trout celebrated his 21st birthday on Tuesday. Now that Trout is of legal drinking age, who assumes the title of Baseball's Best 20-Year Old?
Tyler Austin, Yankees
Kaleb Cowart, Angels
Manny Machado, Orioles
Aaron Sanchez, Blue Jays
Home plate umpire Bill Miller has left Wednesday's game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels five innings after being hit in the facemask by a pitch from Zack Greinke.
Miller had just signaled Oakland's Brandon Moss out on a called third strike in the sixth inning when he abruptly turned and left the field.
Second base umpire Dan Iassonga replaced Miller...
In Major League Baseball, the debate of which young phenom will have the better career is all the rage. These phenoms, of course, are Mike Trout of the Angels and Bryce Harper of the Nationals. Trout, who just turned 21, is the unanimous AL Rookie of the Year and perhaps MVP. He has almost single handedly turned around a struggling Angels team and continues to impress in every game...
The August 8th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles ...
It’s no secret that newly-acquired Angels’ pitcher Zack Greinke throws pretty hard. If you’re looking for first hand evidence of the power behind Greinke’s fastball, just ask umpire Bill Miller. Miller called Wednesday’s game between the Angels and A’s from behind the plate.
In the first inning, Greinke and Angels’ catcher Chris Iannetta got crossed up on signals...
The curse of the inevitable bullpen catastrophe strikes again. Only this time, the offense was ready to combat the curse. Unfortunately for the bullpen, those guys don't pitch. At one point or another, putting up big numbers was enough for the Halos to walk away from the game with a victory. It was the pitchers that needed the run support. Oh how the tables have turned. Something...
There has been so much talk in the media over the past week about who the front-runner is for this year’s American League MVP, but after just the last week, there is no way anyone can think the Detroit Tigers’ … Continue reading →
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Rookie sensation Mike Trout tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer and a rare two-run sacrifice fly, and pinch-runner Peter Bourjos scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Kendrys Morales led off the ninth against Josh Kinney (0-2) with his second...
Rookie sensation Mike Trout tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer and a rare two-run sacrifice fly, and pinch-runner Peter Bourjos scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Kendrys Morales led off the ninth against Josh Kinney (0-2) with his second double of the game...
Who’s your vote for AL Cy Young? After Jered Weaver’s magnificent complete game shutout and Justin Verlander’s 14k performance last night I got to thinking, who is the favorite to win the Cy Young this year in the American (and National) League. Not only does Weaver hold the AL lead in Wins, but also ERA. [...]
The Los Angeles Angels might be in trouble if Ervin Santana can't go deep into the game.
With Felix Hernandez set to take the mound, the Seattle Mariners' bullpen might get another night off.
Los Angeles, which hasn't scored in 23 straight innings at home, will try to rebound from a rough road trip when it faces a red-hot Hernandez on Friday night.
With LaTroy Hawkins...
Coming off of a tough, but ultimately successful series against the hard-hitting Los Angeles Angels, the Oakland A's take on another steep challenge in the form of the powerful Chicago White Sox. Can the A's pitchers limit the homer-happy Sox or will they succumb to the hitter-friendly US Cellular Field? Chris Biderman previews the series.