The Los Angeles Angels are heading into a period of renaissance in their hometown of Anaheim. For the immediate future, they have another new first-time general manager charged with building a winning team around eight-time All-Star centerfielder and three-time American League MVP Mike Trout. For the long term, the real estate arm of Angels owner […]
Posted: November 25, 2020, 5:00 pm
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Posted: November 24, 2020, 12:45 am
Finding any sort of capable pitching was a chore again for the Angels in 2020, though Felix Peña was one of the bright spots in the bullpen. After being used as a swingman in his first two years in Anaheim — 24 starts, 17 relief appearances — Peña was used solely in the bullpen in the truncated 2020 season. He proved to be one of the most trusted relievers on the staff, pitching in the second-most high-leverage spots (11, as defined by Baseball-Reference) and holding the second-highest average l…
Posted: November 19, 2020, 5:07 pm
But this is a hard game, and he’s a young player, I think we lose sight of how old he is,” Minasian said. He’s a young player going through ups and downs early in his career. I look forward to watching him play.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 1:13 pm
Los Angeles finished last season 26-34 under manager Joe Maddon and failed to make even the eight-team AL playoff field, leading Moreno to fire GM Billy Eppler two months after giving him a contract extension. Where some might see a franchise in disarray, Minasian sees opportunity. One of things that makes this job so intriguing is this is not a 100-loss team,” Minasian said.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 4:21 am
Perry Minasian had never been interviewed for a general manager job before he joined the field of 40 candidates hoping to take over the Los Angeles Angels last month. The 40-year-old Braves assistant GM went through several rounds of lengthy interviews and emerged as a finalist. After more lengthy conversations with owner Arte Moreno and the Angels’ top brass, Minasian landed the responsibility to build a big-budget roster that can finally get Mike Trout’s first playoff victory.
Posted: November 17, 2020, 11:34 pm
Heaney made his first Opening Day start this season, and was impressive, allowing just one run in 4⅔ innings, striking out six while walking none in Oakland. After a brief struggle, Heaney looked like he was turning the corner into a true top-of-the-rotation pitcher. Through eight starts, he had a 3.79 ERA but his peripheral numbers were even better, with a 2.74 FIP that ranked fourth in the American League at the time.
Posted: November 17, 2020, 8:58 pm