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Ohtani the Pitcher and Deep Foreboding

September 1st, 2018 · 1 Comment · Angels, Baseball

Media outlets are suggesting Los Angeles Angels fans are excited that Japanese rookie Shohei Ohtani will return to the pitcher’s mound tomorrow night. I am filled with foreboding. Ohtani, the most prominent pitcher-hitter since Babe Ruth, has not pitched since June 6, when he exited a game with elbow stiffness — later described as a […]

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Ohtani: Give Up Pitching, Focus on Hitting

August 5th, 2018 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

It was when Shohei Ohtani hit two home runs in a game at Cleveland two days ago that it became clear to me. The rookie from Japan should stick to hitting. His dream of becoming the first player since Babe Ruth, nearly a century ago, to be a regular Major League starting pitcher as well […]

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Ohtani: Youthful Ambition by the Numbers

April 4th, 2018 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball, Lists

Another benefit of waking up at 4 a.m. in France. West Coast baseball is just getting started! And I stumbled on to the start of the Los Angeles Angels home opener, versus the Cleveland Indians — also known as “Shohei Ohtani’s first game in Anaheim Stadium.” And the Japanese Babe Ruth acquitted himself well, slugging […]

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Ohtani, Pujols and the Angels’ Death Wish

March 27th, 2018 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

The Los Angeles Angels have under contract the consensus “best player in baseball”, one Michael Nelson Trout. For all the won-loss good it has done the club — which has not won a postseason game during Mike Trout’s six full seasons. It appears that one great player, surrounded by mediocrity (or worse), is unlikely to […]

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Dick Enberg and His Place in the L.A. Broadcasting Pantheon

December 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball, Dodgers, Golf, Sports Journalism, Tennis

If Vin Scully had not followed the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles … Dick Enberg would be the best-known sports broadcaster in the history of Southern California. Rather than “the other really good guy in L.A., after Vinny.” This came to mind today after hearing that Enberg died in La Jolla at age 82.

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The Angels (!) and Signing the Japanese Babe Ruth

December 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

The story of Shohei Ohtani just got a bit more fantastical. The 23-year-old Japanese star who seems to be channeling the spirit of Babe Ruth with his demonstrated star quality as both a pitcher and hitter, has signed with a Major League Baseball team. And it is not the New York Yankees or Boston Red […]

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Angels Done: Is It Mike Trout’s Fault?

September 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

About now, we can depend on baseball pundits to pose the Big Question pertaining to another disappointing season by the Los Angeles Angels: Is Mike Trout wasting his career playing for this club? It was a fair question, in recent years, as the Angels found themselves stuck on one playoffs appearance since Trout’s breakout 2012 […]

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Angels Get Upton, Phillips in Unexpected Playoffs Push

August 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

Imagine the confusion in the Los Angeles Angels front office. They knew their 2017 team was bad. It was Mike Trout, Albert Pujols running on fumes, a slick-fielding shortstop … and a bunch of guys. Angels officials hoped the team might be just good enough that Orange County fans would still buy tickets. Mike Trout, […]

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Hold That Thought, Rod

June 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

I saw the headline: Twins Turn Triple Play … and, sure, I went to the video. The Twins were playing in Anaheim Stadium and I wondered which of the Angels’ slugs had managed to hit into a 5-4-3 (round the horn) TP. But what really struck me, as the video began? Well, have a look/listen, […]

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The Headfirst Slide and Mike Trout’s All-but-Inevitable Injury

May 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

Mike Trout played 857 games in the major leagues without visiting the disabled list. Of course, as long as he continued to use the headfirst slide as his preferred means of getting to a base in a hurry … it was nearly inevitable he would hurt some key part of his body. The headfirst slide […]

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