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  1. Should we do more? (Add another starter)

    I agree. He has very good GB rates. Upton, Trout and Calhoun would get bored.
  2. Should we do more? (Add another starter)

    Nope, FA or go with what we have. I really like our rotation depth going into next season. I would only do your trade for Archer if they kicked back Colome and we sent them Middleton. No way on Fullmer.
  3. Can Angels win World Series?

    Yes. Will they? Maybe. Same goes for the Cubs, Astros, Yankees, Dodgers and about 5-6 other teams. I'm just glad we've put ourselves in a good position to win a lot more games this next season. OGAAT
  4. Do you love show-stopping desserts? What about show-stopping desserts that are easy to make? Oh, I thought so. Continue reading "Chocolate Pavlova with Whipped Cream and Raspberries" » View the full article
  5. Angels linked to Addison Reed and Zach Britton?

    Just my opinion but if you're going all in, you go with proven talent not a bunch of maybes. Reed and Davis would be great. Would love Britton if we can get him for cheap.
  6. This month, Summer Miller is back and excited to share her family’s meal plans for December. Happy holidays, everyone! Some days dinner inspiration comes together without much thought, while others you stand at the kitchen counter blankly staring to a cupboard full of ingredients with no idea what to pull together. Not to worry, we’ve all been there. Continue reading "Meal Plan for December Week 3" » View the full article
  7. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout dives for a fly ball against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Today the Los Angeles Angels announced they have signed SS Zack Cozart to a 3 year, $38M contract. Now, of course, the Angels will not use Cozart at SS because they have an even better defensive player at the position in Andrelton Simmons (and this is saying a lot because Zack plays elite level defense at SS). Instead Zack will be taking his talents to the hot corner where he will join Andrelton and Ian in what can only be described as a defensive black hole where baseballs go to die. Eppler has certainly held true to his words about trying to fill every position around the diamond with above average defensive players. Barring Pujols he has essentially reached this goal with the additions of Upton, Kinsler, and now Cozart. If you are a casual fan you may not be seeing the full value in the acquisitions Billy has made this off-season and how it contributes to our increased odds of success in 2018. Pictures speak a thousand words and videos speak ten thousand so let us take a little walk down memory lane to better illustrate how truly sick the Los Angeles Angels defense will be next season (note there are offensive highlights mixed into some of these videos): Mike Trout Andrelton Simmons Martin Maldonado Ian Kinsler Zack Cozart Link to MLB highlights, here. Justin Upton Kole Calhoun It cannot be stressed enough how special team defense will be in 2018. Yes the Angels have improved their lineup as well and that should be a more productive unit, one through nine in the order, but this is perhaps the finest defensive team in baseball heading into 2018 and beyond. It will be a real treat to watch! View the full article
  8. Where Baseballs Go to Die

    Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout dives for a fly ball against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Today the Los Angeles Angels announced they have signed SS Zack Cozart to a 3 year, $38M contract. Now, of course, the Angels will not use Cozart at SS because they have an even better defensive player at the position in Andrelton Simmons (and this is saying a lot because Zack plays elite level defense at SS). Instead Zack will be taking his talents to the hot corner where he will join Andrelton and Ian in what can only be described as a defensive black hole where baseballs go to die. Eppler has certainly held true to his words about trying to fill every position around the diamond with above average defensive players. Barring Pujols he has essentially reached this goal with the additions of Upton, Kinsler, and now Cozart. If you are a casual fan you may not be seeing the full value in the acquisitions Billy has made this off-season and how it contributes to our increased odds of success in 2018. Pictures speak a thousand words and videos speak ten thousand so let us take a little walk down memory lane to better illustrate how truly sick the Los Angeles Angels defense will be next season (note there are offensive highlights mixed into some of these videos): Mike Trout Andrelton Simmons Martin Maldonado Ian Kinsler Zack Cozart Link to MLB highlights, here. Justin Upton Kole Calhoun It cannot be stressed enough how special team defense will be in 2018. Yes the Angels have improved their lineup as well and that should be a more productive unit, one through nine in the order, but this is perhaps the finest defensive team in baseball heading into 2018 and beyond. It will be a real treat to watch! View the full article
  9. The Angels signed Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38-million deal Friday, presumably with the idea of putting the longtime shortstop at third base. Cozart, 32, is coming off his best offensive season, hitting .297 with 24 homers and a .933 OPS for the Cincinnati Reds. He made his first All-Star team. He is a career .254 hitter with a .716 OPS. Cozart has never played any position but shortstop in the majors, but the Angels are set up the middle with shortstop Andrelton Simmons and newly acquired Ian Kinsler at second. Having Cozart also gives the Angels some roster flexibility, because he can act as their backup middle infielder. Cozart is a right-handed hitter, so the Angels’ lineup continues to be heavily slanted to that side. They are likely to have only two left-handed hitters in their everyday lineup, Kole Calhoun and either Luis Valbuena or Shohei Ohtani. More to come on this story. View the full article
  10. A traditional holiday drink dating back hundreds of years, eggnog is made with eggs (hence the name), milk, cream, spices like nutmeg and vanilla, and fortified with rum, whisky, and/or brandy. We grew up with eggnog, the kind you buy in a carton, and every Christmas holiday we kids drank up as much of it as we could. I didn’t even know that eggnog was a “spiked” drink until well into my adult years! Even now, I prefer my eggnog only lightly boozed, if at all. So this recipe is only lightly spiked; feel free to increase the rum and bourbon to your heart’s delight, or omit altogether if it’s for the kids. Continue reading "Eggnog" » View the full article
  11. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After day after plugging the most gaping hole in the Angels everyday lineup by getting Ian Kinsler, a sleep-deprived Billy Eppler prepared to leave the winter meetings on Thursday with more work ahead. “There are some more boxes to check,” the Angels general manager said, describing the remaining pieces to find for his position player roster. The search could be even more complicated by the Angels’ likely decision to use a six-man rotation. That eliminates one bench spot and creates a greater need for positional flexibility. “We are trying to stay open minded with position players we add to the roster, and really putting a premium on flexibility,” Eppler said. “If we can acquire a guy who can play infield and outfield, that would be nice.” Assuming the Angels have only 12 position players, at least nine of the spots are taken: catcher Martin Maldonado and his backup (Juan Graterol, at the moment), infielders Albert Pujols, Kinsler, Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena, and outfielders Justin Upton, Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun. That doesn’t include C.J. Cron, because he could be traded, depending on which skills the yet-to-be-acquired players bring. At a minimum, the Angels still need someone who can back up both middle infield spots and a fourth outfielder who can play center. In a perfect world, they could be the same player. “There’s not a lot of those players in baseball,” Eppler said, hinting that “sometimes you can create them,” presumably by teaching an infielder to play center. The Dodgers did it with Chris Taylor and the Seattle Mariners are attempting it with Dee Gordon. Otherwise, there are endless permutations for the players they could still acquire. They have been connected to Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier and Chase Headley. Moustakas only plays third, but Frazier and Headley can play both corners. If they want to get even more versatile, they could look at players like Zack Cozart, Eduardo Nunez, Jose Reyes, Yangervis Solarte and Freddy Galvis. They can all play both middle infield positions and third. As for the pitching staff, while Eppler wouldn’t rule out further additions, he said he has nine starters he’s comfortable starting a big league game: Garrett Richards, Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker, Parker Bridwell, Nick Tropeano, JC Ramirez and prospect Jaime Barria. They also have a bullpen with few relievers who can be optioned, so they’d probably like to add relievers who have the flexibility to go between triple-A and the majors. Most of the work has been done, keeping Justin Upton and adding Ohtani and Kinsler. “I’m liking the groundwork that has been laid,” Eppler said. “I feel we’re bringing in guys who have performed in big environments, played on teams that have had some pressure. That pressure is a privilege, from our standpoint. I like the look of our club. I like the character of our club. Let’s see where it falls.” INVESTIGATING THE LEAK? Major league baseball will reportedly investigate the source of the leak that led to the publication of information from Ohtani’s medical report, which was provided to all 30 clubs during the process that led to him signing with the Angels. Yahoo Sports obtained a copy of the report, which showed that Ohtani had been diagnosed with a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. Eppler said the Angels were aware of the condition, and they don’t believe it’s serious. Ohtani is currently throwing in Japan and is expected to be unrestricted when spring training begins. ALSO The Angels selected right-handed reliever Luke Bard from the Minnesota Twins in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Bard, 27, posted a 2.76 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings last season, at Double-A and Triple-A. “He’s got power stuff, a plus secondary pitch, the ability to miss bats,” Eppler said. “We’re going to give him the opportunity to make our club.” If the Angels keep Bard, he will have to be on the major league roster all season, or else offered back to the Twins… The Angels also selected shortstop Riley Unroe, from Tampa Bay, and right-hander Matt Ball, from Texas, in the minor league portion the Rule 5 draft. They do not need to be in the majors. The Angels lost right-hander Damien Magnifico to Pittsburgh. View the full article
  12. You’ve got the main event covered—some kind of roasted meat, right? But what to serve alongside? Well, here are our ten best suggestions to go with lamb, prime rib, glazed ham, or turkey! Continue reading "10 Best Side Dishes to Serve with a Holiday Roast" » View the full article
  13. The idea was met largely with groans. You know, like a bad joke. The lead of a story in The Orange County Register announcing that an NHL expansion team would be coming to Anaheim concluded by warning “and it could be called The Mighty Ducks.” To the clear-headed world, such a thing seemed completely silly, of course. But then, why not? This was the Walt Disney Co., after all, and there was its then-chairman, Michael Eisner, appearing at a news conference wearing an oversized green-and-yellow jersey from the movie and a cap that read “Coach Goofy.” I’d like to tell you I made up the facts in that previous paragraph and that I made up the quote in the next paragraph. Sadly, though, this stuff is all true. Ridiculous but true. “Whenever I suggest the title ‘Mighty Ducks,’” Eisner said that day, standing behind a podium that featured stuffed Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dolls, “six people tell me no hockey player will play for that team.” Here was the controlling owner of a maiden franchise, addressing the public for the first time in his new capacity, with his fellow owners also listening closely, calling the franchise’s potential nickname a “title.” Frankly, a quarter century later, it’s somewhat amazing that the Ducks survived as such neophytes. This fish wasn’t just out of water. This fish was attempting to swim down the 405 Freeway. It was 25 years ago this week that the Ducks came to be, Eisner officially accepting the NHL-issued birth certificate at a meeting of the league’s owners in Palm Beach, Fla. At the time, Orange County never had hosted an NHL game, Anaheim Arena wasn’t yet completed and, across the street, the California Angels were coming off a 90-loss season in which their leading home-run hitter was Gary Gaetti. With 12. In other words, there’s wasn’t a ton of momentum, the NHL not even expected to award expansion teams at those meetings, Disney making all this happen by insisting the company was ready. Still, the very notion of ice hockey here – despite Wayne Gretzky playing right up the road with the Kings – remained a bit foreign, this Canadian import just another happy transplant from a place with bad weather. But, now, think about this: only three of our eight franchises in the four major team sports were born and raised here and remain today without having ever left, and two of them are the Ducks and Kings. The Angels are the third, a reality easy to forget in a market otherwise dominated in popularity by the Dodgers and Lakers and, in recent weeks, Rams – three franchises that once belonged to someone else. In a manner that feels a little odd and slightly impossible, these three teams are more us than any of the others, their relative lack of all-time championships their greatest shortcoming. They’re as Southern California as the Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Pier and In-N-Out Burger, though not quite as iconic. They’re Metallica on skates, the Eagles in polyester stretch pants – established entertainment institutions founded in the one place that knows entertainment like no other. This isn’t meant to disparage our other five teams. Frankly, who can blame them? They moved here for the same reason as so many others. Because they weren’t lucky enough to be born here. The Chargers left San Diego to return to their original home, and who abandons “America’s Finest City” without a compelling reason? No one, that’s who. Unless you’re the Chargers or the Clippers, who also discovered that the sand is always sandier on the other side of the fence. Sure, the actual explanations for why those two teams relocated here are much more complicated. But let’s keep this simple, the 25th anniversary of the Ducks’ first steps a nice, tidy excuse to recognize the Southland’s Original Three. In February, the Kings will mark 52 years since the day Jack Kent Cooke was awarded an expansion team. It was 57 years ago last week that Gene Autry secured the franchise he would call the Angels. And 25 years ago, Disney bought its way into the NHL for $50 million, which is less than what the Ducks have tied up today in Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Cam Fowler apiece. “We made a movie called ‘The Mighty Ducks,’ which did unbelievably well,” Eisner said back then. “That was our market research.” As lame as the “title” sounded to many people, readers of the O.C. Register submitted a variety of possibilities that were worse. Among them: California Shakes, Orange County Bigfoot and Anaheim Asterisks. Someone also suggested Mice on Ice, but they had to be kidding, right? At a pep rally in March of 1993, as Disney characters danced with hockey sticks and a collection of civic leaders – armed with duck calls – quacked in unison, the Mighty Ducks nickname became official. “See?” Eisner said, excitedly shouting over the clatter. “It’s gonna work! This will work!” Turns out – even though the “Mighty” part has since been dropped – he was right. All these years later, how could we have ever doubted Coach Goofy? View the full article
  14. The Angels have apparently filled their hole at second base by getting All-Star Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers, according to multiple reports. Because the deal has not yet been announced, it’s unclear who the Angels sent to Detroit. Kinsler, 35, is coming off a season in which he hit .236 with a .313 on-base percentage, but he still hit 22 homers and played solid defense. Kinsler is a career .273 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage. He made four All-Star teams, most recently in 2014, and he won the Gold Glove in 2015. Kinsler is signed for one more season, at an $11 million salary for 2018. The Angels have been struggling to fill their hole at second ever since trading Howie Kendrick after the 2014 season. More to come on this story. View the full article
  15. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Despite the alarming news of Shohei Ohtani’s elbow condition, at least one expert said the research suggests the Angels are doing the right thing with their prized new pitcher. The Colorado Rockies recently published a study that detailed the treatment of 72 players with elbow ligament injuries. The 28 who had grade one or lesser grade two strains were treated without surgery, and 93 percent made it back to their previous level of competition for at least a year. Related Articles Angels confident in Shohei Ohtani’s health despite report of elbow injury Angels leaning toward six-man rotation to help all pitchers, not just Shohei Ohtani Long hours, sleepless nights helped Angels win Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes Miller: How much did Shohei Ohtani’s decision surprise the Angels? Even more than you think Shohei Ohtani’s career in Japan: Inside the numbers For Japanese residents in Southern California, a palpable excitement about Ohtani’s decision to play for Angels Ohtani reportedly has a grade one strain of his ulnar collateral ligament, which means the tissue is stretched but still intact. “Based on that study, I would tell you Ohtani has a very good chance of coming back,” said Stan Conte, a longtime major league athletic trainer who now operates an injury analytics program. Conte, who worked for the Dodgers from 2006-15, spoke Wednesday after reading the published reports of Ohtani’s condition. He has no independent knowledge of his medical history. Conte said it’s important to note that this study is a small sample, and it only tracked the players for a year. The strained ligament could be a precursor to a more serious injury, perhaps one requiring Tommy John surgery, in the future. Of course, any pitcher is a candidate for future Tommy John surgery, particularly one who, like Ohtani, throws 102 mph. Conte, who read the published description of the medical report in question, explained that Ohtani has the least serious type of ligament injury. “Grade one is obviously the best not to have surgery,” he said. “Grade three is a no-brainer, you go (for surgery). There are all kinds of variations of grade two.” General manger Billy Eppler said that the condition of Ohtani’s elbow was disclosed on the medical report distributed to all teams at the start of the courting process. He said Ohtani underwent another exam on Dec. 7 at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic, the day before he agreed to sign with the Angels, and the club was satisfied with his condition. Ohtani had a platelet-rich plasma injection in October, and recently resumed throwing, a procedure which Conte said seemed appropriate. “It’s very reasonable to try non-surgical care,” Conte said. Ohtani’s condition further demonstrates why the Angels are likely to use a six-man rotation this season. Eppler, whose rotation has been decimated by injuries the last two years, said he is convinced that giving pitchers five or six days rest between starts, instead of the typical four or five, will keep them healthier. Conte said the science isn’t definitive. “We know guys who pitched on a three days rest instead of four days have a higher chance (of injury),” he said. “Intuitively you would think five days rest would be better, but that’s not necessarily true. Nothing has been proven on a six-man rotation… “I sure don’t think having extra rest is necessarily going to hurt. With all these pitchers going down with injuries, it is time to try some different ideas. A six-man rotation is one. I don’t know what else you can do. You have to think a little out of the box if you are trying to keep starting pitchers healthy.” View the full article