Grateful Matt Shoemaker Considering Donning Protective Hat

Angels’ starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker was not able to make his last few starts last year due to being walloped in the head by a scorching 105 MPH line drive. Although the staff on hand did all they could to try to calm down the bleeding, it would not slow down. The righty had to thus undergo emergency surgery at a nearby facility to officially prevent it from continuing. In a...
Via Halo Headquarters
7 hours ago

Effectively Wild Episode 1023: Mike Trout, But Backward

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Steven Matz tweet, the Reds and Ryan Raburn, and the automatic intentional walk, then answer listener emails about misleading headshots, pitchers who rely on one pitch, the decline of player nicknames, the Yankees’ refusal to lose, Josh Reddick’s lack of clutchness, making Mike Trout run backward, and more.. Audio intro: A Tribe...
Via Fangraphs
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bedrosian out a few days after groin tweak

Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian is dealing with lower body stiffness and is expected to refrain from throwing the next couple days.
8 hours ago

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
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Comeback Story: Fear The Beard Of Angels Pitcher Matt Shoemaker

The 2014 Rookie of the Year runner-up will return to the 2017 season after taking a liner to the head, with added fuel to the fire, Matt Shoemaker is the Angels Dark horse. After a not so great showing in the 2015 season, Shoemaker assured everyone that his first year in the majors was no fluke. Shoemaker returned after many injuries plagued the Angels rotation. He was the closest...
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14 hours ago

No concerns following Shoemaker's live BP

Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker reached a key personal milestone Wednesday, facing live hitters for the first time since being struck on the head by a line drive in September.
16 hours ago

Did the Angels Move too Quickly in Signing Jesse Chavez?

At the time, it seemed like the Angels made one of the better value signings of the offseason early, grabbing Jesse Chavez for only $5 million dollars for only one year. Who knew what the pitching market would end up looking like, and grabbing a consistently decent pitcher who’s succeeded in the rotation and the bullpen was a smart move for a team that needed pitching. In hindsight...
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18 hours ago

Angels to take time on naming first baseman

General manager Billy Eppler said Tuesday that it's hard to say how the first-base situation will shake out. He expects to spend the next six weeks of Spring Training contemplating the decision, and said he is in no rush to commit to a resolution.
1 day ago

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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Angels Prospect Performances, 2016

2016 was a very down year for the farm. A very, very down year. Sherman Johnson still showed up. In terms of player performance, 2016 was the roughest year in memory on the Halos’ farm. Below is a chart showing the distribution of players accumulating two or more wins above replacement for the system over the last seven years (quick trivia: who was the six-WAR player back in...
Via Halos Heaven
2 days ago

Watch the Angels first full squad workout in Tempe, LIVE!

We've got Angels baseball sights and sounds, people! Our spring training correspondent, Rex, is in Tempe today for the Angels’ first FULL SQUAD workout of 2017. He was there this morning for the walkouts, and got some good footage: Live from Tempe with the Angels first FULL squad workout of 2017!Posted by Halos Heaven on Monday, February 20, 2017 The players...
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2 days ago

Albert Pujols is ramping up recovery from surgery for Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Albert Pujols is almost ready to get a running start on the second half of his mega-contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols is making steady progress in his recovery from foot surgery. The three-time NL MVP is doing rehabilitation work at the Angels' spring training complex with the goal of being ready to play on opening day. ''It's been really good,''...
Via Associated Press
3 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Spring Training: First Full Squad workout delayed again

Clouds of mystery pourin' confusion on the ground It’s another wet day in Tempe. While the rain is finally ending, it kept going all night and the fields are just too wet to unleash the lads today. The stadium was empty. The team did get out and throw a bit on the main field but the gates were closed and that was the extent of activities besides hitting from the cages. This rain...
Via Halos Heaven
3 days ago

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...
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4 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
5 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 ...
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6 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
8 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
12 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
13 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
13 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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybe We Spoke Too Soon About the Angels

We’ve beaten this horse since May—the Los Angeles Angels, despite employing the best baseball player on the planet, are not as good as they should be. Since 2012, Mike Trout’s first full big-league season, the Angels have been to
Via The Sports Post
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Luis Valbuena to Take Flight in LA

The Angels control a beautiful and valuable thing, Mike Trout’s age-25 to -28 seasons, what should mark his prime. The baseball world awaits to see what the club is able to do with this precious asset, and how the Angels will supplement it. If the club holds Trout and struggles to compete in the AL West, it would be akin to purchasing Cezanne’s “The Card Players” and then...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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