during game four of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

Playoff Rooting Guide: Championship Series

The playoffs march on to the LCS, the round a lot of purists wish MLB had kept as the first round 20 years ago. After seeing how bananas the LDS games were it’s tough to agree. Preferring the pre-Wild Card format is of the “get off my lawn” ilk. To be fair I’m in the […]

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Halo Headlines: Butcher reflects on tenure, Black a potential replacement

The October 15, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Mike Butcher expressing no hard feelings about being let go, Bud Black tabbed as a potential replacement, and more… The Story: Mike Butcher has no ill will toward Eppler, Scioscia MWAH Says: Butch called the ultimate decision to not return as pitching coach “a mutual one,” […]

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Halo Headlines: Butcher and Baylor fired, Reyes elects free agency

The October 14, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team parting ways with Mike Butcher and Don Baylor, Jo-Jo Reyes electing for free agency, and more… The Story: Jo-Jo Reyes clears waivers, elects free agency MWAH Says: The journeyman’s Angels career ends with literally just one pitch thrown. I’m still baffled as to […]

TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 13:  Danny Reynolds #65 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the San Diego Padres at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 13, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Angels Prospects On The Margins

Prospect-watching for fans is a basic game of informed speculation. I’ll watch some of the players in person, some I’ll watch on the computer. Some, I’ll ask some folks within the organization about, and others I basically just have to trust numbers and the internet. I’m an optimistic homer by nature, but there are certain […]

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Halo Headlines: Freese wants to return, a playoff feat is bested

The October 13, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes David Freese’s openness to staying in Anaheim, the matching and surpassing of a Halos postseason feat, and more… The Story: David Freese interested in returning to Anaheim MWAH Says: I like David, and I think he did an admirable job in his two years with […]

during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

The 2015 Angels’ Five Worst Losses

An argument can be made that missing the playoffs by a lone game, as the Angels just did, is the worst outcome for a Major League team. The club misses the playoffs and that sucks, but the added kick in the groin is still picking in the latter half of the amateur draft come June. […]


Remembering Dean Chance

One man who had a hard time forgetting standout Angels pitcher Dean Chance was Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. Once, after he swung and missed at a Dean Chance darting fastball away at the knee, Mantle turned to Angel catcher/pitch-caller Bob Rodgers and pleaded, “C’mon, Buck.  This ain’t fair!” Mantle went 13-for-53 in his career against […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Starter Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Angels Winter Trade Chips: The Prospects

The Angels closed out their season with a number of needs—catcher, second base, third base, left field, bullpen—they’ll almost certainly try to fill via trade or free agency this winter. Trades come with the territory when a team is backed up against the luxury tax limit and has under-performed in three of their last four […]

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 30: The Toronto Blue Jays celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Baltimore Orioles and clinching the AL East Division following game two of a double header at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 30, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Playoff Rooting Guide: Division Series

The baseball grim reaper claimed the Angels over the weekend after the Halos failed to qualify for one of the spots in Bud Selig’s Wild Card Bonanza. Your nights are now free to put up Halloween decorations or get an early start on spooky treats or argue on the internet about the best horror movie […]


Overanalyzing Billy Eppler’s First Day

Before Billy Eppler’s introductory press conference Monday, most of us had never heard him speak. We knew his background, and that he came highly recommended, but we’d never actually heard anything from the man himself. This left room to wonder just what kind of general manager he’d be: Would he focus on scouting, analytics, or some […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 21:  Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts as Evan Gattis #11 of the Houston Astros riounds the bases on his home run in the second inning at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

2015 Angels Retrospective: A Legacy of Mediocrity

The Angels won 85 games in 2015.  This will likely neither be a footnote, or even a faint memory among most that publish their works.  It is neither a low enough or high enough win total to remember.  What will they remembered for?  Not making the playoffs.  Is it fair?  Maybe not, but admittedly, the […]

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Halo Headlines: Eppler introduced, Moreno willing to exceed luxury tax

The October 6, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Billy Eppler’s introductory press conference, Arte Moreno indicating he might go over the luxury tax this winter, and more… The Story: Angels introduce Billy Eppler as new GM MWAH Says: We’ll have a more meaty breakdown of Eppler’s quotes later today. There were some interesting tidbits […]

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 4: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers reacts after scoring a run on a Elvis Andrus RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park on October 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Texas won 9-2 and won the AL West Title. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Boxscore Breakdown #162: The End – Rangers 9, Angels 2

Well, I suppose that’s that. After a month of breathless, edge-of-your-seat thrills, the Angels’ 2015 season ends with a whimper. One final Buttercup, if you will. It’s easy to point fingers at the manager in a game like this. We could talk about why Cam Bedrosian was even on the bullpen depth chart for a […]

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Halo Headlines: Eppler named GM, Scioscia returning in 2016

The October 5, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Billy Eppler being named the team’s next general manager, Mike Scioscia not opting out of his contract with the Halos, and more… The Story: Mike Scioscia returning for 2016 season MWAH Says: The initial quotes about Mike Scioscia’s opt-out were all “no comments”, but within an […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #160: Staying Alive – Angels 2, Rangers 1

Against all odds, the Angels live to play another day. Jered Weaver came into Friday night’s contest with a 6.33 ERA in 13 road starts this season and a 4.70 ERA in 19 career starts in Arlington. So of course he threw six innings of one-run ball, keeping the Rangers from the division title for […]