Last Build Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:28:29 -0800Copyright: ©2016 Los Angeles Times
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:25:00 PST
Naming them all took more than a minute. Twelve men have some chance to open 2016 in the Angels’ starting rotation, and Billy Eppler methodically went through them Tuesday evening in his Winter Meetings hotel room at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
It is essentially eight pitchers...(image)
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:30:00 PST
The Angels are operating at MLB’s winter meetings as if they are a pinch and a pluck away from being a contender next season. Second-year General Manager Billy Eppler has said nothing that would indicate otherwise.
“Health,” Eppler said when asked Monday about the factors that will control the...(image)
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 18:25:00 PST
The Angels lost 88 times this year and have committed only about $15 million to new acquisitions this off-season, but they do not have many traditional holes to fill in the two months that remain until spring training begins.
They have starting pitchers they favor for next season’s starting rotation;...(image)
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:05:00 PST
Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols underwent surgery on his right plantar fascia Friday, after a conservative approach to his painful injury failed to produce positive results.
The tense ligament bothered him for much of the year, but particularly after August, when he wore orthotics that had...(image)
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:25:00 PST
One of the silliest experiments in baseball history died painlessly late Wednesday night. No one mourned.
The “This Time It Counts” fiasco — trying to legislate meaning to the All-Star Game by giving the winning league the home-field edge in the World Series — passed away after 14 years.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:35:00 PST
Baseball has enjoyed labor peace for 21 years, largely because the owners abandoned their pursuit of a salary cap. If a sport awash in money shuts down Wednesday night, it might well be because the players believe the owners want to get dangerously close to the equivalent of a salary cap.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:45:00 PST
The Angels made several roster moves Friday to comply with Major League Baseball’s deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft.
They added left-hander Nate Smith and right-handers Eduardo Paredes, Keynan Middleton and Austin Adams to their 40-man roster, designated right-handers...(image)
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:15:00 PST
Mickey Mantle won his first Most Valuable Player award after his sixth major league season. On Thursday, Mike Trout won his second award after his sixth season.
It is a rare instance of far-fetched predictions proving true. In the summer of 2010, when Trout was an 18-year-old dominating Class-A...(image)
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:45:00 PST
Conflicting convictions swirled around Mike Trout’s mind as the Angels center fielder awaited Thursday’s most valuable player announcement from his parents’ living room in Millville, N.J.
One segment of his brain assured him he would win; he had the best season. Another, more vehement fragment...(image)
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:25:00 PST
The Angels on Friday agreed to sign swingman right-hander Jesse Chavez to a one-year contract worth $5.75 million with additional available incentives for starting games, according to a source who requested anonymity because the deal is not yet official.
The 33-year-old San Gabriel native will...(image)
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:00:00 PST
Longtime Angels shortstop and subsequent coach Gary DiSarcina left the organization for the Boston Red Sox on Friday. He’ll serve as the bench coach in Boston, replacing Torey Lovullo, who left last week to be the Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager.
DiSarcina played for the Angels from 1989-2000. The...(image)
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:20:00 PST
Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager and Angels center fielder Mike Trout were among the 18 players who were chosen for the Silver Slugger Awards, it was announced Thursday by Major League Baseball.
The Silver Slugger is an annual award, sponsored by Louisville Slugger, given to the top hitters...(image)
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:55:00 PST
Joe Resnick has died at the age of 62. He passed away Nov. 20, 2016 after a six-month struggle with cancer. This column about his life and career first appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 10.
He spent his life perched in the corner of the Dodgers’ press box, behind a Staples Center press...(image)
Wed, 9 Nov 2016 19:35:00 PST
During the 2011 and 2012 off-seasons, the Angels committed nearly $500 million to major league free agents. In the three subsequent off-seasons, they guaranteed less than $30 million to free agents.
The winter of 2016 may prove to include more of the same relative frugality. The franchise’s owner,...(image)
Tue, 8 Nov 2016 19:25:00 PST
Five months before opening day 2017, the Angels have four established starting pitchers and five lesser contenders for the fifth spot in their starting rotation. They must piece together 162 starts from that group and whomever else they can acquire before the season begins.
This winter’s free-agent...(image)
Mon, 7 Nov 2016 18:25:00 PST
The Angels on Monday exercised their option to retain veteran third baseman Yunel Escobar at a $7-million salary for 2017. Had they declined the option, they would have owed him $1 million in severance.
Escobar, 34, hit .304 in 132 games for the club last season. He compiled a .355 on-base percentage...(image)
Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:00:00 PDT
The Angels claimed right-handed pitcher Vicente Campos off waivers from Arizona on Friday. It is their fourth successful waiver claim already this off-season.
Campos, 24, was a valued prospect with the New York Yankees while Angels General Manager Billy Eppler worked there.
The Yankees traded...(image)
Thu, 3 Nov 2016 20:10:00 PDT
The Angels acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers for minor league right-hander Victor Alcantara on Thursday, filling for the first time since Josh Hamilton's relapse and subsequent departure their gaping hole in left field.
General Manager Billy Eppler said Maybin will play...(image)
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:40:00 PDT
I do not accept the Chicago Cubs as baseball’s National League champions. The series with the Dodgers was obviously rigged, influenced by the liberal media and Chicago-style scorekeeping. Lock them up! Long live the Dodgers.
Heading into last Saturday’s Game 6 game...(image)
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:35:00 PDT
America will get another chance to see the raging bull that is John Lackey when the Chicago Cubs right-hander starts Game 4 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field Saturday night. Parents watching with young children might want to keep a finger on the mute button.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:30:00 PDT
Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon describes the ultra-competitive John Lackey as “a cowboy when he pitches,” and as the veteran right-hander and Texas native has said many times during his 14-year big league career, this ain’t his first rodeo.
When Lackey, who turns 38 on Sunday, takes the mound...(image)
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:25:00 PDT
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun will undergo core muscle surgery Tuesday in Pennsylvania, the team announced.
Angels General Manager Billy Eppler said the surgery was meant to correct an ailment that bothered Calhoun for much of the season. The outfielder visited Dr. William Meyers, a noted specialist...(image)
Fri, 7 Oct 2016 19:50:00 PDT
How wonderful it was to see and hear Vin Scully`s last game as he capped off an amazing career. How pathetic that for the past three years, the greed and egos of executives have kept this great announcer out of my home.
Thomas A. Hoerber
As a native Angeleno — who has regularly been...(image)
Wed, 5 Oct 2016 17:45:00 PDT
If you are a Mission, you are on a mission.
The San Antonio Missions are the double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. If you play for San Antonio, your goal is to get to San Diego.
Unless, that is, you get swallowed up in an obscure rule. You hear all about playing for the name on the front...(image)
Tue, 4 Oct 2016 19:00:00 PDT
The playoffs are about to start, and Dusty Baker’s team is in. If you believe Baker is pleasantly surprised, well, you don’t really know him.
“This,” he said Tuesday, “is where I am supposed to be.”
The postseason came and went without him the previous two years. So did baseball. He traveled. He...(image)