If Angels' MLB-worst farm system is making progress, it's subtle

ANAHEIM – When Billy Eppler took over as Angels general manager just about a year ago, he knew he was inheriting a problem. The farm system was the consensus worst in the majors, which handicaps a club not only by its inability to produce major...
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The Angels are wasting the best years of MVP Mike Trout

Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports It’s the hard truth, but Mike Trout is simple on another level then his team. Don’t worry, Mike Trout is not going anywhere soon, but he may be slowly packing his bags for a playoff potential team. Trout is signed through 2020, so front office, let’s not waste anytime and build around this future Hall Of Famer. Despite having...
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21 hours ago

Garrett Richards draws a crowd and ditches a pitch

Yesterday, there was an excitement at the Big A, among not the fans, but the players themselves; the buzz wasn’t during the rousing game against the A’s, either, but beforehand, when the stadium was empty, save for some groundskeepers, stadium attendants and a batting practice backstop, ready for use whenever he was ready to roll. By “he”, I mean Garrett Richards, who was...
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22 hours ago

Despite nicks, Pujols sustains prowess at plate

The Angels' Albert Pujols has battled foot issues this year and in the past, but he's been able to play 152 games this season, hitting .268/.323/.457 with 19 doubles and 31 home runs.
23 hours ago

Top Draft picks on display at Angels' instructional league

As the 2016 Draft approached, high school outfielder Brandon Marsh's name definitely had some helium, his stock rising as the calendar flipped to June. He ended up going to the Angels in the second, No. 60 overall. But they've had to wait until now to really get a look at him on the field as an Angel.
1 day ago

See some of the best photos from the Angels' season

As the long baseball season comes to a conclusion in Orange County, we look back over some of our favorite images from the Angels over the past year. For those of us lucky enough to be around the game almost every day, the rarer, intimate,...
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This means WAR - a look at how the Angels rank this year compared to the rest of the American League

WAR and OPS are two stats you can use to see where the Angels fall in line with the rest of the league by position Warning - some of the below info may cause the reader to go "duh" and say "I could have told you that". In short, the bullpen issues, second base, and left field hole that we were all worried about before the season started became a reality and are reflected directly...
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1 day ago

How Sweep It Is; Angels giving the fans a show

The Angels are firing on all cylinders, winning 7 of their last 8 games, and it’s all thanks to the likelihood of Calhoun, Marté, and Robinson who help continue their dominant offense going. However, the A’s draw first blood in the first and tried to rally to at least catch the Angels’ 8-run fourth, but fall short and dropped their record to 67-91; meanwhile, the Angels improved...
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1 day ago

Calhoun homers to help Angels complete sweep of A's

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Kole Calhoun homered, Alex Meyer earned his second major league win and the Los Angeles Angels held off a late rally from the Oakland Athletics to sweep the three-game series with an 8-6 win Wednesday night. Khris Davis, who played at nearby Cal State Fullerton, hit his 41st home run and his sixth against the Angels this season in the sixth inning, making the...
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Richards passing test by throwing to hitters

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards passed a big test on Wednesday, throwing at about 80 percent to teammates. He'll soon head to Arizona and the team's instructional league.
1 day ago

Fryer: Jered Weaver deserves Angels fans' best salute on Sunday

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here … • Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day at Angel Stadium. It’s also going to be Jered Weaver Appreciation Day. That might be Weaver’s final day in an Angels uniform. • Weaver, who turns 34...
Via The OC Register
2 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s a Marté Parté for The Angels; Nolasco Continues to Shine in His Final Start of 2016

The Angels were flexing their muscles in making sure that they will not have another 2-1 game in back-to-back nights, though us fans do not mind a good drama. Of course, there was no drama; just excitement and enthusiasm for many fans who witnessed a 7th-heaven in the home half of the 4th inning, which game Daniel Mengden [the best mustache since Rollie Fingers had] an early exit...
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2 days ago

Marte, Nolasco lead Angels over A's 8-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Rookie Jefry Marte hit his first career grand slam in a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-1. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-14) held the A's to one unearned run in eight innings. After going 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his first five starts since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 1, Nolasco...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jered Weaver contemplates future after Angels beat A's 2-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) If Jered Weaver is in his final week with the Los Angeles Angels, the veteran right-hander will try to finish his 11 seasons the right way. And if he returns to his only big-league team next year, Weaver has a strong finish to build upon. Weaver pitched five scoreless innings of one-hit ball before leaving with lower-back tightness, and the Angels beat the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

An All Too Early Look at What we can expect from the Angels this offseason

The end of the season is mercifully approaching for the Los Angeles Angels.  The roster itself is actually a solid one, worthy of contention in any given year.  There’s just no way any team could work around injuries to a Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Nick Tropeano, Tyler Skaggs led rotation and find success.  A General Manager should always plan for injuries, and clearly...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout and the Need for Logical Consistency

On Monday night, Ken Rosenthal wrote something of a plea to his fellow BBWAA members; stop looking for reasons to give the MVP award to anyone besides Mike Trout. My fear is that in 20 years people are going to say, “Trout led the majors in combined OPS-plus from 2012 to ’16 and won only one MVP in those five seasons? What the heck were the writers thinking?” Shame on us if...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Scioscia, Spike Owen get into it

Angels manager Mike Scioscia got into it with Texas Rangers third base coach Spike Owen during the bottom of the seventh inning of a game between the teams on Tuesday night. After the Angels intentionally walked Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, there was a break in the action because home plate umpire Pat Hoberg wanted to see what was going on down the third base line. Scioscia...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rendon Is No Mike Trout, But

We can all agree that Mike Trout is probably the best player in baseball, right? And if Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, that means Anthony Rendon is not the best player in baseball, right? OK, so it’s settled. Rendon is good, but he’s no Trout. That being said, let’s have fun! This year, 188 players have batted at least 400 times. Of those, 90 have a walk rate that...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

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