Thursday, September 30, 2010

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Interview Conducted by David Saltzer - September 28, 2010

As a member of the press, you get to meet a lot of interesting people around Angels Stadium. Once checked into the stadium, the first person you will see is Wally, the usher in front of the elevators. Taking the elevator up, you usually get to have a nice word or two with Carol or Gail, two of the ushers who run the elevators inside the stadium.

Once inside the press box, you check in with John Moynihan. Though his size is intimidating, he is a very helpful and friendly, especially towards rookie reporters.

Officially, John is listed as the Press Box Security for the Angels. But, during a game, he wears a variety of hats. Odds are, if you’ve been to enough Angels games, he’s checked in on you, though you might not know it. That’s because every time the ushers in the stadium go to check on a person they raise their caps to let John know that you are okay, or, if not, for him to coordinate emergency medical services for you.

Aside from providing valuable security for the team, John is an original Angel. Though he never played professional baseball, he’s been with the team since 1961, and his first days with the team were in Los Angeles. Over his years, he’s worked with three different owners, thousands of players, and millions of fans.

With the upcoming 50th Anniversary season approaching, AngelsWin.com took the opportunity to interview John to get his unique perspective on the game and to hear some of his interesting baseball stories.

Click below to listen to the interview.




Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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By David Saltzer - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

Every fall I go into a bit of a funk. When the baseball season ends, there’s a void in my life until February when the pitchers and catchers report. Sure, there’s football and hockey, but they aren’t baseball. They don’t have the drama that only a 162-game season can bring.

Knowing that tonight will be my last game of the season, my funk is setting early. For the first time since 2006 I won’t be watching the Angels in the post season.

Unlike some, though, I’m not finding these final games to be meaningless. In fact, I’m finding them to be quite the opposite; these games may prove more pivotal as for the Angels as they search for the answers to improving their club.

It’s easy to sense that there is a deep analysis going on around the team. Watching batting practice, the coaches are intensely focused on some of the players, especially the youngsters who were recently brought up. There are hushed conversations; quick mental notes made. I’ve seen more of the Angels front office around the stadium and in the press box than I’ve seen in previous games.

This offseason will prove pivotal for the Angels. Do they go for a major reconstruction or do they go for just a piece or two? Should they invest heavily in one player or should they spread the money around to try and solve many of their needs? A lot of the factors affecting those decisions will be determined during the next few games. So, watching these games is important; they show what the club is thinking.

In these final games, it’s important to note how the players finish the season. Some, like Torii Hunter want to win every game, no matter what. For him, it’s a matter of pride. Talking with him before the game, he doesn’t care about the stats or the numbers; he just wants to win.

Angels fans have every reason to be optimistic about 2011. They have an owner who is committed to winning and the management who knows how to deliver. They know that they need to improve and have every intention to do so.

Listening to the reporters around the stadium, they expect the Angels to be busy this offseason. They’re already talking about meeting up at the stadium again for some announcements. They sense what I sense—the Angels do not want a repeat performance.

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. As I sit here enjoying my last home game of the season, I’m trying to savor as much as I can to hold me until February. Already, though, the anticipation of the upcoming offseason is getting me excited, and I can hardly wait to see how the 2011 team shapes up.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

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Interview Conducted by David Saltzer - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

Bobby Grich is an Angels’ player who needs no introduction. As the original inductee into the Angels Hall of Fame, Grich is an iconic player for the team. A regular around the stadium, Bobby has a unique perspective on the team, having played for or related with all three owners of the Angels.

Recently Bobby Grich took some time to speak with AngelsWin.com about what the upcoming 50th Anniversary season, his playing days as an Angels, and the youngsters in the lineup.

Click here to listen to the AngelsWin.com interview with Angels’ great Bobby Grich.

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Interview Conducted by David Saltzer - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

Prior to the game on Friday, September 24th, Mickey Hatcher took a few minutes to talk to AngelsWin.com about Mark Trumbo, Brandon Wood, and his role as a hitting coach. In the interview he talked about some of the lessons that he learned from the 2010 season and gave some reasons why the fans should be optimistic for 2011.

Click here to listen to AngelsWin.com’s interview with Batting Coach Mickey Hatcher

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By David Saltzer - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

They say that Angels fans are different than other baseball fans. The beach balls, the wave—all are considered signs of less passionate fans. I disagree. Angels fans are great fans and very passionate. They care deeply about their team and want to see them win. They may not yell and scream at the players like fans in other stadiums, but they care deeply, nonetheless.

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Interview conducted by Coral Marshall, AngelsWin.com columnist

AW: “Hey Torii, I’m Coral here with Angelswin.com how are you today?”

TH: “Pretty good, how you [are you doing]?”

AW: “I’m doing well thanks, are you excited for today’s game?”

TH: “I’m always excited for every game. Man it’s a sunny day today, I’m working on my tan, so why shouldn’t I be happy?”

AW: “I know you warned me it was going to be a warm one today…” 

TH: “I told you it was gonna be hot today, I told you earlier”

AW: “I tried to wear sleeveless so I’m not too hot today.”

TH: “But you got on black”

AW: “I know.”

TH: “I know but that’s alright, you look nice”

AW: “Thank you very much, I actually have a question because you are nominated for the Roberto Clemente award, what does that mean to you?”

TH: “It means a lot, man, whenever you get recognized for something like that. Its not my main goal to get recognized, I just do things out of the kindness of my heart. I always told myself when I was a kid “if I ever have the opportunity to give back I was going to do it,” and I’ve been blessed to do that. And I will always give back, it makes me feel good at the end of the day, but along the way if people recognize that I’m honored and at the same time its kind of contagious when you give back and when people see that they want to do the same”

AW: “Definitely, you know with all the new guys up here, some of them its their first time, what’s your most memorable moment from your first major league game?”

TH: “Well my first major league game was in 1997, which was probably a long time ago, for you [ha]. But in 1997 […] I was going to pinch run for a catcher named Terry Steinbach in Baltimore, Camden Yards, when I ran out there, I was pinch running, I ran out there and he wouldn’t get off the base. There were 55,000 fans around and he would not get off the base and leave, and I’m like “I’m pinch running for you” and he’s like “no you’re not, you’re not” and I’m like “the manager told me to pinch run” and he says “no” and he looks the other way and everybody’s yelling: “you’re a rookie, rookie get off the field,” and I felt so bad, and then he cracked a joke and said “I’m just joking,” and he gave me a high five, and let me go to first base. And that was my first time in the Major Leagues, and I’ll never forget it”

AW: “That’s a fantastic story, thank you so much for your time today!”

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Interview conducted by Coral Marshall, AngelsWin.com columnist

AW: Hi Dan, I’m Coral Marshall, with AngelsWin.com how are you today?

DH: I’m great!

AW: Are you excited for the game today?

DH: I am it’s a little warm out here though.

AW: Its really warm. So since you are a starting pitcher you get to watch a lot of the action, what’s your favorite rally monkey clip?

DH: Oh that’s a good question, you know I don’t like the romantic ones, like the Sleepless in Seattle. I like more […] of the Avatar one, its pretty good, I think the one with what is it, Poltergeist.

AW: That one’s great.

DH: I think that ones my favorite.

AW: My favorite is the Wedding Crashers one where the rally monkey is will Ferrell.

DH: Oh yea!

AW: Have you seen that one?

DH: Yea, I think I have.

AW: It’s a really good one. So, as you know, it’s the end of the season, and a lot of guys are up here for the first time, what was your first Major League game like?

DH: My first major league game was in 2003 against the Giants. I faced Barry Bonds my first inning so that was pretty exciting. […] You know it happens so fast when the young guys come up, you know hopefully they take time to enjoy it, because I can barely remember when I was first coming up.

AW: Right, [that makes sense]. Thank you so much for your time today, Dan, we really appreciate it.

DH: Anytime!

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Reporting Live for Angel Stadium - Coral Marshall

Anaheim, CA - This Sunday morning came faster than most, not for the usual reason, because there is simply too much to do, but instead because I knew I would be representing AngelsWin.com at the game, going onto the field, speaking with players, and watching from the press box.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Interview conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

There’s nothing that says you’re a fan like having a bunch of souvenirs for your favorite team. Hats, bats, balls, and novelty items are the way fans remind themselves of the memories they’ve had and the games that they’ve attended.

For many fans, their first, and sometimes their most cherished, souvenirs are the promotional items given away at games. Looking around my sons’ rooms, they have plenty of Angels’ gear such as their Nite-Lights, blankets, shirts, hats, and backpacks—all of which they received while going to games. Some items, such as the Bobblehead dolls, have become collector items.

What most fans don’t realize is that behind every promotional item is a team of people working to make sure that each and every promotional item is a success. They work months in advance of each promotional item, taking products from design to transportation to delivery in the stadium.

AngelsWin.com recently sat down with John Rozak, the Promotions and Events Representative for the Angels to find out more about how these items become part of the experience for fans at the stadium.

Click on the play button below to hear the interview with John Rozak. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


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Drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft (74th overall), Tyler Cole Chatwood has emerged as one of the Angels’ elite pitching prospects. He has a power arm, throwing a 92-97 MPH heater, a power curve, and changeup.

In 2009, Chatwood was named to the MidWest League’s All Star team. Additionally, he played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in the post season, earning the win in his only appearance.

In 2010, Chatwood was named to the California League All Star team after thoroughly dominating the league. He was promoted to Double-A and earned honors Texas League’s Pitcher of the week for the week of July 19th, 2010. Chatwood finished the season by helping the Bees make their unsuccessful run towards the post season; he won his only start for the Bees.

Recently, AngelsWin.com’s Dykuizen had the opportunity to speak with Tyler Chatwood to find out more about this promising player.

Click below to listen to the audio interview.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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PART TWO: The Kids
(Part one of a three part series)

By Brent Hubbard - Angelswin.com Senior Columnist

As I detailed yesterday in part one of my off-season preview, the offense has clear problems that need to be addressed this off-season. Yet the talent in the minors is clear on both sides of the ball. Before getting into the offensive prospects, I want to mention a few of the Angels pitching farmhands, and recognize them for their excellent seasons.

Those starting pitchers who have had good seasons include Trevor Bell, who has split the season between the Angels and AAA-Salt Lake. A 4.34 ERA in 5 games as a starter in Anaheim, though he has worked mostly out of the pen while there, he also started 6 games for SLC with a 3.00 ERA. Just 23, figure Bell to be around for a while either in the pen or as a fill-in starter.

Most of the Angels top starting pitching prospects are in AA or below, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as their current rotation is pretty well stocked and making pretty decent money as well. Weaver is due a huge raise in arbitration for 2011 and 2012 before he is due to be a free agent, Haren is locked in at around $12 Million per year each for the next two years, and an option for a third at $15.5. Kazmir is due $12.75 Million next year and has a club option for $13 Million the year after that. Pineiro and Santana are both locked in for $8 Million next season while Santana is under control for two seasons after that, at just over $11 Million and a club option for $13 M in 2013.

Monday, September 13, 2010

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On September 10th, 2010 AngelsWin.com's Rick Dykhuizen had the opportunity to interview the Angels top pick in the 2010 amateur draft 3B Kaleb Cowart of the Orem Owlz. The Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, hit .654 with 11 home runs, 59 runs batted in, 55 runs and 36 stolen bases as a senior for Cook County High in Adel, Ga.

Cowart has played just a handful of games since signing, but his best performance in professional ball was his first game with the Orem Owlz, going 2-5 with a home run and three RBI's.

Click on the play button below to hear Kaleb Cowart and his reaction to several baseball and non-baseball questions.



2010-2011 Hot Stove League Preview 
(Part one of a three part series)

By Brent Hubbard - Angelswin.com Senior Columnist

I love fall. The colors of the leaves on the trees change, the weather cools off, and we have Los Angeles Angels playoff baseball to look forward too. And when that is over, I’ll usually begin writing my off-season preview. I love the Hot Stove league.

This year however, is a bit different from the norm. Summer is not truly over yet, but the baseball season in Los Angeles is -- for all intents and purposes anyway, with twenty or so games to go, staring at a 10+ game deficit, the wildcard nowhere in sight.

This year, there will be no playoff baseball in Los Angeles -- neither in Anaheim, nor in Chavez Ravine. Both of the LA teams represented their leagues in their respective Championship Series last year. This is a big disappointment to baseball fans across the Southland for sure. The only way for me to get over this, and millions of fans like me, is to look at next year, and the first step is the Hot Stove League. It is with that in mind that I present my three-part Hot Stove League preview.

Today’s article will examine the 2010 season, what went wrong, and why it went wrong. Tomorrow’s article will take a look at the organization with help from the Angelswin.com prospects hot list. The third article will look at improving the club via free agency and will look at the trade market, proposing several ways the club can make itself better via trade.

PART ONE: What Went Wrong?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Travis Witherspoon, CF, Rookie A Orem Owlz
Final 10 Games: 13/38 (.342), 2 Doubles, 2 Triples, 0 HR, 9 Runs, 7 RBIs, 5 SBs
2010 Season Totals: .310/.367/.465 with 9 HRs and 20 SBs

On September 10th, 2010 Rick Dykhuizen had the opportunity to interview the Orem Owlz centerfielder Travis Witherspoon. Travis enjoyed a solid half season with the Orem club, showing off strong defense in centerfield and the ability to hit for average, power and flash his speed on the bases.

Click on the play button below to hear the Angels stud centerfield prospect Travis Witherspoon and his reaction to several baseball and non-baseball questions.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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It is with great pleasure that AngelsWin.com presents our last Hot Prospect List for the 2010 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. With the Minor League season coming to an end, AngelsWin.com will prepare an organizational report on each team after the conclusion of the post season and will release its annual Top-50 Prospects List in early 2011.

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By Jeff Flinn - AngelsWin.com Contributor

Raves:

Bell mucked through 5 1/3 innings and only allowed 2 runs. He keeps the ball down in the zone and is hitting 94 MPH on several occasions throughout the ball game. Definitely has made progress from a year ago.

Cassevah, Kohn, and Thompson combined for 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. Kohn and Thompson have been solid.

Willits did have a 3 for 3 game with a BB. I just wish he could still steal bases.

Hunter hits his 3 homer in the past few games, now do you think he could ACTUALLY do that with MEN ON BASE??????

That is all.


Rants:

I'm unloading tonight!

Starting with K-Fraud 2.0. What pitcher gives up a grand salami to a hitter like Marson who's as bad as Mathis at the plate?????? Nice game K-Fraud, 4 batters faced, all reached base!!!!! Send him back down to SLC to start 2011!

Next, as much as Shields did for this club from 2003-2008, he just doesn't have ANY control anymore (34 BBs in 46 innings). Honor him at the 2010 home finale, but don't re-sign him.

I'm just warming up!

Hunter!!!!!! Did your mom tell you when you were growing up that RISP is the boogieman?????? You have driven in ONE freaking run over the past month that wasn't yourself scoring! 

And are you trying to be Forrest Gump on the bases? What fool tries to steal 3B with no outs and being down 6-1????? Your arse needs to be fined!!!!!!!

Rivera, feel free to learn the art of fielding pickoff throws!!!!! And feel free to actually get a hit (6 for the past 50). Yep, he's a real great 2nd half hitter!

Nice plate discipline "swing at anything Howie"!!!! Nine pitches was all it took to retire your arse all THREE times!!!!! Feel free to actually learn the freaking strike zone!!!!!

Aybar is a waste right now. TWENTY errors already, and can't even catch a throw from the catcher!!!! Oh, and nice 5 for the past 35 and 22 for the past 111!!!!!

Don't stop me, I'm rolling!!!!!

Abreu, figures that after having 2 hits Sunday, you're back to just 1 for 7 again and a whopping 8 for 62!!!!

Congrats Halos lineup, you have FOUR players in horrible skids (Abreu, Aybar, Rivera, and Mathis). Maybe the Halos AA players should come up here. Moore couldn't do any worse!!!!!

In fact, get Amarista and Auer up here! Bench most of the starters, and play Trumbo, Conger, Callaspo, Willits, Bourjos, and Amarista, and send a message to the CLOWNS currently in the lineup!!!

Hey Halos, that's EIGHT straight losses to the mediocre O's and pathetic Indians....which makes you as worthless as Countrywide stock was when they folded!!!!!!

Get some relievers in here who THROW STRIKES!!!!!!!!! Thompson has only walked 3 in 13.2 innings, and Walden has only walked 1 in 5 innings. They move to the head of the class in control pitching in the pen! This bullpen has walked something like 200 batters this season...DISGRACEFUL!!!!!

As Dean Wormer might say to quite a few of these veterans....FAT, DUMB, and LAZY is no way to play a MLB game, sons!!!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

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By Jeff Flinn - AngelsWin.com Contributor

Raves:

Jepsen had back-to-back solid 8th innings, albeit one batter reached base tonight.

Hunter went deep again tonight, now can you please actually produce a hit with RISP?

Haren pitched great tonight except for the Rodney improv in the 6th inning (3 straight walks).

Bourjos continues to give some hope tonight with a triple and a run scored tonight, doing more than most of the vets did against Carrasco.

Sunday was a good day all around, as everyone reached base except for Willits.

Abreu breaks his 5-52 (with 21 Ks) tailspin with a 2 run homer Sunday, and Napoli joins in the fun with his own 2 run homer.

Napoli does go into some decent sized funks, but when hot he can carry a team.

Matsui had 3 hits Sunday, and is improving after struggling for the most part except for June.

Good to see hitters 3 through 6 all drive in runs Sunday, now Halos fans want to see much more of that from them.

The bullpen threw strikes for the most part Sunday (only 16 out of 54 pitches out of the zone).

Walden continued to blow away hitters with his upper 90s/100mph fastball on Sunday, and now has 10 Ks in his first 5 MLB innings.

Rodney actually threw strikes Sunday (only 8 out of 22 pitches out of the zone).

Santana got through 6 innings Sunday despite some wildness.

Aybar stole his 19th base Sunday, and has a 70% success rate, better than the 60% or so that he had in the minors.


Rants:

Aybar committed his 19th error Sunday, already more than in 2009.

Hey Rodney, nice back-to-back 9th innings. I'm starting to side with the people wanting you traded after 2010, as your pitching I.Q. leaves something to be desired.

Outside of Hunter's homer tonight, the veteran hitters reverted to their terrible selves. Every freaking time they have a good hitting game, they stink it up the next several games. What? Are they afraid to hurt the pitchers' feelings by hitting in more than 1 game in a row????? Kendrick, Abreu, Matsui, Napoli, and Rivera....all incapable of building on anything!!!!

I'm ready to blow this team up by letting go/trading 7-8 veterans after 2010!!!!! Get people in here who don't shrink under adversity!!!! One freaking win when trailing after 8 innings?????????

Get the kids up here, even if a couple have to be added to the 40 man. Why is Ryan Budde still on the 40 man roster?????? What has he done to deserve being on it for so long?????  Play Trumbo every day and start Conger more than Mathis for the rest of the season. We already know what to expect from Mathis. Little to nothing.

One of these decades, maybe this team will actually have back-to-back solid hitting seasons!!!!!!

Only this team would lose SEVEN straight combined to the terrible O's and awful Indians, including 4 straight at home. Pathetic!!!!!!

Are the Halos the worst hitting team in MLB history against unknown pitchers????? I'm sick and tired, I'm sick and tired, I'm sick and tired of mediocre unknowns dominating the Halos EVERY SEASON!!!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

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By Jeff Flinn - AngelsWin.com Contributor

Raves:

Again not many

Alberto Callaspo and Howie Kendick each has 2 hits.

Hunter hits a HR and drives in his first RBI in what seems like forever.

Weaver pitches 7 innings, allowing three runs and keeps the Angels in the game.


Rants:

Rivera (6-49) and Abreu (5-51) are now an awesome 11 for the past 100 between them, hitting a whopping buck ten. Why Mike do you continue to trot them out there????

Callaspo apparently wants to join in the baserunning fun, committing two STUPID blunders that cut rallies short. Nice Alberto, and just when we were liking your hitting and solid defense.

Mathis is now hitting a buck fifty-five since June 18, with a whopping 5 XBHs in 135 at bats since then. Sandy Koufax might have been able to give Mathis a run for his money at the plate as a hitter, and Koufax was downright terrible. At least Mike is sitting him much more often lately.

Hunter, why can't you deliver like you did in the 7th with RISP?????

How much longer must we sit through the same veteran players doing NOTHING at the plate???? At least get Trumbo and someone else up here after Monday's regular season finale for SLC. The fans are getting bored at the home games!!!!

I'm going to ask this question I've asked a couple of times on the board. Is part of the problem due to this team not knowing what extended losing is like because they've won at least 89 games every year since 2004? and therefore they don't know how to cope with the losing this season and thus that feeds on the struggles and makes it even more difficult to overcome the hitting/running woes?

That the only solution is for the season ending after October 3, at which point they can get away and use that next 4 1/2 months to store up the anger and then take it out on the opposition in 2011? I want some destruction of other teams in 2011. This is getting embarrassing, going 21-35 since July 1!!!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

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By Jeff Flinn - AngelsWin.com Contributor

Raves:

Rivera finally had a couple of singles to end his 4-42 slump.

Bourjos went 1-3, though striking out twice.

Kazmir somehow got through 5 2/3 innings with just 2 runs allowed despite 6 BBs and 2 HBPs. Somehow he's pitched at least 5 innings in every start since the ASB.


Rants:

My new gloss for Kazmir is KazAnkiel. Somehow he has a post-ASB ERA of a much improved 4.13, despite walking 19 batters in 32.2 innings. Last night gave new meaning to the word inconsistency as he walked SIX and hit TWO batters in just 5 2/3 innings. How he gave up just 2 runs is a total mystery. Kazmir threw FIFTY out of 101 pitches out of the strike zone!

Abreu is totally lost at the plate, and is now 5 for his past 48 including 19 Ks. Is this the beginning of the end of his career, and thus a bad contract signing? Or is this an aberration? Because he's never had a slump this bad before.

The bullpen implodes yet again, granted most of the damage was done against Bulger and Stokes. Bulger is capable of much better than that, but Stokes has seldom ever shown anything up here, even in the NL.

Torii Hunter continues to put up a lot of GIDPs, baserunning mistakes, and Ks. It's like I said before, this is the first time I've been concerned about Hunter going forward. Maybe he's just not inspired anymore?

Rivera and Aybar decide to play Baserunning Misadventures in the 2nd inning. Rivera went 1st to 3rd though  ill-advised on Aybar's hit and barely made it, but then Aybar decides to take off for 2nd base and then SLOWS DOWN and gets thrown out. Jim Healy's famous laugh track should have been played after that one!

This lineup is LIFELESS!!!!! Again, there were PLENTY of chances early, but NOTHING cashed in!!!!!!! I imagine the Halos are hitting under .200 with RISP since August 1. Pathetic!!!!!

This team needs a few callups to put some life into this simply bad baseball team!

Again, in the off-season most of these hitters need to look at themselves in the mirror, then take a quarter and call mom to tell her there's serious doubt about them being viable MLB hitters!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

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By Rob MacDonald - AngelsWin.com Contributor

Thursday, September 2, 2010



On Thursday, September 2nd (2010), our very own Salt Lake Bees representative Rick Dykhuizen caught up with the Angels assistant general manager and former major leaguer Ken Forsch while in Salt Lake.

Ken Forsch was selected by the Houston Astros in the 18th round (399th overall) of the 1968 MLB amateur draft. Forsch played for the Astros from 1970-80 and was then traded to the California Angels, where he played from 1981-84 and 1986. He was selected to the All-Star Game in 1976 and 1981.

Over his 16-season career, Forsch posted a 114-113 record with 1047 strikeouts and a 3.37 ERA in 2,127-1/3 innings pitched. Forsch pitched a no hitter on April 7th, 1979 and shut out the Atlanta Braves, 6–0. Ken's brother Bob who played for the St. Louis Cardinals also hurled a no-hitter (two actually), making the Forsch brothers the only set of siblings to pitch a no hitter in the big leagues.

Today, Ken is the assistant general manager to current Angels GM Tony Reagins. In this audio interview, Ken Forsch talks about his major league career, his job with the Angels and some of the current crop of top prospects. Turn up the sound on your speakers and click on the play button to hear the interview.


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By Jeff Flinn - AngelsWin.com Contributor

Raves:

Trevor Bell continues to pitch at least into the 6th inning (failing to do so just once in his past 5 starts), and does it without walking any batters.

The bullpen, for a change, was lights out (3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, ZERO walks, 6 Ks). Jordan Walden looks like the real deal. Jepsen needs to pitch like he did last night more often. Rodney looked like a closer.

Matsui gets the big hit, a 2-run homer.

Willits doubling to lead off the game, and then scoring, was huge. He still can't steal bases like he used to, but he is getting on base at a decent rate in 2010 (.348 OBP).

Callaspo hits his 2nd homerun as an Angel to add insurance late in the game. Slowly but surely his XBH skills are returning.

The Halos scored 4 runs despite only having 5 hits, and finally beat 2009 nemesis Jason Vargas.

Rants:

Two more errors for the defense.

Rivera is now 0 for his past 19. As each day goes by, that's more and more of his $5 million salary in 2011 that the Halos will have to pay after hopefully trading him away in the off-season. That rumor of Rivera being a 2nd half player is just THAT. He had ONE good 2nd half in 2006, and that's it. Even with his 24-62 stretch that started just before the ASB, his post-ASB OPS is still a measly .669.

Hunter strikes out 3 times, and now is RBI-less since August 6.

Wood has a TON of work to do in the Arizona fall league.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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By Jeff Flinn - AngelsWin.com Contributor

Raves:

Haren looked good, especially with runners on base. That's the Haren we expected when acquiring him from Arizona.

Kendrick had one of his few clutch rbis over the past couple of months.

Callaspo and Aybar did a solid job of hitting against Hernandez tonight.


Rants:

The defense had some moments, but also some downers, like Math-is' passed ball and Bourjos' overrunning the base hit that allowed the tie-breaking run to score. Bourjos gets a pass because of what he brings defensively, and it was probably just a case of over anxiousness on his part.

Abreu looks like a 40 year-old over the past close to 50 at bats, aside from the home run on Monday night. Given that he never has had a slump this big, is this the beginning of the end of his career?

Why, why, why Mike do you continue to use the contact play with a for the most part slower team??? What are you trying to prove here? It has RARELY ever worked this season!!!

Mathis continues to reach new lows at the plate and behind the plate. He's now UNDER a buck sixty since June 18, and had yet another PB tonight.

Hunter must be trying to set a MLB record for most GIDPs in one half season??????? He and Kendrick have a combined total of a whopping 31 rbis since July 1. Just sensational! For the first time, my faith in Hunter is fading!

As for the team in general, I sometimes think my grandmother could hit better with RISP, and she's 93!!!!!!

Oh Jepsen, you throw mid/upper 90s, you have a solid slider, and you have an emerging cutter. Yet, you keep on nibbling the freaking plate!!!!!! You blew away the first batter, then you had TWO strikes on Branyan AND you nibble it into a freaking walk followed shortly by yet another walk????? Trust your stuff!!!!!

This bullpen is in serious need of adding someone in the off-season who pounds the freaking strike zone! Everyone in this pen treats control like a four letter word!!!!!!

This bullpen and this offense are BEYOND ugly!!!!

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