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Anaheim is a buzz with sports action going on from the NCAA West Regional’s today and Saturday at the Honda Center, the Ducks regular season coming to and end and playoffs about to start, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim kicking off their 2014 MLB season at Angel Stadium and the new Los Angeles Kiss playing at the Honda Center. Here is what is coming up for the Anaheim Sports:

West Regional Tickets – Tonight the West Regional Sweet 16 will feature Wisconsin Vs Baylor and Arizona Vs San Diego State. With Baylor’s 30 point win over Creighton and the Badgers rally from 12 down to beat Oregon it should make for some great West Regional Action at the Honda Center. The winners of Baylor/Wisconsin and Arizona/San Diego State will meet up on Saturday at 6:pm with the winner moving on to the elite 8.

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DUCKS

Ducks Tickets – With only five games left at the Honda Center the Ducks are sitting just 4 points out of first place in the Western Conference and two points behind the San Jose Sharks with their win against the Calgary Flames last night. The first three opponents the Ducks face off against while not playoff bound can still spoil Anaheim’s chances of climbing back up to the first spot in the Conference they are also a cheaper way to see the Ducks before the Playoffs began. The Winnipeg Jets fly in on 3/31 followed by the Edmonton Oliers 4/2 and the Nashville Predators 4/4. The Ducks face the 2nd place San Jose Sharks on April 9th and then the 5th place Colorado Avalanche to end the season April 13th. The Ducks could be looking at a found NHL Playoff series against the LA Kings whom the Ducks have had good success this season against.

Anaheim Angels Tickets

ANGELS

Angels Tickets – Mike Trout, Albert Pujols look to bring the Angels back to their winning ways. The Angels Opening Day weekend at Angel Stadiumbegins with the Seattle Mariners March 31st, Mike Trout Bobblehead Night April 1st and a Stadium exclusive hat on April 2nd. The New York Mets come to Anaheim after for three games April 11th (Kids Hoodie), 12th Post Game Fireworks and April 13th.The Oakland Athletics come to Angel Stadium for the first time in the 2014 Angels season on April 14, 15th (Albert Pujols Blanket Night) and April 16th.

LA KISS Tickets – The Rock band KISS have brought football back to Los Angeles if only in name sake calling the Anaheim Arena Football team the Los Angeles KISS. This is the inaugural season for the KISS who will start off their Honda Center home schedule on April 5th against the Portland Thunder followed by the Cleveland Gladiators April 12th and the San Jose Sabercats April 26th. If you haven’t been to an arena football game it’s a fun quick fix for football with the game being designed to produce lots of passing and scoring.

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Pitching The Key For Angels In 2014

2014 Angels

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim open up the 2014 MLB Season on March 31, 2014 against the 240 Million Dollar man Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium. Angels Opening Day Tickets are available now.

Other than the superlative play of second year outfielder Mike Trout the 2013 season was a disaster for the Los Angeles Angels. After adding outfielder Josh Hamilton via a massive free agent contract the Angels entered last season with a $135 million payroll. Hamilton struggled all season and based on his play over the past year and a half its hard to imagine the former Ranger and Red ever living up to the investment that Artie Moreno and the Angels made in him. Albert Pujols, the former four-time NL MVP, struggled with plantar fasciitis all season and has a greatly disappointing season by his standards. The powerful Mark Trumbo started strong but had a rough second half.

It was a long year in Anaheim.

Still, even with all the superstar struggles the Angels had a surprisingly efficient offensive attack, finishing in the upper third of the American League in most categories. While Pujols and Hamilton struggled Trout put together one of the greatest seasons in history by a second year player. In a season full in injuries at many positions manager Mike Scioscia was able to get surprising performances from a variety of players, many who didn’t start the season on the Angels roster. As the Angels head into the 2014 the Angels should feel confidence in their offenses ability to again put runs on the board, with the potential of even greater productivity next season should Hamilton and Pujols regain their former glory. Hamilton’s post All-Star break numbers a solid increase over his first half, but still nowhere near the numbers he regularly put up in Texas. If Pujols can stay healthy and produce numbers comparable to his first year as an Angel the club should be in good shape offensively. Add David Freese to the mix, acquired from the Cardinals in a package that included Peter Bourjas, and the Angels offense will be just fine.

The issue though is the Angels pitching staff which was near the bottom of the American League. The Angels were 24th in all of Major League Baseball in earned run average at 4.23. Opponents batted .261 off the Angels pitching staff, 26th in baseball. In virtually every major pitching category the Angels pitching staff was in the lower third of major league baseball. The Angels clearly need to upgrade both their starting rotation and bullpen but that process isn’t as easy as in years past. Teams have become wiser and many young starters are locked up to long-term deals before they reach free agency. Those who do reach free agency are often over priced and teams end up paying a premium for them. A perfect case in point is the San Francisco Giants paying Tim Lincecum $15 million per year and the Minnesota Twins paying over market value for the combination of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes.

The Angels are set at the top of their rotation with Jered Weaver, CJ Wilson and young Garrett Richards. After those three it’s murky at best how the Angels will fill out their rotation. Jason Vargas left for Kansas City and a four-year deal. Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson struggled last season and clearly are not the answer. If Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka ends up becoming available the Angels will likely bid, but so will the Dodgers and several other clubs. The rest of the free agent crop of pitchers is underwhelming and several of them have already signed. That leaves a group that includes Bronson Arroyo, Ervin Santana, Matt Garza, Hiroki Kuroda, Bartolo Colon and Ubaldo Jimenez.

It’s an interesting crop of free agent pitchers, better than last season but diminished with several already signing, including Scott Kazmir who signed Monday with the Oakland Athletics. Of the remaining group the biggest ace is likely Matt Garza, but the well traveled right-hander will likely come at a pretty hefty price tag. Several teams are rumored to be looking at Garza, including large market clubs like the Yankees. Beyond Garza there is always the option to trade for David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays ace lefty would give the Angels one of the best number one starters in all of baseball but the Angels would likely have to give up more than they’d like to acquire price.

Of the remaining group Bronson Arroyo is an interesting option that may come at a reasonable price tag and be a solid middle of the rotation starter. He’s a workhorse who regularly pitches 200 innings per year and has consistently put up solid numbers in a hitters park. The negative is that Arroyo regularly leads the NL in homers and would be making the transition to the American League at the age of 37. Bartolo Colon has made an impressive comeback over the past couple of seasons, but is now forty. He’s re-defined himself as a strike-thrower the past couple of seasons and may be a decent arm to look at on a shorter, more incentive laden deal. Much like Colon is the option of looking at Roy Halladay. The likely future Hall of Famer had a sudden fall from elite status last season where he was battered with an ERA over six. If healthy the former Cy Young Award winner may be worth a look as a mid-rotation starter. He’s a tremdendous asset to any team due to his impressive work ethic and leadership.

Beyond the starting rotation the Angels bullpen should be in good shape. They acquired Fernando Salas from the Cardinals in the Peter Bourjas trade and Salas, along with free agent signee Joe Smith should shore up the bullpen. The side-armer Smith put up elite numbers with the Indians the past three seasons. He’ll join a bullpen that already includes right-handed set-up men Dane De La Rosa, Michael Kohn and Kevin Jepsen, lefty Sean Burnett and closer Ernesto Frieri.

Like last season it may all come down to pitching for the Angels in 2014. With many free agent starters jumping out of the market quickly the Angels will need to quickly move to shore up their rotation for the upcoming season.

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Where to eat by Angels Stadium

Angels Stadium

Angeles Stadium

If you’re heading to the Angels Stadium of Anaheim to catch a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball game, then chances are you’re going to be out for the day or night. If you’re like a lot of American, a good ole ballpark frank will do the trick, but if your palette requires a bit more than the musty stench of beer brats, there are plenty of options to stir your senses in the right direction. Below are three suggestions for alternatives to “food by the masses”:

Haven Gastropub Orange

Haven Gastropub

1. Haven Gastropub

190 S. Glassell St. Orange, CA 92866

(714) 221-0680

10 Minutes from Angels Stadim (Get Directions)

www.havengastropub.com

With top of the line libations and a menu that is worthy of multiple trips, Haven Gastropub provides you food that you will actually want to savor before going to the Angels game. The classic Mac & Cheese comes with Truffle shavings that add a flavorful kick, and the Chicken & Waffles combine sweet and savory that will make desert unnecessary. The service is consistently on time and friendly and extremely attentive to all special needs. The Haven Burger topped with the in-house ketchup is a pure delight that is not to be missed. American cuisine at its finest with a fine drought to flush it down.

Bruxie

Bruxie

2. Bruxie

292 N Glassell St, Orange, California 92866

(714) 633-3900

10 Minutes from Angels Stadim (Get Directions)

www.bruxie.com

Bruxie is considered an American Bistro, and might also be compared to Haven Gastropub, but as the much cheaper version. Think of it as a step up from ballpark food, and a step down from Haven. They do have a number of local favorites including the buttermilk fried chicken waffle sandwich, which will leave you with the happiest guy ache you’ve ever had. It is served with a light honey glaze and fresh fruit to try and distract you from the fact that you are eating chicken inside a waffle, but don’t be fooled. You will be back for more, because it is just that good. The service is friendly, and people here tend to enjoy themselves whether they are going to the game or not. Great for large families and parties.

Blue Bayou Restaurant

Blue Bayou Restaurant

3. Blue Bayou

1313 South Harbor Blvd Anaheim, California

(714) 781-3463

10 Minutes from Angels Stadium (Get Directions

For the best straight up Cajun food that you will find anywhere near Anaheim, the Blue Bayou is a no brainer. Entering the Bayou, you feel as though you’re in the French quarter in Louisiana, and the feeling will stay with you through the meal. You have to enter into Disneyland to get into this amazing restaurant, but it is almost worth the price of admission by itself. The beef short ribs and the baked apple are local favorites that you must try. Watch out for the Pirates of the Caribbean right outside the door!


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CJ Wilson Los Angeles Angels Pitcher

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CJ Wilson LA Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Pitcher CJ Wilson

Christopher John “CJ” Wilson was born on November 18, 1980 in Newport Beach, CA. He is a professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Attended high school in Fountain Valley in Fountain Valley, CA and attended his college at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating high school, Wilson went undrafted. Instead, he was offered walk-on roles at Division I universities. In the end, he chose to attend Santa Ana Junior College. “Realistically, I was physically behind and couldn’t compete at the D1 level yet. Don Sneddon and his coaching staff at Santa Ana really gave me the chance to work my way into maturity by emphasizing self-discipline. I wanted to be a Major Leaguer and knew I could do it with the right amount of work and focus. ”

After two very productive seasons at Santa Ana JC, the young pitcher got a scholarship offer from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He took the offer and transferred to Fountain Valley believing it would positively impact his chances for the June Draft. His standout performance that year earned him MVP honors in the Orange Empire Conference and California Junior College Co-Player of the Year, thought he still went undrafted.

The sinistral pitcher decided to apply himself in his academics, juggling daily practice while actively making an effort in his passion, film. He took a hefty course load in his major, screenwriting, and attended classes with well known actors, writers, and directors.

He was finally drafted in the 5th round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers. He was scouted by Tim Fortugno, who also resided in Huntington Beach. “Tim believed in me and took a chance on me. It was the happiest day of my life. ”

The next few years, Wilson started off by flying through the Minor Leagues, starting the 2001 season in Pulaski of the Appalachian League, afterwards being promoted to Single-A with the Savannah Sand Gnats. He moved through High-A Charlotte (Florida State League) and into Double-A Tulsa (Texas League) by late 2002. His exceptional start was not without faults, however, as he encountered several major obstacles, namely:

2001 – Promoted from rookie ball to low-A ball mid season, then suffered stress fracture in leg.
2002 – From High A ball All-Star to complete game playoff win in AA.
2003 – AA ace to open the season, Tommy John Surgery in August.
2004 – Missed entire season, setbacks from surgery including nerve damage.

Wilson’s real breakthrough season came in 2007 when he became the closer for The Texas Rangers, which “was an absolute dream come true.” He was 11 for 12 in saves in just his second full season in the Majors.

2010 saw Wilson named to the starting rotation. Starting in the majors for the first time since his rookie year, Wilson would prove to be one of the best pitchers in the league and would start the second post-season game for the Rangers. In two seasons as a starter, Wilson compiled a 31-15 record with six complete games, one shutout and a 3.14 ERA (427.1 IP – 149 ER) in 67 starts. His 31 wins are tied for seventh most in the Majors over the last two seasons. For his career, Wilson is 43-35, with six complete games, one shutout, 52 saves and a 3.60 ERA in 325 games (73 starts).

By 2011, Wilson’s talents had helped guide Texas to a second consecutive World Series berth. The lefty made a career-high 34 starts (T1st in MLB) registering a 16-7 record with three complete games, one shutout and a 2.94 ERA (223.1 IP – 73 ER) while walking 74 batters and striking out 206. He finished among A.L. leaders in wins (T4th), strikeouts (6th), ERA (7th) and opponents’ batting average (10th, .232). Wilson’s 2.31 road ERA (121 IP – 31 ER) was the lowest mark in the A.L.

Wilson joined the Angels on the same day Los Angeles agreed to a 10-year, $254 million deal with first baseman Albert Pujols. “It’s crazy, obviously, with Albert going over there,” Wilson told reporters. “It’s a big swing of the balance of power in the West. I thought I was going to make a little bit of difference and he’s obviously going to make a huge one. I mean, nobody saw that coming.”

Currently, Wilson is part of a dynamic pitching foursome that also includes Jered Weaver (the ace), Dan Haren (possibly baseball’s most consistent arm the last seven years) and Ervin Santana (among the most electric in the game).

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Latroy Hawkings Angels Reliever

Latroy Hawkings Angels

Latroy Hawkings Angels

LaTroy Hawkins

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is a team with a lot of outstanding players. One of these players is LaTroy Hawkins.

LaTroy Hawkins is a 6 feet five inch relief pitcher who is a right-handed thrower and also a right-handed hitter. He used to play baseball when he was in high school in Westside Gary, Indiana. It was in 1991 when he was drafted in the 7th round by the team of Twins in the amateur draft. He signed with the team on June 7, 1991. By then, he has his next four years playing in the team’s minor league system. In April 29, 1995, he has his first appearance in the Major League Baseball and it was challenging for him as the team faced the team of Orioles. However, over the next few years, LaTroy Hawkins was able to bounce between the big league club and Salt Lake of the Pacific Coast League, finally landing in his team’s bullpen permanently in 1998. And he was the opposing starting pitcher in the perfect game by Yankees pitcher David Wells on May of 1998.

LaTroy Hawkins of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was born on December 21, 1972 in Gary, Inidana. After eight seasons with the Minnesota Twins, LaTroy Hawkins moved to the teams of Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers before joining the team of Angels of Anaheim. It was one of the great career opportunities for Hawkins. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and veteran reliever Hawkins agreed to a one-year deal worth three million dollars in December 2011. He was 39 years of age then when he signed with the team of Angels of Anaheim, entering his 18th Major League season. His past two years was spent with the Brewers, posting a 2.42 ERA in 52 appearances in 2011 becoming a key figure in the team’s runaway division title in the National League Central.

LaTroy Hawkins continues to flourish with the Angels of Anaheim. In fact, this right-hander pitcher spends his time in the camp with the team of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim which is his ninth team in ten glorious years. According to LaTroy Hawkins, joining and spending time with the Angels of Anaheim team is really fun among all of his stops along the way in his journey in the world of Major League Baseball. In addition to this he also stated that he is moving around the game, he’s playing with the greatest players in the world, and what excites him the most is the fact that he is almost forty years of age and playing a kid’s sport, anyone can’t beat that according to him. LaTroy Hawkins really enjoys being with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim team. Age does not matter indeed when you will embrace your passion and follow your dreams…LaTroy Hawkins saw this opportunity to flourish with the Angels of Anaheim.

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John Hellweg Los Angeles Angels Pitcher

John Hellweg Angels

John Hellweg Angels

John Hellweg was born on October 29, 1988, in O’Fallon, Missouri, USA. He is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 2007 First year Hellweg was drafted in 46th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Miami Marlins of the Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Florida. With his potential the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted him on the 16th round (499th overall) of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Standing 6 foot 9 inches tall, Hellweg was one of the tallest players in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 40 man roster. The Angels believe that he will soon become one of the top players of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is playing for the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) in 2008 and 2009 under AZL Angels of the Arizona League. With his efforts the Angels continue to craft his talent and he played in 2009 to 2010 under the Cedar Rapids Kernels team of the Midwest League. Hellweg was then advance and in 2011 he plays for the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League. With his first 3 years in the organization Hellweg continue to excel in his career, the Angels of Anaheim wanted to work him to make him reach his full potential as a great result when he joined in the California League.

The improvement of Hellweg was because of his dedication and with the help of his team he keeps on gaining experience and develops his pitching skills. His walk rate is getting better and better and enhances his groundball rate up. Hellweg could be a frontline starter for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and is now attracting national attention. We could expect another future star from John Hellweg that can impress the crowds on the Major League Baseball (MLB). The Angels still trains him and we could expect a rising baseball star in the future.

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