LA Angels Tuesday News Crash:

A Trout bomb in the eighth inning yesterday claimed the lead for the Angels. Rendon was on base having had yet another two hit game at that point. (He doubled in the ninth inning.)

Later in the eighth inning Matt Thaiss added in another three runs. This was important because the Rays got a two run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Taylor Ward continues to homer. Once again Anthony Rendon was on base.

Apparently, the issue with Robert Stephenson is “elbow soreness.” Tyler O’Neill crashed with Raphael Devers and got eight stitches to show for it. He is on the concussion protocol. Seiya Suzuki went on the injured list with an oblique strain.

Veteran infielder Donovan Solano got a minor league deal with the Padres. Michael Lorenzen looked good yesterday.

Former Cubs left-hander Ken Holtzman passed away at the age of 78, apparently from a heart problem.

MLB is expected to clear Shohei Ohtani of wrongdoing.

For anyone who wants an early look at the free agents the Angels won’t hire next off season, here you go.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Angelstan
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1 month ago

We all knew the chances of Strickland making it through a clean inning two nights in a row were minimal. Again, it’s a shame.

Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago

of course it’s probably early to do some scoreboard watching but Texas has lost. If we win we’ll be all alone in 1st place

DowningDude
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1 month ago

At this pace ….

Born_in_59
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1 month ago

I know that Sandoval has caught a lot of heat from commentators, but save for that start against Baltimore, he’s been average or slightly above average so far. In three starts since that disaster, he’s pitched 15.67 innings and allowed 7 runs (RA9 of 4.02), 13 hits, 7 walks (WHIP of 1.277) and struck out 16. While that doesn’t match his best, it’s far better than last season so I am encouraged. And if anyone has that hopium pipe, please pass it my way.

Angelz4ever
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1 month ago

There once was a man from Millville,
Who the Angels drafted late as a steal,
He was accounted as fading,
Through team’s pitchers he’s now wading,
Perhaps the 2024 MVP he will seal

Last edited 1 month ago by Angelz4ever
Cowboy26
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1 month ago

A shout out to Dorrell Norman Elvert “Whitey” Herzog who passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 92. Everyone knows what an incredible HOF manager he was but Herzog had a few Angel tie ins. Not just his short and mediocre tenure as co-GM ( still confused how the Angels ever thought that would work) but he was also our 3B coach under Bobby Winkles and Dick Williams. He is one of the few Angel Managers ( a 4 game stint as an interim manager) that finished his Angel managing career with a .500 or better record.

Herzog was also a scout with the Kansas City A’s and worked in the front office in player personnel with the Mets. He claimed in his book, “White Rat” that he was on a family vacation when the Mets traded Nolan Ryan to the Halos for Jimmy Fregosi and maintained that if he hadn’t been away from the team during that time he would have never let that trade happen since he knew how great the Express would ultimately come.

R.I.P Whitey

Last edited 1 month ago by Cowboy26
Angelz4ever
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He was gruff back in the day, but would end up making you laugh if you listened long enough.

FungoAle
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1 month ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Yeah, I liked his gruff style. One of the good ones..

Jeff Joiner
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Those mid 80s Cardinals teams are some of the first I remember. Contact, speed, and defense. A truly beautiful style of baseball.

RIP Whitey.

Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago

I like this one

Angelstan
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1 month ago

Nice, although Moniak is hitting fifth. He’s in the lineup for defense with Trout doing DH. And they obviously wanted to plug a lefty in. But Moniak doesn’t hit fifth in any lineup at this point. I hope he plays well through.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Angelstan

Lets hope this will inspire the Mick.

Angelstan
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yes

JackFrost
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah, that late AB last night with the guy on 3rd was absolutely brutal.

Undisciplined, chased a pitcher’s pitch out of the zone etc…

I hope he turns it around…

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Angelstan

Should be O’Hoppe in front of Mickey

Pineapple12
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1 month ago

Very fun lineup. Probably my favorite thus far.

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Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Probably a line up generated through necessity between Schanuel’s struggles and Drury’s ouchie.

jco
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jco
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

True, but Hicks could have been in there.

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Nothing to lose, neither of those guys are hitting right now.

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Fun line up was exactly my take as well.

smithy610
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1 month ago

Good to see Moniak and Adell playing together, instead of being subbed for each other.

Obviously Sano at cleanup is not sustainable for the entire season, but I don’t fault Wash going with the hot hand right now.

And yes, he has succumbed to the temptation. That’s quite a leap for Logan in the batting order.

FungoAle
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1 month ago

Wash! The 15 WAR version is back baby.

TrojanBoiler
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1 month ago

Damn going to miss the first part of the game by the time I get home too. Bummer. This lineup is beautiful.

smithy610
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1 month ago

It’s easy to see why the org is reluctant to let Thaiss go, and why they continue to find ways to keep him on the team. Obviously, the ship has sailed on Thaiss being an everyday player, but he’s a very serviceable backup, and the org is right to think that he will easily be claimed if put on waivers. I know Logan is young, but that shouldn’t be the reason to run him down to the ground this season. Thaiss should get more games as a backup, maybe the 3rd or 4th game coming into a rest day or travel day. They need to pace Logan so the kid’s offense also don’t suffer.

jco
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jco
1 month ago
Reply to  smithy610

At this point, they’ve salvaged Thaiss. I would hope that they haven’t even thought about putting Thaiss on waivers since the O’Hoppe injury last year. After last season, he was pretty clearly the second best catcher in the org.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  jco

Actually Matty started last season off phenomenally with the bat . He had an OPS of .803 thru June 12 last year until the rigors of catching most of the games after Logan’s injury started taking its toll. From the middle of June until the end of his season ( which ended for him on September 14) Thaiss withered to a .150 batting average and a .532 OPS.

But I’m with you Mr. Smithy, Wash needs to mange both of our catchers work load better ( Wallach is already on the IL down at Salt Lake) so we aint coaxing Kurt Suzuki out of retirement just to get through the season

jco
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jco
1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That’s true. I just meant that before O’Hoppe was injured on April 20 last year, the Angels had Stassi, O’Hoppe, and Thaiss (who had no options). Prior to the injury, there was the possibility that Thaiss would need to be waived if Stassi were healthy. After the injury, there was never a point in which the Angels should have considered putting Thaiss on waivers.

O’Hoppe was the next starting catcher and Thaiss should be the backup.

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Matt is a guy who is a great example of someone who can be very effective if he doesn’t play too much.

tanana40
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1 month ago
Reply to  smithy610

I would give Thaiss some at-bats at DH against righties. Play the hot hand until he quits hitting.

FungoAle
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1 month ago
Reply to  smithy610

In Operation Minasian 2024 Offseason Penny-Pinching mode, Thaiss was a no-brainer and made the cut. But is he a “good” catcher? Seems to have the arm strength, exchange and POP times are pretty good but elsewhere a bit challenged; errors, PBs, and caught stealing percentage. Serviceable, I think you nailed it.

Forget the bat, though. Has a little pop but whiff rate high, any hit is a bonus.

TrojanBoiler
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1 month ago

Mike’s BA with RISP is still atrocious and is still in a massive downward slide over the last few years compared to his career average. The HR last night was great but I am not going to believe he is clutch again just yet.

Career .307 hitter with RISP
2022: .243
2023: .214
2024: .143

On the bright side, his contact numbers have been significantly better this year, both in zone and especially out of zone. So something is working.

JackFrost
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1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

I think you need to specify how you define “clutch.” If you are only looking at RISP situations I don’t think it jibes with clutch. For most of us it means high-leverage AB’s late in the game (let’s say 7th inning on) where the game is tied or your team is behind by 1 or 2 runs and the batter has the opportunity to tie it or give you the lead.

Now, the general RISP numbers for Trout may be higher than for those situations I described, but they could also be lower.

Last edited 1 month ago by JackFrost
jco
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jco
1 month ago
Reply to  JackFrost

It’s also only a handful of PAs this year.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Career wise. if you look at his Late & Close stats which are defined as:

Late-inning pressure situations are defined as any at-bat in the seventh inning or later where the batter’s team trails by three runs or fewer, is tied or is ahead by only one run. If the bases are loaded and the batting team trails by four runs,

His Career OPS is still very good at .877 . His career OPS with RISP and 2 outs are also very good at .900. I think it’s primarily been the last 2 years that he has been extremely poor in these situations. I’m hoping he has new life now to lead the team.

TrojanBoiler
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1 month ago
Reply to  JackFrost

High leverage, per Fan Graphs data

Career avg: .294
Last 5 years: .150, .222, .214, .240, .200

I don’t see any easy way to look this up using OPS and I’m too GA to do it year by year.

FungoAle
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1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Higher contract rates have my ears perked up. I like it.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I prefer higher contact rates over higher contract rates. The GOAT already makes a shitpile of money

FungoAle
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He’s no GOAT, his fade has cost him, historically. Oh, unless you are talking Angel GOAT.

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Yes, but how much really though. He’s currently 50th all time in WAR at 86.4. Where did you think he’ll end up. 111 puts him in the top 20 all time. He would need 120 for the top 15 and 132 to be in the top 10. Not sure I ever saw him reaching 132 but maybe 120. He’s very likely to finish with at least 20-25 more WAR which puts him within striking distance of the top 20 which is Tom Seaver, Mickey Mantle, Lew Gehrig territory. All the guys ahead of that played into their 40s and were productive in their mid and late 30s, and played for more than 20 years. If Trout plays until he’s 40 and is productive most of the way, he would be there but I’m not sure even healthy if I ever saw him playing past this contract. He’ll still probably have 500 HRs but not 600, but his value was never wrapped up in counting numbers. OPS+ wise I think he’s 7th or 8th all time and the 2nd best right handed hitter ever. I would say that’s pretty elite. If he flames out and doesn’t reach 100 that might impact things. We’ll see if he goes on a 4 year run starting this year.

Last edited 1 month ago by Roy Hobbs
Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago

How did we not emerge as champions in 1982? Thinking about the Oakland stadium makes me recall the last time my Dad and I took in a game together. The box score was easy enough to find, August 15, 1982. The lineup:
Downing, Carew, Jackson, De Cinces, Lynn, Baylor, Grich, Ferguson, Foli.

I still think of that team as one of the three greatest Angel squads, along with 1986 and 2002.

Twebur
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1 month ago

How did we not emerge as champions in 1982?

…trAdition

halofansince1978
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1 month ago
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He stood there like a house on the side of the road.

RexFregosi
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1 month ago

and Ryan went 16-12, threw 250 innings with a 3.17 ERA…….oh wait

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago

Those are my favorites

jco
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jco
1 month ago

Ferguson? Yes he was on the team, but Boone was the primary catcher.

Answer: because anything can happen in a 5 game series against a good opponent.

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago
Reply to  jco

Gorman Thomas

Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago
Reply to  jco

Ferguson in that particular game.

jco
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jco
1 month ago

Re: Ferguson, It would have helped if I had read your post correctly. I do tend to agree that the 82 team had the best lineup in Angels history.

tanana40
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1 month ago

I believe that Reggie Jackson once said that the 1982 Angels was the best team that he ever played on. That is saying something.

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago
Reply to  tanana40

That team was loaded

Cowboy26
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1 month ago

But the pitching was pretty weak sauce. We ran out 4 starting pitchers that were 35 years or older including a 39 year old Tommy John. And after Aase blew out his arm, that left us with Luis Sanchez, Andy Hassler & Doug Corbett manning the backend of our bullpen.

Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Excellent point. The game I mentioned was started by Ken Forsch and was lost in the 9th when Page homered off Dave Goltz

Roy Hobbs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Those were the days my friend  🙂 

Dogface1956
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1 month ago

Two words Gene Mauch and his shuffling the pitching rotation after the Angels took a 2-0 lead in the series. That guy was terrible when it came to handling pitching staffs going back to 1964 Phillies.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

Yep. skipping over Kenny Forsch and bringing back Tommy John and Bruce Kison on 3 days rest for games 4 & 5 will always haunt me.

As I have mentioned before, It still haunts Kenny Forsch at least thats what he made quite clear to me a few years back.

halofansince1978
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We’re not even going to start on 1986…right?

RIP Donny

Dogface1956
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1 month ago

Again, Mauch mismanaged his pitching, he could not resist tinkering with the rotation. He managed the little ball great, and got the best with hit and run or bunting, but handling his pitching staff was always terrible and cost him 3 times.

TrojanBoiler
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1 month ago

Randazzo is mostly great but he still says “base hit” almost every time someone hits an obvious extra base hit. It drives me absolutely crazy.

smithy610
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1 month ago

So good to see Trout being Vintage Trout again. That was a no-doubter! I think the man has a HUGE chip on his shoulders and wants to prove everyone wrong – washed up, always injured, his star teammate left looking for greener pastures, etc, and it made him like the Hulk! I like angry Trout!

Good work also by Sandoval, Cimber and Garcia to keep the game close enough for the offense to be able to eventually score some runs, especially Sandy who really kept it together, and focused on getting outs. That 8th inning was a thing of beauty. After the HR, it was hit, hit, out, walk, hit. Like a thousand paper cuts to the pitcher. Kudos to Thaiss for being patient, fouling off close balls, and waiting for his pitch to drive.

I think I like seeing Rendon-Trout-Ward in the 1-3 spots. Give the most ABs to the best hitters of the team. And tbf to Sano, he’s produced when he’s playing. And it’s kind of hard to argue against his playing time because it’s not like Schanuel is on fire right now. It’s a different situation with Hicks. Dumb moments aside, I think both Moniak and Adell has hit acceptable enough to warrant more regular playing time, and get them into a groove.

If Rendon-Trout-Ward hits like this for most of the season, AND more importantly, stays healthy, Angels would have 3 legit CPOY contenders.

Angelz4ever
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1 month ago
Reply to  smithy610

A very motivated Trout will not stay a secret for very long.

Twebur
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1 month ago

Whitey Herzog known as “Whiteyball,” has died. He was 92.

jco
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jco
1 month ago
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In addition to his notable manager days, he also worked in the Angels front office in the 90s.

RexFregosi
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1 month ago
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yeah fun times – the bank teller couldn’t decide who was in charge

RexFregosi
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1 month ago
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https://retrosimba.com/2014/05/21/how-tony-la-russa-can-learn-from-whitey-herzog-mistakes/

After managing the Cardinals, Whitey Herzog decided to extend his baseball career as an executive with the Angels.
Herzog joined the Angels one year after his last season as Cardinals manager. He led the Cardinals to three National League pennants and one World Series title, quitting in midseason with the team mired in last place in July 1990.
Job confusion
In September 1991, Herzog was named senior vice president and director of player personnel of the Angels.
Herzog said he believed he was overseeing the entire Angels baseball operation.
Instead, he found himself in a power struggle.
Dan O’Brien was the Angels’ senior vice president for baseball operations when Herzog was hired.
Herzog thought O’Brien primarily would be his assistant, handling paperwork.
In his book “You’re Missin’ a Great Game,” Herzog said, “I made sure I worked out every detail in advance … I’d be in complete charge of baseball operations: the minor-league system, the hiring and firing of coaches and scouts, the ballclub’s trades and drafts.”
O’Brien thought Herzog primarily would be evaluating players, leaving O’Brien to direct most of the baseball operations, including approval of trades and free-agent signings.
Herzog won the battle _ O’Brien eventually was fired _ but lost the war, resigning before the Angels could become contenders.
Work from home
His friends, Angels owners Gene and Jackie Autry, hired Herzog with the goal of bringing the franchise its first American League pennant and World Series title.
Herzog was given an apartment in Anaheim, but kept his residence in the St. Louis area and did most of his work from that home. He didn’t have an office at the Angels ballpark.
“Whitey doesn’t want to be an office person and he doesn’t have to be,” Angels president Richard Brown told the Los Angeles Times. “My exact words to him were, ‘If I see you in Anaheim in the office, you’re not doing your job.’ He has to be on the road a lot. I’m going to be relying on him constantly to evaluate our young players, and I don’t want him reading scouting reports. I want him evaluating what he saw.”
O’Brien did have an office at the Angels ballpark.
In a March 1992 interview, six months after Herzog was hired, O’Brien told the Los Angeles Times, “You can’t do things in this business in 1992 as you did in 1990 because it’s in a constant state of change. Contracts, more than anything else, keep getting in the way. The talent is probably now one of the easier things to analyze.”
In 1992, Herzog’s first full season with the team, the Angels finished 72-90 and ranked last in the American League in hitting and runs scored.
The next year wasn’t much better. The 1993 Angels finished 71-91. Herzog and O’Brien remained at odds. Bob Nightengale of the Los Angeles Times described the working relationship of the two senior vice presidents as “deteriorated beyond repair.”
O’Brien ouster
In mid-September 1993, Brown convinced the Autrys to fire O’Brien. Bill Bavasi, the Angels’ farm director, was promoted to general manager, reporting to Herzog. Bavasi was to handle administrative duties. Herzog was given the title of vice president in charge of baseball operations and was allowed to continue to work primarily from his suburban St. Louis home.
Wrote Nightengale, “The Herzog-O’Brien conflict was set in motion by the Angels two years ago when they appointed Herzog as vice president in charge of player personnel. Herzog was told that he would be in charge of all baseball operations, but O’Brien carried the title of vice president in charge of baseball operations and never relented in his duties, creating the impression within baseball that no one was in charge.”
Said Angels manager Buck Rodgers: “It was doomed from Day 1 … They are two good baseball men, but it’s hard to succeed when you don’t have one guy in control. You have to have a No. 1 guy.”
(A year later, in a November 1994 interview with Nightengale, O’Brien said he was surprised by his firing. “The thing that I find funny is that people kept saying that Whitey and I never got along,” O’Brien said. “That wasn’t true. I mean, Whitey was never around. He did things his way and I did things my way. All I know is that I was there every day in the office.”)
In his book, Herzog said, “They never told (O’Brien) what my duties were until I’d arrived. He got protective of his job, cut me out of meetings and fought my authority for two years.”
Old-school dropout
With O’Brien gone, Herzog gave an ill-advised multi-year contract to pitcher Joe Magrane, the former Cardinal. (Magrane would have elbow surgery 12 days before spring training began.) Herzog also created a stir by exploring the possibility of acquiring another former Cardinal, outfielder Vince Coleman, who had flopped with the Mets. (It didn’t happen.)
Herzog’s old-school tactics backfired with some players or their agents. He also may have felt restricted by a reduced player payroll. In January 1994, four months after O’Brien was fired, Herzog resigned, stunning the Angels. Bavasi replaced him.
In a blistering column, Mike Penner of the Los Angeles Times opined, “Herzog was baseball’s first absentee general manager _ he ran a ballclub based in Anaheim from his den in St. Louis _ and the best thing he generally managed from there was his leisure time.”
Said Herzog: “I don’t really want to be traveling all over and going back and forth to California or anywhere else.”
Wrote Nightengale, “Herzog was told that the Angels’ budget would have to be slashed to about $19 million, and instead of acquiring players in the free-agent market, he couldn’t even secure his own. He alienated several of his players in negotiations with his brash, sometimes abusive, style. He screamed at starter Mark Langston in a closed-door session. He slammed the phone in reliever Steve Frey’s ear. He bullied agents.”
“He had a great deal of respect and recognition among his peers, but the reality now is that this is a different era, and he hasn’t crossed that bridge,” said Steve Comte, Frey’s agent.
Said Arn Tellem, Langston’s agent: “Whitey’s strengths were finding and evaluating players, but not in the art of diplomacy dealing with lawyers and agents.”
In his book, Herzog took credit for identifying Angels minor leaguers Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon, Jim Edmonds and Gary DiSarcina as prospects and for preparing them to advance to the majors.
Said Herzog, “When I finally handed the reins over to Billy Bavasi in ’94 _ I’d been grooming him to replace me _ he said, ‘Man, you’re leaving at the wrong time. You’re the guy who put this together and it’s ready to blossom.’ I knew it was, but I didn’t need any credit.”

Biggiswrth
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1 month ago

Need some advise here. I’m trying to get my son to all the ballparks, and we haven’t taken him to Oakland yet. Halos are there in early July adn thinking of taking a road trip with him to see the park before it is gone. Any suggestions on where to get cheap tickets? I figure once we get in, we can sit almost anywhere!!!

Angels2020Champs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

How fun! No matter the site, I think the cheapest get me in the door tickets are $25/each for that early July series. To my knowledge, it’s actually kind of difficult to seat jump there as ushers ask to see your ticket and verify location. 2 of the 3 games are giveaway:special event. Best of luck, let us know how it goes.

clover_black
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1 month ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Did that a couple years ago.. Place was packed, lmfao.

I’d just buy through mlb.com, honestly.

horrible stadium but checked it off the list. gonna hit up oracle this year.

clover_black
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1 month ago
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edit.. our section was packed… seemed like everyone was congregated behind home plate, so maybe thats something to consider. who knows. it was awful and trout was injured and of course the angels lost.

TrojanBoiler
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1 month ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Seems to me like you could just wait until the last minute and get something incredibly cheap on stubhub. Nobody is going to those games. Supply and demand has got to be in your favor here.

$25 each for the cheapest tickets sounds incredibly expensive to me for that stadium with absolutely no fan base.

Angels2020Champs
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1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

The internet is at your disposal. Maybe the prices go down but that’s the rate for the 3 game series (cheapest) early July. MLB.com or elsewhere. I’ve been looking at going as well, as awful as that stadium is, just to say I went. Seeing as I got $2 Halo tickets at the Big A last Wednesday I agree seems expensive but is what it is.

TrojanBoiler
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1 month ago

Oh you meant $25 for the entire series? I was talking about single games.

But I just checked and they aren’t much cheaper than that. Tuesday and Thursday games have tickets for $22 after fees but that’s as cheap as it gets.

Still, I think you drag your feet and grab something at the last minute for less. Inventory isn’t going to sell out.

Angels2020Champs
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1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

No I meant $25/ticket for each game was the cheapest to get in. At the moment. We’ll see.

red floyd
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1 month ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Anywhere. The park will maybe have 10000 there at the most. If you buy something in the lower section, you can move wherever the heck you want.

Jeff Joiner
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1 month ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Look on stubhub with the fees then look at the posted prices on the team page. If there’s no discount on stubhub, just buy tickets at the ballpark and save the fees.

JackFrost
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I think you’re right Jeff. With attendance as low as the A’s get that makes the most sense. Now, if you travelling to Boston or going to Wrigley to see the Cubs then it is a different story…

Fleckstein
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1 month ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

At least you’ll get to see where Angels in the Outfield was filmed!

Fansince1971
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1 month ago

We suck!
We’re great!
We are the worstiest!
We are the bestiest!
The emotions daily swing
And then the inmates sing
Based on the daily rise and fall
Of the fickle sport of baseball

RexFregosi
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

“We need some dogs here,” Washington says. “This isn’t a country club. In Atlanta, those guys battled. They were hungry. They were coming to beat your ass. And if they lost, they were mad. You knew the next day they were coming in hungrier. It only took a day — not four or five days — for those guys to reset and dedicate themselves to kicking your ass.”

good article here if it hasn’t been posted
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/39902222/ron-washington-los-angeles-angels-manager

Career .520 winning percentage = 84 wins. That’s just 11 WAR added be Ronco, we may have to adjust expectations in Year 1.

Angelz4ever
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1 month ago

Gotta admit, Sano is raking too. I kinda figured he’d be roster flotsam by now.

JackFrost
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1 month ago

The Angels finally win on Jackie Robinson Day. I can’t remember the last time they won when all players wore 42 — in fact, not sure if they ever have. Good to get this one. Now don’t flub the series up like we did at home after taking the first game !

Angelz4ever
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1 month ago

Last nights win reminded me of when the Halos were the best team against opposing team’s bullpens during several seasons in the 2000s.

I hop we can get there again as we have a few batters that take a lot of pitches and if we can get to the BP, we can crush.

Go Halos!

Pineapple12
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1 month ago

Soriano on the bump today. Get a win and then have Ace Detmers lock down the series win tmrw.

Drury is being evaluated for hamstring tightness, which opens the door for Rengifo to start at 2nd and should net Sano more PT.

Trout: .290/.362/.710, 7 HR, 200 wRC+
O’Hoppe: .364/.451/.523, 1 HR, 186 wRC+
Ward: .313/.333/.612, 6 HR, 169 wRC+

Rendon: After going 0-for in his first five games is hitting .395/.442/.474 with a 168 wRC+ in his last 9 games and .480/.517/.580 in his last six, including five multi-hit games.

Sano has a wRC+ over 100 (118, due to walks mainly) but he leads all of baseball in exit velocity.

Thaiss’s numbers look gaudy, (.444/.545/.667) but he’s played in only 4 games.

https://twitter.com/AngelsWin/status/1780236296872423547?t=XjcBO2ergCfc-Nn8OfdcWQ&s=19

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Pineapple12

Wait – no habla “play the kids?” You are on the starting line-up for the CtPG all-star cheerleading team!

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 month ago

I resemble that remark…hopium RULES!!

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Angelstan
Trusted Member
1 month ago

As to the list of next year’s FAs, if Schanuel doesn’t pan out, I could see Arte paying for Alonso. A guy that can hit 40 HRs is his kind of signing. I can also see it not working out after a year or two.

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelstan

I can see it too. But I think Goldy might be a better fit. Shorter deal and he and Nolan worked together in the offseason.

It’s the same mold as Sano, just a better version of the player. I don’t think you can give up on Nolan, he may need just a bit more time. Remember, he’s less than a year out of college!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Angelstan

Doubt it. Schanuel had just 109 MLB at bats coming into 2024, and a handful of MiLB at bats prior to this season. The 2023 season showed he has potential, but the sample size was very small. He was viewed as being drafted “above slot” by the draft-niks, so it’s not like he came to the Angels with an exceptional pedigree. Don’t get me wrong – he has potential. But 2024 is his first full season in professional baseball. He needs to develop.

Arte could have signed Hoskins this year for insurance at a reasonable $17M per year / 2 year deal. Hoskins produced nearly 2.5 WAR last season, so $17M per year is a value signing. If Schanuel came in this season and did not regress, Arte could have flipped Hoskins for prospects.

Brandon Belt is still unsigned and can be had for less than Hoskins. Belt produced over 2 WAR last season. Why not sign him, give him 4 to 6 weeks to get in shape, and then make the decision on Schanuel needing time in SLC?

It makes no sense that Arte and Perry are doing nothing while the SP beyond Detmers is weak, and the 1Band SS are carrying OPS’ of .431 and .477. With a few tweaks this team could start creating a culture that focuses on winning. Instead we get apathy beyond Washington.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Interesting. As to SP, I believe the team thinks the following: Sandoval is coming around (see yesterday); Detmers looks good; Anderson has figured it out; Canning is working on things — this is the problem. Silseth has potential but was hurt and will be effective when he comes back. Based on same, that’s why they aren’t making wild moves. And they have Soriano too as a fill-in. I’m not saying I agree with it all, but this is likely what they think.

I’m not concerned about Nero’s hitting when the team is .500. Neto has shown me he has a decent swing and can get clutch hits. Schanuel is more of the wildcard but his bat control should prevail. He at least should be a version of Dave Magadan this year (to use a comp from the distant past). As always, we will see. Sano hitting really helps. Imagine once he starts hitting HRs!

jco
Trusted Member
jco
1 month ago

Hoskins didn’t play at all last year, so I get some reticence to signing him.

Schanuel looks like he needs more seasoning to me. I’m not giving up on him, but he shouldn’t be in the lineup right now and should be sent to AAA because he needs to play everyday. Neto’s swings look better and he brings defensive value, so I’m ok with him being in the lineup.

Belt would be a good placeholder at the right price. For now though, Sano or Drury (assuming health) could cover 1B. If I were Perry, I’d send Schanuel to Salt Lake and bring up another IF and then go with Rendon, Neto, Drury, Sano, and Rengifo in some rotation.

I don’t get why Hicks gets so much playing time. I think he should get the least of Adell/Moniak/Hicks because at 34, his best seasons are probably behind him.

I wouldn’t do much on the pitching side.

For the Angels to really be competitive this year, they need a lot to go right. They need the starters to be effective, the bullpen to be good, Trout to be healthy, Rendon to play like his Nats days, Ward to be healthy, and to get some contributions from the young guys/retreads.

They’re not a player or two away from being obviously competitive. They need the guys they have to play better than expected.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
1 month ago

Justin Turner would have been a nice 1 year rental for 1B. Schanuel should have been in the minors this year.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelstan

No way they give up on him this soon.

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelstan

FAs and Arte v2025?

Here’s more likely we draft one of these guys in June and he’s the ALCS Playoff MVP in October:

Nick Kurtz, 1B, Wake Forest
Jac Caglianone, 1B/LHP, Florida

Pineapple12
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

You have no idea how badly I want Jactani Caglianone.

No chance he slips to us.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Stephenson having elbow soreness is like a golfer having serious back pain. It doesn’t work and can preclude everything. Let’s hope somehow it comes around. Very scary though.

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelstan

First report of injury was his shoulder, and now its elbow.

toxic combo there for sure

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Doubt he pitches this year. More dead money.

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