2016 Los Angeles Angels Trade Deadline Discussion

By Robert Cunningham, Staff Writer -  Over a month ago I wrote an article, “Why the Angels Need to Retool to Compete in 2018”, detailing a logical, strategic course of action for Billy Eppler to retool the roster, if they fall out of the Division race, with the goal of seriously contending again in 2018 and now, with the team 19 games back, it is time to implement...
Via Angelswin
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Angels reinstate Joe Smith from disabled list

Joe Smith will return to his spot in the Angels’ bullpen after the team reinstated the seasoned right-hander off the 15-day disabled list. Smith missed nearly a month with a hamstring injury, one of the many maladies that have plagued the reeling Halos this season. Despite recording six saves during a stint as Los Angeles’ closer, the 32-year-old sidearmer will venture back to...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 hours ago

Mike Trout’s Smart Bat is officially here, and it is a baseball game changer

Baseball may have a reputation for being an old, stuffy game that is resistant to change, but buying that line of thought would be willfully ignoring the steps that baseball, from MLB on down to little leagues everywhere, has taken to embrace technology of the 21st century. Things like Statcast, instant replay, advanced analytics and MLB Advanced Media show that this game loves it’s...
Via Halos Heaven
2 hours ago

Let’s try to make the Angels great again

The Los Angeles Angels are probably not making the playoffs this year. They currently sit in last place in their division, sporting the second worst record in the American League. They’re almost as far out of the Wild Card race as they are in the division. But the Angels aren’t the rebuilding kind – their owner is too rich, and the desire to win too strong, to commit to a years...
Via The Outside Corner
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Los Angeles Angels (unofficial) drinking game

Or how to get through a long season (only try this at home) You may wonder how you are going to get through another 3 months of Angels baseball, right?  The Angels are on pace to set a franchise record for losses which stands at 95.  Maybe you are a super fan who watches every game but still complain because this year's team is garbage.  This doesn't make you any less of a fan...
Via Halos Heaven
5 hours ago

Angels P Andrew Heaney to have Tommy John surgery

Andrew Heaney was hoping to avoid having Tommy John surgery, but it looks like he will be unable to do so. Heaney announced on Twitter that will have the surgery on his elbow Friday after he did not respond to stem cell treatment as well as hoped. — Andrew Heaney (@Heandog8) July 1, 2016 The Angels also sent out a press release sharing the same...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Heaney to undergo Tommy John surgery

Andrew Heaney's season is over. The left-hander is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, the Angels announced Thursday.
21 hours ago

Angels LHP Andrew Heaney will have Tommy John surgery

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney will have Tommy John surgery, likely sidelining him until the 2018 season. The Angels announced the decision Thursday in another blow to their injury-plagued lineup. Heaney entered this season as the No. 2 starter after his promising debut with the Angels, who acquired him in a trade in December 2014. He went 6...
Via Associated Press
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Angels on pace for worst season in franchise history

ANAHEIM, Calif. — After the Los Angeles Angels stumbled to their ninth loss in 10 games Wednesday, manager Mike Scioscia held a closed-door meeting before they packed up and flew to Boston.Although everybody described the meeting as relatively upbeat, the Angels didn't emerge with any big ideas on how to slow a season going south. With too many injured players and not enough big...
Via Associated Press
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

To close out bad June, Angels lose to Thursday 7-1

Angels 1 Thursday 7 It was a tough game to swallow yet again for the Halos, as they finished their terrible month of June with a devastating loss to Thursday. There was just no life in this team, probably still a little sleepy from the previous night's closed door meeting that went til approximately 1130pm pst, during which Mike Scioscia made the team watch the Bobcat Goldthwait...
Via Halos Heaven
22 hours ago

Could the Angels buy AND sell at the deadline?

It’s a question I asked myself before going to sleep last night.  What if Billy Eppler throws the baseball world a cure ball and decides to buy for the future even though his team isn’t in it in 2016?  It’s been done before.  With the Angels firmly out of the race in 2010, the Angels swung a deal for the premier ace pitcher on the market, Dan Haren.  They paid a hefty price...
Via Monkey with a Halo
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Matt Shoemaker and Clayton Kershaw are sharing MLB history

The Angels may have an undercover ace with Matt Shoemaker as he is now sharing history with one of the best pitchers in the game. That pitcher being Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw who has been one of the hottest pitchers the past months. In shoemaker’s last outing, he reached history again. Via Matt Birch of the Los Angeles Angels media relations dept.  @ Matt Shoemaker is second...
Via Halo Headquarters
1 day ago

Angels manager Mike Scioscia not using injuries as a crutch but says depth has been 'stretched to the limits'

ANAHEIM – Geovany Soto will begin a rehabilitation assignment Thursday with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, where it’s expected he’ll catch five or six games before possibly rejoining the Angels next week. Soto has been sidelined since May by...
Via The OC Register
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Angels hold team meeting after loss, remain upbeat

The Angels lost, 10-4, to the Astros on Wednesday, wrapping up a 1-6 homestand and continuing a stretch of nine losses in the past 10 games. They finished the month of June, the franchise's worst since 1980, at 8-19 and with more questions raised about the club's future than answers.
1 day ago

Soto set to begin rehab stint on Thursday

Geovany Soto is inching closer to a Major League return, as Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that the catcher will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday night.
2 days ago

Miller: Quick fixes might not save Angels' season

ANAHEIM >> So, it's not in the franchise's DNA to rebuild.OK, fine, but it better be in the general manager's plan to repair.Because the Angels aren't just a little broken. They're broken down, all the way down, stalled on the side of the road that leads to being one of the five worst teams in the sport.
Via LA Daily News
2 days ago

Mike Trout Wants Your Curveballs Now

Mike Trout is, once again, the league leader in position-player WAR, and league leaders in position-player WAR tend to do some incredible things. Trout just did an incredible thing on Monday, and we should talk about it. With two strikes, against Collin McHugh: No, you didn’t see that wrong. Eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable, because memories are notoriously unreliable...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout trips after mocking Jose Altuve for doing same

Mike Trout was trying to leg out a triple against the Houston Astros on Monday night, but he tripped around second base and ended up having to retreat. In a way, the Los Angeles Angels star got what he deserved. Here’s the video: Over the weekend, Astros infielder Jose Altuve literally fell 90 feet short of hitting for the cycle when he lost his balance rounding second on a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels are waiting on Richards, Heaney

With the trade deadline just over a month away, the Angels still find themselves in a holding pattern as to whether or not they intend to sell, buy or stand pat.  Typically, a last place team with a bloated payroll and no minor league system would be an easy call, sell everything you can and start from scratch.  But it isn’t that easy for the Angels.  The problem, whether its...
Via Monkey with a Halo
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Being aggressive has turned Simmons into toughest out in the Angels' lineup

ANAHEIM – If there is an offensive plus shortstop Andrelton Simmons provides, despite hitting .232, it is that he puts the ball in play. In 151 at-bats this season, Simmons has struck out just 10 times, a percentage that is lower than any position...
Via The OC Register
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels trade rumors: where will Yunel Escobar end up?

Trade season has made it’s way into the MLB and the Los Angeles Angels need to make some serious moves if they want to improve as a team. Yunel Escobar has been in talks to be traded. The Angels are reportedly okay with letting this veteran infielder go. The New York Mets have shown some interest in Escobar. Their third basemen, David Wright, underwent surgery to repair a herniated...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire Paul Emmel gets hit in head with bat, suffers nasty cut

Home plate umpire Paul Emmel had to leave Thursday night’s game between the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels after he was hit in the head with a bat and suffered a nasty cut. Angels third baseman Jefry Marte lost control of his bat on a swing and miss in the bottom of the ninth, and it hit Emmel on the top of the head where he had no protection. It was a frightening scene...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB umpire Paul Emmel suffers severe head wound after being hit by bat

A very scary scene on Thursday night in Anaheim, as home plate umpire Paul Emmel was hit in the head by a bat, and suffered a severe head wound. Jefry Marte was batting for the Angels with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and lost his bat on the follow through of his swing. The bat then hit Emmel in the head. Oh my, bat slips out of Jefry Marte’s hands, hits HP umpire Paul...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Huston Street and the Essence of Baseball

Angel closer Huston Street was standing on the orange, clay mound at Minute Maid Park last night, ready for the ninth inning to begin.  He had fired up his arm in the bullpen.  He had thrown all of his warm-up pitches while first baseman CJ Cron was slinging grounders to his fellow infielders behind him.  And then the first Astro batter stood in the box, focused on Street’s...
Via Monkey with a Halo
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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