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Oct 16, 2020
Eric Kay indicted in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Eric Kay indicted in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via More news comes out surrounding the case According to the LA Times, a federal grand jury in Texas has indicted former Angels employee Eric Kay on two counts in the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. According to the report, the indictment charges Kay with distributing the fentanyl that resulted in Skaggs’ death last year. Here’s what the indictment said: “On or about June 30, 2019 … Eric Prescott Kay, the defendant, did knowingly and intentionally distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a...
Oct 16, 2020
Angels salary arbitration projections for 2021

Angels salary arbitration projections for 2021

Dylan Bundy and Max Stassi are two of 12 Angels eligible for salary arbitration this winter. | Photo by Lindsey Wasson/ Bundy, Heaney, and Ohtani headline 12 Halos eligible for arbitration this winter The Major League Baseball offseason is nearly upon is, with the World Series set to be completed in less than two weeks. We’ll have an offseason roster overview soon, but for now we can talk a little bit about salary arbitration. Players with at least three years but not yet six years of major league service time are eligible for arbitration, plus the top 22% of players in service time...
Oct 15, 2020
Mike Trout a finalist for Player of the Year, Hank Aaron awards

Mike Trout a finalist for Player of the Year, Hank Aaron awards

Photo by John McCoy/ A pair of potential honors for the Angels outfielder It’s nearly award season, which is annually a busy time for Mike Trout, and this year is no exception. On Wednesday, the Angels superstar outfielder was named a finalist for two awards that will be announced in the coming weeks. From his peers, in the Players Choice Awards, Mike Trout is one of three finalists for American League Outstanding Player, along with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu. That award will be announced on October 22. Trout won the AL Outstanding Player...
Oct 14, 2020
Max Stassi has hip surgery to repair torn labrum

Max Stassi has hip surgery to repair torn labrum

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Angels say typical timetable for return is four to six months Angels catcher Max Stassi had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, the team announced on Wednesday. The typical return to play from such a procedure, per the team, is four to six weeks, putting his availability for Opening Day in 2021 in question. The torn labrum was revealed in an MRI exam at the end of the season, the Angels said. Stassi had surgery at the end of the 2019 season on his right hip, and responded with a strong, healthy season at the plate. He was one of the rare bright...
Oct 14, 2020
Tony La Russa will interview for White Sox managerial opening, per reports

Tony La Russa will interview for White Sox managerial opening, per reports

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Current Angels special advisor of baseball operations was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager in 2014. I have to say, I didn’t expect to write much about Tony La Russa this offseason, other than perhaps how he might assist in the Angels search for a general manager, in his current rule as special advisor in baseball operations. But here we are, with the Angels granting permission for the Chicago White Sox to interview La Russa for their open managerial position. Bob Nightengale at USA Today was the first to report this. The story was since confirmed...
Oct 12, 2020
Angels will draft 9th overall in 2021

Angels will draft 9th overall in 2021

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The franchise’s highest draft pick in 23 years. It looks like the Angels are locked into the ninth selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, per multiple reports. Normally, this wouldn’t be in question. It’s as simple as the reverse order of the previous year’s record. But nothing is normal in a pandemic-truncated 2020 campaign. As part of the March agreement between the MLBPA and MLB owners, commissioner Rob Manfred had the authority to determine the draft order in the event of a shortened or canceled season, as noted by Jeff Passan at ESPN in...
Oct 8, 2020
Running into the Baltimore buzzsaw

Running into the Baltimore buzzsaw

Don Baylor hit one of the Angels’ three home runs during the ALCS, but was just 3 for 16 (.188) against Baltimore. | Photo by The Angels’ first postseason series featured a pair of gut-wrenching losses to the Orioles The California Angels in 1979 made the playoffs for the first time in 19 seasons as a franchise, winning the American League West. They faced a powerhouse in the ALCS in a 102-win Orioles, who handled the Halos during the regular season. The Orioles won nine of 12 games against the Angels during the regular season, and outscored them 56-33. Home field advantage...
Oct 5, 2020
MLB Monday playoff schedule

MLB Monday playoff schedule

Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via The ALDS begins today After a hectic Wild Card round that featured eight games in one day, the ALDS begins today with two games. The Oakland Athletics will face their inner-division rival Houston Astros and the New York Yankees will face their inner-division rival Tampa Bay Rays. Friendly reminder, both of these games are talking place in Southern California, as the AL West matchup is being held at Dodger Stadium while the AL East matchup is being held at Petco Park. Schedule Game 1 Astros at Athletics 1:07 p.m....
Oct 2, 2020
MLB Friday playoff schedule

MLB Friday playoff schedule

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Only two games today Just like that, the madness of the wild card round is already over. We started with 16 teams and now we’re down to only four. Today, we’ll have games in the National League. The first game will be between the Marlins and Cubs. If Miami wins, they’re on to Texas for the NLDS. If Chicago wins, they’ll play a winner-take-all Game 3 on Saturday. The second game will be the Cardinals and Padres. The winner will move on to the NLDS. Friday MLB Schedule 11:08 a.m. PT: Marlins at Cubs (ABC) 4:08 p.m. PT: Cardinals at Padres (ESPN) Angels...
Oct 1, 2020
Clinching the first division title

Clinching the first division title

Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Studios/ AL West champs in playoffs for first time in 19 years as a franchise For the first time in 19 seasons, the California Angels are in the postseason. They clinched the 1979 American League West division thanks to consecutive home wins over the Royals on Monday and Tuesday of the season’s final week. Nolan Ryan overcame three unearned runs early to beat Kansas City, 4-3 on Monday. Then on Tuesday, catcher Brian Downing had three singles, scoring one run and driving in two more in a 4-1 victory that game the Angels an insurmountable five-game...
Sep 30, 2020
Angels aren’t going to rush GM search

Angels aren’t going to rush GM search

Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via “We’re not winning games, so something is not right in our organization,” team president John Carpino said. Angels president John Carpino and manager Joe Maddon held a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, with the most pressing topic at season’s end the club’s search for a new general manager. Billy Eppler was fired on Sunday after the completion of his fifth losing season in five years on the job. As for his replacement, the Angels aren’t rushing into it. “We’re really just beginning that process with Arte, getting a...
Sep 30, 2020
Former Angels in the MLB playoffs

Former Angels in the MLB playoffs

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Tommy La Stella helped prevent history, so that’s something Since we can’t watch any current Angels in the MLB playoffs, let’s check in on the next-best thing: seeing how former Angels are faring in the 2020 postseason. Tommy La Stella, traded to the A’s at the trade deadline, had the headlining moment, singling to open the seventh inning, breaking up Lucas Giolito’s perfect game. The Whit Sox prevailed in that one, 4-1. Matt Shoemaker started Game 1 for the Blue Jays, but was pulled after only three terrific, and scoreless, innings. Tampa Bay won...
Sep 29, 2020
Tuesday’s American League playoff schedule

Tuesday’s American League playoff schedule

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports The postseason is here! The Angels season is over, of course, but there are plenty of MLB playoff games to keep us occupied. We won’t get the full slate of eight games until Wednesday (and maybe Thursday too!), but on Tuesday we have all four American League wild card round series to give us wall-to-wall baseball. The wild card round is a best-of-3 series, with every game at the home park of the higher seed. Postseason action gets started with the No. 6 seed Astros, who finished under .500 (29-31) and beat the Angels by three games for the second AL West...
Sep 29, 2020
Jared Walsh and Mike Mayers take home September awards

Jared Walsh and Mike Mayers take home September awards

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ They both were fantastic for the Angels this month The Angels’ season is over, but they closed it out with some awards. They were one of the hottest teams in baseball for the month of September, and their production didn’t go unnoticed. Not one, but two players took home honors for the monthly MLB awards. We’ll start with Jared Walsh, who took home American League Rookie of the Month honors. Walsh very well could have won the Player of the Month too, as he was one of the top hitters in the entire league. In 22 September games, Walsh hit...
Sep 28, 2020
Week 10: Coming up short

Week 10: Coming up short

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports This season ended like the previous five have, with the Angels on the outside looking in to October. The Angels managed to stay alive until Friday night, but a weekend sweep punctuated a fifth straight losing season in Anaheim. For the final week, they split six games, beating the Rangers and Padres, but losing all three to the Dodgers. Batter of the week Max Stassi homered twice on Tuesday and was 7-for-16 (.438) for the week, ending a nice rebound season for the catcher after going 3-for-42 (.071) for the Angels in 2019. Pitcher of the week Griffin...