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  • AngelsWin.com Staff Bio's

    Here’s your chance to get to know the staff behind the scenes at AngelsWin.com, your internet home for all Angels fans. You won’t find an All-Star roster like this anywhere on the net.

    AngelsWin.com’s work over time has appeared or been heard on the following outlets: XM/Sirius, USA Today, ESPN, MLB.com, “Under the Halo” – Angels Historical Book, MLB Network, FSW telecast, FoxSports.com, Fox Sports Fantasy Baseball Magazine, MLB Trade Rumors, Japan Times, Mainichi Daily News, Washington Post, AP News, NESN, LA Times, Orange County Register, Press Enterprise, AM 830, KNX 1070 and Yahoo Sports.

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    Without further ado, here’s our winning team’s Sick Lineup…

    Chuck Richter


    Founder, Executive Editor

    Chuck became an Angels fan some time in 1978, when he was eight years old. His step-dad, Robert Holmes, would always look for an Angels game to put on the radio when they were in the car driving around, in the garage working on the car or outside doing yard work, if the game wasn’t on television. Richter became familiar with the players that year and in 1979, when the Angels won their first pennant, Chuck became a lifelong fan. From that point forward, there weren’t many Angels games he missed on either the radio or television. Chuck’s three favorite players of all-time are Chili Davis, Tim Salmon and Vladimir Guerrero.In February of 2004, Richter launched AngelsWin.com, and slowly over time it took off. In 2005, he was interviewed on popular news radio station KNX 1070 to share his thoughts on the name change, as AngelsWin.com was selected to be “The Voice of the Fans”. Chuck was brought back a year later when the Angels were officially named ‘The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.’ In 2006 most if not all regular members of the Angels ESPN message board decided it was time to have their own home for Angels Baseball and moved over to AngelsWin.com for good. A year later, longtime members from the Angels Official Website Forum took notice and they too migrated over to AngelsWin.com and from that point forward, with many more to join later, AngelsWin.com has become known as — the internet home for Angels fans. Another pivotal point in the success of AngelsWin.com was during their 2009 Summer Fanfest, when VP of Communications Tim Mead granted Chuck Richter a press credential for AngelsWin.com. Since then, Chuck and several other writers have been to the ballpark, in the clubhouse, dugout, field and press box covering Angels Baseball, esteemed as a member of the media. According to Tim Mead, AngelsWin.com was the first fan-site run operation to achieve this respected credential by the Angels.

    On a personal side, when Chuck is not spending time with his friends, family and dogs, he’s perusing baseball stats, Blogging about Angels Baseball or involved in discussion at AngelsWin.com, Facebook or Twitter. After living the first 35 years of my life in Southern California, Chuck moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2005, just 25 miles east of Seattle, on the Snoqualmie River. Chuck loves cooking and grilling outside in the summer. He also enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking and water sports, including one of his favorite activities of the year, an annual river float party in the summer. 

    Adam Dodge

    Senior Writer, Satire

    Adam Dodge is senior most writer and contributor to AngelsWin.com. Currently, I’m the director of sales, marketing and operations for an Irvine-based Human Resources firm. I’ve been fortunate enough to chase many dreams through the years, having received football scholarships to both Kent State and NW Missouri State Universities. Performed stand-up comedy in southern California for several years last decade and enjoyed guest spots and multiple hosting opportunities on Angels Radio.

    Adam’s primary objective is to make every moment of every day as fun and enjoyable as possible. He and his wife Michelle are expecting their first child sometime this August and he vows to be completely objective about his child’s appearance. “If my baby is ugly, I’m telling everyone that my baby is ugly.”

    David Saltzer

    Senior Writer, Minor League Analyst

    David Saltzer is a high school history and science teacher and a lifelong Angels fan. His first Angels game came in the mid-1970s and he has been going ever since. He was with the team for the post season run in 1986 and for every post-season game in 2002. He was even one of the few die-hard fans remaining in the stadium to see Dick Schofield’s grand slam against Detroit on August 29, 1986. His favorite moment with the team, though, came at the start of the 1986 season when he threw out the Opening Day pitch to Mike Witt in 1986 representing the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.As the Senior Writer for AngelsWin.com, David covers the Angels from multiple angles, trying to find the stories and issues affecting the team. He covers the Angels Minor League teams as well as the parent club, and enjoys watching the players develop through the system. He writes a separate column for the AngelsWin.com giving his take on broader events affecting the game of baseball. When he is not at the ballpark, he can be found with his wife Robin and his three sons.

    Sarah Wilson

    Columnist, Feature Writer

    Sarah, aka Swilly, was born & raised in Fullerton, CA. She grew up around 20 minutes away from Angel Stadium & found her love of baseball through softball. As her younger brothers began playing baseball, she (obviously) wanted to play too. She started playing softball at age 12, then made the realization that watching baseball & developing an edge on the mental/instincts side of the game could help her improve her game. It would eventually help her reach her goal of playing college softball.

    Swilly went to multiple games as a young kid, but would really get hooked once she reached high school. She would save her money to buy Right Field MVP tickets & carpool with her friends to go watch guys like Mike Trout, Torii Hunter, Howie Kendrick, Jered Weaver, & Mark Trumbo play in person. In 2022, she began making baseball content on TikTok & Twitter, & eventually began growing a following. In 2023, she doesn't miss a home game, tweets in all caps when a Halo hits a home run, & visits sites like Baseball Reference & Baseball Savant in her spare time.

    Ryan Falla

    Columnist, Feature Writer

    Ryan Falla has been covering the Angels since 2010 where he began publishing articles with Monkey With A Halo up until the site owner left to work for the Atlanta Braves front office. From there Ryan took his work to Halo Hangout where he developed an affinity for reporting on Minor League Baseball, namely the happenings over with the Inland Empire 66ers. Ryan's first year with the 66ers in 2018 saw him publish interviews with a multitude of fan favorites including Brandon Marsh, Jared Walsh, Chris Rodriguez, Patrick Sandoval, Jo Adell and many others. Ryan also spends time covering the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for Dodgers 2080. He also posts photos captured from the stadium on his instagram @rmfallaphotos as a hobby.

    Outside of sportswriting Ryan spends his time gigging and recording as a working musician with various bands in the local LA area, most notably Solar Haze who he has toured with and released multiple albums as a drummer.

    Rob Goldman

    Historical Writer, “Once They Were Angels” Author

    A native Californian, Robert Goldman’s ties to the Angels go back more than three decades, and include stints as a team batboy in the mid-seventies and visiting clubhousee attendant. Goldman played baseball at Mendocino college, and graduated with a BA in Theater Arts from Sonoma State in 1988. He has acted in several films, including Dances With Wolves, JFK and Overboard.Goldman is the co-writer of the NBATV documentary Skywalker: The David Thompson Story. Once They Were Angels was Rob Goldman’s first book, and he worked with Tim Salmon to help write Always An Angel – Playing the game With Fire and Faith. Goldman resides in Thousand Oaks, California. Rob also plays the Dodger’s first base coach in “42,” the upcoming feature on Jackie Robinson.

    *You can purchase Rob Goldman’s book “Once They Were Angels” here.

    Geoff Stoddart

    Director of Social Media

    Geoff Stoddart leads the Customer Success division for a global software company. In addition to his role on the AngelsWin.com Board of Directors, Geoff serves as our Director of Social Media and Co-Host of the popular AngelsWin.com Internet Podcast. His humorous and lighthearted approach to tweets and status updates continues to drive awareness of our site and expand our user community. His talents and content have been recognized by both Forbes and the Orange County Register.

    Growing up, Geoff’s family was Angels season ticket holders from the late 70’s to early 2000’s. He was fortunate enough to witness such amazing events as Reggie Jackson’s 500th home run, Rod Carew’s 3,000th, the Langston/Witt combined no hitter, Wally World and of course the 2002 World Series Championship run. Geoff is a single father of three boys and lives in Loveland, CO.

    Taylor Blake Ward

    Columnist, Feature Writer

    Taylor Blake Ward is a published author and sports journalist based out of Southern California. Ward is the author of "In Search of Millionaires (The Life of a Baseball Gypsy)". Ward began covering the Los Angeles Angels and Major League Baseball Draft for Fox Sports/Scout in 2013 and has continued his coverage with multiple affiliates including AngelsWin.com beginning in 2022.

    Ward's career within the industry began in 2012 as the Director of Broadcasing/Media Relations for the High Desert Mavericks. Ward has served as a play-by-play broadcaster for Minor League Baseball and Division III baseball and basketball. Ward's coverage includes Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Draft, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings hockey, and high school football. His work has been featured and published by Baseball America, the Riverside Press-Enterprise, and Fox Sports/Scout.com, among others.

    Ward lives in Lake Arrowhead, California, with his wife, Heidi, and their two pets, Bagel and Stuart.

    Robert Cunningham

    Columnist, Feature Writer

    I had two passions in my early teenage years: Baseball and Astronomy.

    Growing up in Santa Maria, California, my parents and brother exposed me to the Angels and Dodgers through field trips to Los Angeles to watch the games. In the early 80’s, however, I developed an affection, and, subsequently, lifelong love for Angels baseball that has lasted over the years till today. My Angels heroes include, but are not limited too, Brian Downing, Doug DeCinces, Bobby Grich, Mike Witt, Wally Joyner, Dick Schofield, Chuck Finley, Garrett Anderson, Tim Salmon, Scot Shields, Darin Erstad, Troy Percival, Vladimir Guerrero, Chone Figgins, Jered Weaver, Mark Trumbo, Torii Hunter, Dan Haren, Hank Conger (my avatar is baby Hank), Peter Bourjos, and, of course, Mike Trout! Angels players have been, and continue to be, important milestones in the journey of my life and I am thankful for the many kind memories that baseball continues to share with me to this day.

    But back to my two passions, one of which died in 1987. I had decided to try out for the freshman high school baseball team, as a carefree, extremely impressionable young man…. It didn’t go well.

    Coach Moore informed me after a week of try outs that I had been cut. As an experience that many of you are familiar with I took the rejection pretty hard. Perhaps I just didn’t have the talent but, without the discipline and perseverance that I developed later in life, that dream died that day. Coach Moore must have felt bad because he gave me an ‘A’ in my physical education class, that semester, that I really didn’t deserve. Ultimately, however, he did do me a favor that day by exposing me to some adversity and pushing me to my eventual pursuit of my other passion, astronomy.

    Although I took a very long and circuitous route to get there I graduated in May 2010 with my Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and completed a long 20 year journey through the, sometimes murky, waters of life and can proudly lay claim to being a rocket scientist! Over the last five years I have worked for the U.S. Air Force at Space & Missile Systems Center and currently work for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in an engineering capacity. I live in Los Angeles, CA and in my spare time I enjoy “pwn’ing noobs” in computer games, watching Angels baseball, enjoying life with my wife Firozeh, playing with our “babies” (the Shi-tzu, Pomeranian, and Chihuahua) and writing part-time about my favorite Angels players for Angelswin.com under the handle ‘ettin’.

    Ellen Bell

    Columnist, Feature Writer

    Ellen Bell is an author, local historian, and a life-long baseball freak. For the past four seasons, she has written the Afternoon Angel Blog for OCRegister.com where she has covered the game from the fan perspective. A Spring Training Veteran, Ellen and her son haven’t missed a March in Tempe for more than a decade. He used to share her peanuts. Now he wants to share her beer.

    Ellen learned about baseball in the bleachers of Wrigley Field. She still bleeds Cubbie Blue which complements her Angel Red quite nicely. The only time she feared her dual allegiance might be challenged was in the 2008 season when both the Cubs and the Angels began the postseason in first place. Unfortunately, she didn’t have the chance to choose.

    She’s also a contributing writer for Orange Coast Magazine, OCFamily, and Destination Irvine. She writes about local adventures as the OC Day Tripper for OCMetro.com.

    Ellen lives in Irvine, with her husband and their two, almost-out-of-the-nest children.

    *In addition to those listed above, I wanted to also give a very special thanks to Jonathan Northrop, Tim McMahan, John Taylor, Lou Garcia, Scott Stradling, Eric Notti, Kurt Swanson, Toby Hunt, Nate Trop, Brent Hubbard, and Jason Sinner.

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