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Clinching the first division title

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AL West champs in playoffs for first time in 19 years as a franchise

For the first time in 19 seasons, the California Angels are in the postseason. They clinched the 1979 American League West division thanks to consecutive home wins over the Royals on Monday and Tuesday of the season’s final week.

Nolan Ryan overcame three unearned runs early to beat Kansas City, 4-3 on Monday. Then on Tuesday, catcher Brian Downing...

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Angels will take their time with their general manager search

It certainly sounds as if the Angels are ready to shake things up after a brutal run of disappointing results.

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Angels aren’t going to rush GM search

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“We’re not winning games, so something is not right in our organization,” team president John Carpino said.

Angels president John Carpino and manager Joe Maddon held a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, with the most pressing topic at season’s end the club’s search for a new general manager.

Billy Eppler was fired on Sunday after the completion of his fifth losing season in five years on the job. As for his...

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Former Angels in the MLB playoffs

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Tommy La Stella helped prevent history, so that’s something

Since we can’t watch any current Angels in the MLB playoffs, let’s check in on the next-best thing: seeing how former Angels are faring in the 2020 postseason.

Tommy La Stella, traded to the A’s at the trade deadline, had the headlining moment, singling to open the seventh inning, breaking up Lucas Giolito’s perfect game. The Whit Sox prevailed in that one, 4-1.

Matt Shoemaker started Game...

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Tuesday’s American League playoff schedule

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The postseason is here!

The Angels season is over, of course, but there are plenty of MLB playoff games to keep us occupied. We won’t get the full slate of eight games until Wednesday (and maybe Thursday too!), but on Tuesday we have all four American League wild card round series to give us wall-to-wall baseball.

The wild card round is a best-of-3 series, with every game at the home park of the higher seed.

Postseason action gets started with the No. 6...

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Jared Walsh and Mike Mayers take home September awards

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They both were fantastic for the Angels this month

The Angels’ season is over, but they closed it out with some awards. They were one of the hottest teams in baseball for the month of September, and their production didn’t go unnoticed. Not one, but two players took home honors for the monthly MLB awards.

We’ll start with Jared Walsh, who took home American League Rookie of the Month honors. Walsh very well could have won the Player of the...

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Eric Stephen

Week 10: Coming up short

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This season ended like the previous five have, with the Angels on the outside looking in to October.

The Angels managed to stay alive until Friday night, but a weekend sweep punctuated a fifth straight losing season in Anaheim. For the final week, they split six games, beating the Rangers and Padres, but losing all three to the Dodgers.

Batter of the week

Max Stassi homered twice on Tuesday and was 7-for-16 (.438) for the week, ending a nice rebound...

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Shohei Ohtani weighs in on his future as a pitcher

Even if Ohtani doesn’t pitch again, he’ll still have ample value as a hitter.

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Shohei Ohtani weighs in on his future as a pitcher

Shohei Ohtani’s status as a two-way player is in real doubt for the first time since he moved to MLB, but the Los Angeles Angels star refuses to give up just yet.

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Shohei Ohtani still wants to be a 2-way player

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Angels star plans on both hitting and pitching in 2021

The 2020 season was rough for the Angels, but it was especially trying for Shohei Ohtani, whose third major league season was marked by slumps and injuries.

Heading into this year, there was buzz surrounding Ohtani, who was recovered from Tommy John surgery and expected to be the dynamic two-way player he showed for the first few months of his rookie season in 2018. Instead, he made no such impact...

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Angels fire general manager Billy Eppler

Eppler was named general manager of the Angels in October 2015. They failed to make the playoffs over the five-year span.

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Billy Eppler has been fired and never should have been hired in the first place

The Angels had a losing record in all five seasons of Eppler’s tenure from 2016-2020. The best they did was get to 80-82.

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Angels fire general manager Billy Eppler

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5 straight losing seasons led to Eppler’s ousting

After five losing seasons in five years, Billy Eppler is out as general manager of the Angels. The team announced on Sunday that Eppler was fired, with one year remaining on his contract.

Sunday’s loss gave the Angels a 26-34 record in the abbreviated 2020 season, the .433 winning percentage the worst for the franchise since 1999.

The press release from the Angels touted some of Eppler’s deals,...

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September 27: Dodgers 5, Angels 0

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Angels finish 26-34

The Angels got swept in the Freeway Series to end a miserable season, and finished with their worst winning percentage in 21 years.

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Angels swept away in LA to mercifully end their season

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.433 winning percentage is Angels’ worst since 1999

The Angels ended their season by getting swept in Los Angeles, dropping Sunday’s game 5-0 to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Patrick Sandoval took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) with three walks and three strikeouts. Adding injury to insult, he left with a trainer in the third inning, suffering a left calf strain on what should have been the final out of the inning.

Jahmai Jones singled...

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Trout voted Angels MVP by teammates, Bundy best pitcher

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Trout has won team MVP 9 times in his nine full seasons

Death, taxes, and Mike Trout winning the Angels MVP award. These are the constants in our lives — even when everything else is out of whack in 2020. For the ninth straight year, Angels players voted Trout the team MVP, the team announced on Sunday.

Trout this season hit .281/.390/.603 with 17 home runs and 46 home runs in 53 games, and ranked fourth in FanGraphs WAR (2.6). That’s the most...

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Angels vs. Dodgers Game VI chat

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Game 60 of 60

The Angels finish up the season on Sunday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, with Patrick Sandoval starting the series and season finale.

Game info

Time: 12:10 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports West

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Former Angels outfielder Gary Pettis diagnosed with multiple myeloma

He’s currently the third base coach for the Astros

Former Angels outfielder and current Astros third base coach Gary Pettis has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and will miss the rest of the 2020 season. The good news is that he is expected to make a full recovery.

Pettis hasn’t coached a game for Houston since September 15. He was sidelined with hip discomfort. Tests conducted to find out the cause of the discomfort led to the diagnosis of multiple myeloma.

Here was the statement...

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Angels’ comeback in ninth falls just short

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They almost pulled off the rally

The Angels nearly completed a ninth-inning comeback on Saturday night. Entering the inning, they trailed by three runs. They were able to get the tying run to third inning, but their rally fell just short. Shohei Ohtani grounded out to end the game, as the Angels fell to the Dodgers, 7-6.

Dylan Bundy was scheduled to make the start for the Angels on Saturday. He hat a cut on his finger, and the team figured it would make...

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September 26: Dodgers 7, Angels 6

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Angels are 0-5 vs. Dodgers this season

Julio Teheran needed 52 pitches to complete his one inning. Jahmai Jones and Elliot Soto got their first major league hits back-to-back, but the Angels’ comeback effort fell short in a loss in Los Angeles.

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