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Los Angeles Angels (2002 World Series Champions)


I give up. This board is too hard to understand.
WTF??? The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I suprise it's not The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sponsored by AT&T.

By any other name
Angels add 'Los Angeles' to official team name

Posted: Monday January 3, 2005 1:02PM; Updated: Monday January 3, 2005 1:02PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Baseball's Angels have a new name, and it's a mouthful: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The switch will "strengthen the Angels' long-term economic health by enhancing the marketability through this metropolitan area and beyond," the team said Monday.

But the American League club's latest in a series of name changes could provoke a fight with the Anaheim City Council. Anaheim officials claim the change breaks the terms of the team's 33-year lease with the city.

When the franchise began in 1961, owned by singing cowboy Gene Autry, it was the Los Angeles Angels. The team became the California Angels when it moved to Anaheim in 1966. In 1997, when the team was controlled by The Walt Disney Co., the franchise was renamed the Anaheim Angels.

Arte Moreno bought the team in 2003, one year after it won the World Series, and he wanted to change the name.

The Angels drew 3,375,677 last season, the third-highest total in baseball behind the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
I understood that the change of the name was for the purpose of better marketing. LA is seen as a more attractive "name brand" than Anaheim. So they went and said Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim. Which everyone agrees is stupid....

The other night, I heard Dave Campbell on the radio stumbling through their name, and it got me thinking about the marketing...They obviously missed the number one marketing choice which would not only make them attractive, but give them a unique professional sports name. Los Angeles is obviously not unique. Southern California is not unique in the realm of sports, and it is close to what they used to be: California Angels. That didn't work. So what would've worked? Orange County Angels. I can't believe no one suggested that to them, and I'm pretty sure the city of Anaheim would have agreed to that compromise (they are currently in the legal process with the baseball organization). You've got the movie, you've got the choppers, you've got the OC....This was a slam dunk, and they blew it.
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Everytime I see a walk-off scrum, I think of Ted Ginn Jr. Honestly, I'm surprised it took this long to happen. It's a real shame for the Angels it happened to Morales, he's a key to their offense.

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels - Recap - May 29, 2010 - ESPN

Morales carted off after walk-off grand slam lifts Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kendry Morales took a leap toward home plate and all of a sudden, a jubilant trip around the bases turned into a deflating trip to the hospital.

Morales hit a game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning Saturday, but broke his left leg celebrating at home plate and got carted off the field after the Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle 5-1.

"It'll change the way we celebrate," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It sure was exciting, but you always wonder if it's an accident waiting to happen. This is definitely unfortunate. We've just got to wait and see what we're dealing with. We'll know more information as the night moves on."

"It's definitely not the mood we would expect in the clubhouse after a win, but when something like that happens, it's definitely disturbing," he said. "These guys all feel bad about what happened, but you've got to pick up the pieces and get ready to play tomorrow. It's a lesson for all of us."

A smiling Morales threw down his helmet a few steps from the plate, took a hop and then jumped toward the plate as teammates began to pat him on the head. Morales quickly went down and grimaced as he rolled onto his back. He lay on the ground for at least 10 minutes and waved his arms to the cheering fans as he was driven away.

Cont'd ...
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Yow!!! :yow1:

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I'm usually waiting for someone to get injured in a stupid ass "dog pile" after a win but the home plate leap seemed less risky...unless you land on someone else's foot and snap something.

What an idiotic way to end a season.
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Death of Tyler Skaggs is latest in long list of Angels tragedies

Angel starting pitcher Jered Weaver takes a moment at the banner for Nick Adenhart before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim Stadium on Friday April 10, 2009. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)
By BILL PLUNKETT | [email protected] | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: July 1, 2019 at 5:31 pm | UPDATED: July 1, 2019 at 6:38 pm

The death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs on Monday, July 1, 2019 is the latest in a long line of tragedies that have marked the Angels’ history:

1965 – Rookie reliever Dick Wantz made his major-league debut with the Angels on April 13, pitching one inning in a 7-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. It was his only major-league game. One month later, he was dead from a brain tumor.

1968 – Reliever Minnie Rojas was paralyzed in a car accident that also took the lives of two of his three children. Rojas, his wife and three children were traveling in Miami when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver. Rojas set the Angels’ franchise record with 27 saves in 1967. The club record stood until it was broken by Donnie Moore in 1985.

1972 – Backup infielder Chico Ruiz was killed in a car accident in San Diego on Feb. 9. Ruiz, 33 at the time of his death, had an eight-year major-league career with the Reds and Angels. The highlight came in 1964 when his improbable steal of home during a game against the Phillies contributed to that team’s famous pennant-race collapse.

1974 – During spring training, promising left-handed pitcher Bruce Heinbechner died in a car accident in Palm Springs. Heinbechner, 23, was 10-5 in Triple-A in 1973 and was competing for a spot on the Angels’ roster at the time of the accident.

1977 – Infielder Mike Miley was killed in a car accident in Louisiana on Jan. 6. Miley, 23, made the majors with the Angels in 1973 and 1974, splitting time between the majors and Triple-A.

1978 – Outfielder Lyman Bostock was a rising star when he signed with the Angels as a free agent. He endeared himself to Angels fans forever when he offered to return his paycheck to Angels owner Gene Autry after getting off to a bad start. Bostock, 27, was visiting family and friends in his hometown of Gary, Ind. following an Angels game in Chicago on Sept. 23 when he was shot and killed while sitting in the back seat of a car stopped at an intersection.

1989 – Reliever Donnie Moore shot his wife then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide on July 18. Three years earlier, Moore had allowed a memorable home run in the American League Championship Series, blowing a save that could have sent the Angels to their first World Series. Lingering depression over that game and the subsequent descent of his career is believed to have led to his suicide.

1992 – During an East Coast road trip in May, the Angels were traveling by bus from New York to Baltimore when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. The bus drifted off the New Jersey Turnpike and crashed. Thirteen members of the Angels’ traveling party were injured including manager Buck Rodgers who spent three months in the hospital, recovering.

2009 – Just hours after pitching six shutout innings in a loss to the Oakland A’s, Nick Adenhart and two friends were killed in a car accident in Fullerton.

2018 — After spending most of the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Angels, infielder Luis Valbuena returned to his native Venezuela and was playing in the winter league there when he and teammate Jose Castillo and Carlos Rivero were ambushed by highway robbers. The driver of the car carrying the three players tried to evade the robbers but crashed the car. Valbuena and Castillo were killed.

2019 – Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in Texas on Monday, July 1.

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Now more than ever, Mike Trout knows it's his time to step up and lead

Tim Brown
MLB columnist
Yahoo Sports•July 8, 2019

“Energy’s OK,” he said, meaning his own. “Yeah, OK. Tough week.”

In the meantime, he’d endeavored to be the best player on the field for a week, which he was. Then he’d boarded a flight to another field, where he’d have to be the best player in the world, which he’d be as well.

He’d taken a breath following the inquiry about his energy, one of those inhales that promises a little more life, then exhaled whatever hoped to haul him back to one Monday ago, into that week that followed.

He could be tired. So, so tired.

Inside a year he’ll have buried his 24-year-old brother-in-law and his 27-year-old friend, and some days it must feel like life won’t let him up. It was on one of those days, perhaps, when Mike Trout understood it was his turn to step to the front. It was his time, terrible as it was, terrible as it would always be.


It's been a tough week for Mike Trout and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels. (Getty Images)
He was at the microphone. He was sobbing for his friend, for his teammates, for a community that didn’t get it any more than he did. He was leading them back over the first inch or two, taking hold of their shoulders as his shook, lifting their chins when his was heavy, distinguishing fastballs from sliders through reddened eyes, leading them back into a game and a season meaningful on that day for its soaring insignificance.

He’ll be 28 later this summer. He’ll have played in something close to 1,200 games. He’ll not have asked to lead, or been asked, or insisted upon it. Instead, he’ll have followed well enough and for long enough to be qualified to lead, not because of what he shouts but for what he does. Not because he is so tough, but because he is almost too sad not to be.

Because of who he has grown up to be.

These titles are earned in bad times. Or what may look and feel like bad times. Losing streaks, hollow clubhouses, outsider encroachment, incompetent front offices, they send a dispirited group to the strongest among them, to the wisest, to the one it can count on. Imagine when the real bad times come.

And so he is expected to be strong for all of them on what might be a bothersome day for him too. Or, even, perhaps, on about the worst day of his life.

He arrived Monday with his hair mushed into a Mohawk and a couple days’ worth of a beard wandering about his face and neck.

He could have been tired. So, so tired.

And so Mike Trout drew a breath, convinced himself his energy was OK, and after all that growing up he’d done in the previous eight years, grew up a little more.


The death of Tyler Skaggs stunned the Angels and the baseball world earlier this month. (Getty Images)

“That saying, ‘You don’t realize what you have until you lose it,’ it’s spot on,” he said Monday afternoon. “You don’t know. You just don’t know. Then, for me, Justin [Upton], [Andrew] Heaney and Kole [Calhoun] to get up there and speak, that meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to Tyler. I felt a big responsibility.”

And so the day that found Mike Trout – and he, it – becomes many days, one after the other. He’d just begun to lead, he’s not done yet. And might never be.

“I think the team needed it,” he said. “When the team is down and needs you the most, that’s the time. I learned from guys that paved the way. Now I’m feeling that responsibility.”

So, no, not tired. Energy’s good. He took another breath. It’s OK. He can do this.

Maybe a little tired.

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Jonathan Lucroy carted off the field after bloody collision at home plate

Ben Weinrib
Yahoo Sports Contributor
Yahoo SportsJul 7, 2019, 7:04 PM

The 33-year-old former All-Star was knocked to his back and struggled to get up for several seconds. Athletic trainers tended to him with a towel to stop his bloody nose, but he had to be taken off the field shortly thereafter.

Marisnick — who was sportsmanlike enough to check on Lucroy after tagging home plate — was called out for initiating the collision.

What on Earth was Jake Marisnick thinking?

“A runner may not run out of a direct line to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher, or any player, covering the plate. If he does, the umpire can call him out even if the player taking the throw loses possession of the ball.”

Marisnick’s path to home plate was rather abnormal with a a juke move, and the fact that the throw beat him by so much does not help the case that the collision was not on purpose.

Frankly, it still looks like Marisnick wanted to score the go-ahead run, knew he was out and decided to score by any means necessary. This is why the safety rule was put into place, and hopefully plays like this will continue to be rare.


Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy had to be carted off the field after a collision at home plate. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Angels manager wants MLB to investigate the incident
Members of the Angels were not nearly as generous with their interpretation of the incident. If anyone can sympathize with Lucroy, it’s Angels manager Brad Ausmus, who spent 18 years as a major league catcher.

Ausmus played his entire career before the new anti-collision rules but still has a intimate knowledge of what slides are and aren’t dirty.

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