Posts From B.J. Martin

Angels Name Perry Minasian as General Manager 

The Los Angeles Angels concluded their six-week search for a new general manager Wednesday with the hiring of Atlanta Braves assistant general manager Perry Minasian. He’ll assume the role last held by Billy Eppler prior to his departure at the conclusion of the 2020 regular season.

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MLB Offseason Preview: Chicago Cubs 

Only four seasons removed from their historic 2016 World Series championship, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer find themselves at a crossroads as the core of their title team heads into their free agency walk seasons. Led by Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo, the key offensive components of the Cubs roster that ended the franchise’s 108-year championship drought are looking at big contracts at the conclusion of next season.

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MLB Offseason Preview: Los Angeles Angels 

The Los Angeles Angels finished the 2020 regular season with their fifth consecutive losing season and sixth straight year without reaching the postseason. Owner Arte Moreno wasted no time making changes by announcing the team had relieved general manager, Billy Eppler, of his duties following the final regular game of the season.

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MLB Offseason Preview: Colorado Rockies 

The Colorado Rockies finished 2020 in fourth place in the National League West for the second consecutive season. Two years removed from their most recent postseason appearance, the Rockies find themselves stuck between a rebuild and playoff contender going into the winter.

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MLB Postseason Preview: Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays 

Many baseball fans did not expect that the Astros would be four victories away from the World Series in 2020. Particularly not back when the media was buzzing around them in West Palm Beach during Spring Training in February. And yet, they are now a series win away from their third World Series appearance in four years.

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly From Billy Eppler’s Tenure as Angels GM 

B.J. Martin recaps the good, the bad, and the ugly from Billy Eppler’s tenure as the Los Angeles Angels’ general manager.

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MLB Postseason Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics 

The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros are set to meet in a highly-competitive American League Divisional Series this week.

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Why the Angels Fell Short of the Playoffs (Again)

B.J. Martin details several reasons why the Angels are once again watching playoff baseball from home.

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Angels Fire GM Billy Eppler 

Following the conclusion of the Angels season-ending series sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, they announced the dismissal of General Manager Billy Eppler. The Angels completed the 2021 season with a record of 26-34, missing the post-season for the sixth straight season.

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Molina Milestone Opens Door to Cooperstown

Yadier Molina reached the 2,000-career hit plateau Thursday evening with a seventh-inning single to center field. Molina becomes only the 15th catcher in Major League Baseball history and sixth St. Louis Cardinals hitter to reach the career milestone.

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