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New Angels GM Perry Minasian adds three executives to front office

Alex Tamin, who had been an assistant general manager along with Perry Minasian in Atlanta, has been hired to work under the Angels’ new general manager, a source confirmed Sunday, Nov. 22. Tamin will hold the assistant GM title with the Angels, although it’s possible the Angels will assign that title to additional staffers also. The Angels had two assistant GMs under Billy Eppler. The Angels also hired Dominic Chiti as a special assistant to the GM and Rick Williams, the son of Hall of Fame man...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Gm, Mlb, Marlins, Los Angeles Angels, Ucla, Dodgers, Braves, Alex Anthopoulos, Rick Williams, Scott Schebler


LA County shutting down in-person dining amid coronavirus surge

Los Angeles County surpassed public health officials’ benchmarks for triggering tougher anti-coronavirus business restrictions, as 2,718 new infections were reported Sunday, Nov. 22. The new rules, which will begin Wednesday at 10 p.m., will restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars to takeout, drive-thru or delivery service. Sunday’s statistics pushed the county’s five-day average caseload of infections to 4,097, with a staggering 20,487 new cases reported since Wednesday. In...
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, Long Beach, Pfizer, Pasadena, Donald Trump, Joe, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Health And Human Services, Los Angeles County


LA County’s 5-day coronavirus average tops 4,000 cases, triggering tougher rules

Los Angeles County surpassed public health officials’ benchmarks for triggering tougher anti-coronavirus business restrictions, as 2,718 new infections were reported Sunday, Nov. 22. The new rules, which will begin Wednesday at 10 p.m., will restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars to takeout, drive-thru or delivery service. Sunday’s statistics pushed the county’s five-day average caseload of infections to 4,097, with 20,487 new cases reported since Wednesday. In-person dinin...
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, Long Beach, Pfizer, Pasadena, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Health And Human Services, Los Angeles County, Dodgers


LA County shutting down indoor dining amid coronavirus surge

Los Angeles County surpassed public health officials’ benchmarks for triggering tougher anti-coronavirus business restrictions, as 2,718 new infections were reported Sunday, Nov. 22. The new rules, which will begin Wednesday at 10 p.m., will restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars to takeout, drive-thru or delivery service. Sunday’s statistics pushed the county’s five-day average caseload of infections to 4,097, with a staggering 20,487 new cases reported since Wednesday. In...
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, Long Beach, Pfizer, Pasadena, Donald Trump, Joe, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Health And Human Services, Los Angeles County


Angels sign slugging journeyman Scott Schebler to minor-league deal

The Angels have signed outfielder Scott Schebler to a minor-league deal, bringing in a player who hit 30 homers for the Cincinnati Reds in 2017, a source confirmed Saturday. Schebler, 30, has otherwise bounced around throughout parts of six years in the majors, with the Dodgers, Reds and Atlanta Braves. He had just one big league at-bat in 2020, with the Braves. Schebler has a career .239/.318/.442 slash line, for a .760 OPS. A left-handed hitter, Schebler could become a candidate to provide som...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Gm, Mlb, Cincinnati Reds, Los-angeles-angels, Atlanta Braves, Alexander, Dodgers, Scott Schebler, Chris Rodriguez, Perry Minasian, Brandon Marsh, Taylor Ward


Dodgers add four to 40-man roster in advance of Rule 5 draft

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers added four minor-leaguers to their 40-man roster before Friday’s deadline, protecting them from next month’s Rule 5 draft. The group included right-handed pitchers Edwin Uceta, Gerardo Carrillo and Andre Jackson as well as outfielder Zach Reks. The moves mean the Dodgers currently have 36 players on their 40-man roster. Reks, 27, is the most advanced of the four prospects. A 10th-round draft pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2017, Reks has hit a combined .300 wi...
Tags: Mexico, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Jackson, Los Angeles Dodgers, Dominican Republic, Oklahoma City, University of Kentucky, Tulsa, University of Utah, Dodgers, Gonzalez, RANCHO CUCAMONGA


Angels add Brandon Marsh and Chris Rodriguez to 40-man roster

The Angels added outfielder Brandon Marsh, their No. 1 prospect, and pitcher Chris Rodriguez to the 40-man roster Friday, just ahead of the deadline to protect minor leaguers from next month’s Rule 5 draft. Marsh, 22, worked out this season at the Angels’ alternate site in Long Beach, including getting some action at first base to add to his versatility. He is considered an elite defensive outfielder with speed, and he’s made some swing adjustments to improve his offense outlook in recent years....
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Mlb, Los-angeles-angels, Soriano, Alexander, Marsh, Dodgers, Naughton, Rodriguez, Tommy John, Chris Rodriguez, Perry Minasian


Perry Minasian’s path to Angels’ GM office provides a unique perspective on the game

Halle Bailey, left, and Chloe Bailey, of Chloe X Halle, present the award for best rap album at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Utah guard Sedrick Barefield, right, drives past Southern California guard Derryck Thornton during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Utah won 77-70. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Rep. ...
Tags: Utah, Texas, White House, Angels, Sports, Toronto, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sport, Chicago, Blue Jays, Soccer, Gm, Rangers, Mlb, Ncaa


Dodgers’ minor league affiliate shuffle will bring major changes in 2021

As part of sweeping changes coming to minor league baseball in 2021, the Dodgers will no longer be affiliated with teams in Ogden, Utah and Midland, Michigan, the Southern California News Group has learned. The number of affiliated minor-league teams is shrinking from 160 to 120, a consolidation initiated behind the scenes more than a year ago. Each organization will be left with four affiliates – Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A – in addition to two teams based out of their minor-league com...
Tags: Washington, Angels, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Manhattan, Mlb, Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Oklahoma City, San Bernardino, Ogden Utah, Spokane


Dodgers will affiliate with Spokane, and not Great Lakes or Ogden, in 2021

The Dodgers will gain a minor league affiliate in Spokane, Washington for the 2021 season, while losing affiliations with minor league teams in Ogden, Utah and Midland, Michigan, the Southern California News Group has learned. The number of affiliated minor-league teams is shrinking from 160 to 120, a sweeping consolidation MLB initiated behind the scenes more than a year ago. Each organization will be left with four affiliates – Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A – in addition to two teams ba...
Tags: Washington, Angels, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Manhattan, Mlb, Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Oklahoma City, Ogden Utah, Spokane, Tulsa, Midland


Perry Minasian, Kim Ng offer MLB a familiar yet different breed of executive

It’s an interesting time to be a general manager of a Major League Baseball team. The Angels’ Perry Minasian and the Marlins’ Kim Ng have been working in MLB in some capacity since the 1990s. They were collecting paychecks from clubs long before Chaim Bloom, the Red Sox’s top executive, wrote his first article for Baseball Prospectus in 1997, or James Click did the same in 2003. Those four – Minasian, Ng, Click and Bloom – were the last four people to be hired to helm a baseball operations depar...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Toronto, Atlanta, Sport, NG, Blue Jays, Soccer, Queens, Gm, Manhattan, Mlb, Miami, Watson, Evans, Philadelphia


Dodgers implement layoffs after financial losses of 2020

A World Series championship could not insulate the Dodgers from the financial realities of 2020. The Dodgers instituted layoffs “throughout the organization” on Wednesday, joining a number of MLB teams in making cuts as a result of the revenue losses suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. The job cuts are believed to be at least 40 to 50 in all, from virtually every department. The Dodgers had already declined to renew the contracts of a handful of scouts when they expired at the end of Septe...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Marlins, Major League Baseball, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cnbc, Dodgers, Rob Manfred, Stan Kasten, Andrew Friedman, Kasten, Cody Bellinger, Kim Ng


How minor league contraction will (probably) affect the Dodgers

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Nov. 18 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter from reporter J.P. Hoornstra. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. There’s a debate to be had about whether or not the Dodgers’ eight-year run of National League West titles constituted a dynasty before they won a World Series, if it constitutes a dynasty now, or if another championship is required before anyone mentions the “D-word.” It’s a good debate for sports-talk radio or Twitter ...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Great Lakes, Detroit, Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodgers, Reno Nevada, Ogden, Astros, LA County, Tommy Lasorda


Alexander: Another fall, another Angels introductory press conference

It has become an autumn ritual in Anaheim, the annual news conference to introduce the next guy who will set the Angels organization right. Two years ago it was a new manager, Brad Ausmus. Last year it was another new manager, Joe Maddon. Tuesday, via Zoom, it was a new general manager, 40-year-old Perry Minasian, a first-time GM charged with reversing a slide that includes five straight sub-.500 seasons and six seasons since the Angels won the AL West and Mike Trout, the best player of his era,...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Toronto, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Gm, Mlb, Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Alexander, Anaheim, Dodgers, Moreno


Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger undergoes surgery on right shoulder

Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger underwent surgery Tuesday to stabilize the right shoulder that he dislocated during Game 7 of the National League Championship Series last month. Bellinger has had a history of popping the shoulder out of its socket. He did it on a diving defensive play at first base in May of 2019, prompting his move to the outfield as his primary position. Surgery was considered following that season but Bellinger opted for a program of strengthening exercises. He did it again...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Gm, San Diego, Mlb, Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodgers, Andrew Friedman, Kike Hernandez, Mookie Betts, Neal ElAttrache, Bellinger, Cody Bellinger


Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman named MLB Executive of the Year

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has been named MLB’s Executive of the Year for 2020 in a vote of his peers. White Sox GM Rick Hahn and Rays GM Erik Neander finished second and third in the voting by all 30 MLB teams conducted before the start of the postseason. Friedman was recognized for putting together the team that produced the best record in baseball (43-17) and extended the Dodgers’ streak of NL West division titles to eight despite the challenges of playing during...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Gm, Mlb, Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Yu Darvish, Dodgers, Friedman, White Sox, Billy Beane, Betts, Rick Hahn


NCAA looking at Indianapolis for all of March Madness

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off one of the greatest upsets in American sports history at the 2018 NCAA Tournament, knocking off Virginia to become the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1. The madness kept coming that March from Pittsburgh to San Diego. Top-ranked Xavier lost in the second round and so did No. 2 seeds North Carolina and Cincinnati. Two third-seeded teams were bounced early, as were three No. 4 seeds during an opening weekend that epitomized the beloved specta...
Tags: Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, Sports, NFL, Sport, Indianapolis, Ap, Soccer, Nba, College sports, Ncaa, Ivy League, Espn, NHL, North Carolina


James Harden eyeing Nets trade in potential NBA game-changer

The blockbuster scenario of James Harden forming a Big 3 deluxe in Brooklyn may not be as farfetched as the Dodgers moving back to...
Tags: Brooklyn, Nba, James Harden, Dodgers


Former Dodgers manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda hospitalized in intensive care

Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized in Orange County and is intensive care. The team acknowledged Lasorda’s situation in a release Sunday morning, Nov. 15. No specifics were given about Lasorda’s health, but the team did say the 93-year-old former manager was “resting comfortably.” Lasorda lives in Fullerton. He did travel to Texas for Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 27 when the Dodgers won their first championship since the Lasorda-led team in 1988. Lasorda has a histor...
Tags: New York, Texas, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Gm, Mlb, Orange County, Hall, Los Angeles Dodgers, Ucla, Yu Darvish, Dodgers, Fullerton, Tommy Lasorda, Mookie Betts


Alexander: UCLA-Cal rescheduling a triumph of improvisation

The world according to Jim: • This can only happen in 2020, right? Two major conference football teams agree to play each other on less than 48 hours notice. Just try to imagine what those game plans are going to look like. Cal and UCLA are scheduled to play on Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Rose Bowl, basically latching onto each other – in a socially distanced way, of course – after their scheduled opponents, Arizona State and Utah, respectively, were forced to back out because of COVID-19 issues. I...
Tags: Utah, Colorado, Sports, NFL, Sport, NG, Soccer, Nba, Mlb, College sports, Ivy League, Associated Press, Anthony Davis, North America, Usc, Miami Marlins


Marlins hire former Dodgers exec Kim Ng as MLB’s first female GM

MIAMI — Kim Ng became the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations in the major leagues when she was hired Friday as general manager of the Miami Marlins. Ng is believed to be the first female general manager for a men’s team in a major professional sport in North America, the Marlins said. She broke into Major League Baseball as an intern and has 21 years of experience in the front offices of the Chicago White Sox (1990-96), New York Yankees (1998-2001) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-11). Sh...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, NG, Soccer, Mlb, Miami, University Of Chicago, Kim, Marlins, North America, Yankees, Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees


Braves slugger Freddie Freeman beats Mookie Betts for NL MVP honor

Braves' Freddie Freeman won the NL MVP award Thursday, outpointing the Dodgers' Mookie Betts on the strength of a dominant offensive performance.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Usa Today, Dodgers, Braves, Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Braves Freddie Freeman


Alexander: There was a case for Mookie Betts as NL MVP

The numbers made the strongest case, obviously. The voting for the National League Most Valuable Player award, announced Thursday afternoon, went about the way most people expected, and it was pretty much a runaway. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, the pride of El Modena High in Orange, received 28 of the 30 first-place votes and won easily, denying Mookie Betts the opportunity to be the only player besides Frank Robinson to win the MVP in both leagues. And while we hate to keep goi...
Tags: Colorado, Boston, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, San Diego, Mlb, Tigers, Montreal, Cleveland, Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Alexander


Freddie Freeman wins NL MVP; Dodgers’ Mookie Betts finishes second

With the coronavirus impacting everyone in the country on one level or another, anyone who can overcome it deserves an award. Freddie Freeman got his. The Atlanta Braves first baseman was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player for 2020 on Thursday, receiving 28 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, who was the 2018 AL MVP while with the Boston Red Sox, got the other two first-place votes plus 21 second...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Boston Red Sox, Orange County, Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Freeman, National League, Dodgers, Padres, Braves


Angels hire Perry Minasian as new general manager

The Angels on Thursday hired Perry Minasian, who spent the past three years as the Atlanta Braves assistant general manager, to be their new general manager, according to a source. Minasian replaces Billy Eppler, who was fired as GM after the Angels’ fifth consecutive losing season. The team then opened up a wide-ranging search that saw them interview at least 16 candidates before deciding on Minasian. Minasian, 40, began his life in baseball helping his father, who was the Texas Rangers clubhou...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Blue Jays, Soccer, Gm, Rangers, Mlb, Los-angeles-angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Dodgers


Hoornstra: In defense of a Yu Darvish-less Cy Young Award ballot

Back in July, I asked Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler what it would mean to win a Cy Young Award after a 60-game season. He said it didn’t matter. “Individual stuff, more than normal, takes a back seat this year,” he said. It’s not as if Buehler didn’t have skin in the game. Two oddsmakers emailed me their handicaps of the NL Cy Young race before the season began. One pegged Buehler third, the other fourth. He was a legitimate candidate to win the award given annually to the best pitcher in each ...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, West, Soccer, Williams, Gm, Mlb, Young, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Phillies, Central Division, NL, Cardinals, Bauer


Neil Diamond's teenage obsessions: 'The Brooklyn Dodgers betrayed me and broke my heart'

As his 80th birthday approaches, Neil Diamond reminisces about Pete Seeger, the Everly Brothers and how a baseball team’s desertion led him to the guitarI was born and raised in Brooklyn, and for me the most important aspect of growing up there was the Dodgers baseball team. Everybody in Brooklyn loved the Dodgers. They were the underdog but we were loyal. I followed the games closely, with dreams that they would win the World Series and be recognised as the champions I knew they were. Continue ...
Tags: Music, Pete Seeger, Sport, Culture, Brooklyn, Pop and rock, Magazines, Baseball, Neil Diamond, Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, Everly Brothers


Troy Percival resigns as UC Riverside baseball coach

Troy Percival has resigned as UC Riverside baseball coach, the school announced on Wednesday. Percival, a longtime Angels relief pitcher, said he is leaving to spend more time with his family and to guide and support his son Cole, a pitcher who recently signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent. “I’ve decided to watch Cole play as he begins his professional journey with the Dodgers,” Percival said in a statement released by UCR. “Our family is incredibly excited ...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Johnson, Jones, Moreno Valley, Justin, Dodgers, UC Riverside, UCR, Highlanders, Justin Johnson, Percival, Top Stories PE


Laguna Hills High product Shane Bieber wins AL Cy Young unanimously

As the Cleveland Indians kept trading pitchers around him, Shane Bieber continued to move up the depth chart. All the way to the top of the American League. Bieber, a product of Laguna Hills High, was the unanimous selection as the American League Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday. It was the 10th time an American League pitcher had won the Cy Young unanimously, none since Justin Verlander did it in 2011. There have been 14 unanimous Cy Young winners in the National League, most recently the Do...
Tags: Minnesota, Angels, Sports, Toronto, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Cleveland, Yankees, Young, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Bundy, Bieber


UCLA’s Chip Kelly remains focused on the process despite dismal record

If coach Chip Kelly is feeling the pressure as the losses pile up at UCLA, he does a good job remaining calm about it. It doesn’t matter Kelly is trying to navigate the UCLA football team through the coronavirus pandemic and a shortened seven-game Pac-12 only schedule – this is his third year with the Bruins and fans are waiting for results. When UCLA inked Kelly to a five-year contract worth $23.3 million prior to the 2018 season, the Bruins were hoping to get the Kelly that went 46-7 in his fo...
Tags: Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Boston, Sports, NFL, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Philadelphia Eagles, College sports, Usc, Rose Bowl, Ucla, Eagles