The words “elbow” and “damage” can easily be terrifying when used together in any headline about a pitcher, much less one who could potentially be among the greatest players of his generation and certainly among the most fascinating, but do not fret (that much). Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has reported that Shohei…
Shohei Ohtani just signed with the Angels, and according to a report from ESPN, there’s a good chance they will be subjected to an investigation by Major League Baseball.
It’d be dramatic to claim that Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons is underappreciated, because his two Gold Gloves and stellar defensive stats seem to indicate that he’s being rightfully recognized, but how many infielders are capable of tricking two runners into an inning-ending rundown?
The Angels’ decision to let Bud Norris make his first start of the year on Friday, rather than come from the bullpen to work toward his 60th relief appearance of the season, might have helped block them from having to pay up for the $500,000 bonus Norris is contractually owed if he reaches that milestone. Don’t worry,…
Mike Fiers had a really bad first inning yesterday against the Angels—five runs allowed, including a two-run shot from Luis Valbuena, who had the audacity to get a little excited and flip his bat. This did not please Fiers. He expressed this displeasure by throwing at Valbuena’s head. That backfired for Fiers…
It sometimes feels almost cruel that the brilliance of Mike Trout is so often wasted on moments and games that seem wholly irrelevant, which is why it’s such a joy to finally see an at least semi-competitive Angels team in a season that’s shaping up as Trout’s best yet. (Time spent on the disabled list be damned.)…
The Rangers and Angels were joined by a very special guest on the infield tonight: a pigeon, who hobbled around with a seemingly injured wing until someone was finally brave enough to step up to the plate and rescue the poor creature by himself. That would be Texas manager Jeff Banister, who scooped the bird up and…
Today was Mike Trout’s 26th birthday. He recorded his 1,000th hit. He hit a home run. He remains so spectacularly talented to be almost boringly so, with no indication that he will develop any flaws soon. Here are his teammates, celebrating this glorious day by dumping all manner of stuff upon his head:
The Angels achieved perhaps the weirdest sort of walk-off win tonight—the walk-off strikeout, pushing them to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers in the ninth inning.
The Yankees got out to a four-run lead over the Angels in the top of the first inning tonight, and Aaron Hicks wasn’t ready to see it slip away. With the bases loaded for Anaheim in the bottom of the inning, he leaped for a perfectly-timed grab over the wall in center field in order to rob Luis Valbuena of what would…
The Los Angeles Angels’ Ji-man Choi clobbered his first MLB homer Monday, 20 games into his first season. After rounding the bases, the 25-year-old proved that teammates aren’t necessary to celebrate a strong home run.
You probably won’t see a beanball more obviously deliberate than the one Jered Weaver laid on Kyle Seager in last night’s 3-1 Mariners win. Or one more nonchalant.
White Sox closer David Robertson accused Angels manager Mike Scioscia of intentionally blocking the plate during an argument with umpires so Robertson couldn’t stay warm, a charge Scioscia denied.
Jerry Dipoto has learned an inviolable rule of working for the Angels: get into a power struggle with Arte Moreno’s guy, and you’re not going to win it. According to multiple reports, the Anaheim GM resigned and packed up his office last night.
According to a report from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Angels manager Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto are feudin’ again. The two have never quite gotten along—following the 2012 season it appeared that one or both would have to be fired—but this latest tension surrounds a battle for the strategic heart of the team.
It’s official: Josh Hamilton is a Texas Ranger again. The Angels will receive “cash considerations or a player to be named later,” or, in the common parlance, nothing. They will also send along an absurdly large amount of money just to be done with Hamilton. And they deserve to lose every zero on those checks.
No one—not even MLB, which argued for a lengthy suspension—is unhappier about Josh Hamilton unexpectedly getting off without discipline for his cocaine-and-alcohol relapse than the Angels themselves.
With MLB and union appointees deadlocked on the issue of whether Josh Hamilton’s relapse was a suspendable offense, the decision fell to an independent arbitrator. The arbitrator has made the call: Hamilton didn’t violate the terms of his treatment program, will not be punished, and is eligible to play immediately.