January 15th, 2013
Los Angeles Angels Tickets
With another big offseason splash in Anaheim and the mega-moves made in Chavez Ravine, Southern California just may be the new center of the baseball universe. The baseball arms race has left the Northeast and shifted west. A year removed from the massive Albert Pujols contract the Angels surprised many by doling out another massive contract, this time to the mega-talented but sometime troubled Josh Hamilton. By replacing Torii Hunter with Hamilton the Angels have gotten younger and scarier from an opposing pitcher perspective, with an outfield that now boasts two of the most naturally gifted players in the last twenty years in Mike Trout and Hamilton.
The move to sign Hamilton was coupled with the cost cutting dumping of Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and Hunter. It’s no question the Angels have gotten flashier, but have they gotten better? Here’s a rundown with some analysis of their offseason moves.
Josh Hamilton: There’s no question that if Josh Hamilton is healthy the Angels probably boast three of the top ten hitters in the game. From an outsiders perspective the gut reaction to the deal is that the Angels clearly upgraded over Torii Hunter. Although they clearly got younger, the performance of Hamilton from an advanced metrics perspective was comparable to Hunter’s performance last year. As David Schoenfeld at ESPN has pointed out via Baseball-Reference Hunter actually had a higher Wins Above Replacement (5.5) than Hamilton (3.4) last year. Hamilton clearly outpaced Hunter from a traditional baseball statistical perspective (HR’s, RBI’s, etc) but did so with a higher number of plate appearances and in a much more hitter friendly ballpark. Of course Hunter is an aging player and likely would not have repeated his performance of the previous year. Hamilton should also benefit from the presence of Albert Pujols in the lineup. Of course signing Josh Hamilton to such a big and lengthy contract is not without risk. Although he’s performed pretty consistently in Texas there is the always present risk of addiction, as well as a history of nagging injuries. From a win-now perspective it’s probably a good move.
Questionable back-end of the rotation: The Angels went after Zack Grienke but lost out to the cross-town Dodgers. Instead of using the Grienke money on pitching they used in on Hamilton. This combined with Dan Haren now being in a Nationals uniform has left some question marks in the rotation. Haren clearly regressed last year and it was probably wise to move him based on the sheer number of innings he’s pitched over the past decade. With Haren out as well as rotation fixture Ervin Santana the Angels rotation will have a different look. The big question is who’s the number three behind established aces Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson? They went out and added Joe Blanton and Tommy Hansen who both had ERA’s in the high fours in the National League. It’s questionable how those moves will transfer to the AL. Blanton is an innings eater but in most rotations is typically your fourth or fifth starter. Hansen has respectable career numbers but has a history of injuries. The bottom of the Angels rotation is a big question mark.
The Lineup: The starting pitching question marks may not be that important since the lineup is going to be ridiculous. What can you say about Mike Trout that hasn’t been already said, other than the fact he had one of the greatest seasons in baseball history as a rookie. The projected top six of Trout, Aybar, Pujols, Hamilton, Trumbo and Kendrick may be the top lineup in baseball. It’s difficult to find any weak spots and its likely Trumbo surpasses power numbers from last season.
Burnett and Madson: A traditional strength under Mike Scioscia the bullpen was a bit of a disaster last season and clearly in need of an upgrade. In Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson the Angels made a couple of nice moves, especially with the pickup of the underrated Burnett. Over the past few years in Pittsburgh and Washington Burnett has quietly been one of the more effective left set up men in the National League, pitching a solid number of innings with an ERA under three. Just thirty he’s still in his prime and the Angels were able to get him at a premium, just 8 million over 2 years. Even though Madson is coming off Tommy John surgery and may not be ready for opening day, he’s a compelling pickup who could provide some depth at the back of the pen. Madson and Burnett should provide depth, but there are still some question marks with closer Ernesto Frieri. Last season was a tale of two halves for Frieri, with his numbers regressing after the all-star break, contributing to the Angels total of 23 blown saves last season which tied Boston for first in the AL.
It’s hard to get a feel on what these moves will mean in the end. Although Hamilton brings a big bat to the lineup they signed him in lieu of going after pitching. With Haren gone and Grienke with the Dodgers the starting rotation really has some question marks. The bullpen has added depth and Frieri is a year older. Will the Angels simply outscore teams? With one of the best managers in the game they’re always going to be a contender, but it’s hard to see the Angels running away with things in a pretty competitive division. .
By Chris Cabrera
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June 14th, 2012
Los Angeles Angeles
With new ownership, the Cy Young award winner and the best record in baseball, the Dodgers seem to be the talk of the town. But what about that other LA team? The Angels seem somewhat to be flying under the radar, especially considering their tremendous recent success. With the signing of future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols and starting pitcher C.J. Wilson in the off-season came expectations for this club probably bigger than ever before in the franchise’s history. When they failed to immediately deliver, beginning the season with just a 6-14 record, the hype quickly dwindled.
But following their slow start, the Halos have gone 27-16, including an eight game win streak at the end of May. Lately they’ve been firing on all cylinders and have become one of the most exciting clubs to watch in the league. After his very slow start, keeping right around the Mendoza line in the month of April, Pujols is back to his normal, machine-like self. During a 19-game stretch in May he raised his average from .211 to .260, with six bombs and 19 RBIs. He has also drove in 33 runs in 29 games for the month. Having your $240 million player in the middle of the lineup swinging it like he should, as well as the team’s pitching staff doing its job from top to bottom, is certainly key factor to the team’s recent triumphs. However, the biggest contributor to their success: a 20 year old kid.
Since being called up in late April, Mike Trout is hitting .354 with six home runs and 15 stolen bases. No coincidence that since his callup, the Angels have just found ways to win. The leadoff man and defensive captain in center field has not missed a start since being placed on the roster. Many “lifers” who have been around the sport for a long time see Trout run and say he could be the fastest down the line baseball has ever seen. His tremendous speed makes him a nightmare for defenses when he gets on base. His outstanding play has made him the leading candidate (by far) for AL Rookie of the year and even brought about some discussion of the MVP award for the 20 year old. Sparked by Trout’s incredible skills, aggression and enthusiasm for the game, the Angels have become the team to see in Los Angeles.
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February 27th, 2012
Latroy Hawkings Angels
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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February 24th, 2012
Daniel Haren Los Angelesa Angels
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Daniel John Haren who is of Irish and Mexican descent was born on September 17, 1980, in Monterey Park, California. He is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Haren graduated from Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, CA in 1998. He then attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA on a baseball scholarship. Together with Noah Lowry, a left-handed pitcher just one month younger than Haren, they formed the best starting pitching duo in the West Coast Conference.
Both Haren and Lowry skipped their senior seasons. Lowry was taken in the 1st round o 30th overall by the San Francisco Giants and Haren was taken in the 2nd round on 72nd overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2001 Major League. Haren posted a 2.22 ERA in 17 starts, and Lowry posted a 1.71 ERA in 18 starts.
In 2002, Haren made 28 starts in A-ball for Peoria and Potomac, finishing with a combined ERA of 2.74. He started Double-A Tennessee, but was promoted after eight starts to Triple-A Memphis in 2003. Then he made his major league debut at the age of 22. He showed off his batting skills by hitting the very first pitch he saw for a double. He was out-dueled by Jason Schmidt, who went on to finish second in the National League Cy Young Award voting that year.
In 2004, he was sent back down to AAA Memphis and received a late-season call-up, and made five appearances in the post-season for the Cardinals, including two in the World Series. He was later traded to the Oakland Athletics for Mark Mulder, one of the best pitchers in the American League at the time.
Haren went 14-12 with a 3.73 ERA in his first full season as a major leaguer. He also got the opportunity to pitch against the rival San Francisco Giants in the Bay Bridge Series.
Haren broke the top 10 in the American League in the following categories: innings (217-9th place), strikeouts (163-6th place), and complete games (3-4th place) in 2005.
Haren had one of the best seasons among any pitcher in the majors. Haren finished in the top ten in the American League in wins, with 15, strikeouts, with 192, and finished in the top three in the AL in ERA with 3.07 in 2007. He was also selected to start the MLB All Star Game that year and was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with Connor Robertson.
2008, he was selected to the 2008 All-Star game at Yankee Stadium along with his teammate, Brandon Webb. He has an impressive 3.33 ERA to go along with a 16-8 win-loss record, and a career-high 206 strikeouts.
In 2009, Haren was also selected a 2009 NL All-Star, representing the Diamondbacks along with Justin Upton. He was named # 33 on the Sporting News’ list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball finishing with a record of 14-10, 3.14 ERA, and 223 strikeouts.
In 2010, he joined the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Haren went 5-4 with 75 strikeouts and a 2.87 ERA and posting a .364 batting average and .902 OPS with one home run in 55 at bats.
As for his pitching style is often dubbed a “chess match” by reporters and announcers. Haren usually has a slow pitching delivery, highlighted by a slight pause in the middle of his windup, that he speeds up with runners on base. Haren throws a 91-94 mph fastball with movement. A recently added 90-93 mph two-seam fastball, a sharp split-finger fastball, and a spike curve. Haren has also added and relied more heavily upon an 86-90 mph cut fastball, which he credited for last season’s success. His curveball is just an average offering that he flips over to get ahead early in the count, while his splitter is a plus pitch and his main strikeout weapon.
February 22nd, 2012
Jeremy Moore Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Angels Jeremy Moore
Jeremy Jerome Moore is one of the most aspiring players in the field of baseball. In fact, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim believes in his potential signing him a contract during September call-ups on the 1st day of September, year 2011. However, he signed as a draft on the 10th of June, year 2005. Jeremy Moore’s debut in Major League Baseball was on the 2nd day of September and it was a big break for him as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made him the team’s outfielder for Major League Baseball.
Jeremy Moore was born on the 29th day of June, year 1987. He was actually born in Shreveport, Los Angeles. Jeremy Moore stands 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 190 pounds. At a young age of 24, Jeremy Moore’s passion for playing baseball is really outstanding. He is in fact a great exemplar of the complex interaction between the skills and tools of a player.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted Jeremy Moore in the 6th round of the 2005 amateur draft when he was in high school in Vivian, Louisiana. Jeremy was a multi skilled sport star during high school, and rather raw as a baseball player, but the Angels of Anaheim believed that his power and speed combination was commendable of development. In 2007, Jeremy hit .272 with 14 homers and 17 steals for Orem in the Pioneer League. Promoted to Low-A Cedar Rapids for ’08, Jeremy hit just .240 and struck out 125 times with just 21 walks in 362 at-bats, but he also hit 12 triples and 17 homers while stealing 28 bases. Jeremy hit .279/.330/.443 with 11 homers and 17 steals for High-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2009, then .303/.358/.463 with 10 triples, 13 homers, and 24 steals last year for Double-A Arkansas. Moreover, for Triple-A Salt Lake, Moore is hitting .229/.334/.541 with 23 doubles, 15 triples, 14 homers, 17 steals, and a 20/107 BB/K ratio in 394 at-bats. Jeremy Moore is a left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower. Jeremy has a substandard throwing arm; however, this has not stopped the Angels of Anaheim from using him in right field frequently. Jeremy is indeed fast and can handle center field without any difficulty. His range is a major asset and his speed also shows up on offense, mainly with the large number of triples he hits. For four consecutive seasons, he’s surpassed double-digits in triples. He is still improving his baserunning abilities to go with the speed tool. Jeremy Moore’s set of predefined tools stands out, and his combination of defensive ability, speed, and occasional power is fascinating. The imperfections in his skills provide him a high risk factor, but even a small amount of progress in his hitting tactic could lead him a long way.
Jeremy received awards such as MID Player of the Week on the 9th of June, 2008 as well as TEX Post-Season All-Star and TEX Player of the Week in August of 2010. Jeremy Moore will continue to flourish as a remarkable player of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Jeremy started and will continue to make stories and legacy in the history of Major League Baseball.
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February 21st, 2012
- Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
Michael Nelson Trout was born on August 7, 1991 in Millville, New Jersey. He is one of the outfielders of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He stands 6’ 1” and weighs 200lbs.
Trout was drafted by the Angels 25th overall in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He has an impressive record of hitting .360 with one home run, 25 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases in 164 at bats over 39 games. He ended the season, hitting .267 over 15 at bats in five games while playing for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Trout is one of the top prospects in baseball and was named the second best overall prospect by Baseball America, during their midseason update in July 2010. He was also named 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year
In 2011, He made his major league debut that night, going 0–3 with 2 flyouts and a groundout. Trout was named Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year and outfielder on Baseball America’s 2011 Minor League All Star team. Trout hit his first major league home run against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mark Worrell on July 24, 2011.
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February 19th, 2012
- Torii Hunter Los Angeles Angels
Torii Hunter Los Angeles Angels Right Feilder
Torii Hunter is one of the great players in the world of baseball. He is currently the right fielder for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Born on July 18, 1975, Torii Hunter from Pine Bluff Arkansas was an active baseball player during his student days. In fact, he was selected as the Twins’ first-round pick in 1993 out of high school. He was a successful player and was named Twins’ Minor League Player of the Week and Player of the Month.
Torii Hunter is a cousin of a former MLB outfielder Choo Freeman. Hunter lives during the off-season in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburb of Prosper, Texas. Hunter led the Twins in at bats, home runs and outfield assists with 14 – tied for second best in the league, in 2001. Moreover, he was also second in RBI and total bases, leading the team to their first winning season since 1992; he led all major league center fielders in range factor 3.29, and was also named Best Defensive Outfielder in the American League by Baseball America. As his success continued, a new beginning was set for Hunter as he turned down a three-year, $45,000,000 deal in August of 2007 from the Twins and signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim worth $90,000,000; replacing Gary Matthews Jr. as the everyday center fielder.
Hunter was also noted as rank 44th on the list of Sporting News’ 50 greatest current players in baseball. On June 13, 2009, Hunter hit three home runs in one game against the San Diego Padres and it was the first time in his career he had achieved the feat with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hunter remains successful with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and even won his ninth consecutive Gold Glove Award for the outfield as announced on November 10, 2009.In addition to that, it was announced two days later that he won a silver slugger award; he batted .299 with 22 homers and 90 RBI’s. Hunter collected his 1000th RBI off of Joakim Soria that was also a go-ahead two run home run to give the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim a 9-8 advantage. It was a game which the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finally won 10-8 and Hunter was the 268th player to collect 1,000 RBI.
As the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continues to flourish, Torii Hunter will always be a part of the Angels’ journey in the world of Major League Baseball.
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February 18th, 2012
Peter Bourjos Los Angeles Angels
Peter Christopher Bourjos was born in Park Ridge, Illinois on March 31, 1987. He is the son of former San Francisco Giants outfielder Chris Bourjos.
He attended the Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Scottsdale in Arizona. In 2005 he joined the Angels Baseball team. He became the Major League Baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
In 2009, Bourjos was recognized as the Angels minor league system’s Defensive Player of the year. The Angels bought his contract and added him to their 40-man roster to prevent him from being selected by another team in the Rule 5 Draft.
He was also named the second best prospect in the Angels system, the ‘Fastest Baserunner’ and the ‘Best Defensive Outfielder’ in 2010.
Towards the end of season 2011, Bourjos became the all around center fielders of the game. He has shown impressive defensive skills in the field.
The Angels expects Bourjos mold his game into the leadoff spot in 2012. You can see Bourjos and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels play live buy purchasing Angels Tickets. We stock all Angels games at Angel Stadium including the Freeway Angels Vs Dodgers Tickets, Angels Vs Yankees Tickets and Angels Vs Red Sox Tickets.
February 17th, 2012
Bobby Abreu Los Angeles Angels
Bob Kelly Abreu or “Bobby” was born on March 11, 1974, in Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela. He is a professional Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder player that was playing for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Abreu is nicknamed as “El Comedulce” and also “La Luche” and a two-time All-Star, won a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award.
Bobby Abreu was signed by the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent in 1990 and he debuted in MLB on September 1, 1996 for the Houston Astros. Abreu played for the Houston Astros in 1996 to 1997, but traded to Philadelphia Phillies which he began playing in 1998 to 2006. He was traded again to the New York Yankees and played for two seasons (2006 to 2008).
Leading the league games was one of his greatest achievements. Bobby Abreu was major league leader in defense among active players in outfield assists. Abreu is also one of the active ballplayers in doubles, third in walks, at stolen bases he was in sixth and he was ninth in on-base percentage. He is also famous for his plate discipline when he led the American League in 2009 by his percent in pitches.
Bobby Abreu Awards and Recognition
- 1996 Houston Astros Minor League Player of the Year
- 1999 Venezuelan Winter League All-Star OF
- 1999 Venezuelan Winter League Player of the Year
- 1999 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
- 2000 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
- 2001 Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
- 2004 NL Silver Slugger Award (OF)
- 2004 MLB All-Star
- 2005 NL Player of the Month (April)
- 2005 NL Gold Glove Award (OF)
- 2005 MLB All-Star
- 2005 Winner of the Home Run Derby at the MLB All-Star game.
- 2009 AL Player of the Month (July)
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January 20th, 2012
The Clippers were not the only team in Los Angeles to land major acquisitions over the offseason. Similar to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made major offseason noise. The only difference is that they did not have to use any trade bait to land their big catches.
For months, the race for Albert Pujols was a two-team race between the St Louis Cardinals and the rags-to riches Miami Marlins. Having locked in Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle and Heath Bell, the Marlins would arguably have had the greatest offseason in the history of sports if they landed Pujols. However, the Marlins were not willing to give Pujols a no-trade clause, an obvious dealbreaker for the Pujols camp. One cannot blame the Cardinals for being unwilling to hamper their payroll on one man after an incredible World Series run. With or without Pujols, they have a solid team and could utilize that free cap space to shore up any weak points.
Like a thief in the night, the Angels snatched Albert Pujols via a 10 year, 254 million dollar contract with a much desired no-trade clause. And the shopping spree wasn’t over yet. Later on in the day, the Angels snatched Rangers ace C.J Wilson with a 5 year, 77.5 million contract.
Without a doubt, Dec 8th 2011 had to be one of the five greatest days in the history of the Angels. It was as if actor Christopher Lloyd resumed his role in the Disney film “Angels in the Outfield”. It’s not every day that a franchise makes a big splash with a potential Hall of Fame slugger (Please don’t let it come out that he did roids!) and a pitching ace. All of this was accomplished by GM Jerry Dipoto. In less than 3 months, he’s accomplished more than many GMs in other sports: Isiah Thomas as the Knicks GM, Matt Millen as Detroit Lions GM: Kevin McHale as Timberwolves GM.
He’s managed to lock up All-Star 2B Howie Kendrick for the next four years and avoided arbitration with Erik Bybar 3 days ago.
The Angels have a starting rotation that includes: CJ Wilson, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and Jared Weaver. Not too shabby. However, it’s not always how you start; it’s how you finish games. Finishing games was a major issue for the Angels last year. As it stands, the bullpen is a major question mark. Besides the signing of veteran relief pitcher Latroy Hawkins, little has been done to address that question mark into a clear answer. The Angels blew more saves than any other teamin the MLB last year. Jordan Walden was Mr. Unreliable. One has to ponder whether the Angels made a significant boo-boo by not investing in the bullpen enough over this offseason. With all the moves made, it’s not like they can do much about it now. They will have to revisit this issue at the July trade deadline.
Overall, they’ve landed one of the greatest hitters of our time. A man who may be headed right for Barry Bond’s all time-HR record. Conventional wisdom may see a 10 year contract with a no-trade clause for a 32 year old slugger as risky, but Albert Pujols has been in Beast mode ever since he’s entered the league and shows no signs of slowing down. Now that he’s in the AL, he will certainly become a DH in the very near future in spite of the fact that he fields his position well.
A stellar offseason has put the Angels as a contender for the 2012 season.
Look out, Texas Rangers.