Armed with arguably the best player in MLB, the Los Angeles Angels are out to prove all the doubters wrong, and make a legit playoff run in 2017. A two-time MVP at only 25 years old, Mike Trout is the heart of this Angels team, and finds himself on a roster with a few solid veterans and a myriad of average players. We all know that once the season is underway, anything can happen, so be sure to purchase your LA Angels tickets and come out to support these guys in 2017. Last year was an injury-fest for the Angels pitching rotation. As the season commences, they are without longtime starter Jered Weaver, but feature tons of depth, as up to 12 pitchers are headed to spring training with the chance of snagging a spot in LA’s rotation. Veterans Ricky Nolasco and Jesse Chavez, along with injury-free Tyler Skaggs and Matt Shoemaker, are part of this large group. Garrett Richards, Alex Meyer and Brooks Pounders will also be competing for jobs as starters in the Angels rotation. In Anaheim, the bullpen is led by 33 year-old Huston Street, who is hoping for a bounce back season after last year’s atrocity. In 2016, Cam Bedrosian surfaced as a potential closer, with veteran Andrew Bailey also a possibility depending on spring training. The later innings will most likely be handled by those three guys, along with the standouts among Deolis Guerra, J.C. Ramirez, Jose Alvarez, Mike Morin, Daniel Wright, and former Indian Austin Adams.
The middle infield is set, with shortstop Andrelton Simmons and second baseman Danny Espinosa, who joined the team this season, from a prior stint with the Nationals. Yunel Escobar’s contract option was picked up for the 2017 season, ending the rotating third base that we’ve seen from this Angels’ team in recent years. He will resume his role at third and could possibly be back in the leadoff
spot as well. At first base, we could see a split between former first-rounder C.J. Cron and nine-year veteran Luis Valbuena, who signed a two-year deal with the team in January. The acquisition of left fielder Cameron Maybin, bolsters an already stout outfield consisting of Mike Trout at center field and Kole Calhoun in right. Gone is Jett Bandy behind the plate, as he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for a more seasoned catcher in Martin Maldonado, who brings much needed defensive and pitch-framing ability to the position.
While it is unclear exactly how the AL West will shape up once the season begins, the front office has attempted to put that all the past drama behind them, and enter the 2017 season with a positive outlook. There certainly is talent on this Angels roster, so be sure to come out and support them this summer. Grab your Los Angeles Angels tickets, a cold beverage, and some snacks and head to the ballpark to root these guys on.
The Los Angeles Angels started playing professionally in 1961. Then they were a minor league club that had been moved to the majors and one of the first franchises to originate in the west rather than relocate. They also, quite predictably, struggled. At the time the American League lacked divisions and the new team could not compete with the likes of the Yankees.
Eventually, the MLB instituted divisions, but even the then California Angels had trouble posting a winning record in the American League West. By the end of the 1970s the roster had Don Baylor, Rod Carew, Bert Campaneris, and Nolan Ryan and the Angels won the West for the first time in franchise history. California won twice more in the 1980s, though they never were able to advance to the World Series.
The team started putting together strong seasons after changing names again, this time to the Anaheim Angels. Then, in 2002, they had RBI-machine Garret Anderson, power hitting Troy Glaus, and talented outfielder and hitter Tim Salmon. The pitching staff that season is not going to go down as one of the best in the history of the MLB, but that summer Jarrod Washburn, Ramon Ortiz, and Kevin Appier had quite respectable seasons. This team won 99 games and went to the first World Series in franchise history, which they won (beating intra-state rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in seven games).
Los Angeles has remained competitive in the years since. The roster has been loaded with the latest and greatest stars in the decade since. Whether it is Vladimir Guerrero, Albert Pujols, Torii Hunter, or Kendrys Morales the offense always had enough power. In addition to building clubs around sluggers, the Angels also managed to find starters like Joe Saunders, Ervin Santana, and Jered Weaver. These pitchers dominated on the mound and helped the team take five more division titles.