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2015 season preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

After falling short of expectations for years, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finally broke through to win the AL West and give MVP Mike Trout his first taste of the postseason, brief though it might have been. Now with expectations once again sky high, are Trout and company ready to take the next step? Depth Chart (as of 3/6)C: Chris Iannetta 1B: Albert Pujols 2B: Josh Rutledge...
Via The Outside Corner
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Los Angeles Angels 2015 Preview and Prediction

The investments took a bit longer to pay off than expected, but the Angels finally justified the free-agent expenditures of recent winters and...
Via Athlon Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLBPA backs Josh Hamilton, says news leaks are ‘cowardly’

Kevin Jairaj- The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement Thursday defending Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, and called the news leaks “cowardly” and intended to hurt Hamilton “personally and professionally.” “It is regrettable that people who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally have started leaking information...
Via Sports-Glory
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Josh Hamilton facing one-year suspension

Pending an independent arbitrator’s decision, Josh Hamilton could be suspended for the entire 2015 season. The Los Angeles Times reports that an arbitrator has been called upon to determine Hamilton’s fate after a decision could not be reached by a four-person panel made up of two lawyers and two physicians — one of each appointed...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Marijuana and MLB's Joint Drug Agreement

Last week’s report that Josh Hamilton could be facing an imminent suspension from Major League Baseball following an alleged violation of his drug treatment program has brought a renewed focus on MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement (JDA), and in particular its treatment of non-performance enhancing drugs. As I noted last week, in addition to PEDs and […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Player Projection: Huston Street

Huston Street joined the Angels at the 2014 trade deadline to finally give the Angels some stability at closer for the first time since the K-Rod era. Now Street is out to prove that he is an elite closer and deserving of being paid like one. What happened in 2014?Huston Street was just terrific last season. It wasn’t his best season by fWAR, but it was in terms of ERA as he finished...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Scioscia sorting through second base options, Alex Johnson dies at 72

The March 4th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Scioscia sorting through second base options, Alex Johnson dies at 72 and much more… The Story: Mike Scioscia is sorting through his options at second base.The Monkey Says: Right now Rutledge is operating as the starter, which is no real surprise. Based on these comments here and in previous articles, it sounds...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Player Projection: Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols showed that when healthy he can still be a productive middle-of-the-order bat, but he also showed that he can’t be the Pujols of old. At age 35, can Albert remain productive or will his decline only accelerate in 2015? What happened in 2014?The main thing that happened in 2014 is that Albert’s legs didn’t disintegrate into dust. Turns out that Pujols is a lot...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Angels Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Los Angeles Angels. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not L.A.’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Angels’ system who are most ready to produce […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
4 days 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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