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  • Angels are getting close to deal with Joe Maddon

    The Score "The Los Angeles Angels and Joe Maddon are close to a deal to make the 65-year-old their next manager, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. More to come. " October 16

  • Angels have hired Joe Maddon to three-year deal

    USA Today "Joe Maddon is a baseball lifer who spent the vast majority of his career in the Los Angeles Angels organization before managing in Tampa Bay and Chicago.  Now, he's returning to his roots.  Maddon and the Angels agreed to a three-year deal to make him the..." October 16

  • DEA Interviews Matt Harvey, Current Angels Players in Tyler Skaggs Investigation

    SI "The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has interviewed several former and current Los Angeles Angels players while investigating the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. According to DiGiovanna, current pitchers..." October 16

  • Angels Considering Mike Butcher For Pitching Coach Role

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are consideringMike Butcher for the club’s open pitching coach position.  " October 16

  • Angels could face MLB sanctions, fines if club violated league drug policy

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Angels could face significant sanctions if Major League Baseball determines that team employees were told of Tyler Skaggs' opioid use prior to his July 1 death and didn't inform the commissioner's office. Eric Kay, currently on paid leave as the Angels'..." October 15

  • 'Everybody's got their own version of ethics': Tipping pitches gets magnified in modern-day MLB

    USA Today "In baseball's new era of big data, high-definition cameras and tablets in the dugout, pitch-tipping – and how teams decipher and share the information – has become less about gamesmanship and entered something of an ethical gray area. It's..." October 15

  • MLB and the MLBPA are discussing opioid testing. This seems like the wrong move.

    Hardball Talk "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are in discussions that could lead to the creation of a testing regime for opioids. This, obviously, comes in the wake of the July 1 death of Angels pitcher..." October 15

  • Alex Rodriguez safe, but ESPN may break up ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ team

    Sportress of Blogitude "Alex Rodriguez, entering the final year of his deal with ESPN, is expected to remain in his current analyst role on the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, but he could be the only holdover from the current crew next season. Andrew Marchand of the New York..." October 15

  • 2019-20 Qualifying Offer Value To Decline For First Time

    MLB Trade Rumors "The value of the qualifying offer will be set at $17.8MM for the coming winter, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic (via Twitter). That’s down by $100K from last year’s mark of $17.9MM. In every prior year that the QO has been in existence, it has risen. The offer price is..." October 15

  • Angels employee says cooperating with feds is 'right thing to do'

    ESPN "Los Angeles Angels communications director Eric Kay, who last month told U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents that he provided opioids to Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, said in a statement to Outside the Lines on Sunday that it's "time for everyone to stand up and take..." October 14

  • Report: Angels employee Eric Kay provided, did drugs with Tyler Skaggs

    Larry Brown Sports "New information in the case of Tyler Skaggs’ death was reported on Saturday that provides more background on the matter and shares the role a Los Angeles Angels team employee played in the matter. Skaggs died on July 1 while the Angels were in Texas to face the Rangers after..." October 12

  • Report: Angels Knew of Tyler Skaggs Drug Use ‘Long Before His Death’

    Sportsnaut "Just a month after it was announced Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of an opioid overdose, a new report indicates the team was aware of Skaggs’ opioid use. According to ESPN’s T.J. Quinn, a public relations employee informed federal investigators that he..." October 12

  • Angels Deny Allegations That They Were Aware of Tyler Skaggs Opioid Use Before Tragic Death

    12 Up "After a bombshell report was released that alleged members of the Los Angeles Angels organization knew about Tyler Skaggs' opioid abuse that led to his tragic death, it was only a matter of time until they released a statement of their own. Angels president John..." October 12

  • Joe Maddon still considered frontrunner for Angels job despite John Farrell report

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Maddon has understandably been considered the frontrunner to become the next manager of the Los Angeles Angels from the moment the Chicago Cubs parted ways with him, and that has not changed despite the rumblings we have heard about the team’s interview process. Bill Madden..." October 11

  • Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

    Hardball Talk "As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we? With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining..." October 11

  • MLB denies changing baseballs used in playoffs

    The Score "Major League Baseball issued a statement Thursday denying the baseballs being used in the 2019 playoffs are different than those used in regular-season play. The statement comes amid concerns MLB changed its baseballs for the playoffs following a regular season that saw record power..." October 11

  • MLB May Have Completely Changed its Baseballs for the Playoffs and Nobody Knows Why

    12 Up "Well, Rob Manfred, what in the actual heck do we have here? For Major League Baseball fans out there, there are few things more thrilling than seeing the ball fly out of the park. The "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" theory exists for a reason, after all. Everyone loves..." October 10

  • Buck Showalter, John Farrell join Joe Maddon among Angels’ managerial candidates

    Orange County Register "Veteran managers Buck Showalter and John Farrell are among the four candidates the Angels are interviewing this week for their managerial opening, a source confirmed on Wednesday. They join Joe Maddon, who remains the favorite for the job. The fourth candidate is unknown. As..." October 10

  • Finding A Match In A Starling Marte Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates center fielder Starling Marte isn’t a perfect player, but he’s a very good one. And he’s now within two seasons of free agency, with the Bucs looking increasingly unlikely to contend before that time comes. The 31-year-old ought to have plenty of appeal,..." October 09

  • Angels expected to hire Joe Maddon as manager

    The Score "The Los Angeles Angels are expected to hire Joe Maddon as their manager in the next day or two, sources told Scott Miller of Bleacher Report. "It's a fait accompli, isn't it?" one source apparently said. Angels owner Arte Moreno wants to hire..." October 08

  • Angels not completely locked in on Joe Maddon

    Sportsnaut "It seems to be a foregone conclusion that the Los Angeles Angels will hire Joe Maddon to replace the recently fired Brad Ausmus. The writing has been on the wall for the past nine days with a report earlier in the week indicating that Los Angeles was set to name Maddon as..." October 08

  • Joe Maddon as Angels manager ‘basically a done deal’

    Larry Brown Sports "The long-awaited hiring of Joe Maddon as manager of the Los Angeles Angels appears to be moving forward. According to various reports, Maddon interviewed with the Angels on Monday, and people close to Maddon believe the hiring will happen.  " October 07

  • Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be posted for MLB teams this offseason

    CBS Sports "The MLB postseason is in full swing, but it is never too early to look ahead to the hot stove season, and a big new free agent will be available this winter. The Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan announced Monday that they will post slugging outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo for MLB teams this..." October 07

  • Joe Maddon's No. 1 choice is Angels

    The Score "Joe Maddon has his sights set on the Los Angeles Angels. Maddon will interview with the Angels this coming week for their vacant managerial position, sources told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The interview will take place Monday, a source told MLB Network's Jon..." October 06

  • Looking For The Best Match In A Mookie Betts Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "First of all, there’s more than a decent chance that Mookie Betts will still be a member of the 2020 Red Sox.  As per Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy, the team’s intention to get payroll under the $208MM luxury tax threshold is a “goal but not a..." October 06

  • League, MLBPA Mull Further Changes To Drug Policy

    MLB Trade Rumors "A slow night in transactional and hot stove-related news allows for a closer reading of the previous week’s industry news, and a Wednesday piece from the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin is certainly deserving of a look, for those who missed it upon publication. In the shadow of the..." October 06

  • Players' union boss Tony Clark skeptical of apparent spending plans by teams

    Yardbarker "After a 2018 offseason that saw countless veterans linger on the free agent vine much longer than anticipated, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark is expecting yet another cooled stove this winter. Judging from comments made to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Thursday, he..." October 06

  • John Gibbons Hopes To Interview For Managerial Vacancies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is throwing his hat in the ring for the many managerial openings across Major League Baseball, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). Gibbons last managed a major league team in 2018 when he led the Toronto Blue Jays to a record..." October 05

  • What Happens When Everyone Can Hit 30 Home Runs?

    MLB Trade Rumors "When I was a kid, prior to the 1994 strike, it was common for about a dozen MLB players to hit 30+ home runs in a season.  The only notable exception was in 1987, when the so-called “rabbit ball” led to 28 players hitting 30+ home runs.  There was an apparent..." October 04

  • Let’s Make This Perfectly Clear: Mike Trout Should Be The American League MVP

    Forbes.com "The regular season is complete, so the annual ritual of explaining why Mike Trout shouldn’t win the AL MVP award has begun in earnest. No, the Angels didn’t make the playoffs, again. No, they didn’t even finish .500. That didn’t stop Andre Dawson from winning..." October 03

  • MLB considering easing marijuana policy

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball is one of four major professional North American sports leagues that still test for marijuana. It also does not allow the substance to be used as a pain-killing alternative. This is all taking place in a country that has seen several states legalize marijuana for..." October 03

  • Angels Fire Pitching Coach Doug White, Bench Coach Josh Paul

    Halos Heaven "Prior to the 2019 season, Brad Ausmus and Doug White were both hired onto the Angels coaching staff. Ausmus was fired yesterday, now it is Doug White’s turn. Pitching coach Doug White has been..." October 02

  • Angels’ managerial search will not be limited to Joe Maddon

    Los Angeles Times "It turns out Joe Maddon is not the only candidate the Angels intend to consider for their managerial opening. General manager Billy Eppler said in a conference call Tuesday the Angels will begin a wider search to find the replacement for Brad Ausmus, who was fired..." October 02

  • Gear up for a lot of managerial changes

    MLB.com "The baseball industry is poised to witness one of the most turbulent offseasons in memory among its managerial profession. On the first full day of the Major League Baseball offseason, six managerial searches were underway. More jobs could open in the coming days as..." October 02

  • Joe Maddon’s availability was not a factor in Angels firing Brad Ausmus

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels announced their decision to fire manager Brad Ausmus after the Chicago Cubs parted ways with Joe Maddon, but one move apparently had nothing to do with the other. Bob Nightengale of USA Today was told by a high-ranking Angels official that the team..." October 01

  • Angels are no sure thing to land Joe Maddon as manager

    USA Today "Would anyone be surprised if Brad Ausmus, shoved out the door Monday by the Los Angeles Angels, actually tripped over the red carpet rolled out for Joe Maddon while leaving the team parking lot Monday afternoon? Within minutes, well, maybe seconds of Ausmus'..." October 01

  • Angels interested in Joe Maddon

    Bleacher Report "Former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon may not have to wait long for his next job. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Los Angeles Angels are interested in Maddon for the now-vacant manager position after they announced Brad..." September 30

  • Report: Angels fire Brad Ausmus after one season

    Yahoo! Sports "The Los Angeles Angels have reportedly fired manager Brad Ausmus, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.   The Angels have fired Brad Ausmus. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 30

  • Ranking Joe Maddon's 10 most likely landing spots, including the Phillies and Padres

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs announced manager Joe Maddon would not come back for a sixth season. Maddon's tenure with the Cubs, then, ends with four playoff appearances and 90-win campaigns, as well as the 2016 World Series title that snapped Chicago's title drought. On..." September 30

  • Brad Ausmus in Jeopardy of Losing Angels' Manager Job

    SI "Brad Ausmus is in jeopardy of losing his job as manager of the Angels, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.  According to Olney, Ausmus' status is currently under consideration by the team’s leadership, with one of Olney's source believing its more likely..." September 30

  • Tim Anderson, Christian Yelich win AL, NL batting titles

    Hardball Talk "White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went 0-for-2 in Sunday’s season finale, but still comfortably won the American League batting title with a .335 average. He is the first member of the White Sox to win the batting title since Frank Thomas in 1997. Anderson slashed .335/.357/.508..." September 30

  • Angels’ Albert Pujols nears the end of a surprisingly healthy season, looks forward to final 2 years of deal

    Orange County Register "Albert Pujols is finishing this season so strong that he’s eagerly looking ahead to the remaining two years on his contract. “I think the way I train and my dedication and my discipline I have in this game, if I am healthy I can play until I’m 50,” the..." September 28

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge tops MLB jersey sales for third consecutive season

    CBS Sports "  Major League Baseball has released its list of top jersey sales and for a third straight year, Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge sits at the top. At first blush, it seems a surprise, but digging deeper it makes sense. Of course a Yankees player is going to lead..." September 27

  • Three Needs: Los Angeles Angels

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re continuing with our “Three Needs” series, in which we take a look at the chief issues to be addressed for clubs that have fallen out of contention. We’ve already focused on the Mariners, Tigers, White..." September 26

  • Mike Trout thinks 2019 was best season of his career

    Yardbarker "Mike Trout may be out for the final weeks of the 2019 campaign, but he still thinks that it was a season for the ages regardless. In an interview with Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels star said that he felt 2019 was the..." September 26

  • Max Stassi To Undergo Hip Surgery

    Yardbarker "Angels catcher Max Stassi will undergo right hip surgery and require a recovery timeline of four to six months, manager Brad Ausmus announced to reporters Tuesday (Twitter link via Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register). That timeline could well hinder..." September 25

  • Angels could pursue Joe Maddon if Cubs don't retain him

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have a big decision to make when it comes to the future of manager Joe Maddon, but according to a new report, one team would definitely be interested in his services if he ends up departing the Windy City. According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Los Angeles..." September 25

  • 2019 MLB Free Agents: Predictions for Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Top Stars

    Bleacher Report "As Major League Baseball winds down the regular season and 10 teams begin the quest for a World Series next week, early work is being done by all 30 clubs on this winter's free-agent class.  Leaving aside the top players available for a moment, the storyline to watch in free..." September 25

  • Astros' Alex Bregman the AL MVP, not Angels' Mike Trout

    USA Today " It’s still called the Most Valuable Player award, baseball’s most prestigious individual honor, but somewhere along the way, the meaning has changed. It used to signify the most valuable player to a team, traditionally a contender, but now it simply goes to the..." September 25

  • Shohei Ohtani optimistic about 2-way status for 2020

    MLB.com " Shohei Ohtani addressed the media before Tuesday's 3-2 win over the A's for the first time since undergoing season-ending surgery on his left knee on Sept. 13, and said he believes he’ll be ready for the start of the 2020 season as a two-way..." September 25