Good News: The Angels are off to a solid start this year--particularly given all the injuries they've had.   And although Vlad is a bit off,
while Kendrick, Figgy, Lackey and Escobar have all spent significant time on the DL, this team is still atop the AL West.  The
pitching has been excellent--particularly from the young guys, Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders.  If the offense kicks in like it should,
this is a legit World Series contender.  Also, it was announced that the 2010 MLB All-Star Game will be played in Anaheim.
What's New:  Updated 2008 lineup pics and a new "oldie faves" section.  Go Halos!!
Aaah, the good old days...
The Starting Infield
The Starting Outfield
The Pitching Rotation
He's been a stud waiting to happen--this will be 1B Casey Kotchman's year.
Nobody screws over Angels Skip, Mike Scoiscia.
The Monkey
The Boss
It ain't over until he says it is, dammit!!
The Bench
The Bullpen
2B Eric Aybar has pretty much stolen the job from Maicer Izturis this year.
If SS Howie Kendrick ever stays healthy, he'll win an AL batting title.
3B Chone Figgins has become one of the best table setters in all of baseball.
The all-time Angels homer and RBI king, long time LF Garrett Anderson.
The best Angels free agent since Vladdy, CF extraordinaire, Torri Hunter.
One of the all-time great RF's, former MVP, Big Daddy Vladdy Guerrero.
And perhaps the worst Angels free agent of all time, Gary Matthews, Jr.
One of baseball's best big game pitchers, 19-game winner, John Lackey.
He's on the shelf right now, but he'll be back and he's pretty damn scary.
The kid is finally putting it all together and is off to a terrific start in 2008.
He's still a bit inconsistent but when he's on his game, he can be very nasty.
Joe Saunders almost didn't make the team and he's having a monster start.
Jon Garland has been OK so far but I have a feeling he'll pick things up.
Part of the catching rotation, Mike Napoli hits his share of big dingers.
And the other half, Jeff Mathis is hitting for power and average this year.
The middle reliever every team wants, rubber-armed Scot Shields.
One of the best shut-down closers in the game, Frankie "K-Rod" Rodriguez.
Super-sub and clutch hitter, Maicer Izturis can play several positions.
Juan River plays the corner outfield slots and could start on most teams.
OF Reggie Willits was a weak Aug-Sep away from the 07 AL Top Rookie.
I keep thinking he won't make the team but Robb Quinlan is pretty clutch.
The Series Heroes
My all-time favorite Angel, the dude with the tude, 1st baseman Darin Erstad.
One of the guttiest little players you'll ever see, shortstop David Eckstein.
World Series MVP, 3B homer king, Troy Glaus.
Another great Angel, the Kingfish, Tim Salmon.
He had so many clutch hits--sub, Scott Spezio.
So many monkeys,
so little time...