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Shohei Ohtani Will Have Tommy John Surgery, But Should Still Smash Dingers Next Year Shohei Ohtani Will Have Tommy John Surgery, But Should Still Smash Dingers Next Year

Shohei Ohtani, the Angels’ pitcher/hitter/karaoke singer who has UCL damage, will undergo Tommy John surgery at the end of the season, the team announced today:

Angels' Francisco Arcia Makes Baseball History In Demoralizing Ass-Whupping Angels' Francisco Arcia Makes Baseball History In Demoralizing Ass-Whupping

History was made in Thursday afternoon’s Angels-Athletics game. Surprisingly, it was not made by the Athletics, who beat the absolute shit out of the Angels by the football score of 21–3. No, it was made by Francisco Arcia of the Angels, who became the first MLB player ever to pitch, catch, and smoke a dong in the…

Shohei Ohtani, Who Needs Tommy John Surgery, Is Still Out Here Smashing Dingers

Tommy John surgery—which Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani is supposed to receive, per a team announcement today—will steal a whole year from a dominant hurler in his prime. But UCL damage won’t necessarily hold back a good hitter. And luckily for all of us, what could be devastating news for any other pitcher in…

Aw Fuck, Shohei Ohtani Needs Tommy John Surgery Aw Fuck, Shohei Ohtani Needs Tommy John Surgery

As a hitter, Shohei Ohtani has seemed pretty dang healthy since returning to the Angels lineup from a UCL sprain in his throwing elbow in July. As a pitcher, however, he was kept off the mound for nearly three months while undergoing a non-surgical rehab program. When he returned last weekend, he only got seven outs…

Shohei Ohtani Finally Smashed A Dinger Off A Lefty Shohei Ohtani Finally Smashed A Dinger Off A Lefty

Mike Scioscia has mostly protected Shohei Ohtani from lefty pitchers during his rookie season. Partly this is because the lefty-lefty matchup is often brutal for hitters; partly it’s because Albert Pujols is still kicking around, and is capable of taking those DH plate appearances and doing some damage; and partly…

Shohei Ohtani Has Proven Himself Shohei Ohtani Has Proven Himself

What’s often felt like an inconsistent and tumultuous season for rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani is shaping up to be a pretty damn impressive opening number. So much of Ohtani’s buzz quieted down when a ligament injury pulled him off the mound for most of the season, but while he’s been rehabbing in an attempt to pitch…

This Triple Play Confused The Hell Out Of Everyone Involved This Triple Play Confused The Hell Out Of Everyone Involved

Triple plays are always cool, but the best instances are the ones that leave everyone—fielders, runners, fans, broadcasters—kind of confused about what exactly just happened. Last night’s Angels-Rangers game gave us one of those.

Shohei Ohtani Will Throw Again Soon, And He's Still Smacking Big Dingers While He Waits Shohei Ohtani Will Throw Again Soon, And He's Still Smacking Big Dingers While He Waits

The Angels are more or less sunk this year, thanks to the depth of good teams in the AL West. But Japanese rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani is still balling, despite not being allowed on a mound since June.

Mike Scioscia Describes Report Of His Impending Departure From The Angels As "Poppycock" Mike Scioscia Describes Report Of His Impending Departure From The Angels As "Poppycock"

Mike Scioscia has been manager of the Angels for 19 years, long enough to have been around before they were the Los Angeles Angels, before they were even the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Their current condition—a middling, forgotten team criminally wasting two of the most exciting players in all of baseball—is…

Shohei Ohtani Still Has That Fearsome Tater-Mashing Power Shohei Ohtani Still Has That Fearsome Tater-Mashing Power

Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani missed most of June following the bullcrap UCL injury that ended the pitching part of his season after just nine starts. Ohtani was batting .289 with a .907 OPS when the Angels shut him down, and in 71 plate appearances since his return on July 3 his batting average and slugging percentage…

Andrelton Simmons Lucked Into A Little League Homer Because He Was Playing The White Sox

Andrelton Simmons, the best defensive shortstop in the Majors since he made his debut in 2012, has had a career year at the plate this season, with a slashline of .305/.362/.427 that is on pace to shatter his previous career-highs. On Thursday against the White Sox, he bumped up his slugging percentage a few more…

Angels Defend Mike Trout After MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Says He Should Market Himself More [Update] Angels Defend Mike Trout After MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Says He Should Market Himself More [Update]

MLB czar Rob Manfred had a pretty short-sighted take to lob at Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Manfred said that Trout—the man who is on pace to beat Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle for the highest all-time WAR total before their age-27 season—had to “make a decision to engage” in order to be more marketable. The Angels felt…

MLB Commissioner: Actually It Is Mike Trout's Fault That He Is Not More Popular MLB Commissioner: Actually It Is Mike Trout's Fault That He Is Not More Popular

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says Mike Trout, the very best baseball player in the world and one of the best in history, isn’t popular enough because he doesn’t want to do commercials:

Shohei Ohtani Hit A Game-Winning Homer With A Busted Elbow And Knee Shohei Ohtani Hit A Game-Winning Homer With A Busted Elbow And Knee

Shohei Ohtani hit the ball far as fuck yesterday, 443 feet to be exact, deep into the ethers of Angel Stadium’s cavernous rock structure in center field. The looping drive was his first homer since May 17, on account of the Grade 2 UCL sprain that kept him out of the lineup from June 4 to July 3. It was the eventual…

Angels Rookie Pitcher Jake Jewell Carried Off On Stretcher After Awful Ankle Injury Angels Rookie Pitcher Jake Jewell Carried Off On Stretcher After Awful Ankle Injury

Angels pitcher Jake Jewell, making only the third MLB appearance of his career, suffered a brutal injury on his right ankle Wednesday night while trying to slide into home for a play at the plate with Boston’s J.D. Martinez.

The Story Of Shohei Ohtani's Legendary BP Sessions, From Those Who Witnessed Them The Story Of Shohei Ohtani's Legendary BP Sessions, From Those Who Witnessed Them

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Three-time World Series champion and Angels hitting coach Eric Hinske burst into the clubhouse like a man possessed. Inside, the Angels relievers and a few other players, including Mike Trout, were decompressing before their May 8 game at the Rockies’ notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark.

Mike Trout Doesn't Deserve This Shit Mike Trout Doesn't Deserve This Shit

Mike Trout got on base four times against the Diamondbacks on Monday night, thanks to two walks and two singles. Trout is basically always on base—he’s currently sporting a career-high .464 OBP—so that’s not a remarkable thing in and of itself. Neither is the fact that his teammates failed to drive him a single time.…

Andrew Heaney Got Doused In A Glorious Ice Bucket Dump Andrew Heaney Got Doused In A Glorious Ice Bucket Dump

There are few better birthday gifts a starting pitcher could ask for than the 23rd-in-OPS Kansas City Royals lineup, which is exactly what the Angels’ Andrew Heaney got for his 27th birthday last night. He threw the first shutout of his career, a one-hit gem in a 1-0 win, and was then treated to one of the most…

Gnarly Rougned Odor Takeout Slide Sparks Benches-Clearing Hullabaloo Gnarly Rougned Odor Takeout Slide Sparks Benches-Clearing Hullabaloo

Benches cleared for a bustling group therapy session after Rougned Odor tried and failed to break up a game-ending double play Friday night by sliding in wide and with his spikes up on the relay from Andrelton Simmons:

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