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Bobblehead No. 10 — Matt Shoemaker & his beard

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Kicking off our countdown

Earlier in the week, I kicked off this fun series where I’ll be ranking the best bobbleheads in Angels history. Over the last 20 years, the Angels have given away over 50 bobbleheads to their fans at Angel Stadium.

I figured there’s no better way to commemorate that, than by ranking them! Before we get to the countdown, check out the first article with some of my honorable mentions.

No. 10 — Matt Shoemaker

This was one of...

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MLB & MLBPA agree on deal for 2020 season

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A lot to discuss

With the 2020 baseball season in question, Major League Baseball owners approved of a plan that will address various salary and service-time issues, along with when we could potentially see the season get underway.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have a deal, sources tell ESPN. The players have voted on it already. MLB owners are expected to ratify it tomorrow. An excellent sign that draws a path forward as...

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Mike Trout opens up about coronavirus

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports Happy Friday! Yesterday was supposed to be Opening Day across Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, it wasn’t, but luckily there were plenty of past games to be seen across a plethora of different platforms. Earlier in the morning, Mike Trout caught up with Harold Reynolds on the MLB Network to discuss how he’s handling the coronavirus, and what he’s been up to while on this hiatus from baseball. You can check out the full interview here. Also, in case...

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Opening Day memories: The time Jim Johnson lost A's fans in 17 pitches

The beginning of the end of Johnson's MLB career came out of nowhere.

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Eric Stephen

The best opening day in Angels history

Andy Messersmith pitched two shutouts for the Angels on opening day, including a gem against the Texas Rangers on April 15, 1972 in Anaheim. | Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

Another opening day delayed, 48 years ago

My pick for the best opening day in Angels history happened after a delay at the start of the season, so it’s fitting we remember this game as we wait for baseball to return in 2020.

A players strike in 1972 pushed back opening day from...

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Albert Pujols' chase for 700 home runs up in the air as MLB season pauses

The coronavirus pandemic put the MLB season on hold, and may have totally canceled Albert Pujols' quest for 700 big flys.

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Eric Stephen

A review of ‘Angels in the Outfield’ 26 years in the making

I finally saw the 1994 baseball movie that I somehow avoided for more than a quarter-century.

I went into Angels in the Outfield wanting to hate it, but it still managed to tug at my heartstrings at various points.

I never saw the movie when it came out — the 1994 version, not the 1951 Angels in the Outfield, though I never saw that one either. I’ve seen various highlights over the years — the flapping of the arms, Christopher Lloyd bending the foul pole, Tony Danza’s interesting...

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Eric Stephen

Mike Trout narrates MLB video for “Opening day at home”

From MLB on YouTube

“Opening day may be postponed, but unity, hope, and community don’t have to be.”

Major League Baseball released a promotional spot for its “Opening day at home” campaign, a series of classic games broadcast across multiple platforms on Thursday in lieu of real, live baseball. The video is narrated by Mike Trout.

“Every year on opening day, we come together. To hope, to believe, to be part of a community,” Trout narrates in the video. “Opening day may...

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Eric Stephen

Remembering Angels opening days

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A look back at past opening days on the day we were supposed to have another.

The Angels last won on opening day in 2013, a 3-1 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. The Halos’ six-game opening day losing streak was originally scheduled to have been put to the test Thursday evening in Houston against the Astros, but now is considered TBD.

If and when the 2020 season does get started, the Angels will add one way or another to...

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GM Trade History: Angels’ Billy Eppler

It’s not always fair to judge baseball operations leaders for free agent signings. In many cases, the biggest contracts are negotiated to varying extents by ownership. The same can hold true of major extensions. It’s just tough to know from the outside. There’s obviously involvement from above in trade scenarios as well. But when it comes to exchanging rights to some players for others, it stands to reason, the role of the general manager is all the more clear. In any event, for what...

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Angels outright right-hander Taylor Cole, option four players

The Angels announced a series of roster moves Wednesday, revealing that recently designated right-hander Taylor Cole cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Salt Lake. The Halos also optioned right-hander Luke Bard, left-hander Ryan Buchter, outfielder Michael Hermosillo and first baseman Jared Walsh to Salt Lake. Cole, 30, will have the right to reject the assignment in favor of free agency because he’s been previously outrighted (by the Blue Jays in 2017), but given the...

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Eric Stephen

Angels option 4 players to Triple-A Salt Lake

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Bard, Buchter, Hermosillo, and Walsh optioned to the minors

The Angels made a few more roster moves on Wednesday evening, optioning four players to Triple-A Salt Lake — pitchers Luke Bard and Ryan Buchter, outfielder Michael Hermosillo and infielder Jared Walsh.

Right-handed pitcher Taylor Cole, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A. Buchter was just added to the 40-man roster...

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Watch: Mike Trout nails awesome golf shot from balcony

It seems like Mike Trout has found a way to pass the time amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Los Angeles Angels star is getting in some golf practice while he enjoys his time at home. Trout, a three-time MVP, probably is doing his best to stay in shape for the 2020 season... if and when it is played. In 2019 he batted .291 with 45 home runs, 104 RBI and a 1.083 OPS.

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Eric Stephen

Watch Mike Trout on opening day

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Not live, of course, but close enough for now, at least.

We won’t get to see the Angels play on opening day, but we can at least spend some of the time watching a classic game from Mike Trout. As part of MLB’s “opening day at home” campaign, several games will be shown across various platforms on television and online.

The Trout game in question is from May 26, 2018, when he had his first 5-hit game, against the Yankees in New York. That game will be...

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Eric Stephen

What would a revised 2020 MLB season look like?

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Everything seems to be on the table: start of season, end of season, even the length of the schedule

The 2020 Major League Baseball season was originally planned to open on Thursday, but things have been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of now, officially, we wouldn’t see MLB again until at least early May. But whenever things start up again this year, if they do at all, what might this season look like?

In short, this could be...

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Mike Trout proves he’s the best athlete in the world

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Plus other news

Yesterday, Angels general manager Billy Eppler said that the Angels are not currently holding workouts at Angel Stadium or in Tempe, AZ at theirSpring Training facility. However, the players are doing their best to stay in shape on their own in anticipation of the start of the 2020 season suspended due to the coronavirus.

In a conference call, Eppler said:

“I get a pretty good feel from these guys. They clearly want to be out...

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Shohei Ohtani throwing on flat ground as he recovers from Tommy John surgery

Shohei Ohtani is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery even during the coronavirus pandemic. Players who were in the process of rehabbing or receiving medical treatment prior to MLB encouraging players to return home from spring training have been allowed to continue rehabbing. As part of that, Ohtani and Griffin Canning have been rehabbing at Angel Stadium, Angels GM Billy Eppler told reporters on Tuesday. Ohtani has been throwing off flat ground as he recovers from surgery. He...

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While Shohei Ohtani is improving, another Angels arm is on the mend

Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani has progressed in his rehab to throwing off of flat ground, Angels GM Billy Eppler tells reporters, including Fabian Ardaya of the Athletic (Twitter link). This seems to be in line with the timeline laid out last month, where he was expected to be able to rejoin the rotation by mid-May. Ardaya says that Ohtani could try throwing off a mound again in a couple weeks, which would be early April. And given that mid-May is the earliest the season could start,...

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Eric Stephen

Betting on opening day

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Taking bets on when we might see baseball again

The original opening day was scheduled to have happened this Thursday, but that’s been postponed. The only question is just when the season might start.

When in doubt, check with the gambling oddsmakers. The folks at BetOnline have a series of wagers for when we might see opening day:

A note on the odds — +275 means if you bet $100, a successful bet wins $275; -450 means you need to bet $100 to win...

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AL West prospects that should be on your radar

The delayed start to the 2020 season will obviously have a wide range of massive effects on Major League Baseball. Among them: a totally different promotional timeline for some of the game’s most exciting young players. We will never know how things would’ve unfolded. And we don’t yet even know what the parameters are for an altered season. But there’s no doubting the impact. Typically, opportunities open as rosters evolve over the course of a grueling, 162-game season. Some top...

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