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  1. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 13, 2013, 8:23 AM EST

    Wrap

    What you missed while you were beating on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past, while watching 23 straight showings of a most silly and inappropriate film adaptation: They imposed a No Mo Zone in Kansas City Roy Halladay apologized The Marlins should apologize Just when you thought you were rid of Chris Carpenter Just…

  2. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 13, 2013, 5:30 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago White Sox

    White Sox 3, Angels 0: Chris Sale was fantastic. And not just because of that suh-weet 1983 throwback jersey. A perfect game into the seventh and then the hit that inning to Mike Trout was all the Angels could muster. Indians 4, Tigers 3: Watched this one with the girlfriend’s parents. Tigers fans. Let’s just…

  3. Mike Trout credits Albert Pujols for recovery

    May 12, 2013, 8:25 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    On the heels of a historically-great 2012 season in which he finished as a runner-up to Miguel Cabrera in the AL MVP race, Angels outfielder Mike Trout started off 2013 very slowly. Through the first ten games, he was hitting .227 with 12 strikeouts in 47 plate appearances. He would proceed to have multi-hit games…

  4. Is Manny Machado in the same echelon as Mike Trout and Bryce Harper?

    May 11, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

    Manny Machado

    MASN’s Steve Melewski argues that Manny Machado should be considered in the same conversation as Mike Trout and Bryce Harper when it comes to the best young players in baseball. The Orioles’ 20-year-old third baseman is off to a fantastic start in 2013, carrying a .314/.356/.503 line through 166 plate appearances. By Baseball Reference WAR,…

  5. The awesomeness of Miller and Harvey

    May 11, 2013, 12:32 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Last year, of course, we were lucky enough to get two of the most precocious young players in baseball history — Mike Trout put up a historic season at age 20, Bryce Harper put up a superb one at age 19. It was the greatest young duo to hit baseball since 1928 — when Jimmie…

  6. Angels place Peter Bourjos on DL, will activate Erick Aybar

    Apr 30, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cincinnati Reds

    Peter Bourjos is the first casualty from last night’s Angels-A’s marathon that saw multiple players leave with injuries, as the Angels center fielder has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Bourjos nearly beat out a sacrifice bunt in the 11th inning, but came up lame right as his feet hit first…

  7. Harper, Trout and the future

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:33 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    In honor of Bryce Harper playing his 162nd career game, here is the list of the top 12 home run hitters through their age 20 seasons: 1. Mel Ott, 61 2. Tony Conigliaro, 56 3. Alex Rodriguez, 41 4. Ken Griffey, 38 5. Frank Robinson, 38 6. Mickey Mantle, 36 7. Mike Trout, 35 8.…

  8. Bryce Harper documentary airs Tuesday 9 p.m. ET on ESPN

    Apr 28, 2013, 5:14 PM EST

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    It’s called “Bryce Begins.” Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post explains: The film draws on MLB Productions’s access to the imagery and behind-the-scenes footage of Harper’s time with the Nats, and the hundreds of hours [filmmaker Jess Atkinson] spent with Harper and his family in 12 different cities over the past two years. It draws on…

  9. Scientists create a baseball-playing robot

    Apr 26, 2013, 11:18 PM EST

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    But Mike Trout already exists! Jokes aside, this is a very interesting article from Wired. Researchers at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have created a robot that adapts to pitches using software which mimics the function of the human brain’s 100,000 neurons. When a ball is pitched…

  10. Yoenis Cespedes likely to return on Sunday

    Apr 26, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    Yoenis Cespedes will likely be activated on Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The Athletics outfielder was battling a left thumb strain but is good to go as he is playing in the field for the Sacramento River Cats tonight. He will DH for them on Saturday. Though Cespedes was hitting .200 prior to his…

  11. Angels slow to start 2013

    Apr 13, 2013, 10:45 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The L.A. Angels, some prognosticators’ pick to win the AL West, have stumbled out of the gate to a 2-8 start, dead last in the division. As I write this, they trail the Astros, some prognosticators’ pick to win fewer than 55 games, 2-0 a night after getting blanked 5-0. With a loss tonight, they…

  12. Angels shake things up, bat Mike Trout second

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    For the first time since 2011, Mike Trout is batting somewhere other than the leadoff spot for the Angels on Thursday. Manager Mike Scioscia has him in the two-hole against the A’s, with Alberto Callaspo at the top of the order. The Angels are without usual No. 2 hitter, Erick Aybar, who is on the…

  13. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:55 AM EST

    Aroldis Chapman and Dusty Baker

    Reds 5, Angels 4: Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton finally upped their averages north of .000 — each went 1 for 4 and drove in a couple — but not enough to matter. Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth against the top of the order. Mike Trout singled but then he got Aybar…

  14. Angels outlast the Reds in Opening Day marathon

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    Ryan Hanigan, Chris Iannetta

    It took a while, but the first ever interleague matchup on Opening Day is in the books. In a four-hour and 45-minute marathon, the Angels topped the Reds 3-1 in 13 innings this evening at Great American Ballpark. While the hyped trio of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton combined to go 1-for-14 with three…

  15. Sean Forman: WAR is “GDP for baseball”

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:05 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    There was some big news in the baseball stats community recently, as Baseball Reference and FanGraphs agreed to a common replacement level in their Wins Above Replacement statistic. Though the two sites’ computation of the statistic still differs in other ways, creating some uniformity in replacement level should clear up some of the confusion around…

  16. Mike Trout will eat 24 kinda gross chicken wings in ten minutes

    Mar 28, 2013, 2:34 PM EST

    Paul Newman eggs

    Here’s pitcher Garret Richards talking to Scott Miller of CBS Sports.com about Mike Trout and Domino’s: “He loves chicken wings,” Richards says. “He’s a Domino’s fan. That’s not just in one place, either. He’ll find a Domino’s wherever we’re at. “He’ll eat 24 wings in about 10 minutes.” The only worse thing than eating that…

  17. More Giants merchandise has been sold than any other team’s this offseason, Buster Posey the top-selling jersey

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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    The website Fanatics.com keeps track of sports merch sales, and they just released the tally for this now, mercifully-concluding offseason: Since the offseason began (October 30, 2012-TODAY), the reigning World Series champions San Francisco Giants have also won the off-season merchandise title. The Giants are currently the number one selling team since the off-season began, beating out the Yankees…

  18. FanGraphs and Baseball Reference agree on a value for replacement level in WAR

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:32 AM EST

    Mike Trout Getty

    When we talk about WAR, we’ve historically been talking about two different metrics, actually. Because the two entities which developed and calculate WAR — FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com — have historically used two different values to determine the “replacement level” component of the stat. While those of you who dig into these metrics with anything beyond…

  19. 2013 Preview: The American League West

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West. For the second straight year the Los Angeles Angels have signed the biggest slugger on the free agent market. This time, however, we feel like it’s going to finally work.…

  20. Yankees close to acquiring Vernon Wells from Angels

    Mar 24, 2013, 3:52 PM EST

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    The Yankees’ front office sure is getting desperate. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, there are serious trade talks taking place between the Angels and Yankees concerning outfielder Vernon Wells. Passan says the deal could be completed by the end of the day Sunday if Wells signs off on it. Wells has a full no-trade…

  21. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Angels

    Mar 16, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Angels. The Big Question: Can the Angels slug their way to an AL West title? With the…

  22. United States loses, baseball wins at World Baseball Classic

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:07 PM EST

    World Baseball Classic - Second Round - Miami - USA v Puerto Rico

    Let’s face it: the World Baseball Classic’s uphill climb as an event worth watching wouldn’t gain any momentum if Team USA ran away with it. That’s why it has to be pretty exciting for MLB to see Puerto Rico advance past the U.S. and join the Dominican Republic, Japan and The Netherlands in the WBC semifinals. While…

  23. 2013 preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins recover from their latest fire sale? A little over a year…

  24. Phoenix Municipal Stadium only has one more spring training left in it

    Mar 5, 2013, 3:16 PM EST

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    It was announced this morning that 2014 will be the last season the Athletics train at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. They’re going to move into Hohokam Park, where the Cubs currently train, after the Cubs move into their new place in Mesa and after Hohokam gets a $20 million face lift. Arizona State University’s baseball team…

  25. Revisiting Trout vs. Cabrera MVP debate — with a twist

    Mar 4, 2013, 1:24 PM EST

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    So, get ready for a bit of a shocker. I was on a panel with Farhan Zaidi of the Oakland A’s. He’s a great guy. A’s general manager Billy Beane often calls him “Emotional Stat Guy,” which he says will be the name of his fantasy baseball team (though I personally think it would be…

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