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  • AngelsWin.com

    Mike Trout Wins 2019 Baseball Digest Player of the Year Award

    By AngelsWin.com

    The 28-year-old and two-time A.L. MVP, completed his 2019 season batting .291 with 27 doubles, two triples, 45 home runs, 104 RBI, 11 stolen bases, 110 walks and 110 runs scored. Below is a list of some of his accomplishments in his ninth big league season. Mike Trout finished in the top two among American League leaders in 2019—with 45 home runs (2nd), 100 walks (2nd), a .438 OBP (1st), .645 slugging percentage (1st), 1.083 OPS (1st) and 8.3 bWAR 8.3 (1st)—despite having his season end on
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  • AngelsWin.com

    Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball

    By AngelsWin.com

    AngelsWin.com's Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball When the word went out that AngelsWin.com was compiling a list of the 50 greatest moments in Angels history, my first thought, sadly enough, was to the tumultuous moments in our team’s history: I thought of how the Angels have always been second-class citizens living in the shadow of Chavez Ravine; or how we have spent most of our history grasping at greatness, yet coming up empty. I did not immediately think about the World S
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  • Angelsjunky

    The 21 Best Position Players in the Game

    By Angelsjunky

    By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - Mike Trout By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist Watching Anthony Rendon in the World Series got me thinking about how he ranks among baseball’s superstars, and who the very best players in baseball are. Clearly the best is obvious, but what about everyone else? How would they rank? And how to rank them? What started as a fun little time-wasting personal project quickly spiralled out of hand and consumed some hours of the last few days,
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  • Chuckster70

    Angels Win?

    By Chuckster70

    By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com Founder Over the past 16 seasons, starting in 2004, we’ve watched 2,592 games together since the launch of the website Angels”WIN”.com. Over that time, the Angels have compiled 1389 Wins vs. just 1203 losses, boasting a .536 winning percentage.  While the past few years haven’t been so kind to us, on AngelsWin we have much to reflect on and be excited for in the future as fans. Since ’04 we have witnessed greatness in the form of player achievements, bee
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  • Chuckster70

    AngelsWin.com: New Again (Breaking free of the Twitter & Facebook cesspool)

    By Chuckster70

    By Geoff Stoddart, AngelsWin.com Director of Social Media (better known as: @Spirit) In February of 2004, Chuck Richter, launched the AngelsWin.com site and community forum as a place for Angels fans from around the country and around the world to come and discuss not only the team they loved, but also a wide array of topics that interested them.  As the community grew, the forum became the go to place for Angels fans on the internet to call their home discuss their team. In the years
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27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#18-20: Plate Discipline and Slugging)

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#18-20: Plate Discipline and Slugging)

As has been mentioned already, Mike Trout’s greatness is largely the result of his well-rounded game: he’s a bonafide .300 hitter (career .305 BA, five of eight years above .300), a prodigious power hitter (six of eight seasons of 30+ HR, career .581 SLG), steals bases (averaging almost 25 per season), and is a good defender. But perhaps the key to the entire mix is his plate discipline. Trout is known for his ability to work the count, his pitch recognition, and a rather selflessly patient appr

Angelsjunky

Angelsjunky

World Champion Angels | Classic Rewind: April 5th, 2002

World Champion Angels | Classic Rewind: April 5th, 2002

APRIL 5, 2002 GAME 4 - ANGELS AT RANGERS   By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor   ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Scott Schoeneweis did Friday what Jarrod Washburn, Kevin Appier and Aaron Sele could not in the Angels' first three games of the season -- pitch into the sixth inning.   In fact, Schoeneweis went a few steps further, going into the ninth inning and leading the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the dangerous Texas Rangers Friday afternoon before Vice President Dick Ch

Chuckster70

Chuckster70

World Champion Angels | Classic Rewind: April 3rd, 2002

World Champion Angels | Classic Rewind: April 3rd, 2002

APRIL 3, 2002 GAME 3 - INDIANS AT ANGELS   ANAHEIM -- Cleveland Indians starter Chuck Finley was unable to make his scheduled start against the Angels Wednesday night so he could tend to family matters after his wife, actress Tawny Kitaen, was arrested on charges of spousal abuse and battery.   Finley has 189 career wins, while his replacement Ryan Drese went into the game with one. But what looked like a break for the Angels instead worked in the Indians' favor, as Drese out
World Champion Angels | Classic Rewind: April 2nd, 2002

World Champion Angels | Classic Rewind: April 2nd, 2002

APRIL 2, 2002 GAME 2 - INDIANS AT ANGELS   By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor   ANAHEIM -- Kevin Appier's first start as an Angel won't be one to tell the grandkids about years from now, but the end result was one the Angels will gladly accept.   Appier, who came to the Angels from the Mets in a trade for Mo Vaughn Dec. 27, bobbed and weaved his way through five innings in the Angels' 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night before 20,055 at Ediso
World Champion Angels | Classic Rewind: April 1st, 2002

World Champion Angels | Classic Rewind: April 1st, 2002

By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor    APRIL 1, 2002 - OFF DAY   ANAHEIM -- After a good and relatively healthy spring, the Angels were excited to open the season Sunday night against the Indians. Probably too excited.   The Angels lost, 6-0, but were done in during the first inning. Though settled down after it, starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn was erratic in the opening inning, during which he gave up a leadoff walk and five singles. A miscommunication on a rela
27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#14-17: Traditional Stats)

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#14-17: Traditional Stats)

We’re going to come back to advanced statistics in a bit, but for now, let’s take a break for the old-timers and focus on something a bit more vanilla: The Triple Crown statistics--batting average, dingers, ribbies--as well as runs scored and stolen bases. #14: Batting Average (Active Leaders) When you think of what Trout brings to the plate, batting average isn’t  the first thing that comes to mind: he’s never led the league, never hit .330, although has settled in as a solid .300 hit

Angelsjunky

Angelsjunky

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#12-13: Peer Dominance and Eight-Year Spans)

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#12-13: Peer Dominance and Eight-Year Spans)

We’re not quite done with WAR yet. In previous installments, the focus  has been on Mike Trout in terms of all-time WAR and single season WAR. What about peak era? Specifically, how does Trout match up against his peers over his career, and how does his full-time span of eight  years match up against all-time greats? #12: Dominance Over Peers (2012-19 WAR) Trout has been a full-time player since 2012, a span of eight years. The first Amazing Trout Stat in this installment is 2012-19 WA

Angelsjunky

Angelsjunky

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#7-#11)

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#7-#11)

#7-11: 8, 9, and 10 WAR SEASONS For this installment we'll combine several variations on the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) metric with regards 8, 9, and 10 WAR seasons, each of which deserves its own entry as Amazing Trout Stats. But first, some context. If you want to skip to the five Amazing Trout Stats, they're summarized at the end. 8+ WAR And What It Means Historically One of the things I like about WAR, and probably why it has become so ubiquitous in baseball discussion, is t

Angelsjunky

Angelsjunky

#21 - November 12, 2018: Two-Way Sensation Shohei Ohtani Named 2018 AL Rookie of the Year Award

#21 - November 12, 2018: Two-Way Sensation Shohei Ohtani Named 2018 AL Rookie of the Year Award

On November 12th, 2018 the Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani was named the 2018 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The 24-year-old was the third player in Angels’ history to earn the honor, joining Tim Salmon (1993) and Mike Trout (2012). He also became the fourth Japanese-born player to win a Rookie of the Year Award in the Major Leagues, joining Hideo Nomo (1995), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2

Chuckster70

Chuckster70

AngelsWin.com Talks Baseball and Life with Victor Rojas

AngelsWin.com Talks Baseball and Life with Victor Rojas

Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Right about now, I'd do anything to hear baseball. Any baseball. While the coronavirus is nothing compared to what previous generations went through with wars, diseases, etc. I would just like some sense of normalcy during these trying times. I am sure I'm not alone in this feeling. While this situation is affecting us all, it is affecting us in different ways. For baseball, there are a lot of issues to work through. For

Dave Saltzer

Dave Saltzer

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#5 & #6)

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#5 & #6)

#5: WAR PACE THROUGH OLDER AGES Here are the top five WAR leaders through the next few years: Age 28: Cobb  78.6, Hornsby 77.0, Mantle 74.8, Trout 73.4, Foxx 71.3 (Trout’s 5.2 behind) Age 29: Hornsby 87.9, Cobb 86.4, Mantle 85.1, Ruth 79.4, Rodriguez 77.7 (Trout -14.5) Age 30: Cobb 97.9, Hornsby 92.5, Mantle 91.1, Foxx 83.6, Ruth 82.9 (Trout -24.5) In other words, Trout only needs 5.3 WAR in 2020 to maintain his lead through age 28, 14.6 (or 7.3 per year)

Chuckster70

Chuckster70

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#3 & #4)

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#3 & #4)

#3. WAR7 FOR CENTER FIELDERS and ALL POSITION PLAYERS Related to the two stats above, but worthy of its own entry, Mike Trout’s WAR7—or seven best seasons of rWAR, according to Baseball Reference—is 65.6, behind only Mays (73.5) and Cobb (69.0) among center fielders. He’s surpassed Mantle (64.7) and Speaker (62.5). In other words, his seven best seasons are only behind Mays and Cobb among all center fielders in major league history. Here are the above Hall of Fame average (which is 44.

Chuckster70

Chuckster70

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats Feature Series

27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats Feature Series

Last year I was playing with the idea of an article series that collected 27 amazing Trout stats that I was going to publish on the blog throughout the offseason. Obviously that didn't happen, but I started it and thought I'd share them over the next month or two, as we face a delayed season of indeterminate length. I will release at least two per day, each in its own blog post.  Finally, there is no rhyme or reason. I have a list of 17 or 18 of them so far, and will have to scramble f

Chuckster70

Chuckster70

"Turning Points" Part 1

"Turning Points" Part 1

By @mulwin444 So, I was planning on a bigger piece to kind of encompass everything until 2020 but, with recent suspension of all baseball related activities, I thought this would give something else to discuss...so here's part 1: I always find it fascinating to look back into decisions made by the Angels franchise that essentially define its nature, both within the fan base and from the outsider's perspective.  With the franchise closing in on 60 years, we are now starting to get divid

Chuckster70

Chuckster70

Pre-order Victor Rojas' Millville Meteor Tees TODAY!

Pre-order Victor Rojas' Millville Meteor Tees TODAY!

AngelsWin folks, pre-order your Millville Meteor shirt brought to you by the voice of the Angels, Victor Rojas. https://bigflygear.com/collections/millville-meteor From the the website: The Design: Since arriving in the ‘big leagues’ at the ripe old age of 19 in 2011, Michael Nelson Trout has been compared to a number of different baseball Hall of Famers (most notably, Mickey Mantle). Trout is one of those rare finds that has excelled because of the tools he possesses: hit for ave

Chuckster70

Chuckster70

2020 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Center Field

2020 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Center Field

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer It is at this moment where we need to take a moment, stop to remind ourselves, and extend a tremendous thank you to Arte Moreno for authorizing the largest extension contract in the history of Major League Baseball to lock up perhaps the Greatest Of All Time (the G.O.A.T.!!!!), our very own center fielder, Mike Trout. Thank you Arte! Great job Eppler! Mike we love you! As fans we are living the dream by actually signing our best pl

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Angels Win?

Angels Win?

By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com Founder Over the past 16 seasons, starting in 2004, we’ve watched 2,592 games together since the launch of the website Angels”WIN”.com. Over that time, the Angels have compiled 1389 Wins vs. just 1203 losses, boasting a .536 winning percentage.  While the past few years haven’t been so kind to us, on AngelsWin we have much to reflect on and be excited for in the future as fans. Since ’04 we have witnessed greatness in the form of player achievements, bee

Chuckster70

Chuckster70

2019-2020 Off-Season Starting Pitcher Trade Series: Matthew Boyd

2019-2020 Off-Season Starting Pitcher Trade Series: Matthew Boyd

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer This series will attempt to identify other potential front-line starters that the Angels can possibly trade for and we will continue the series looking at the Detroit Tigers SP Matthew Boyd. Facts Contract Status - Matthew is in his first year of arbitration in 2020 and has avoided the process by signing a contract for $5.3M. If he continues to perform, as he did in 2019, he will likely make something close to $9M in 2021 and, in h

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2020 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Right Field

2020 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Right Field

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer There are only two words you need to remember for 2020 in Right Field: Jo Adell. Certainly Brian Goodwin will factor into the playing time, perhaps even more than we anticipate, but the light will be shining on the Angels top prospect as he is nearly a lock to be called up early in the season, perhaps even cracking the Opening Day roster. As Jeff Fletcher recently noted, the Halos may not even be concerned about his service ti

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2019-2020 Off-Season Starting Pitcher Trade Series: Seth Lugo

2019-2020 Off-Season Starting Pitcher Trade Series: Seth Lugo

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer This series will attempt to identify other potential front-line starters that the Angels can possibly trade for and we will continue the series looking at the New York Mets, SP/RP Seth Lugo. Facts Contract Status - Seth has entered his first year of arbitration control, in 2020, and settled with the Mets for a yearly salary of $2M for next season. After that he will have the additional, standard two years of arbitration control fo

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2019-2020 Off-Season Starting Pitcher Trade Series: Tyler Mahle

2019-2020 Off-Season Starting Pitcher Trade Series: Tyler Mahle

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer This series will attempt to identify other potential front-line starters that the Angels can possibly trade for and we will continue the series looking at the Cincinnati Reds, SP Tyler Mahle. Facts Contract Status - 2020 will be the last season of pre-arbitration control for Tyler. After that he has the three standard years of arbitration control, for a total of four years of team control before hitting free agency. Repertoire

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2020 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Left Field

2020 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Left Field

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer In 2020, Justin Upton will be entering his 14th professional season in Major League Baseball at the tender age of 32 years young. He is one of those guys, like Brett Anderson, that you feel like they have played forever and should be old men but they still have kick and life left in them as they progress through the seasons. Certainly, last year is one of those seasons that Justin would prefer to forget. In 2019, Upton ended a 10-y

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2019-2020 Off-Season Starting Pitcher Trade Series: Carlos Martinez

2019-2020 Off-Season Starting Pitcher Trade Series: Carlos Martinez

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer This series will attempt to identify other potential front-line starters that the Angels can possibly trade for this off-season and we will start with the St. Louis Cardinals SP/RP, Carlos Martinez. Facts Contract Status - Signed thru 2021 on a 5-year, $50.5M ($10.1M AAV, 2017-2021) deal with two additional team option years for 2022 and 2023, for $17M and $18M, respectively, with $500,000 buyout's for each year. Controllable from

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