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Stacking Up the Division’s All-Time Teams

I was rustling through a stack of papers in my closet that had to do with baseball the other day, and one page in particular caught my eye.  A couple years ago I had written down the lineup of the Angels who had played the most games at each position during the franchise’s history.  It said Bob Boone had played catcher most often for the Angels, and Wally Joyner had played the...
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Tropeano injury may dictate Angels activity at deadline

Nick Tropeano is a rarity in the Angels system.  A young, inexpensive, good starting pitcher.  But even he has succumbed to the terrible luck Angels starting pitching has suffered from this year.  Three other young, inexpensive, good starting pitchers have already been shelved the majority of the year (Richards, Skaggs and Heaney) as well as C.J. Wilson.  But Tropeano’s injury...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Late: Angels Minor League All-Stars

The Angels collective minor league teams this year are each sitting below .500 (with the exception of Rookie Ball), so it’s difficult to get excited about players this year.  But regardless, there are some standouts that deserve to be recognized.  Keep in mind, this is not a top prospect list.  Some prospects rank rather high despite not putting up numbers.  These are simply...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

What If Arte Moreno Had Splurged for Cespedes?

A few months ago, many Angel fans were dreaming about adding one of the premium free agent left fielders who were listening to bids this past off-season to the Halo roster, but those dreams poofed into the bitter reality of Arte Moreno’s new-found, tight-fisted, fiscal philosophy, and Halo Honks had to live with beginning the season with a Daniel Nava/Craig Gentry platoon in left...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Halo History: Anderson Wins Home Run Derby

On July 14, 2003, outfielder Garret Anderson of the Anaheim Angels was one of eight sluggers to participate in the Home Run Derby at Chicago’s US Cellular Field during Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities.  Anderson hit seven homers in round one, which was the second highest total and earned him a spot in the second round (Jason Giambi of the Yankees had the highest...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Guide to MLB All-Star Week

There are only a few more days until the 2016 edition of MLB All-Star Week is upon us. The 87th All-Star game and the exciting events surrounding it are set to take place at Petco Park in San Diego from July 10 through July 12. Check out our exclusive All-Star Week guide below and enjoy all of the action in person, or from the comfort of your own home. All-Star Game Time: Tuesday...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Deal: Save $25 on ALL Ticket Network Orders

The 4th of July weekend is coming quickly upon us and our friends at Ticket Network are running a special promotion to celebrate our Independence Day! Use promo code USA25OFF to take $25 on all orders over $150.00*. If you can’t save the world from an alien extinction this 4th of July, at least you can save some serious cash on your tickets!   This discount cannot be combined...
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23 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...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Farewell Tour: David Ortiz vs Derek Jeter

Two years ago, future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter was making his final appearances at MLB stadiums across the nation. Fans far and wide were lining up at the gates of each American League ballpark and a handful of National League stadiums to see the career-long Yankee shortstop play in that particular city one final time. Fast forward two years later, and beloved Red Sox designated...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

MWAH Top 30 Prospect Stock – Early Summer Edition

Think of the prospect game like the stock market.  When a prospect is generating lots of buzz, the little prospect world goes “buy-buy-buy” (not to be confused with N’sync’s hit “bye-bye-bye”).  When the prospect is going through a slump, the prospect investors yell “sell-sell-sell”.  It’s sort of a microcosm of analyzing baseball’s future, which teams will...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Thaiss Has Impressive Pro Debut

The Angels’ number one draft pick from 2016, the University of Virginia’s Matt Thaiss, made his professional baseball debut on Tuesday for the rookie-level Orem Owlz.  He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Owlz over the Idaho Falls Chukars by the score of 7-4.  Thaiss was a catcher in college, but he played first...
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29 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...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels Vs. Astros Vs. Third Place

The Angels are off to Minute Maid Park to play a three-game set with the Houston Astros, and if the 34-38 Angels could pull off a sweep against the 34-36 Astros, the Halos could actually take over third place by half-a-game.  The Astros will have a fully healthy squad ready to welcome an Angel team whose roster is riddled with injury.  One Angel who has been discharged from the...
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June 20, 2016  |  Discuss

The Angels’ Father-Son Combos

Pictured above — Casey and Tom Kotchman During the past fifty-five years, there have been countless numbers of fathers and sons (and daughters) who have enjoyed watching Angel baseball together, and this will obviously continue to be a tradition for many years to come.  But did you know that that there are three sets of fathers and sons who actually got to play baseball as members...
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June 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Cal Towey – Sleeper Prospect?

The Angels have a lot of prospects.  Not necessarily good ones, but there are hundreds of names to sort through.  I’ve only just begun gathering my list for a potential Top 30 prospects this upcoming offseason and already, we have 60-70 prospects listed.  So understandably, it’s easy for prospects to get lost int he shuffle.  Cal Towey was one of those prospects.  Once our...
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June 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Angels Draft History 2001-2003

Every draft comes with some awesome stories.  That’s part of what makes this event so exciting, the fact that with it, comes a thousand plus stories and even more that we never heard of.  Let’s check out part one the last 15 years of the Angels draft. 2001 Draft Major Leaguers: 1B Casey Kotchman, C Jeff Mathis, 3B Dallas McPherson, LHP Rich Hill, 3B Matthew Brown, C Ryan Budde...
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June 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Jered Weaver’s Top Five Games

At the end of the 2016 season, Jered Weaver’s contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will expire, and it could very well mean the end of Weaver’s illustrious career.  He has provided Angel fans with a decade full of highlights and is clearly one of the best pitchers the franchise has ever had.  I’m hoping that he he can find the magic again and can turn in one last...
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June 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Preliminary Draft Reactions Rounds 1-3

The first or second week of June is my favorite time of the year, every year.  School is out for Summer (at least for most of us), the lakes and rivers are just beginning to heat up, fishing is in full swing, my baby boy was born, and oh yeah, the Angels find themselves a new crop of prospects.  It really couldn’t have come at a better time because even as a prospect analyst...
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June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Time to let the kids play?

As of writing this article, the Angels currently sit six games out of a second wild card spot (entirely too early for such talk), and 10 games out of first place in the AL West (this is a pretty good time to bring that up).  There continues to be no timetable for Richards, Heaney, Skaggs or Wilson’s return, the Angels still haven’t gotten much from the LF spot of their lineup...
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June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Prospect Surprises May Edition

I certainly don’t need to tell you the reader that Angel fans could use any bit of good news these days.  It seems every article is about another injury, another rehab stalled, another loss, and no prospects.  Well as it turns out, there are a few prospects, and those few are doing everything they can to climb the ladder and live out their dream.  Some are finding more success...
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June 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Eppler gearing Angels to compete or sell

The Angels are one of the most injury plagued team in Major League Baseball this year.  While they currently run sixth in most DL stints, the teams ahead of them have not lost a Garrett Richards-Andrew Heaney 1-2 punch for a 4-5 win player in all-world shortstop Andrelton Simmons.  Understandably, this has gone from a young, competitive Angels team to an injury ravaged wasteland...
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June 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Series Takeaways: Death. Taxes. Angels Beat Detroit.

Michael Fulmer‘s dominance prevented the sweep on Wednesday, but the Angels took the three-game series from Detroit anyway thanks to Jhoulys Chacin on Monday and a dinger parade on Tuesday. It was the Halos’ first series victory since taking three of four games from the Dodgers two weeks ago. Defeating Detroit is nothing new for the Angels in the Mike Trout era. Since the beginning...
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June 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Today in Halo History: Angels Ride Vlad’s Nine RBI

On June 2nd, 2004, Vladimir Guerrero set the Angel franchise record for the most RBI in a game.  His nine RBI in the 10-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox at the Big A surpassed the previous team record of eight held by Adam Kennedy (2000), Don Baylor (1979), Leon Wagner (1961), and Lee Thomas (1961). You wouldn’t think that Guerrero would be able to set this record on a night...
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June 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #52: Dinger Frenzy – Angels 11, Tigers 9

The Angels might have finally discovered the solution to their GIDP problems: just hit the dang ball out of the ballpark. The team was able to overcome four double plays and an epic bullpen collapse Tuesday thanks to four home runs, the last a walk-off shot from C.J. Cron. Of course, it’d be easier to put games away if the other team didn’t also hit a bunch of homers. The Tigers...
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June 01, 2016  |  Discuss
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