Saturday, July 31, 2010

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On Friday July 30th, our very own Salt Lake Bees representative Rick Dykhuizen caught up with the Angels' top prospect outfielder Peter Bourjos.

Bourjos has had a killer month of July, posting a .445/.484/.714 line in a 26-game stretch, 55 hits total, collecting at least one hit in all but three games. Bourjos has collected three or more hits in ten games during the month of July, pushing his batting average to .313 on the season, to go along with 27 stolen bases.  Oh and we're not talking a slap hitting frenzy month of July either, as Bourjos has posted an incredible .734 slugging pct during the month of July thus far. Going into tonight's game on July 31st Bourjos has 12 doubles, 12 triples and 12 home runs on the season.

A week ago, our very own David Saltzer spoke to scouts at the Bees game and they had this to say about Peter Bourjos.

"Dynamic game-changing speed with improved plate discipline. He’s become a true base stealer—he’s getting better jumps and picking better spots to steal. After getting a single, the pitcher threw over to first base several times. When the pitcher finally went to the plate, Bourjos stole second. On the next pitch, Bourjos stole third. The catcher and third baseman were rushed and the ball got away from the third baseman (although Bourjos beat the throw) and nearly scored. He ultimately scored on the next pitch on a groundout by Izturis (who was still limping while running and nowhere near as fast out of the box as before—all the scouts commented on that. The Angels may say he’s 100%, but he’s not. He was thrown out trying to steal second.). One scout said that Bourjos is “getting better.” They all agreed that he could provide gold glove defense, but, weren’t sure if he could hit enough to be a regular Major Leaguer (but no one questioned him as a 4th outfielder) and one speculated on whether or not he would walk enough to leadoff and take advantage of his speed. They all agreed that he needed more seasoning. One thing to note about Bourjos—he hustles. If fans want to know why he has more triples than doubles, it’s because he flies around the bases. On a routine fly to centerfield, he was within 2 steps of second when the catch was made. Had the ball been dropped, he would have easily been on his way to third. One thing that was nice to see with Bourjos—the old scouting report on him didn’t work. In the past, when Bourjos fell behind, the opposition could get him out with breaking balls off the plate. When I saw him, he laid off some breaking balls in those counts and fought off some good pitches to battle in his at-bats."

Click on the play button below to stream the Peter Bourjos interview.


Note: AngelsWin.com learned on Sunday night, August 1st that Peter Bourjos was promoted to the big league club, set to join the Angels in Baltimore.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Brent Hubbard - AngelsWin.com Senior Columnist

With a .500 record on July 29th, the Angels certainly do not look like contenders. The Angels have played three more games than Texas, and stand 7 wins behind the Rangers but also 10 losses behind, makes them 8.5 games out.

I’ve always been a glass-half full kind of guy, an optimist, especially when it comes to sports. Yet even I have to realize that this weekend represents the last stand for the Angels, for this season anyway.

Monday, July 26, 2010



AngelsWin.com senior writer David Saltzer from AngelsWin.com was asked to be the Sirius-XM Fantasy Baseball Show with Steve Phillips and Jeff Rickard tonight talking about the Dan Haren trade and more. Here's the audio of the interview below. Click on the play button to hear the full interview. 

Photo By Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com

Congratulations to Michael Kohn who compiled a 5-4 record, 11 saves, 2.15 ERA and a .179 BAA between Double-A and Triple-A this season. The Mighty Kohn struck out 57 batters in 46 innings of work.

Here's an interview we conducted with Michael Kohn almost a month ago. 

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By David Saltzer - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

I like this trade. It’s the kind of trade that a fan should be excited about. It’s the kind of trade that meets the three criteria for being a good trade: It makes sense now; it makes sense for the future; and lastly, it was a fair deal.

Why It Makes Sense Now
While the starting pitching, particularly that from Joe Saunders, has been getting better this year, if the Angels are going to go anywhere in the post season this year, the Angels will need a formidable one-two punch in the playoffs. More importantly, if the Angels are going make the playoffs, they are going to need to take matters into their own hands and win more games and more series, particularly against Texas.

Pairing Dan Haren with Jered Weaver at the top of the rotation gives the Angels a much greater chance to do exactly that—win more games. Dan Haren is far more likely to give the Angels a quality start over the remainder of the season than Joe Saunders. With several days off remaining for the Angels in the second half, the combination of Jered Weaver and Dan Haren could account for almost 50% of the remaining games for the team this year. Having nearly half of the remaining games started by “aces”, particularly those against Texas, will have a dramatic effect on the race this year. This season just may come down to the final series between the two clubs, and having Haren may make a big difference in those final four games.

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July 26, 2008 in Baltimore the Angels beat the orioles 11-6. Casey Kotchman hit a home run and drove in 2, Juan Rivera homered and drove in 3 and Torii Hunter hit 2 home runs with 5 RBI. Jon Garland would pitch 5 1/3 innings to win hit 9th game of the year. Jon Garland was traded in November of 2007 from the Chicago White Sox for Orlando Cabrera and had a 14-8 record with a 4.90 ERA. Garland would have his 7th straight season of 32 or more games started in 2008 with the Angels. Garland would only play the 2008 season for the Angels and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks at the beginning of 2009. This game put the Angels at 25 games above .500 for the first time on the season on their way to their highest winning percentage year in their history at .617.


Friday, July 23, 2010


AngelsWin.com, the most-visited Angels baseball fan site on the Internet, has teamed up with Los Angeles Angels television announcer Victor Rojas to benefit the Miracle League of Orange County.

AngelsWin.com is selling t-shirts featuring the play-by-play man's popular "Oppo Taco" home run call and donating the proceeds to Miracle League of Orange County, a baseball league that pairs special needs children with able-bodied helpers so that every child can experience the joy of playing America's pastime.

Miracle League of Orange County received a huge lift from the Angels Baseball Foundation earlier this month with the opening of the first Miracle Field in Southern California as part of the Foundation-funded All-Star Complex at Anaheim's Pioneer Park. The field features a completely level rubberized surface that accommodates wheelchairs and walkers and helps minimize the risk of injury.

Rojas joined the Angels broadcast team prior to the 2010 season and has gained national exposure for his trademark "Oppo Taco" and "Jimmy Jack" home run calls.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010


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By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
July 22nd, 2010 

While recently in Salt Lake, I had the chance to catch a Triple-A game for the Salt Lake Bees. The game was nearly sold out as the Famous San Diego Chicken was there, and kids were enjoying his antics between the innings. Again I had a chance to talk with several scouts from different organizations to get their take on the Angels’ players.

Here are some notes on the game:

The Stadium:

Located in an older part of Salt Lake, the stadium is very freeway accessible from the I-15 (near the I-80 if you are coming from that direction). While normally parking across the street is not a problem, the game was nearly sold out, and so parking was a bit more difficult. Still, there were enough public parking spots even 15 minutes before the game. Parking was $6 per car.

The stadium has a seating capacity of 15,500. Ticket prices range from $5 to $23 per seat, with some games having surcharges for fireworks. For the money, the $15 Home Plate seats are the best deal in the house, although there really aren’t any bad seats in the stadium. The stadium has a beautiful view of the Wasatch Mountains in the background, which gives it a feel of the old Oakland stadium, before Mt. Davis was built.

The stadium provided a wide variety of food ranging from hot dogs (the chili-dog looked good, skip the polish hot dog) to pizza, to Mexican fare. Prices were generally about 25%-33% less than similar fare in Anaheim. In the past I’ve partaken of the burritos and enjoyed it, so that is always a good pick.

As with the stadium in Orem, Spring Mobile Ballpark is very kid friendly. There are picnic areas on the grass out in the outfield and lots of activities for kids to do such as a bouncy-house and a playground. There also was an 8-passenger train running in the length of the outfield that kids enjoyed.

What was nice to see, both in the stadium, and around Salt Lake City (and even Park City, Utah for that matter) were all the Angels hats and shirts in the crowd. I saw more Angels gear in Utah than I saw for any other team besides either the Bees or Owlz.

The In-Game Entertainment:

The normal mascot for Salt Lake, Bumble, is normally a kid magnet. Bumble Bee is very friendly, willing to sign autographs, pose for pictures, etc. However, the night I went, the Famous San Diego chicken was there to add to the antics. I have to give credit to him. At the end of the game, the PA announcer said that the Famous San Diego Chicken would stay to sign autographs and pose for pictures for all the fans. The line instantly became hundreds deep, and he stayed to sign for hours after the game to take care of all of his fans. Class act.

The Players: General Comments

First off, I didn’t get a chance to see everyone on the team play. The Bees played Sacramento (Oakland). And, unlike Orem, I didn’t get to talk to any of the players from the team. However, I did talk with several scouts who were there from both NL and AL teams.

As most Angels fans know, the upper levels of our system are not overly stocked with high-profile talent. While that is changing at Double-A Arkansas with the promotion of Chatwood and Amarista, Triple-A has been considered a wasteland. That impression, though, is not entirely accurate. There are four notable exceptions to that list, and the scouts with whom I spoke had good things to say about them. We didn’t have as much time to talk as we did in Orem (between my family, the Famous San Diego Chicken, and the large crowd it was difficult) but here are the notes I have for those players.

The Players: Specific Comments on Current Players

Peter Bourjos (CF): Dynamic game-changing speed with improved plate discipline. He’s become a true base stealer—he’s getting better jumps and picking better spots to steal. After getting a single, the pitcher threw over to first base several times. When the pitcher finally went to the plate, Bourjos stole second. On the next pitch, Bourjos stole third. The catcher and third baseman were rushed and the ball got away from the third baseman (although Bourjos beat the throw) and nearly scored. He ultimately scored on the next pitch on a groundout by Izturis (who was still limping while running and nowhere near as fast out of the box as before—all the scouts commented on that. The Angels may say he’s 100%, but he’s not. He was thrown out trying to steal second.). One scout said that Bourjos is “getting better.” They all agreed that he could provide gold glove defense, but, weren’t sure if he could hit enough to be a regular Major Leaguer (but no one questioned him as a 4th outfielder) and one speculated on whether or not he would walk enough to leadoff and take advantage of his speed. They all agreed that he needed more seasoning. One thing to note about Bourjos—he hustles. If fans want to know why he has more triples than doubles, it’s because he flies around the bases. On a routine fly to centerfield, he was within 2 steps of second when the catch was made. Had the ball been dropped, he would have easily been on his way to third. One thing that was nice to see with Bourjos—the old scouting report on him didn’t work. In the past, when Bourjos fell behind, the opposition could get him out with breaking balls off the plate. When I saw him, he laid off some breaking balls in those counts and fought off some good pitches to battle in his at-bats.

Hank Conger (C): Two scouts said this about Conger “he’d be my starting catcher in the Majors right now” meaning that the scouts would take Conger over their current starting catcher in the Majors. Another scout said “he’s ready.” They all talked about his improved bat, but one also talked about his improved defense saying “what he needs to learn right now has to come in the ML.” I can’t comment on his defense because the night I saw him he was the team’s DH. Although Conger went 0 for 4 when I saw him, the one strikeout he had was on a bad call. Conger took an inside pitch that should have been a ball, but, he didn’t get the call. Still, he looked much more patient at the plate, and his nearly 1:1 K:BB ratio demonstrates the improved patience.

Michael Kohn (RP): I didn’t see him play, but discussed him with the scouts. One scout said that he has “really good stuff, but can hang some fat pitches.” Most of the time he throws strikes, but, Kohn needs to work on tightening up his breaking stuff. The scouts discussed whether Kohn would be an 8th inning setup guy or a closer. There was a split decision on that, but all of them liked his composure on the mound. Either way, he should be a fixture in the back end of our bullpen.

Mark Trumbo (1B/RF): Trumbo looked more confident at the plate then I have ever seen him. He walked twice on the night, taking some good pitches and laying off some bad ones. One scout said “He’s only getting better.” While this was the same comment that the scout said about Bourjos, the connotation and emphasis was different. With Trumbo, it was more to the point that he was heating up and adjusting to the league. Looking at his stats, his strikeouts per month are going down and his walks are going up. He’s on pace to set a career high in walks this year and a career high in on-base percentage. The scouts talked about his slumps being shorter this year than in the past. I asked the scouts about Trumbo’s defense in the outfield. One scout said “whatever it takes to get that bat to play.” Trumbo handled all the plays at first base well, but, by and large, he only had routine plays to make. His footwork appeared to be better, but, I didn’t see him have to make too many tricky picks in the dirt or difficult throws to make.

Conclusion:

It’s always great when AngelsWin.com can get scouting reports and updates from Eddie Bane and Abe Flores. We match those up with our own observations when making our Top-50 Prospect Lists. But, it’s even better when we can get scouting reports and comments from other team scouts to compare the notes.

While the talent at Triple-A Salt Lake isn’t as extensive other levels in the organization, it’s not devoid of talent. There are some bright spots that can make an impact on the Angels in the near future, with more help coming from below.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Below is our video interview with Fred Lynn, conducted July 9th, 2010. Additional footage of the opening ceremonies from the SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS tour, including the ceremonial first pitch, is included.


Interview conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

On July 9th, 2010, SUBWAY kicked off its second annual event for SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS with a National Little League Baseball Appreciation Game at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills. The game featured All-Star Little League teams from Orange County and Los Angeles County coached by former Major League Baseball players Fred Lynn and Orel Hershiser. The Orange County team, coached by Fred Lynn, won the exhibition game.

SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS is a traveling tour that will make stops in four U.S. cities to promote Little League baseball as part of SUBWAY’S commitment to promote healthy active lifestyles for families. The tour will make its next stop in Anaheim as part of the All-Star Game activities and then will travel to New York City prior to the Little League World Series.

To help raise awareness and funds for the Little League Urban Initiative, over 30 athletes and stars signed baseballs designed and decorated by Little Leaguers. Athletes and celebrities who signed baseballs include:

Basketball: Blake Griffin

Baseball: Joe Torre, Dave Winfield, Ryan Howard, Orel Hershiser, Fred Lynn, Dan Uggla, Ken Griffey Sr., Andre Dawson, Josh Johnson, CC Sabathia, Heath Bell, Adrian Gonzalez

Football: Michael Strahan, Ndamukong Suh, C.J. Spiller, Amani Toomer

Boxing: Laila Ali

Motorsports: Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon

Hockey: Chris Drury

Swimming: Michael Phelps

Entertainment: Zac Effron, Vanessa Hudgens, Britney Snow, Ryan Rottman, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Larry King, Shay Sorells, Bob Harper & Jillian Michaels, Mike & Mike, Jared Fogle

Fans can visit SubwayKids.com and SUBWAY’s Facebook page to see pictures of all of the baseballs in the display. Beginning August 20th, the baseballs will be up for online auction and fans can bid on the baseballs via ebay. The auction will last for 10 days, with all of the proceeds going to support the Little League Urban Initiative.

Prior to the start of the exhibition game, AngelsWin.com caught up with Fred Lynn to speak about his participation in the SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS tour, his career as a Major League player, and his thoughts on the current state of the game.

Fred Lynn is no stranger to Southern California. Growing up in El Monte, California, he was a standout high school star in football, baseball and basketball. He then went on to star at USC before getting drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1973. As a rookie in 1975, Fred Lynn won the Rookie of the Year Award, the Most Valuable Player Award, and a Gold Glove for his defense in centerfield.

In 1981, Fred Lynn was traded to the California Angels along with Steve Renko for Joe Rudi, Frank Tanana, and Jim Dorsey. With the California Angels, Fred Lynn became one of the four former MVP players to compose the 1982 team. The 1982 Angels were the second Angels’ team to make it to the post season, but, unfortunately fell one game short in a heartbreaking series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 1983, Fred Lynn made All-Star history in the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Game by hitting the first grand slam in All-Star history. After the 1984 season, Fred Lynn left the Angels as a free agent to play for Baltimore. Before retiring, Fred Lynn played for Detroit and San Diego. He finished his career in 1990, amassing nine All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves and 306 homeruns.
Scioscia spoke in Orem on January 31, 2010, talking about hitting and pitching. Check out the videos.


Mike Scioscia's Orem First Pitch Speech (2010) from AngelsWin.com on Vimeo.


Mike Scioscia Hitting Clinic in Orem Part1 (2010) from AngelsWin.com on Vimeo.


Mike Scioscia Orem Hitting Clinic Part2 from AngelsWin.com on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Salt Lake Bees
Box Score

The Bees pitching staff on Monday made up of  Fernando Rodriguez, Bobby Cassevah, Rafael Rodriguez and Michael Kohn shutout the Fresno Grizzlies for 12 innings. Kohn (1.75 ERA) earned the win with a scoreless inning and a third after Mark Trumbo launched his 21st home run of the season to give the Bees the 1-0 victory. Hank Conger singled in his only at bat, threw out a runner in the second inning and then was removed from the game due to an arm injury.

Arkansas Travelers
Box Score

Jeremy Moore was the star of the game with his walk-off two RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Moore went 1-5 and is hitting .292 on the season. Tyson Auer went 1-3 with an RBI and a couple walks, stealing three bases on the night. Auer now leads Trout for most stolen bases in the organization with 48. Carlos Colmenares had three hits for the second straight game. Robert Fish who has struggled in the last month had his second blown save while with the Travs. Fish's ERA for the month of June was 6.39 and for July is at 19.06 after posting a sparkling 2.45 ERA in the month of May after his promotion to Double-A and a solid first month of the season with the Quakes (1.13) in High-A ball.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Box Score

Trout went 3 for 5 with two doubles, a triple, two runs, an RBI, and now he’s hitting .304/.407/.609 for the Quakes after a slow start. Pat Corbin (3.81 ERA) was touched up for the first time with the Quakes, giving up eight runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings of work. Gabe Jacobo (12) and Eric Oliver (4) each hit a home run in the game. Jeremy Berg pitched two and 1/3 innings of scoreless relief work, lowering his ERA to 1.45. Berg has a sick 27 to 2 strikeout to walk ratio over 18 innings of relief.

Cedar Rapids Kernels

Fabio Martinez Mesa (3.73 ERA) threw seven shutout innings, striking out nine and walking three. Martinez-Mesa has fanned 130 in 94 innings this year. With that said, his control is still a concern as he's walked 65 batters in 94 innings at low-A.  Jean Segura (.298) was the DH and went 2-4, stealing his 33rd base on the season. Justin Bass, Michael Wing and Carlos Ramirez homered for the Kernels. Ramirez  (.218) is hitting .313/.421/.406 in his past 10 games after a terrible first half of the season which saw him under the Mendoza line until July where he seemingly turned it around offensively.

Orem Owlz
Box Score

The Angels 8th round selection in the 2010 amateur draft Kole Calhoun (.286) went 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Josh Blanco pitched five innings, giving up just one run on three hits, while striking out four.

AZL Angels
Box Score

The Angels 1st round pick (30th overall) Chevez Clarke (.238) went 2-4 and 34th rounder 1B Jerod Yakubik went 3-4, raising his average to .329.

Prospect of the Day: Fabio Martinez-Mesa, SP Cedar Rapids Kernels

*Due to traveling on Wednesday July 21st, there will not be a Prospect Report. Check back with us on Thursday however for yet another informative Los Angeles Angels Prospect Report.


Monday, July 19, 2010

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Salt Lake Bees
Box Score

Peter Bourjos (.296) had four hits on Sunday and is hitting .442 over his last ten games, including five stolen bases bring his total to 27 on the season. The power hitting Mark Trumbo has 20 home runs on the season, but lately he's been raising his average (.279) hitting .371 over his last ten games, despite not hitting a home run during that stretch. Trumbo has ten walks vs. seven strikeouts over that span as well. Hank Conger (.262) is 0-16 since his Futures Games MVP showing. Michael Kohn (1.85) earned his eighth save since his promotion to Triple-A. Opponents are batting just .181 off him in Triple-A.

Arkansas Travelers
Box Score

The top two base stealers in the minors are Mike Trout and Travelers Tyson Auer, both with 45 on the season. Auer went 4-5 on Sunday with a home run and stolen base, raising his average to .321 with the Travs and .329 combined between High-A and Double-A on the season. After driving in three runs on Friday and clubbing a home run on Saturday, Roberto Lopez fanned all four times at  the plate on Sunday. Lopez is hitting just .197 against Double-A pitching. Trevor Reckling (2.45) went 7.1 innings on Saturday and gave up four runs on seven hits, striking out two vs. three walks. It was Reckling's worst start since his demotion to Double-A. Will Smith (7.23) was solid on Sunday, giving up just one run in six innings of work. He did walk three vs. just one strikeout. The southpaw Andrew Taylor pitched two scoreless innings on Sunday, notching his third hold. Jordan Walden (3.58) pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday, lowering his ERA to 3.58 after a rough April in which his ERA was at 12.15 after seven appearances. Walden has 37 strikeouts in 37.2 innings of work this season.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Box Score

Mike Trout hit his first home run while with the High-A Quakes club on Sunday, giving him seven on the season to go along with his 45 steals and .355 combined batting average. Trout is hitting just .222 to start things off with the Quakes, but he started off slow with the Cedar Rapids Kernels too. Clay Fuller hit just .168 with the Travelers in Double-A, but since being demoted to High-A with the Quakes, Fuller is hitting .329 with four home runs, 14 RBI and seven stolen bases. 3B Luis Jimenez (.269) had a home run in back to back games Friday and Saturday and notched a hit in all three of the games over the weekend. Jimenez had eight home runs on the season, 27 doubles and eight triples between Low-A and High-A ball thus far this season. Orangel Arenas pitched a solid six innings on Sunday, giving up two runs while striking out five. Jose Perez (3.83) in two innings of scoreless/hitless relief struck out five. Eddie McKiernan (2.97) earned his 19th save on the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Cedar Rapids Kernels

Going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cedar Rapids Kernels were losing 9-0. They scored two in the bottom of the fifth only to see the Lake County club answer with two more, making the score 11-2 going into the bottom of the sixth. The Kernels scored another run in the bottom of the sixth making it 11-3, but then went ballistic on the Lake County club scoring 14 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, ultimately winning the game 18-11. The Kernels had 21 hits on the day and Jean Segura (.296) had three of them, two of which were triples. Stephen Locke who had three shutout starts out of his last four, was shelled on Sunday giving up nine runs on 12 hits, raising his ERA to 3.47. Garret Richards (3.61) had a quality start on Friday, giving up three runs in seven innings of work, while striking out seven and walking four.

Orem Owlz
Box Score

The Owlz fell under .500 on the season with their fourth straight loss. Orem has won the Pioneer League championship four of the past six seasons. Our own David Saltzer was in Orem last week so if you missed it, check out his impressions on the club and some reaction from scouts on some of the Owlz players and former players who have moved on. http://angelswinblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/angelswincom-minor-league-report-orem.html

AZL Angels
No game on Sunday


Prospect of the Day: Peter Bourjos, Salt Lake Bees

Friday, July 16, 2010

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July 16, 1972 at County Stadium in Milwaukee the California Angels beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0. Vada Pinson would knock in the lone run in the game for the Angels, scoring Ken Berry, with a sacrifice fly. Rudy May pitched a complete game, allowing 2 hits and striking out 7. May came to the Angels in 1964 in the trade that sent Bo Belinsky to the Philadelphia Phillies. May made his major league debut in 1965, starting 19 games with a 4-9 record, but would spend the next 3 years in the minors. May came back to the Angels as a full time starter from 1969-1973, having his best year with the Angels in 1972, posting a 12-11 record, 2.94 ERA, 10 complete games and striking out 169. May still ranks in the top ten in Angels history in games started, complete games, shutouts and strikeouts. The Angels sold May to the New York Yankees in June of 1974.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Notes from Orem
By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

Just prior to the All-Star Game, I had the chance to head out to Orem, Utah to catch the Owlz, coached by Tom Kotchman (yes, father of Casey) to see how the youngsters are doing on the farm. If you’re an Angels fan, and haven’t been up to Salt Lake City to catch the Rookie-A team in Orem or the Triple-A team in Salt Lake, you really should take a drive up the I-15 or catch a flight out. It’s not a bad drive (I did it in 14 hours with my family including three children age 4 and under) and a short flight on a plane (less than 2 hours from Southern California).

Here are some notes on the game:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

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Interview conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

On July 9th, 2010, SUBWAY kicked off its second annual event for SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS with a National Little League Baseball Appreciation Game at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills. The game featured All-Star Little League teams from Orange County and Los Angeles County coached by former Major League Baseball players Fred Lynn and Orel Hershiser. The Orange County team, coached by Fred Lynn, won the exhibition game.

SUBWAY Baseball DeSIGNS is a traveling tour that will make stops in four U.S. cities to promote Little League baseball as part of SUBWAY’S commitment to promote healthy active lifestyles for families. The tour will make its next stop in Anaheim as part of the All-Star Game activities and then will travel to New York City prior to the Little League World Series.

On July 11, 1967 Anaheim Stadium would host it's first All-Star game in front of 46,309 fans in attendance. The games starting pitchers were Dean Chance (now with the Minnesota Twins) and Juan Marichal, lasting a record 15 innings, which would later be tied in the 2008 game, before being won by the National League
2-1 on a Tony Perez (named game MVP) homer in the top of the 15th. 12 pitchers were used in the game, recording a record at the time 30 strikeouts before Don Drysdale would eventually get the win and Catfish Hunter took the loss. All three runs scored were from solo home runs, Brooks Robinson (AL), Dick Allen (NL), then Perez's (NL) eventual game winner. Future Angel Rod Carew was the first ever rookie to start at second base and this game was the first of his 18 All-Star game appearances. The Angels were represented in the game by shortstop Jim Fregosi, 1-4 in the game; first baseman Don Mincher, 1-1; and pitcher Jim McGlothlin, 2 innings, no runs, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts. Angels manager Bill Rigney was also selected as a coach for the game by manager Hank Bauer of the Orioles. 

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

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July 10, 1973 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, the California Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8. After the Angels would go ahead 8-3 on Lee Stanton's second homer of the game in the top of the 9th, the Orioles rallied for 5 in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. With one on and one out in the top of the 10th, Stanton hit his 3rd home run of the game to put the Angels ahead for good. Stanton was traded by the Mets to the Angels with Francisco Estrada, Don Rose, and Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi. Stanton would hit 3 of his 8 home runs in this game and actually led the Angels in home runs at 14 in 1975.Stanton would be selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft after his time with the Angels.

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July 9, 1972 at Anaheim Stadium the California Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0. The Angels would get 8 singles in the game with RBI's from Ken McMullen and Leo Cardenas and Boston would get one lone base hit as there were no extra base hits in the game. Nolan Ryan pitched a complete game shut out while striking out 16. In the top of the 2nd inning, Ryan would strike out the side on 9 pitches. Ryan would be the only pitcher in major league history to accomplish this in both the American and National Leagues when he did it also with the New York Mets in 1968. 1972 was the first year Ryan was with the Angels and he posted his best ERA with the team at 2.28, but the Angels still finished 5th in the American League West with a 75-80 record as the beginning of the season was cut short by the first ever players strike.


Friday, July 9, 2010

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Dear John:

We spent seven wonderful years together in Anaheim. I will never forget your win during game 7 of the 2002 World Series, when you became the first rookie to do so in 93 years. The next two years - 2003 and 2004 were a little bit more difficult as you had ERAs in the mid 4s, but still, we had a great time together at the Big A. Watching you pitch was never… predictable.

During the 2007 season we really hit our stride - you won 19 games (as I tuned into all of them), you lead the league with a 3.01 ERA and 2 shut outs, and to be honest, your 179 Ks weren’t too shabby either. Your making it to the All Star game just up north in San Fran was a great feat (we really showed the rest of the league how strong our pitching staff was that year). Ultimately, you and I both know you deserved the Cy Young award- unfortunately, Frankie blowing a few of your games during the ninth didn’t help you in the wins column. But, John, after that things got rough again, as your ERA went up, your strike outs went down, and injuries became an issue, and total games went from 33 to the mid-twenties.

But through the good times and the bad, we stuck through it. Together. You, as the homegrown pitching ace who could help lead us to another World Series championship (if you did it as a rookie there was no reason you couldn’t do it as a 7 year veteran), and me, as the loyal fan parading you. And others took notice, and we couldn’t compete with Boston’s 82 million dollar offer in 2009. So now in Boston, with a chance to play with Pedroia, and Youk. All we could offer was (still a very large sum), our complete adoration, the position of ace, and the likely chance to overcome the often-mediocre American League West and a shot at the playoffs with other homegrown talents around you (and a few offseason pick-ups). But then, like countless others before you, you decided that the American East looked a little bit brighter, and you left.

Even though you left for our post-season rival, I promised to keep track of your stats, and follow your games. Maybe we could make this long distance thing work after all - at least until the playoffs. But John, I’ve got to tell you something- your 9 -4 season so far isn’t very impressive. Especially with only 66 strike outs so far, you are on pace to have your lowest total since 2002 when you only started 18 games. And, to be honest, now that Jered Weaver has been elected to the All Star game with a league leading 130 strike outs (though he does have one fewer win than you), I think I may have found a new home grown pitcher to idolize.

Please, don’t get me wrong, John. I hope we can still be friends, but with Boston in third place in the ultra competitive AL East, it doesn’t seem likely that we will be seeing much of each other- even in the playoffs. Wish Jered well in the All Star game, please, I know it would mean a lot to him- after all with you leaving it really gave him the opportunity to become the ace we always knew he could be.

Best Wishes

Coral Marshall
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Hot Prospects July 9, 2010

It is with great pleasure that AngelsWin.com presents another Hot Prospect List for the Angels. In our weekly column, we take a look at who has been hot down on the farm. Unlike our annual Top-50 Prospects, our Hot Prospects List is not ranked based on the ceiling of the prospect or the likelihood of him achieving that ceiling. Instead, it is weekly snapshot that reflects the players’ accomplishments based on their performances against their competition. This year, AngelsWin.com will be presenting the Hot Prospect List every Friday throughout the Minor League season.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

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Quick Programming Note: I have included all of the This Day in Angels Baseball features from the 1st of July through today, July 8th. Our AngelsWin.com Summer fanfest was last week so I was unable to post these until today. We're back on schedule however so look for these daily, along with our daily minor league reports starting next Monday. Tomorrow look for our weekly prospect hotlist on the Blog. If you missed our mid-season prospect grades last week, check it out here.

July 8, 1990 at County Stadium in Milwaukee, the California Angels lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 20-7. The Angels would stake starting pitcher Bert Blyleven to a 7-0 lead, getting home runs from Brian Downing and Bill Schroeder, going into the bottom of the 3rd inning. The wheels would then fall off for the Angels as Blyleven could not get out of the 4th inning and the game was now tied at 7-7. The Angels would then need four more pitchers in the bottom of the 5th inning as the Brewers scored 13 runs on 10 hits with 6 walks in the inning. The Angels would use a total of 7 pitchers in the game before it was finally over. 

The 20 runs is an Angel club record for runs given up on the road and the 10 hits given up is their record for an inning, while the 13 runs in the inning ties a club record. The Angels would finish the season at 80-82, 4th in the American League West that year.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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By Steve Haston - AngelsWin.com Contributor

Brian Fuentes knows he isn’t having his best year. Sitting down today for a candid interview in foul territory just outside the Angels dugout, he looked confused. After all, a closer with an ERA approaching 4.50, four blown saves and a trip to the DL under his belt on the season usually doesn’t garner all that much All Star attention. Then, he shared with me, something strange happened.

At about 9AM his phone began to ring. Calls came in rapidly, from those already in the All Star Game to ex-teammates, to personal assistants. “I woke up this morning on the couch like always,” He shared. When I asked him why the couch he replied “Ever since I grew this mustache my wife says I look like a bad guy from a spaghetti western, she keeps calling me Tuco and won’t let me in our bed.” I fought back a giggle as he looked genuinely upset at his wife’s behavior.

After a brief digression into the work of Sergio Leone we got back on topic. “The phone just kept ringing and ringing. First I saw Matt (Holliday) had called. I haven’t seen him since ’08 when we both left Colorado… I thought he was just setting up lunch for when he was out here next week. He asked me what I was doing on Monday (The 12th).” Then, he started scrolling through the list of other missed calls. Robinson Cano’s assistant, David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera. This was not his usual crop of messages, and they all seemed obsessed with his schedule on Monday.

Then, mercifully, Matt Holliday came through “He told me he needed a pitcher for the home run derby,” Fuentes grimaced as he said it. “They ALL need a pitcher for the derby,” he said stone faced looking through me. Just like walking the leadoff hitter in an inning, though, Fuentes is turning his lemons into lemonade. “The bidding is up to $5,000 a home run. I plan on donating it to charity.”

No one knows yet who Fuentes will be behind the screen for on Monday, but one thing is for certain, the victims of CCDES (Child Car Door Ear Syndrome) will be walking away with a healthy check thanks to Brian Fuentes.

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