Monday, December 18, 2017
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Angels Come To Terms With 5 Players To Avoid Arbitration Hearings

ANAHEIM (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have avoided salary arbitration this year, reaching deals with new second baseman Danny Espinosa and four other players Friday. The Angels also settled on one-year contracts with right fielder Kole Calhoun, catcher Martin Maldonado and right-handed starters Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker. Richards will make $6.85 million next season, while Calhoun is getting $6.35 million. Espinosa will make $5,425,000 and Shoemaker will earn $3,325,000. Maldonado, the last to sign late Friday, gets $1,725,000. Richards is the Angels’ presumed ace, but he hasn’t pitched since May 1 after tearing an elbow ligament. Extensive treatment has allowed him to avoid Tommy John surgery, and he plans to resume his career in spring training next month. He made $6,425,000 last season for pitching 34 2/3 innings. Calhoun’s power slightly dipped and his average slightly rose in another strong season for the steady right fielder, who won a Gold Glove in 2015. ..
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Chargers Fans Scarce In Orange County

COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — Chargers fans in San Diego may be upset over the fact that their beloved team is moving to Los Angeles after 56 years. But beyond San Diego County, the sentiment is not the same. Roxy Sharefi said “I don’t know anything about the Chargers.” Demone asked: “Who’s the chargers?” “I didn’t know they were moving to L.A.,” Jose Hernandez said. Natalie Macias said she doesn’t really care. Almost every NFL team in the country has a fan club in Southern California. They gather at a restaurant or bar to watch the games. CBS2’s Stacey Butler drove around Orange County Thursday night and couldn’t find any listed for the Chargers. There is a Chargers Facebook fan page. But no one has posted on it for 14 months until Butler contacted the fan club, which said its members like Dave & Busters. Butler headed to a Dave & Buster and talked to Danielle Imlay, a Fullerton resident, who said she is not a Chargers fan and does not plan on becoming one. Ian Galloway of Anaheim..
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Rain concerns loom over Anaheim off-road motorcross event

Rain causes concern among racers and organizers for Monster Energy AMA Supercross event series which begins Saturday at Angels Stadium.
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LA Sports Council Names Mike Trout Sportsman Of The Year

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder and American League Most Valuable Player Mike Trout was named today the 2016 Sportsman of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council. Trout won the MVP award last year for the second time in his career, posting a .315 batting average with 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He also led Major League Baseball in runs, walks and on-base percentage. His MVP honor marked only the fifth time in MLB history the award was presented to a player on a team that had a losing record. The Sportsman of the Year Award will be presented during the 12th annual L.A. Sports Awards ceremony on Feb. 27 at the Beverly Hilton. Nine-time Olympic track-and-field medalist Allyson Felix was named Wednesday as the council’s Sportswoman of the Year. (©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this re..
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Trade is a homecoming for new Anaheim Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa

Danny Espinosa did not ask for a trade from the only major league organization he'd ever known, but he was happy to hear that the Washington Nationals had traded him to the Angels on Saturday. He said during a conference call with reporters Monday that it was nice to feel wanted. The Angels are...
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Home For The Holidays! Angels Land Anaheim Native Danny Espinosa From Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired Danny Espinosa from the Washington Nationals on Saturday night, picking up their new starting second baseman in a trade for two minor league pitchers. The Angels sent right-handers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin to the Nationals for Espinosa, who presumably lost his starting job in Washington when the team obtained outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. Washington traded three top pitching prospects to Chicago for Eaton, with the intention of shifting NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Trea Turner from center field back to shortstop, his natural position. The 29-year-old Espinosa hit .209 with a career-high 24 home runs and 72 RBIs as Washington’s regular shortstop last season, helping the team win the NL East. He didn’t play second base in 2016, but has played there extensively in the past. In seven major league seasons, all with the Nationals, the switch-hitter has batted .226 with 92 homers and 285 RBIs. The ..
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Angels’ Pujols Has Foot Surgery, Could Be Sidelined 4 Months

ANAHEIM (AP) — Angels slugger Albert Pujols had surgery on his right foot Friday, possibly sidelining him past opening day. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Pujols had the procedure Friday in North Carolina to release his plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to the toes. The three-time NL MVP was bothered by plantar fasciitis repeatedly during the season, but played through the pain in arguably the strongest year of his half-decade with the Angels. Eppler said the surgery typically prevents players from participating in baseball activities for three months, along with another month before they’re ready to resume playing in games. Opening day for Los Angeles is April 3, and the Angels hope Pujols can be ready. “He’s at that point in his career where he’s keenly aware of what’s happening with his body,” Eppler said in a phone interview. “I don’t put the timetable on Albert like you would with your younger players. We’ll just see in Albert’s case, as he progresses, ..
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Does new Anaheim council majority mean less attention for Disney, Angels, resort district?

ANAHEIM – Mayor Tom Tait long has fought the use of public taxpayer money to fund resort projects in the city. He spoke out against borrowing through bonds to pay for the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center. He voted against subsidies to...
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Best Family Family-Friendly Holiday Events In Orange County

Unless its manufactured or a miracle happens, snow won’t be on the ground in Orange County this holiday season. But don’t discount the amount of merrymaking that will happen in this part of the Southland. To help you pick where to take your family in order to spread the holiday spirit and have a load of fun in the process, consider the following five events to be held in 2016. (credit: Dana Point Harbor) Holiday In The Harbor Dana Point Harbor 34555 Golden Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 (949) 923-2255 www.danapointharbor.com Date: Deceember 2. 2016 at 4:30 p.m. If your kids are looking to take a meeting with Santa and get a picture to prove it, this is the best event around for that occasion. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Expect face painting, all kinds of entertainment, and special treats in an occasion that is called an open house features landmarks like Dana Wharf, Mariners Village and Mariners Alley, too. Be sure to be camera ready, because you’ll be snapping a lot of shots and ..