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Mike Trout Makes his Debut!

The Angels finally had what resembled a full lineup, (minus Albert Pujols,) today, and that included the debut of reigning MVP Mike Trout! Up to this point, the Halos had mostly been working their starters in slowly, with C.J. Cron, Andrelton Simmons, Luis Valbuena, and Carlos Perez the only players who could realistically be considered for a regular starting role playing thus far...
Via Halo Headquarters
1 hour ago

Scioscia gets preview of everyday lineup

The Angels played nearly all their regulars for the first time this spring in Monday's 5-3 win over the Padres, offering an initial glimpse at manager Mike Scioscia's preferred starting lineup this season.
Via Angels.com
2 hours ago

LOOK: Danny Espinosa’s spring training beard is a thing of beauty

Danny Espinosa was the Angels’ biggest acquisition of the offseason, and he’s already generating a lot of buzz from fans on social media for the sick beard he now has. It’s not at Jayson Werth or Brian Wilson status — yet — but it’s on its way there. Espinosa is no stranger to eccentric looks, check out the Fu Manchu he once had as a member of the Nationals. Espinosa...
Via The Sports Daily
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Could A New Windup Help Bud Norris?

Veteran right-handed pitcher Bud Norris is competing for the fifth spot in the Angels rotation. He’s decided to change his delivery over the off-season, but will the new windup help him? 31-year-old Bud Norris signed a minor-league deal with the Halos during the off-season. After two consecutive disastrous seasons, Norris has decided to shake up his windup. He debuted his new delivery...
Via Halo Headquarters
7 hours ago

Norris tests new windup in first spring start

Right-hander Bud Norris debuted a new delivery Sunday while making his first start of the spring in the Angels' 5-3 win over the A's at Hohokam Stadium.
Via Angels.com
1 day ago

Angels' Shoemaker appears recovered from line drive to head

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Matt Shoemaker is the player people are happiest to see this spring in the Los Angeles Angels' camp. It wasn't clear Shoemaker would make it here. On Sept. 4 in Seattle, the Mariners' Kyle Seager ripped a line drive up the middle - clocked at 105 mph as it left his bat - that struck Shoemaker above his right ear. Though Shoemaker was able to walk off the field...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Additions of Maybin, Revere give Angels speed, defense

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Cameron Maybin can't figure out why teams keep trading him. An energetic fan favorite wherever he goes, Maybin has unpacked his well-traveled bags and will play left field this season for the Los Angeles Angels. ''It's a great question,'' said Maybin, who has played for - in order - Detroit, Florida, San Diego, Atlanta, back to Detroit, and now the Angels. '...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels' Espinosa eager for Orange County homecoming in trade

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Growing up three miles from Angel Stadium, Danny Espinosa got to watch all the heroes of the 2002 Anaheim Angels championship team: Troy Percival, Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon and Darin Erstad, among others. Now, he's getting to play at the ballpark where his parents had season tickets. Espinosa got the break most players only dream about when the Washington...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout talks about 'frustrating' struggles of Angels

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim boast the best player in baseball, but the team has made the playoffs in just one of Mike Trout’s five MLB seasons.After a 74-88 season in 2016, Trout admitted that the team’s repeated failure to make the playoffs has grown frustrating for him.“It’s frustrating, for sure,” Trout said, via Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today. “You want to get...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres sign former All-Star Jered Weaver

It was reported earlier this month that the San Diego Padres were interested in adding a veteran pitcher to their rotation. Jered Weaver was included in that report, as was fellow veteran Travis Wood.Once Wood agreed to sign with the Kansas City Royals, it became increasingly evident that Weaver — a Southern California guy — would sign with the San Diego Padres.That apparently...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels owner remarked about Huston Street’s weight loss

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno was rather blunt with reliever Huston Street when the two crossed paths at spring training.Moreno greeted his players as they arrived in Tempe, and a thinner Street got a unique greeting.“I’m really glad you lost some weight,” Moreno told Street, via Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times.Street lost about 15 pounds after letting himself go...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout shares insane workout video ahead of spring training

This just in. Mike Trout puts himself through inordinately more grueling workout routines than those performed by mere mortals.The Los Angeles Angeles slugger shared a video from a grueling workout that was evidently a sadistic sendoff from his trainer before he departed for spring training. As mentioned, most regular folks — and perhaps even Trout’s fellow major leaguers ...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Eppler on Rebuilding the Angels

Thirteen months ago, we ran an interview titled Billy Eppler on Taking the Reins in Anaheim. At the time, Eppler was a first-year general manager, 100-plus days into his tenure. He’d come to the Angels from New York, where he’d spent 11 years in the Yankees front office. Armed with a background in scouting and player development, and a degree in finance, he was being entrusted...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Brady offers his thoughts on Patriots skipping White House visit

Visiting the White House after winning a championship is a tradition that has been around for decades – be it at the college level or in the pros of any major sport. It’s something most players look forward to doing, but after winning Super Bowl LI over the Falcons, a handful of Patriots are bowing out.A total of six players – Dont'a Hightower, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long...
Via FOX Sports
13 days ago

Report: Padres considering signing Travis Wood or Jered Weaver

Looking to bolster their starting rotation, the San Diego Padres reportedly have turned their focus to veterans Jered Weaver and Travis Wood. The name mentioned last is interesting enough to mention. Jake Peavy has an unquestioned history with the Padres. He pitched in San Diego from 2002-09, was the ace of the NL West champions in 2005 and 2006 and won the National League Cy Young...
Via Sportsnaut
17 days ago  |  Discuss

C.J. Wilson trading fast pitches for fast cars in new career focus

C.J. Wilson was once one of Major League Baseball’s best pitchers, but after missing the entire 2016 season it appears he has settled in on a very different career path these days. Instead of pitching fastballs, he’s about to begin pitching fast cars to people in the Fresno area. Oh, and he will be getting into the world of auto racing in a major way. The former Texas Rangers...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

CJ Wilson retiring from baseball, going into car racing

Former Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is retiring from baseball, but he’s not quite ready to take it easy and golf seven days a week. Instead, Wilson is seeking a bigger thrill than the one he got on the diamond.In an interview with KFSN in Fresno this week, Wilson revealed that he is hanging up the cleats and going into car racing full time. The 36-year-old already owns...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s to rename Coliseum field ‘Rickey Henderson Field’

The Oakland Athletics will honor one of their greats, Rickey Henderson. The club announced on Monday that in addition to naming him as a Special Assistant to the President, the field at the Oakland Coliseum will be known as Rickey Henderson Field. It’s a fitting tribute. The A’s have a lot of history. Still, perhaps no player is as synonymous with the Athletics (especially in...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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