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Angels RHP Garrett Richards progressing in knee rehab

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in about a week as he makes progress from August knee surgery, and the club remains hopeful he could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season for the reigning AL West champions. "It's not going to be opening day, let's put it that way," manager Mike...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ten years gone: Weaver & Scioscia form MLB's longest current pitcher-manager partnership

The careers and lives of Jered Weaver and Mike Scioscia are so intertwined, they've been known to bump into one another in the grocery store. In the offseason, they live about three miles apart in Westlake Village, Ca. and so their  meetings on the mound morph into meetings in the local Pavilions grocery store. Weaver will spot Scioscia, turn his cart the other way as a joke and...
Via Fox Sports West
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Homecoming of Spring Training

By Ellen Bell, AngelsWin.com Staff Reporter -  Homecoming usually happens in the fall, but for me It's all about the spring. That's when we get to return to the field, rediscover our team, and reconnect with our passion for baseball. Spring Training is more than just a month of practice games that don't count. It's the beginning of our favorite season, when we get...
Via Angelswin
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels Prospect Profile: Andrew Heaney

Pic credit: Mark Cunningham; Getty Images Out of the many prospect profiles that are being done here at Baseball Hot Corner, there are some instances where the prospect being profiled has already reached the Major Leagues. This is one of those cases. In the 2014 season, left handed starting pitcher Andrew Heaney reached the Major Leagues with the Miami Marlins, two years after...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB reportedly will try to show compassion to Hamilton

  It appears Josh Hamilton has left Major League Baseball little choice.   FOX Sports reported Friday morning that MLB is trying to walk the line when it comes to Hamilton’s latest relapse. The admitted addict recently fell off the wagon, according to reports, as Hamilton reportedly used cocaine and alcohol. That’s a clear violation of the league’s drug policy...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton reportedly had cocaine and alcohol relapse

Josh Hamilton met with MLB Wednesday reportedly to confess to having a substance abuse relapse over the offseason. We told you Wednesday that Hamilton’s relapse involved at least cocaine. On Thursday the NY Daily News reported that Hamilton “suffered a cocaine and alcohol relapse.” Hamilton’s father-in-law Michael Chadwick put the matter into perspective: Josh Hamilton's...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Player Projection: Joe Smith

The reliever with the boring name turned into a tremendous asset in the Angels bullpen last season. Can Joe Smith build on his career year? What happened in 2014?Joe Smith was signed to a three-year, $15.75 million deal to provide something resembling stability in the Angels bullpen. It was a questionable signing at the time because Dipoto had vowed to never heavily invest in...
Via Monkey with a Halo
3 days ago  |  Discuss

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

‘I’m proof that hope is never lost.’ That simple, yet hard-hitting saying, is exactly what Josh Hamilton titled an article he wrote for ESPN The Magazine (as told to Time..... The post Josh Hamilton Is Not Alone And Neither Are You appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Angels show interest in Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez

According to former LA Times baseball columnist Ross Newhan, the Angels are interested in yet another Cuban player, this after already signing infielder Roberto Baldquin and spinning the wheels on Yoan Moncada. From a Newhan tweet: Angels, Dodgers interested in Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez, 18, who requires same Moncada tax and 2 yr., international signing [...]
Via Halos Insider
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #38: Albert Pujols | 1B | LAA

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Entering last season Albert Pujols had a ton of question marks. He was entering his age-34 season and coming off a season mostly lost to plantar fasciitis, and no one really knew how automatic The Machine was going to be. We liked Pujols more than most, projecting 82 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, and a .280 BA, and...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton reportedly confesses to cocaine relapse

Josh Hamilton met with MLB Wednesday about a “disciplinary” issue, according to reports, and a new report says the Angels outfielder confessed to having a relapse with cocaine. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported the news: Hear hamilton had relapse. Believe occurred a couple months back. Involved at least cocaine. Honorably, he confessed. — Jon Heyman...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The nature of Mike Trout’s problem

The default introduction: Mike Trout is among the least-troubled players in baseball. By WAR, you could split him into four or five parts and have four or five decent everyday players, at least given good enough prosthetic limbs. Trout’s coming off an MVP award he deserved, after back-to-back seasons of not winning MVP awards he […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

It's title or bust for Mike Trout & Angels in 2015: 'Anything less than that is a failure'

Mike Trout reported to Angels camp flashing that same megawatt smile, a similar 239-pound frame and brought along that new moniker of MVP.  The Angels center fielder's life is forever changed since he won American League MVP honors in November. Trout was recognized even on vacation in the Bahamas, where he went fishing and said he caught a couple of barracudas. More people know...
Via Fox Sports West
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cuban IF Baldoquin has visa issues, won't be with Angels on time

  Cuban infielder Robert Baldoquin has visa issues and is not expected to be at spring training with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday when position players report Wednesday. The 20-year-old, who agreed last month to a contract with an $8 million signing bonus, is in the Dominican Republic. While Baldoquin is expected to work with coaches mostly on minor league fields, manager...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: February 22, 1983

Casey Kotchman is born in St. Petersburg, Florida. A first round pick of the Anaheim Angels in 2001, Kotchman bounced around the league after five seasons in California. He spent parts of seasons in Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, and Tampa Bay before joining the Cleveland Indians via free agency prior to the 2012 season. With the Tribe that year, he hit .229 with 12 home runs and 55 runs...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How many good baseball players were good prospects?

Usually you see this the other way around — how many good prospects became good players? It’s the foundation of any worthwhile prospect analysis, and based on the research, what we indeed observe is that higher-ranking prospects have worked out better than lower-ranking prospects, thereby granting validity to the prospect rankings themselves. If we didn’t […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Steroid Era - By Tim Salmon

Rob Goldman, AngelsWin.com Historical Writer -  The first time I heard about steroids was years ago, when I was in high school. It was during football season, so I was spending a lot of time inside the weight room. But it was my Baseball coach who pulled me off to the side for a talk. From out of the blue, he turned his discussion to the harmful effects of steroids. He implored...
Via Angelswin
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Vladimir Guerrero wants to enter Hall of Fame as Expo

We’re still a couple of years from talking about Vladimir Guerrero’s Hall of Fame chances, but Guerrero stated on Monday that if elected, he’d prefer to go in as a member of the dearly departed Montreal Expos. Vladimir Guerrero: “Si me tocara elegir la gorra para ir a Cooperstown, seleccionaría a la de los Expos de Montreal.” Attention: @jonahkeri — Carlos Jose Lugo...
Via The Outside Corner
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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