Report: MLB Could Suspend Josh Hamilton For A Year

The four-person panel tasked with deciding the discipline for Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who admitted to a relapse and violation of MLB's drug policy, is hopelessly deadlocked, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. At issue: whether Hamilton's suspension should include entering a substance abuse… » 3/05/15 9:20am 3/05/15 9:20am

How Long Will Josh Hamilton Be Suspended?

I (and others) believe that Josh Hamilton should not be suspended, if only because every drug or alcohol relapse he's had has occurred when he's away from baseball. Many addicts need structure; every addict benefits from staying busy. But it's seemingly not a question of if the Angels outfielder will be suspended for… » 2/27/15 9:52am 2/27/15 9:52am

The Royals Stole The Game In Right Field

The Royals continue to play to type. A team that's never going to slug, Kansas City has to win with speed, defense, and timely hitting, or it's not going to win at all. There was no repeat base-stealing extravaganza in last night's 3-2 Game 1 win over the Angels, but the timely hitting showed up with Mike… » 10/03/14 9:36am 10/03/14 9:36am

How To Call A Team's Bluff On Stadium Subsidies

Today, the Angels walked away from negotiations on a deal to renovate Angel Stadium, all because the city did something every city ought to do when its sports team comes looking for handouts: Anaheim did its homework. » 9/26/14 5:23pm 9/26/14 5:23pm

Pitcher's Wife Calls Will Middlebrooks "Butthole" For Breaking Up No-No

A day after losing Cy Young candidate Garrett Richards for the year to a freak knee injury, the Angels got an unexpected lift: rookie starter Matt Shoemaker stepped up with the game of his life. He had a no hitter going until two outs in the seventh, when Boston's Will Middlebrooks lined a double to left. Mrs.… » 8/22/14 10:09am 8/22/14 10:09am

Garrett Richards Collapses At First Base With Apparent Leg Injury

Angels ace Garrett Richards appeared to injure his left knee while trying to cover first base on a ground ball tonight at Fenway. It's hard to get a great view of what exactly happened because the play never actually made it back to first after Pujols fielding it and throwing to second. Erick Aybar took the ball and… » 8/20/14 8:29pm 8/20/14 8:29pm

Josh Hamilton Out Of The Lineup Again After Taking "Mental Break"

A slumping Josh Hamilton sat on Sunday, after his manager acknowledged how badly the Angels outfielder is struggling. "A mental break," Mike Scioscia called it, and Hamilton said he was the one who had asked for the day off. Well, Hamilton is out of the lineup again tonight. » 8/18/14 5:58pm 8/18/14 5:58pm

Albert Pujols Teaches Yasiel Puig A Lesson About Paying Attention

We saw good Puig and bad Puig last night, as the Dodgers outfielder showed off his cannon arm, then two innings later got shown up by Albert Pujols for not paying attention. Smiles all around, and a valuable lesson learned about keeping your head in the game? This was an excellent baseball sequence. » 8/05/14 9:04am 8/05/14 9:04am

Pujols, Trout Mock Fernando Rodney's "Arrow" Celebration

There's nothing more frustrating than an opposing closer being demonstrative about doing his job. Say, Fernando Rodney getting the third out, then miming pulling an arrow out of his quiver, nocking it, and firing. Infuriating, if it's against you. Yesterday, the Angels got the very best possible revenge. » 7/21/14 8:58am 7/21/14 8:58am

Foul Ball Breaks Glass In Dining Area At Angel Stadium

A foul ball off the bat of Seattle's Brad Miller shattered the glass in a dining area located in the mezzanine section, somewhere between home plate and the visiting dugout. You can hear the reaction of the crowd, gasping in shock, and you can see the reaction of Brad Davis, wincing right after. Judging from the… » 7/19/14 9:47am 7/19/14 9:47am

Angels Hitting Coach Don Baylor Breaks Leg On Ceremonial First Pitch

Vladimir Guerrero threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Angels game against the Mariners and while trying to catch it, Don Baylor seemed to hyperextend his leg and possibly suffer even further injury. » 3/31/14 11:16pm 3/31/14 11:16pm

Angels Extend Mike Trout Through 2020

The Angels signed Mike Trout to a six-year $144.5 million contract extension that will keep him in Los Angeles and Anaheim through 2020. It's not exactly Miguel Cabrera money, but Trout now has a long term, multi-million dollar deal that lasts into his year 29 season. Trout will then become a free agent and still be… » 3/29/14 1:30pm 3/29/14 1:30pm

MLBers Say Mike Trout Is The Best—But Not Worth A Historic Contract?

The new ESPN The Magazine has an anonymous survey of 143 current MLB players, and 56 percent of them peg Mike Trout as the best player in the majors. Miguel Cabrera got 26 percent of the vote, and Clayton Kershaw got six percent. But they don't think he's that much more valuable, which isn't exactly a new development,… » 3/24/14 4:07pm 3/24/14 4:07pm

MLB Sees First Play Overturned On Review

The first 20 instances of umpires invoking baseball's new expanded review resulted in the call being upheld. But yesterday in Tempe, the replay system finally earned its keep. » 3/12/14 9:27am 3/12/14 9:27am

The Angels Are Going To Screw Up Mike Trout's Contract

Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports that the Angels and Mike Trout are in talks on a contract extension that would lock up the 22-year-old superstar for six years and around $150 million. This is an eminently reasonable number; it just makes no sense for the Angels. » 2/24/14 3:49pm 2/24/14 3:49pm

This is a terrific piece by the reliably outstanding Sam Miller, nominally about the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's attempts to rebuild a terrible farm system but in some sense about probability and the limits of analytics. It's worth your time. [ESPN The Magazine] » 2/18/14 6:49pm 2/18/14 6:49pm

How Much Will Mike Trout Get Paid?

Any theoretical negotiation starts from this premise: He is 22 years old, and already the best player in baseball. (And if not for Miguel Cabrera's existence, he'd be the best by far.) We have already accepted that the economics of Mike Trout can't rely on past data, because there's nothing comparable. But if he were… » 12/18/13 11:55am 12/18/13 11:55am

MLB Investigates Yankees For Potential Tampering With Mike Trout

This seems like a whole lot of nothing, but we can stand behind anything to make baseball's silly season the sillier. Yesterday, Yankees president Randy Levine had this to say by way of explaining why the team was hesitant to give Robinson Cano too many years: » 12/13/13 5:21pm 12/13/13 5:21pm

Former Major Leaguer Scott Spiezio Is In Trouble With The Law Again

Scott Spiezio's big-league career ended in a downward spiral of substance abuse problems and scrapes with the law. Since being released from the Braves' minor-league system in April 2008, the former infielder who won World Series rings with the Angels and Cardinals appears to have kept his name out of the police… » 9/05/13 7:45pm 9/05/13 7:45pm

Really nice Jonah Keri piece on Mike Trout's increasingly absurd performance in which Eddie Bane, who drafted him, explains that he was too good for anyone to believe he was as good as he seemed. [Grantland] » 8/07/13 12:56pm 8/07/13 12:56pm