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  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Mike Moustakas reportedly wants to sign with Angels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels have been tied to free agent Mike Moustakas once again. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday that Moustakas has the Angels No. 1 on his list of teams with whom he would like to sign. A former No. 2 overall pick by the Kansas City Royals, Moustakas turned down a..." November 17

  • The Angels are reportedly seeking a new second baseman

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are coming off an inspiring 80-82 season -- inspiring because they were close to making the postseason despite Mike Trout and Garrett Richards each missing significant time and Albert Pujols decaying into one of baseball's worst regulars. Predictably, the Angels have..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Why a Mike Trout free agent bidding war could've topped $600M

    CBS Sports "For the first time in his six full MLB seasons, Mike Trout did not finish first or second in the AL MVP voting this year. Trout was not among the three AL MVP finalists announced earlier this week, almost certainly as a result of the thumb injury that sidelined him nearly two months this..." November 10

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Angels Decline Options Over Huston Street, Ricky Nolasco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have declined their club options over righties Huston Street and Ricky Nolasco, per a club announcement. Fellow right-hander Deolis Guerra was outrighted off of the 40-man roster, the team also announced. While the news hardly comes as a surprise, it nevertheless sends some notable..." November 03

  • Justin Upton bypasses opt-out, signs with Angels

    MLB.com "The Angels and outfielder Justin Upton have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep Upton in Los Angeles through 2022, the club announced Thursday. Upton's deal is worth $106 million, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. " November 02

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Report: Eric Hinske Leaves Cubs To Become Angels’ Hitting Coach

    CBSChicago.com "The turnover on the Cubs’ coaching staff continued Monday. Assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske has left the Cubs to become the hitting coach for the Angeles, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported. Hinske had been with the Cubs since December 2013, serving as the first-base coach before taking..." October 23

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Phillies Reportedly Considering Ruben Amaro Jr. As Next Manager

    CBS Philly "This would be an amazing turn of events. Imagine if the Phillies brought back Ruben Amaro Jr. as the team’s next manager. Well, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Phils are considering Amaro Jr. for the job. “Other candidates believed to be in consideration for the Phillies..." October 09

  • Justin Upton Reportedly Likely to Opt out of Contract to Negotiate with Angels

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton is reportedly set to exercise a player option to void the final four years of his contract, but he could still re-sign with the organization. On Tuesday, Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reported it's "increasingly likely" the slugger will opt to become a..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Mike Scioscia to return in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "Get ready for another year of Mike Scioscia. The longtime big league manager will return to the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, marking his 19th season as the club’s skipper. This coming season will be a contract year for Scioscia, but a contract extension doesn’t look to be in the cards at the..." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Judge sides with Albert Pujols, who was sued by his cousin for defamation

    Hardball Talk "TMZ reports that a judge sided with Angels DH Albert Pujols and threw out a defamation lawsuit filed by Pujols’ cousin Wilfrido against Albert last year. Wilfrido and his older brother were involved in a police chase back in 2007 that ended up killing another man. Wilfrido was cleared of..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Tigers acquire Elvin Rodriguez from Angels

    Hardball Talk "The Angels completed their trade for outfielder Justin Upton on Friday, sending right-handed pitching prospect Elvin Rodriguez to the Tigers. The Tigers also received right-hander Grayson Long in the deal. Rodriguez, 19, was ranked No. 22 in the Angels’ system by MLB Pipeline. He spent the bulk..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Astros use highly unusual shift against Albert Pujols

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros used an unusual shift to defend against Albert Pujols on Thursday night, and it worked. During Pujols’ at-bat in the bottom of the third, the Astros put three players to the left of second base, moving their shortstop and second baseman to the shallow part of the outfield...." September 15

  • Mike Fiers calls Luis Valbuena’s bat flip “disrespectful”

    Hardball Talk "Chapter eight gabillion in the unwritten rules wars unfolded last night during and after the Angels-Astros game. The subject: bat flips. The Angels beat the tar out of Astros starter Mike Fiers, lighting him up for eight runs on ten hits in three and two-thirds innings. One of the big blows..." September 14

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Yunel Escobar suffers another setback

    Orange County Register "Yunel Escobar isn’t going to be back that soon after all. The Angels third baseman has had a second setback in the last two weeks in his rehab from a strained oblique, delaying his return and the accompanying lineup dilemma. Manager Mike Scioscia said Escobar felt the same type of discomfort..." September 09

  • Angels' Albert Pujols returns to Southern California for evaluation of sore knee

    Los Angeles Times "Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols returned to Southern California on Wednesday morning to undergo treatment on his sore left knee. Pujols missed the Angels’ series finale in Oakland but will be ready to play in Seattle on Friday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels are do not..." September 08

  • Garrett Richards' return encouraging for Angels, in desperate need of rotation help

    USA Today "The wobbly Los Angeles Angels rotation has been seeking a salve, if not a savior. Not since Aug. 28 has an Angels starter completed six innings, and manager Mike Scioscia has been running through so many pitchers — and American League-record 12 on Monday and 43 in the last five games — that the..." September 06

  • Angels' Richards to start Tuesday after 5-month layoff

    Orange County Register "Garrett Richards is past the point of being just a hope or a maybe. After Richards successfully passed his final test with a bullpen session on Saturday, the Angels announced that he will start on Tuesday in Oakland, It will be his first big league game since he pitched — coincidentally — in..." September 03

  • Angels plan to activate Richards this weekend

    CBS Sports "Richards (biceps) is expected to be activated from the disabled list over the weekend, Pedro Moura of The Los Angeles Times reports. According to Moura, Richards' rehab outing Wednesday was impressive as he topped out at 98 miles per hour on his fastball in a two-inning appearance. " September 01

  • Braves trade Brandon Phillips to Angels for minor league catcher

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves traded veteran Brandon Phillips to the Angels for journeyman minor league catcher Tony Sanchez, a deal that Phillips had to approve and did so only after talking with his mother, brother and other family members for hours while the Braves were playing the Cubs. Phillips, 36, has..." September 01

  • Albert Pujols ties Jim Thome on all-time home run list with No. 612

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has been arguably baseball's worst player this season. He entered Wednesday hitting .230/.274/.374 on the season. Yet those struggles haven't stopped him from achieving some milestones. To wit, Pujols homered twice during Wednesday's game against the..." August 31

  • Angels close to a trade that will land Justin Upton from the Tigers

    CBS Sports "The Angels are close to acquiring power-hitting outfielder Justin Upton in a trade from the Tigers, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Several other reports have since confirmed the news, so we should expect an announcement from the teams soon." August 31

  • Angels acquire Justin Upton from Tigers; Cameron Maybin headed to Astros

    USA Today "The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels have agreed to the parameters of a deal that would send outfielder Justin Upton from the Motor City to Anaheim, according to two baseball officials with direct knowledge of the trade talks. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity..." August 31

  • Angels Sign Fernando Salas To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have brought right-hander Fernando Salas back into the fold on a minor league pact, the team’s Triple-A affiliate announced this weekend (Twitter link). The 32-year-old Salas, who was recently released by the Mets after a down season, has already tossed a scoreless frame for the Angels’..." August 23

  • Angels' Albert Pujols becomes all-time home run leader among foreign born players

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night in Anaheim, the Angels routed the Rangers (LAA 10, TEX 1) as they look to remain in the AL Wild Card race. The Halos are 1/2 game back of the Twins for the second Wild Card spot, though five other teams are within 4 1/2 games of that spot as well. It's a very tight race. Should be..." August 23

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Angels' Andrew Heaney set to make first start since April '16

    ESPN "Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney will likely return to a major league mound either Friday or Saturday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in July 2016. The left-hander, who tore his UCL in his first start of the 2016 season prior to having elbow ligament replacement..." August 16

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