Los Angeles Angels Wiretap

Tensions Return Between Scioscia, Angels Front Office

Jun 30, 2015 7:56 AM

Tensions between the Los Angeles Angels front office and Mike Scioscia have returned and far more pervasive, according to Major League sources.

Arte Moreno resolved the tension between Jerry Dipoto and Scioscia at the conclusion of the 2012 season, seemingly successfully.

"Emotions simmered in a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players, sources said. At least one coach responded heatedly to Dipoto and first baseman Albert Pujols issued a pointed rebuttal to his GM, sources said," writes Ken Rosenthal.

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Report: Pujols Open To Final Home Run Dery Appearance

Jun 30, 2015 7:50 AM

Albert Pujols would welcome the opportunity to participate in this year's Gillette Home Run Derby if voted into the All-Star Game, according to a report.

"I think it would be the last one," the nine-time All-Star said.

Pujols, who leads the American League with 23 home runs, has participated in the event on three occasions, most recently in 2009.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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Angels Looking To Trade For Hitting

Jun 29, 2015 8:21 AM

The Los Angeles Angels are in the market for a hitter and have inquired about several players with other teams, according to a report.

The best fit would be a left-handed hitter with a good on-base percentage and who has the ability to play left field or designated hitter.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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Robinson Cano Hit In Head By Stray Ball

Jun 28, 2015 2:08 AM

Mariners star Robinson Cano was hit in the head by a stray ball while the Angels were warming up in between innings Saturday and left the game because of dizziness.

Cano was taken to the clubhouse after being struck by rookie shortstop Taylor Featherston's high throw over first baseman Albert Pujols as the Angels' infield loosened up before the seventh inning.

Cano had a sizable welt near his left temple, and the Mariners' medical staff checked the second baseman for a concussion. No signs of one were found.

ESPN.com

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Pujols' Revival A Result Of Swing Adjustments

Jun 23, 2015 6:52 AM

Albert Pujols will never again be the hitter he was in his prime, but a series of adjustments have allowed him to be a productive force for the Los Angeles Angels this season.

Pujols was hitting 177/.261/.355 in 69 plate appearances after an 0-for-4 performance on April 24, but in 210 plate appearances since he is hitting .301/.352/.622.

The 35-year-old "has dropped his hands and moved his left elbow closer to the pitcher with his bat much further from parallel than in previous years. He is also utilizing more of a leg kick than he did last year," writes Craig Edwards of FanGraphs.

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Angels Place Jered Weaver On DL

Jun 21, 2015 7:07 PM

Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will undergo an MRI on his left hip, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.

One day after Weaver suffered his fourth consecutive defeat in the Angels' 4-1 loss to the A's, the Angels decided to put the right-hander on the DL to give his sore hip time to rest.

ESPN.com

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Pujols Hits HR No. 536, Ties Mickey Mantle

Jun 10, 2015 7:24 AM

Albert Pujols has tied Mickey Mantle for 16th place on the all-time home run list.

Pujols hit his 536th homer on Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Rays.

"It's pretty special," Pujols said. "Mickey's a legend. My goal is try to help this team to win. I'm glad I was able to do that."

Pujols has eight homers in his past 11 games and 16 overall this season.

Mike Schmidt is in 15th place with 548 home runs.

ESPN

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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A-Rod Moves Into Second Place On RBIs List
Hank Aaron is baseball's all-time RBI leader with 2,297.

ESPN.com

Angels Will Continue To Look For Offensive Help
The Angels led the American League in runs scored last season, but they currently rank next to last.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Angels Acquire Kirk Nieuwenhuis From Mets
The Mets will receive cash in the transaction.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Draft Prospect Ties Mike Trout's Home Run Record
Ashton Bardzell, a senior at New Jersey's Ramsey High School, has tied Mike Trout's state record for home runs in a season with 18.

Matt Monagan/MLB

Angels, Phillies Have Discussed Revere Trade
Ben Revere may become the odd man out in the outfield for the Phillies and a trade seems likely.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Matt Joyce Scratched From Lineup After Late Arrival
Matt Joyce wasn't in the lineup for the Angels on Tuesday afternoon because he arrived late to the park.

Associated Press

Hamilton Says Angels Wouldn't Let Him Speak To Moreno
The Angels traded Josh Hamilton to the Rangers in April for cash considerations.

ESPN.com

Ben Revere Aware Of Rumors, Angels Could Be Destination
Ben Revere, who has already been part of one trade in his career, has been aware of recent rumors since the Phillies began the season.

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

Angels Sign Huston Street To Two-Year Extension
The Angels have agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with Huston Street.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Mike Trout Is Hitting High Fastballs Better
The one knock on Mike Trout in his first few seasons was his tendency to swing and miss at high fastballs.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

Royals Acquire Drew Butera From Angels
The Royals have acquired catcher Drew Butera from Angels for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson.

Associated Press

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

Dodgers Were Involved In Hamilton Trade Talks
Los Angeles wanted to use some of their financial resources to gather prospects, not necessarily add Josh Hamilton to their roster.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Scioscia 'Disappointed' Hamilton Showed No Remorse Towards Angels
Mike Scioscia was "disappointed" that Josh Hamilton didn't express remorse and thanks for the Angels teammates that stuck by him during tough times.

Associated Press

Rangers, Angels Finalize Hamilton Trade
The Angels have traded Josh Hamilton to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash.

ESPN

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