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Mike Scioscia Won't Have Say In Angels Hunt For GM

Sep 2, 2015 3:25 PM

Mike Scioscia doesn't expect to have a role in who the Los Angeles Angels hire as their next general manager.

"I don't plan on being part of any selection committee," Scioscia said. "I know the role of a manager in an organization, and I love that part of it. It's not to go pick a GM. I just think, just like any team, you have to be philosophically on the same page, all the way down from ownership to the general manager's seat to the manager to the Minor Leagues and scouting director, everything that's important in fueling your Major League roster. You have to be on the same page."

Jerry Dipoto resigned as GM on July 1, prompting Bill Stoneman to take over in the interim.

Scioscia is in his 16th season as the club's manager and is under contract until 2018.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Mike Trout Hitting More Groundballs Amid Slump

Sep 2, 2015 7:14 AM

Mike Trout struggled in the month of August, joining a number of his Los Angeles Angels teammates as they slide down the standings.

Trout, who is having another MVP-worthy season overall, hit just .218/.352/.337 in the month of August. For the season he has a slash line of .296/.397/.571. In July, his OPS was nearly double (1.323 to .689) that of August.

He slumped last August, but still had some power with four home runs. This August, he hit just one home run over the entire month. His groundball rate has increased as of late.

Nearly half of the balls he hit in August were on the ground, something he has looked to actively move away from in the past. He's still hitting the ball as hard as we've come to expect, based on exit velocity, but something is off.

Trout, himself, insists that a wrist injury that cost him a few games in late July isn't to blame for the woes.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Angels Begin Interviewing GM Candidates

Sep 1, 2015 6:59 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have begun interviewing internal and external candidates for their vacant general manager position.

Bill Stoneman has taken over the position in an interim capacity since Jerry Dipoto stepped down at midseason.

A decision could ultimately come "shortly after the end of the season, if not before," according to a report by Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

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Justin Verlander Loses No-Hit Bid In Ninth

Aug 27, 2015 1:15 AM

Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta hit a leadoff double in the ninth inning, and the Tigers beat the Angels 5-0 Wednesday night.

Trying to become the sixth major leaguer to throw three no-hitters, Verlander settled instead for a one-hit shutout. 

He was an inch away from so much more.


Tags: Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Jered Weaver: Dugout Rant Not Directed At Mike Trout

Aug 26, 2015 1:34 AM

A routine fly ball that dropped between Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun set off Angels starter Jered Weaver on Tuesday night.

However, Weaver said his dugout rant after the third inning was directed at himself and the team as a whole.

"I wasn't yelling at Mike or anyone in particular," he said. "I told Mike afterward that I would never show up a teammate like that, and he's certainly saved more runs for me in the outfield than he's ever given up. I just wanted the whole team to realize that we're in the middle of a pennant race and we have to start playing better."


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Jays Score Franchise-Record 36 Runs During Series Sweep

Aug 24, 2015 1:19 AM

The Blue Jays put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep of the Angels with a 12-5 win on Sunday afternoon. That brought the club's total number of runs this weekend to 36, which was the most in franchise history for a three-game series. The latest explosion surpassed the previous record set in 2003, when the Blue Jays scored 34 times from May 30-June 1 against the Red Sox.

The Blue Jays also set a record for the most hits in a three-game series with 48. The previous record was 46 from Sept. 27-29, 1985, at Milwaukee. 


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Angels Still Hope To Acquire Chase Utley

Aug 16, 2015 10:12 AM

The Los Angeles Angels believed they were close to acquiring Chase Utley on Friday and still hope to land the second baseman.

According to reports, the Angels are more pessimistic about getting Utley than prior to Friday.

The Philadelphia Phillies have to agree on a prospect and the San Francisco Giants have also been strongly linked to the veteran infielder. There is $6 million in guaranteed money left on his contract.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley

Aug 14, 2015 7:13 AM

The San Francisco Giants aren't the only team seriously interested in Chase Utley.

According to sources, several teams have made trade offers for the Philadelphia Phillies infielder.

The Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Utley has a $15 million club option for 2016 that no longer will vest automatically based on plate appearances. His club option would then drop to $11 million, but the Phillies would be expected to take the $2 million buyout instead.

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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David Robertson Calls Mike Scioscia 'Bush League'

Aug 13, 2015 7:22 AM

David Robertson called Mike Scioscia "bush league" for his handling of a replay review during Wednesday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels.

With the White Sox leading 2-1, Angels shortstop Erick Aybar struck out to lead off the ninth against Robertson. The ball was in the dirt, so White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers reached out to tag Aybar on the leg, with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth making an out signal.

Abyar kept on running to first base, though, with Flowers not making a throw after Culbreth made his out call.

Scioscia argued, ultimately challenging the ruling via replay. Robin Ventura questioned why there should even be a replay since an out signal was made.

Umpires reviewed the play and upheld their original call that Aybar was tagged out by Flowers. Scioscia, though, came back out to the home plate area to get an explanation. By rule, managers are not allowed to argue a replay decision, but Culbreth gave Scioscia the courtesy of explaining the decision.

"I felt that Scioscia was very bush league, coming out there and standing in front of home plate after the play had already been reviewed," Robertson said. "I felt like once it has been reviewed, it has been reviewed on film and he's called out, there's no reason for you to come back out and argue the call. I guess that's just the way he is. It kind of changed the whole momentum in the ninth."

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Tags: Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Trout On Pace For Highest WAR Through Age-23 Season Ever

Aug 5, 2015 5:14 PM

Mike Trout is quietly putting together the best season of his young career, which is saying something when you consider the historic numbers he put up in his first few years.

Trout compiled 20.8 Wins Above Replacement in his first two seasons, played at ages 20 and 21, the highest total ever through that age. He contributed 8.0 WAR to the Los Angeles Angels last season and won his first American League MVP award.

Trout is on pace for a third 10-WAR season in 2015, when no one since Barry Bonds in 2004 has had even one.

He currently has 35.8 WAR, just behind Ty Cobb (36.2) and Ted Williams (36.4) on the all-time list for career WAR through age-23 season. A strong finish will allow Trout to easily overtake Williams for first place on that list.

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Angels, Blue Jays, Red Sox Could All Covet Dombrowski
Dave Dombrowski was released from his contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, but doesn't figure to be unemployed long if he so chooses.

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Kershaw Extends Streak To 37 Scoreless Innings
Clayton Kershaw threw eight innings of two-hit baseball as the Dodgers defeated the Angels by the score of 3-1.


C.J. Wilson Expects Season-Ending Elbow Surgery
C.J. Wilson will likely cut this season short to avoid a more long-term injury.


Indians Acquire David Murphy, David DeJesus
The Angels have now acquired three outfielders, including Shane Victorino, this week.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Red Sox Trade Shane Victorino To Angels
Boston will pay $3.8 million of the $4.9 million remaining on Shane Victorino's contract, according to a Major League source.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Angels Linked To Indians' David Murphy
Murphy, 33, is hitting .299/.347/.443 in 224 plate appearances. He is owed $6 million this season and has a $500,000 buyout on his $7 million team option for 2016.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Angels Could Turn Pitching Depth Into Hitter
The Angels are talking to clubs about trading some of their pitching depth for a left fielder, according to Major League sources.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Angels Warming To Idea Of Adding Rental Hitters
The Angels would prefer to add a hitter under contract past this season, but are now warming to the idea of acquiring a rental bat for the stretch run.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Albert Pujols Passes Mike Schmidt On Home Run List
Albert Pujols hit three home runs in one doubleheader on Monday for the Angels.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Angels Prioritizing Control In Search For Bat
The Angels have long been linked to a bat as the trade deadline approaches and they continue to cast a wide net.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Angels Rained Out At Home For First Time Since '95
The Angels had played 1,609 straight home games without being rained out.


Angels Finding Asking Prices For Offensive Help To Be Too High
The Angels are actively trying to acquire offensive help ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, but they currently find the asking prices to be too high.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Angels, Mariners, Royals Interested In Justin Upton
Justin Upton is believed to be the best hitter available on the trade market and he has drawn trade interest from the Angels, Mariners and Royals.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Bill Stoneman Isn't Opposed To Dealing As Angels GM
Bill Stoneman does not have a history of making midseason acquisitions, but isn't opposed to making moves as the Angels aim for the playoffs this season.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Angels, Athletics Talked Reddick, Zobrist Before Dipoto Resigned
The Angels inquired with the Athletics about Josh Reddick and Ben Zobrist before Jerry Dipoto resigned last week, according to sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

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Josh Hamilton Isn't Preparing Differently For Series With Angels
Josh Hamilton will get his first chance for revenge this weekend when the Rangers face off against the Angels.


Mike Scioscia Denies 'Power Struggle' With Jerry Dipoto
After Jerry Dipoto stepped down on Wednesday, the Angels and Mike Scioscia denied that the long-time manager had a role in the general manager's departure.


Angels Name Bill Stoneman Interim GM
The Angels have officially announced that Jerry Dipoto has resigned as the club's general manager.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Dipoto Decides To Step Down As Angels GM
Jerry Dipoto decided to step down from his position as general manager of the Angels on Wednesday, according to a source.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

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