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  1. It’s been a strange year. I became a father in February. The seasons changed without sports to tell me which seasons were changing. Then in July, I wrote the most morbid baseball season preview paragraph in the history of baseball season preview paragraphs: This season will not be normal, and not merely because it’s so short. COVID-19 is thought to attack blood vessels, not hamstrings or rotator cuffs. We can’t be certain how much time any individual player will need to recover from their bout with the virus. We don’t know how well they’ll recover. Unfortunately, we can’t even know if they’ll
  2. The Dodgers weren’t the only history-makers this fall. The Angels wrapped up their fifth consecutive sub-.500 season. Regardless of how you view the 60-game hors d’oeuvre, they never had done that before. In related news, the Angels were 13th in the American League in run prevention. They have been 10th or worse four times in the past seven seasons. In WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched), the Angels have been eighth or worse five times in the past eight seasons. In other related news, the Angels picked 80 pitchers in the first 20 rounds of the 2011-18 drafts. Nineteen of them have pit
  3. 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, themselves, and so it is up to charitable people and donors to help bridge the gap so these childr
  4. Alex Tamin, who had been an assistant general manager along with Perry Minasian in Atlanta, has been hired to work under the Angels’ new general manager, a source confirmed Sunday, Nov. 22. Tamin will hold the assistant GM title with the Angels, although it’s possible the Angels will assign that title to additional staffers also. The Angels had two assistant GMs under Billy Eppler. The Angels also hired Dominic Chiti as a special assistant to the GM and Rick Williams, the son of Hall of Fame manager Dick Wiliams, as a scout. Chiti and Williams also worked with Minasian with the Braves. Tami
  5. The Angels have signed outfielder Scott Schebler to a minor-league deal, bringing in a player who hit 30 homers for the Cincinnati Reds in 2017, a source confirmed Saturday. Schebler, 30, has otherwise bounced around throughout parts of six years in the majors, with the Dodgers, Reds and Atlanta Braves. He had just one big league at-bat in 2020, with the Braves. Schebler has a career .239/.318/.442 slash line, for a .760 OPS. A left-handed hitter, Schebler could become a candidate to provide some outfield depth and balance. Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Jo Adell and Taylor Ward are all right-han
  6. The Angels added outfielder Brandon Marsh, their No. 1 prospect, and pitcher Chris Rodriguez to the 40-man roster Friday, just ahead of the deadline to protect minor leaguers from next month’s Rule 5 draft. Marsh, 22, worked out this season at the Angels’ alternate site in Long Beach, including getting some action at first base to add to his versatility. He is considered an elite defensive outfielder with speed, and he’s made some swing adjustments to improve his offense outlook in recent years. Marsh is likely to make his major-league debut sometime in 2021. Rodriguez, 21, has been plagued
  7. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right, puts up a shot as Lakers forward Carlos Boozer defends on Sunday at Staples Center. There are only a few more days to check out the Butterfly House at the Environmental Nature Center! Rancho Santa Margarita residents wait for the fireworks to start during the annual July 4th Star Spangled Spectacular at Lago Santa Margarita. Snow fell on Saddleback Mountain on Wednesday. The Angels' Erick Aybar is the first out of a double play hit by David Freese during Game 2. Rachel Moore, CEO of American Ballet Theatre in New York, helped develop
  8. <p>It’s an interesting time to be a general manager of a Major League Baseball team. The Angels’ Perry Minasian and the Marlins’ Kim Ng have been working in MLB in some capacity since the 1990s. They were collecting paychecks from clubs long before Chaim Bloom, the Red Sox’s top executive, wrote his first article for Baseball Prospectus in 1997, or James Click did the same in 2003. Those four – Minasian, Ng, Click and Bloom – were the last four people to be hired to helm a baseball operations department.</p><p>Jed Hoyer is not a recent hire, but he succeeded Theo Epstein on T
  9. It has become an autumn ritual in Anaheim, the annual news conference to introduce the next guy who will set the Angels organization right. Two years ago it was a new manager, Brad Ausmus. Last year it was another new manager, Joe Maddon. Tuesday, via Zoom, it was a new general manager, 40-year-old Perry Minasian, a first-time GM charged with reversing a slide that includes five straight sub-.500 seasons and six seasons since the Angels won the AL West and Mike Trout, the best player of his era, made his only postseason appearance. There is, of course, one common denominator. I suspect Art
  10. As Perry Minasian is still getting comfortable in his new office and getting to know all his staff, he must soon address the elephant in the room. How can he improve the Angels’ pitching? Five days after he was hired as general manager, Minasian held his first press conference and faced several questions about how his Angels could succeed where other recent teams have failed. One of the steps, he said, is to look beyond the pitchers when it comes to improving the pitching. “With pitching comes run prevention,” Minasian said on Tuesday. “I think we can’t lose sight of that either. That enta
  11. Perennial Gold Glove outfielder Torii Hunter can add another accomplishment to his resume. Hall of Fame candidate. Hunter is among 11 players to make their debut on the Hall of Fame ballot, which was sent to voters on Monday. A nine-time Gold Glove winner and five-time All-Star, Hunter achieved each of those twice during his five years with the Angels, from 2008 to 2012. Hunter played the bulk of his career with the Minnesota Twins, and would likely be inducted representing the Twins if he did get elected. Hunter is the most accomplished former Angels player on the ballot, but three others
  12. 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 nine years in the Toronto Blue Jays scouting department from 2009 to 2017, and seven seasons as a scout and s
  13. 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 nine years in the Toronto Blue Jays scouting department from 2009 to 2017, and seven seasons as a sco
  14. Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos was thrilled that Perry Minasian, his longtime colleague and friend, got a job running a major league team. Selfishly, Anthopoulos is also happy it’s not with a team the Braves have to worry about. “I’m glad it’s in the AL West and not the NL East,” Anthopoulos said by phone Friday. The Angels hired Minasian to be their general manager Thursday, the culmination of a six-week process that followed a streak of five consecutive losing seasons that cost Billy Eppler his job. Anthopoulos figures the Angels’ fortunes are about to turn. “The Angels
  15. The Angels on Thursday hired Perry Minasian, who spent the past three years as the Atlanta Braves assistant general manager, to be their new general manager, according to a source. Minasian replaces Billy Eppler, who was fired as GM after the Angels’ fifth consecutive losing season. The team then opened up a wide-ranging search that saw them interview at least 16 candidates before deciding on Minasian. Minasian, 40, began his life in baseball helping his father, who was the Texas Rangers clubhouse manager. Minasian then became a scout with the Rangers, before moving on to spend six years in
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