Halos Heaven "It’s the big, Fourth of July holiday weekend, and nothing goes better with the patriotic revelry than some baseball. The Angels would be on the road for this year’s festivities, landing in Arlington tonight to start their much-anticipated series with the Texas Rangers. The discussion about this..." July 04
ESPN "If you subscribe to the notion that smart, analytically savvy front offices determine a team's success and the manager is little more than an appendage clad in cap and spikes, chances are you haven't spent much time following the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave..." July 03
Hardball Talk "Josh Hamilton came off the disabled list and rejoined the Rangers just in time to play his old team this weekend, but the former MVP doesn’t think facing the Angels three months after they ate most of his contract to make him go away is a big deal. Here’s what Hamilton told Scott Boeck of USA..." July 03
New York Daily News "The Yankees’ pitchers weren’t taking any chances on Wednesday. After three straight losses in which the Bombers managed only a run each game, Nathan Eovaldi and the bullpen made sure what they got Wednesday would be enough, combining for a 3-1 win over the Angels. Eovaldi (8-2) threw 5 1⁄3..." July 02
Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has been all over this story for years, and he is first here too … Stoneman was the Angels’ general manager in 2002, when the the franchise won its last World Series championship. He had been working in an advisory role for the past couple of seasons." July 02
In other news Jered Weaver threw a second bullpen today. This was a full bullpen. Said it went well. Next one on Saturdag.
Source: #Angels owner Arte Moreno and team president John Carpino are still trying to broker a peace between Dipoto and Scioscia.
Orange County Register "Andrew Heaney looks like he wants to stay in the Angels rotation for a while. Heaney, who got his opportunity after Jered Weaver went on the disabled list, pitched seven innings in the Angels’ 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. The Angels (41-37) have now won four games..." July 01
Orange County Register "The reported rift between Angels management and the coaching staff led to a day of spin control and talk of healed relationships Tuesday, followed by late night reports about General Manager Jerry Dipoto possibly stepping down. Two news outlets reported that the Angels’ fourth-year GM was..." July 01
Source: Jerry Dipoto has made a final decision. He is stepping down.
Deadspin "Jerry Dipoto has learned an inviolable rule of working for the Angels: get into a power struggle with Arte Moreno’s guy, and you’re not going to win it. According to multiple reports, the Anaheim GM resigned and packed up his office last night. Dipoto is “definitely out,” a source told ESPN,..." July 01
Assuming Jerry Dipoto is gone with the #Angels, signs are pointing toward Matt Klentak to replace him. Not confirmed yet.
L.A. Daily News "It used to be that when young athletes said they wanted to be like Mike, they were referring to Michael Jordan. You can bet your bottom dollar that there are plenty of young baseball players who these days want to be like Mike — as in Angels center fielder Mike Trout. Trout on Monday night..." June 30
The Score "Sitting four games back in the AL West doesn't mean everything is tulips and daisies with the Los Angeles Angels. In fact, it sounds like the opposite. It's no secret general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia don't see eye to eye, but just when we thought that was in the past,..." June 30
MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30
Morin expects to be activated Tuesday or Wednesday. #Angels
Jered Weaver threw a 20-pitch bullpen today, all fastballs. Felt good. Will throw another in a couple days, but with all his pitches.
L.A. Daily News "Winning a baseball game on a wild pitch is nothing like catching a small fish. You don’t throw it back. That was the attitude of Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose team defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday when Seattle relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen uncorked..." June 29
Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29
Orange County Register "The Seattle Mariners worked Garrett Richards to a three-ball count only twice in 30 plate appearances Saturday at Angel Stadium. That was his goal. On an evening the Angels right-hander threw into the bottom half of the strike zone time after time, he got grounder after grounder, and the..." June 28
Angels SS Erick Aybar left the game with left hamstring tightness.
Seattle Times "Another start, another example of Taijuan Walker’s growing poise and consistency at the big-league level. Over the course of his last six starts, there have been plenty of examples to highlight how much Walker has changed as a pitcher in the span of two months. In Friday night’s 3-1 win over..." June 27
L.A. Daily News "Taylor Featherston was surrounded by reporters about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. It was something new to him. As was his first game-winning hit in the major leagues. Featherston took a pitch delivered by Chad Qualls and sent a soft line drive into right field, knocking in Erick Aybar with two outs in..." June 25
Surprise! Andrew Heaney starting for Angels today (and likely for Weaver next week). Matt Shoemaker pushed to Friday.
It looks like Andrew Heaney is the most likely to replace Jered Weaver. #Angels need a fifth starter June 30 and July 11.
L.A. Daily News "The first-place Houston Astros as recently as 2013 went 51-111. They were 70-92 in 2014. When they got off to a quick start this season, the baseball world was probably waiting for them to crumble. It hasn’t happened. “On the offensive side they really have driven the ball well, hitting a..." June 23
Fox Sports West "Jered Weaver has no structural damage in the left hip, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. The injury - determined to be left hip inflammation - caused the Angels to place him on the 15-day disabled list with hip on Sunday. Test results Monday revealed a measure of good news for the..." June 23
Collin Cowgill (right wrist) will start hitting again Wednesday, but will have to go through the entire progression all over again. #Angels
San Francisco Chronicle "Putting it nicely, Scott Kazmir is usually not at his best against the Angels. So much so, in fact, that the A’s have skipped Kazmir or pushed back his start whenever possible against his former team, including twice this year. Heck, the season-opening rotation was scheduled to keep Kazmir away..." June 22
#Angels place RHP Jered Weaver on DL because of left hip irritation.
San Francisco Chronicle "The seventh inning has proved troublesome all season for the A’s. So on Saturday, they made sure to add a bit of a cushion in the sixth, using three doubles to take a three-run lead en route to a 4-1 win over the Angels. A’s starter Jesse Hahn threw 72/3 innings of one-run ball against a Los..." June 21
Orange County Register "It’s not that unusual to use two pitchers to mop up in a blowout game. It’s unusual to bring one in when trailing and another when ahead, though. The Angels played their most surprising game of the season Friday night, when Fernando Salas took the ball with a five-run deficit in the sixth..." June 20
Hardball Talk "Last night, Alex Rodriguez became the 29th player in MLB history to join the 3,000-hit club. He’s the first player to reach the milestone since former teammate Derek Jeter on July 9, 2011. After Jeter reached 3,000, I attempted to make a guess about who would be next. I went with Rodriguez, but..." June 20
Halos Heaven "C.J. Wilson was superb and economical today, throwing nine punchies (three courtesy of Paul freakin' Goldscmidt), yet keeping the pitch count manageable with some groundouts, some fly outs and some well-timed double plays. The offense followed C.J.'s lead, scoring with the long ball, the RBI..." June 19
Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Angels vice president of marketing and ticket sales Robert Alvarado resigned on Wednesday after 14-plus seasons with the team. He basically forced himself out by making some idiotic comments about not being able to accommodate fans who don’t make much money. In a story that was..." June 18
Arizona Republic "1B Paul Goldschmidt drilled a first-inning home run and RHP Chase Anderson turned in another quality start as the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Wednesday night at Chase Field. Anderson allowed two runs in six innings and the Diamondbacks bullpen pitched out of a pair of tight..." June 18
Halos Heaven ""It's my belief that history is a wheel.' Inconstancy is my very essence,' says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope. The worst of..." June 17
Arizona Republic "When most pitchers say they didn't realize they had a no-hitter in the works, they're lying. Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Robbie Ray may be the exception. Ray tossed 5 2/3 hitless innings to lead the Diamondbacks to a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday at Angels Stadium, but he..." June 16
Oakland Tribune "Some of the best starting pitchers of the last half century have called Oakland home -- Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Dave Stewart, Bob Welch, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito -- and it seems Sonny Gray is destined to join them. Gray threw 72/3 impeccable innings in an 8-1 win over the Angels on Sunday,..." June 15
CBS Sports "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on Monday's episode of Boomer & Carton, and among the topics he addressed were the DH issue and possible expansion into other other markets. Regarding the current designated hitter rule -- DH in AL games, no DH in NL games, Manfred seems disinclined to..." June 15
#Angels OF Collin Cowgill has "hit a plateau" in recovery from R wrist sprain, Scioscia said. Going to AZ to see specialist on Monday.
Orange County Register "Albert Pujols provided all the offense the Angels needed on Saturday night with one early swing. Oakland sinker-baller Kendall Graveman threw him sinker after sinker in the first inning at Angel Stadium, and Pujols timed the fourth one perfectly, powering it past the left-field wall for a solo..." June 14
Collin Cowgill (right wrist) recently felt some stiffness taking BP and will stay away from hitting for a couple days. #Angels
Orange County Register "Like most teams, the Angels’ second, third and fourth hitters are the strength of their lineup. Theirs is probably a little more concentrated than most, though: The threesome of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun has pulled double weight this season, combining to hit two-thirds of the..." June 13
Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels exercised GM Jerry DiPoto’s option for the 2016 season two or three months ago. As Gonzalez details, DiPoto’s contract was for three years and included options for the 2015 and ’16 seasons. There have not been any discussions yet about extending him..." June 13
CBS Sports "Trade season semi-officially began after the three-day First-Year Player Draft, and the trade market may include some pretty big names (see the list of 40 below). But it may take some extra time to get going in a season where there so far appears to be only one truly great team (the Cardinals)..." June 13
Los Angeles Times "At THE PLATE: The Angels closed out a rough 2-4 trip to New York and Tampa Bay on a high note, amassing 14 hits, 10 of them — and five runs — coming off a Rays bullpen that entered with a 3.35 earned-run average. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols homered in the same game for the 24th time. Trout,..." June 12
Tampa Tribune "Wednesday’s win had that familiar feel to it for the Rays. There was Evan Longoria, who returned to third base and made an impact with his glove and bat. There was Jake McGee, who returned to the ninth-inning role he dominated last season and closed out the game. The bullpen was solid...." June 11
Halos Heaven "The Angels stopped the losing streak with a dominating win in St. Petersburg, featuring a career high four RBI for Kole Calhoun, a Mickey Mantle-tying blast from Pujols and a great start from Matt Shoemaker. Yesterday there was no baseball, but there was the draft. With the draft, came some..." June 10