Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The sides held a telephone call to talk about paths forward for a season delayed by the new coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no details were announced.
Posted: April 7, 2020, 12:34 am
Angels outfielder Mike Trout is part of a multi-sport PSA released on Monday, encouraging people in and around the greater Los Angeles area to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Players from 14 different local teams recorded this PSA, trading off sections, “We Are the World” style. Here is the message, transcribed: “Los Angeles, these are unprecedented times.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 6:15 pm
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons is one of the finest defensive players of his era, routinely at or near the top of most fielding leaderboards, and is certainly no stranger to highlight reels. As a leader in his field, Simmons knows a good baseball player when he sees one. And he definitely sees one in the classic video game Backyard Baseball legend Pablo Sanchez.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 1:19 pm
A look at what happened on April 6 in sports history.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 12:00 pm
QUESTION: Who is your favorite St Louis athlete ever,? Who do you see as the greatest? GORDO: The Cardinals rule the market, so Stan the Man has to be No.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 7:21 am
Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports: “When the world is upright again the least of its casualties will be a baseball season, or part of one. The fragments of players’ careers lost in that time — the home runs they may have hit, the wins they may have counted, the money they may have made — will lean to irrelevance. The games will return, the players with them and, like most, and with any awareness at all, they will get on with being grateful for what the y have.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 5:56 am
The most difficult and important part of framing, Castro said, is to catch a breaking ball that is moving out of the zone in such a way that the umpire can call it a strike if it clips the zone. My job is to keep strikes strikes,” Castro said. I mean, that’s really what I’m trying to do: Reward the pitcher as often as possible for doing his job.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 12:11 am
The Los Angeles Dodgers and L.A. Angels were just over one week away from beginning the exhibition Freeway Series when Major League Baseball cancelled all remaining Spring Training games, but two members of the respective organizations may soon compete. MLB continues to maintain contact with public health officials as it awaits progress and clearance to resume activities as the world grapples with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 5:37 pm
Miguel Tejada, Oakland A’s (2001) Not only did Miguel Tejada hit a grand slam, this one finished off a rare achievement. Tejada had already hit a single, double and triple in this September game against the Seattle Mariners, so Tejada hit for the cycle while propelling the A’s to an 8-4 win. Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins (2009) The Twins entered the bottom of the eighth trailing the Los Angeles Angels 9-4.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 11:16 am
Among the many privileges of peace, prosperity and good health: Getting irrationally angry over childish things. This was to be the week the Houston Astros’ bill for cheating their way to a 2017 World Series championship came due. A six-game road trip to Oakland — home of whistleblower and former teammate Mike Fiers — and Anaheim would put baseball’s villains in front of blood-lusty sellout crowds.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 11:50 am
Slick-fielding infielder Roberto Baldoquin cost the Angels $14 million to sign out of Cuba in 2015, but he was released recently because his bat didn’t develop.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 8:08 pm
Griffin Canning has not pitched since February but the Angels expect him to be throwing from a mound by the end of April.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 6:35 pm
LOS ANGELES – Retired Angels outfielder Jim Edmonds has revealed that he tested positive for the coronavirus but is “completely symptom-free now and doing really well.” “I must have had it for a while before I got tested,” the 49-year- old Edmonds said in a video posted to his Instagram account Wednesday. “Thank God I quarantined myself and listened to what everyone said and kept our curve at our house flattened.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 5:51 pm
We don’t yet know when Major League Baseball will return, but we do know the owners and players are willing to consider just about anything that will get the games going again. That includes the possibility, or likelihood, of at least initially having games played in front of no fans. Andrew Heaney, the Angels’ union representative, said on a conference call this week that playing in front of no fans is on the table.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 1:37 pm
Whenever the baseball season begins, Los Angeles Dodgers fans who subscribe to DirecTV and its subsidiaries will have access to the team’s regional sports network after a deal ended a nearly seven-year stalemate. Spectrum Networks said it began delivering Spectrum SportsNet LA to AT&T video subscribers on Wednesday, the same day the deal was announced. The agreement means AT&T TV, DirecTV, U-verse TV and AT&T Now customers in Southern California, Las Vegas and Hawaii will gain access to Dodgers games.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 6:33 pm
Angels pitcher and union representative Andrew Heaney said the players union has discussed beginning the season by playing games without fans in ballparks.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 10:53 pm
Gerrit Cole, Mike Trout and other veteran major leaguers will receive $4,775 per day in advance pay for the first 60 days of the season during the stoppage caused by the new coronavirus, a total of $286,500. Less veteran players receive smaller amounts specified in the agreement: $16,500, $30,000 or $60,000, depending on the contract.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 9:44 pm