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Enjoy some of the finest content on the internet from our talented writers at AngelsWin.com on our Blog here. From the Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball, our feature stories throughout the season & offseason, to our annual primer series by Robert Cunningham and to all of our player/prospect interviews, prospect hotlists and our annual top-30 prospects list. 

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Mike Trout and the 8 WAR Season

By @Angelsjunky, AngelsWin.com Contributor I like to find new angles on the greatness of Mike Trout - not hard to do, but always satisfying. Here's something tasty for your enjoyment. I'm going to be focusing on 8 WAR seasons. Why 8 WAR? Well, it represents a level beyond just garden variety superstardom. Generally speaking, 8 WAR is either a career year for a superstar or a good peak year for an inner circle Hall of Famer. In other words, it is a good benchmark for a truly great season.

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Three Bold Predictions for the Angels in 2021

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Baseball is back! While the stands may not be entirely full of fans, the players will be taking the field and we have games to watch. I’m excited! It’s been a long year, and springtime and baseball both bring hope and joy for a new and better year. In the past, I’ve never actually published predictions for the Angels at the start of the season. Call me superstitious, but it’s like talking about a no-hitter during a game. I’ve always be

AngelsWin.com Interviews Angels Play-by-Play Announcer Daron Sutton

Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer There’s no doubt that the Angels this year will hit a lot of homeruns this year. With Trout, Rendon, Ohtani, Upton, and Pujols in the lineup, the potential for a lot of offense is clearly established. But the biggest homerun the Angels may hit this year is in bringing back Daron Sutton to help with the Play-By-Play announcing for the Angels broadcasts. Along with Matt Vasgersian, Sutton will form part of the broadcast te

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AngelsWin.com's Los Angeles Angels 2021 Top-30 Prospects

By the AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse (Angelsjunky, Chuck, Dave Saltzer, Dochalo, Ettin, Inside Pitch, Rafibomb, Second Base, and totdprods) One of the great, largely unspoken, tragedies of the 2020 baseball season was the lack of minor league games, which not only led to a lost year of development (for the most part), but the rushing of the Angels’ top prospect, Jo Adell, to the major leagues, where he looked raw and overmatched, to put it charitably. In terms of compiling a prospects l

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2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Starting Rotation

A healthy Shohei Ohtani is a difference-maker on both sides of the ball By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Note: What can I do here, everyone? Hope for Education is a small, targeted charity with a very specific fundraising goal and they are only a short way off from it. Again, I know some of you might be strapped for cash out there, I get it. But I am not asking for much, $5 is skipping a morning Starbucks run. Even $1, is one item less off the value deal menu at your f

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2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Strategy

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Note: I am humbly requesting any donation (even one dollar!) you can make to the Angelswin.com Charity of the Month, Hope for Education! Every dollar can help, so please lend a hand if you are able!   This part of the Primer Series will be difficult to write, at least this year. New GM Perry Minasian, despite his many years in baseball, is a wildcard in the main decision-making seat, which constrains our ability to construct a

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2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Financials

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Note from Angelswin.com: Again, I am making a plea for support, to our family here at Angelswin.com, to provide any donation, even $1, to the AW.com sponsored charity-of-the-month, Hope for Education. If I have to go further, I am willing to take unnatural pictures by tdawg's bunk bed to encourage donations or, alternatively, not show them, at the whim of each individual member of the Angelswin.com family. I know times may be tough for many

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2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Introduction

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer   Special Request from Angelswin.com: This year, after discussion with Chuck, we have decided to tie-in the 2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series with a wonderful GoFundMe effort called “Hope for Education”. This is a focused fundraiser, to help ten needy families in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, obtain laptops for educational use in this challenging COVID-19 pandemic environment. These families are unable to afford these computers

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AngelsWin.com Interviews Angels Prospect Jose Rojas

Interview Conducted By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Here at AngelsWin.com, we have been wondering what life is like for the Minor Leaguers working out at the Long Beach facility. It’s got to be very difficult for those players, going through the same routines, trying to stay in shape, ready to join the parent club at a moment’s notice, all while facing the same players each and every day. One of our favorite stories in the Long Beach complex is that of Jose Rojas. Having

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AngelsWin.com Interviews William Holmes

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer To say that 2020 has been a strange year is clearly an understatement. Not only has it dramatically disrupted Major League baseball, but it has all but shutdown Minor League baseball. The long-term effect of that will not be known for years. As fans, we know that the Minor Leaguers are our future. Their development is critical to the success of the Angels organization. To find out more about how those players who are not part of the li

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Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball

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

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Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler out for the season with a torn ACL

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler of Atlanta, GA is out for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Baseball regular season. The former National League All-Star tore his anterior cruciate ligament while running into second base against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN. Fowler initially was diagnosed with a sprained left knee. However, after further test results, which included magnetic resonance imaging, it was determined that Fowler’s injury was

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A Week in Review: Inside the Numbers

By @Inside Pitch, AngelsWin.com Contributor Interesting numbers.. https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&qual=0&type=8&season=2021&month=0&season1=2021&ind=0&team=1&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&startdate=2021-01-01&enddate=2021-12-31&sort=20,d Everyone who would have guessed Quintana had the best FIP among the SPs, raise your hand?    The Babip numbers for some of these guys are what you'

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Power of Shohei Ohtani shines for the Angels in primetime

The talk from Major League Baseball on the opening weekend of the 2021 regular season was centered around the greatness of their hitting and pitching superstar, Shohei Ohtani of Oshu, Japan. On Sunday night in the Angels’ 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox, Ohtani became the first ever American League starting pitcher since the designated hitter rule was instituted in 1973, to hit a home run in a game. Ohtani’s one-out first-inning blast has been the talk of Major League Baseball. According

Angels sign lefthanded reliever Tony Watson

The Los Angeles Angels increased their bullpen depth on Monday by the signing of reliever Tony Watson of Sioux City, IA according to the Associated Press. The Angels will become Watson’s fourth Major League Baseball team. He has previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants. Watson’s contract is for one season and worth $1 million. Last season with the Giants, Watson had a record of one win and zero losses in 21 games with two saves, 10 holds, a

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Trevor Bauer’s Deal is Bad for Baseball and Demands a 60/40/20 Rule To Evaluate Contracts With Opt-Outs

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Quick! Let’s play a game. Which of these numbers is not like the other two: 40, 45, and 17. If you guessed 17, you’re a winner! If you also guessed that those numbers represent the reported annual salaries for Trevor Bauer is his pending 3-year deal with the Dodgers, you’d also be right. This deal is bad for baseball. It’s bad for baseball on many levels, and as such, if baseball had an effective commissioner, it should voided and rewo

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Cardinals trade outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Angels

Outfielder Dexter Fowler of Atlanta, GA has been traded according to the Canadian Press. In the deal, Fowler goes from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later and cash. The Angels become Fowler’s fifth Major League Baseball team. In addition to the Cardinals, Fowler has played for the Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, and Chicago Cubs. By being traded to the Angels, Fowler will be in the American League for the first time. Just don’t expect Fowl

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Orioles trade starting pitcher Alex Cobb to the Angels

The Los Angeles Angels added a starting pitcher on Tuesday, as they acquired righthander Alex Cobb of Boston, MA from the Baltimore Orioles according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN. Heading to the Orioles meanwhile will be second baseman Jahmai Jones of Roswell, GA. The Angels will become Cobb’s third Major League team. In addition to previously playing three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Cobb pitched six seasons for the Tampa Bay Rays. Cobb will also be reunited with his former manag

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Is Trevor Bauer the final piece?

By @angelsnationtalk, AngelsWin.com Contributor Before we get started let's look at the 5 majors additions the Angels have made so far in 2020. Traded for RP Raisel Iglesias (+$9.125M) Traded for SS Jose Iglesias (+3.5M) Signed RP Alex Claudio (+$1.125M) Signed C Kurt Suzuki (+$1.5M) Signed SP Jose Quintana (+8M) Total adds an additional $23.25M to the 2021 payroll. Here's what is interesting. All of these players become free agents after the 2021 season.  Therefore....

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Angels sign starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the Cubs

Jose Quintana of Arjona, Colombia, has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels worth $8 million from the Chicago Cubs according to the Associated Press. The Angels will become Quintana’s third team he has played for in his Major League Baseball career. In addition to the Cubs, Quintana has pitched for the Chicago White Sox. Quintana did not have a decision in four games in 2020. During his 10 innings pitched, he gave up 10 hits, five earned runs, three walks, and had 12 strikeout

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2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Bullpen

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Special Request: Hope for Education is a small, targeted charity sponsored by Angelswin.com. I am humbly requesting a small donation as we enter the New Year and hope that you are in the giving mood as these kids need help to learn in a safe environment from this very deadly pandemic. Please lend a hand, even if it is only a couple of bucks, it does make a difference. Thank you for your time and attention! Important Note: First of all I

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Reds trade closer Raisel Iglesias to the Angels

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired their second Iglesias in a week. Five days after acquiring shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Baltimore Orioles on December 2, the Angels acquired closer Raisel Iglesias from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Noe Ramirez and a player to be announced according to Madeline Fening of WCPO Cincinnati. Jose Iglesias and Raisel Iglesias are not related. Remarkably, they are both 30-year-old natives of Cuba, who were born one day apart. Raisel Iglesias was born in

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Los Angeles Angels name Perry Minasian as their new general manager

The Los Angeles Angels have named Perry Minasian as their new general manager according to Katherine Acquavella of CBS Sports on Thursday. Minasian had previously been the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Braves, a role he had since 2017. Minasian takes over from Billy Eppler, who was relieved of his duties on September 28. Last season, the Angels finished fourth in the American League West with a record of 26 wins and 34 losses. Prior to being with the Braves, Minasian spent n

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Diamondbacks trade relief pitcher Matt Andriese to Angels

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded relief pitcher Matt Andriese of Redlands, CA to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. In return, the Diamondbacks received pitching prospect Jeremy Beasley. In 2019, Andriese pitched in 54 games. He had a record of five wins and five losses with one save and an earned run average of 4.71. In 70 2/3 innings pitched, Andriese gave up 72 hits, 37 earned runs, eight home runs and 27 walks. He had 79 strikeouts and a rather high WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitch

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Angels sign Jason Castro from the Twins

The Los Angeles Angels signed catcher Jason Castro of Castro Valley, CA from the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. The terms of the deal are one year and worth $6.85 million according to the Associated Press. At 32 years of age, Castro has spent the last three seasons with the Twins. Prior to 2017, Castro played six seasons with the Houston Astros. In 2019 with the Twins, Castro batted .232 with 13 home runs and 30 runs batted in. During his 275 plate appearances, Castro had 237 at bats, sco

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