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Shohei Ohtani named 2018 American League Rookie of the Year

Becomes third player to win award in Angels history

Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani was named the 2018 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Monday.

The 24-year-old is the third player in Angels' history to earn the honor, joining Tim Salmon (1993) and Mike Trout (2012). He also becomes the fourth Japanese-born player to win a Rookie of the Year Award in the Major Leagues, joining Hideo Nomo (1995), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani was named the 2018 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Monday.

The 24-year-old is the third player in Angels' history to earn the honor, joining Tim Salmon (1993) and Mike Trout (2012). He also becomes the fourth Japanese-born player to win a Rookie of the Year Award in the Major Leagues, joining Hideo Nomo (1995), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

Ohtani finished with 137 points in the balloting process, including 25 of 30 first place votes. He finished 48 points ahead of second place finisher Miguel Andujar of the New York Yankees (89 points).

"What Shohei did both on the mound and at the plate this season was just amazing to watch," Salmon said. "He wasn't just good, but great. He made the transition from pitching to hitting look seamless and we all know how difficult it is to be successful at just one aspect of the game. Congratulations to Shohei and we can't wait to see what the future holds in his career."

"I want to pass along my congratulations to Shohei for this special honor," Trout said. "It's great to see all of his hard work and effort recognized with this very prestigious award. All of us enjoyed playing along-side and watching Shohei excel as a two-way player and make history along the way. I have no doubt the best is yet to come!"

The Ōshū, Japan native finished his rookie season in the Majors with a .285 (93/326) batting average with 59 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, 22 home runs, 61 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He led all A.L. rookies (min. 300 PA) in OPS (.925), on-base percentage (.361), and slugging percentage (.564) and posted the best rates of at-bats per home run (14.82) and RBI (5.34).

Additionally, in his 10 starts as a pitcher, he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA (51.2 IP - 19 ER) and his 63 strikeouts were the most by any pitcher in Angels history through his first 10 career starts. He allowed three-or-fewer runs in nine of 10 starts and held opponents to a .036 (2/55) batting average against his splitter.

Ohtani was named the American League Rookie of the Month in April and September and also received A.L. Rookie of the Week honors twice. He is the first player in Major League history to hit 15+ HR and compile 50+ pitching strikeouts in a season and joined Babe Ruth (1918 & 1919) as the only players since 1900 with 10+ HR and 4+ wins as a pitcher in a single campaign.

This season, he was the only player in the Majors to have multiple games of two home runs and a stolen base. Additionally, on Sept. 5 at Texas, Ohtani became the second rookie in A.L. history to record four hits, four runs, two HR and a stolen base in a single game, joiningCraig Wilson who did so for the White Sox on Sept. 14, 1988 at Detroit.

Ohtani signed with the Angels as an international free agent on Dec. 9, 2017 following five seasons with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League.

The Rookie of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1947 and subsequently had its name changed to the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 1987, 40 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.

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Shohei Ohtani Named 2018 American League Rookie of the Year

Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani today was named the 2018 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The 24-year-old is the third player in Angels' history to earn the honor, joining Tim Salmon (1993) and Mike Trout (2012). He also becomes the fourth Japanese-born player to win a Rookie of the Year Award in the Major Leagues, joining Hideo Nomo (1995), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani today was named the 2018 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The 24-year-old is the third player in Angels' history to earn the honor, joining Tim Salmon (1993) and Mike Trout (2012). He also becomes the fourth Japanese-born player to win a Rookie of the Year Award in the Major Leagues, joining Hideo Nomo (1995), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

Ohtani finished with 137 points in the balloting process, including 25 of 30 first place votes. He finished 48 points ahead of second place finisher Miguel Andujar of the New York Yankees (89 points).

"What Shohei did both on the mound and at the plate this season was just amazing to watch," Salmon said. "He wasn't just good, but great. He made the transition from pitching to hitting look seamless and we all know how difficult it is to be successful at just one aspect of the game. Congratulations to Shohei and we can't wait to see what the future holds in his career."


"I want to pass along my congratulations to Shohei for this special honor," Trout said. "It's great to see all of his hard work and effort recognized with this very prestigious award. All of us enjoyed playing along-side and watching Shohei excel as a two-way player and make history along the way. I have no doubt the best is yet to come!"


The Ōshū, Japan native finished his rookie season in the Majors with a .285 (93/326) batting average with 59 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, 22 home runs, 61 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He led all A.L. rookies (min. 300 PA) in OPS (.925), on-base percentage (.361), and slugging percentage (.564) and posted the best rates of at-bats per home run (14.82) and RBI (5.34).


Additionally, in his 10 starts as a pitcher, he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA (51.2 IP - 19 ER) and his 63 strikeouts were the most by any pitcher in Angels history through his first 10 career starts. He allowed three-or-fewer runs in nine of 10 starts and held opponents to a .036 (2/55) batting average against his splitter.


Ohtani was named the American League Rookie of the Month in April and September and also received A.L. Rookie of the Week honors twice. He is the first player in Major League history to hit 15+ HR and compile 50+ pitching strikeouts in a season and joined Babe Ruth (1918 & 1919) as the only players since 1900 with 10+ HR and 4+ wins as a pitcher in a single campaign.


This season, he was the only player in the Majors to have multiple games of two home runs and a stolen base. Additionally, on Sept. 5 at Texas, Ohtani became the second rookie in A.L. history to record four hits, four runs, two HR and a stolen base in a single game, joining Craig Wilson who did so for the White Sox on Sept. 14, 1988 at Detroit.


Ohtani signed with the Angels as an international free agent on Dec. 9, 2017 following five seasons with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League.


The Rookie of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1947 and subsequently had its name changed to the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 1987, 40 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.

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Shohei Ohtani named 2018 American League Rookie of the Year

Becomes third player to win award in Angels history

Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani today was named the 2018 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
 
The 24-year-old is the third player in Angels' history to earn the honor, joining Tim Salmon (1993) and Mike Trout (2012). He also becomes the fourth Japanese-born player to win a Rookie of the Year Award in the Major Leagues, joining Hideo Nomo (1995), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001). 
 
Ohtani finished with 137 points in the balloting process, including 25 of 30 first place votes. He finished 48 points ahead of second place finisher Miguel Andujar of the New York Yankees (89 points). 
 
"What Shohei did both on the mound and at the plate this season was just amazing to watch," Salmon said. "He wasn't just good, but great. He made the transition from pitching to hitting look seamless and we all know how difficult it is to be successful at just one aspect of the game. Congratulations to Shohei and we can't wait to see what the future holds in his career."
 
"I want to pass along my congratulations to Shohei for this special honor," Trout said. "It's great to see all of his hard work and effort recognized with this very prestigious award. All of us enjoyed playing along-side and watching Shohei excel as a two-way player and make history along the way. I have no doubt the best is yet to come!"
 
The Ōshū, Japan native finished his rookie season in the Majors with a .285 (93/326) batting average with 59 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, 22 home runs, 61 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He led all A.L. rookies (min. 300 PA) in OPS (.925), on-base percentage (.361), and slugging percentage (.564) and posted the best rates of at-bats per home run (14.82) and RBI (5.34). 
 
Additionally, in his 10 starts as a pitcher, he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA (51.2 IP - 19 ER) and his 63 strikeouts were the most by any pitcher in Angels history through his first 10 career starts. He allowed three-or-fewer runs in nine of 10 starts and held opponents to a .036 (2/55) batting average against his splitter. 
 
Ohtani was named the American League Rookie of the Month in April and September and also received A.L. Rookie of the Week honors twice. He is the first player in Major League history to hit 15+ HR and compile 50+ pitching strikeouts in a season and joined Babe Ruth (1918 & 1919) as the only players since 1900 with 10+ HR and 4+ wins as a pitcher in a single campaign. 
 
This season, he was the only player in the Majors to have multiple games of two home runs and a stolen base. Additionally, on Sept. 5 at Texas, Ohtani became the second rookie in A.L. history to record four hits, four runs, two HR and a stolen base in a single game, joining Craig Wilson who did so for the White Sox on Sept. 14, 1988 at Detroit.
 
Ohtani signed with the Angels as an international free agent on Dec. 9, 2017 following five seasons with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League. 
 
The Rookie of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1947 and subsequently had its name changed to the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 1987, 40 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.

Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani today was named the 2018 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
 
The 24-year-old is the third player in Angels' history to earn the honor, joining Tim Salmon (1993) and Mike Trout (2012). He also becomes the fourth Japanese-born player to win a Rookie of the Year Award in the Major Leagues, joining Hideo Nomo (1995), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001). 
 
Ohtani finished with 137 points in the balloting process, including 25 of 30 first place votes. He finished 48 points ahead of second place finisher Miguel Andujar of the New York Yankees (89 points). 
 
"What Shohei did both on the mound and at the plate this season was just amazing to watch," Salmon said. "He wasn't just good, but great. He made the transition from pitching to hitting look seamless and we all know how difficult it is to be successful at just one aspect of the game. Congratulations to Shohei and we can't wait to see what the future holds in his career."
 
"I want to pass along my congratulations to Shohei for this special honor," Trout said. "It's great to see all of his hard work and effort recognized with this very prestigious award. All of us enjoyed playing along-side and watching Shohei excel as a two-way player and make history along the way. I have no doubt the best is yet to come!"
 
The Ōshū, Japan native finished his rookie season in the Majors with a .285 (93/326) batting average with 59 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, 22 home runs, 61 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He led all A.L. rookies (min. 300 PA) in OPS (.925), on-base percentage (.361), and slugging percentage (.564) and posted the best rates of at-bats per home run (14.82) and RBI (5.34). 
 
Additionally, in his 10 starts as a pitcher, he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA (51.2 IP - 19 ER) and his 63 strikeouts were the most by any pitcher in Angels history through his first 10 career starts. He allowed three-or-fewer runs in nine of 10 starts and held opponents to a .036 (2/55) batting average against his splitter. 
 
Ohtani was named the American League Rookie of the Month in April and September and also received A.L. Rookie of the Week honors twice. He is the first player in Major League history to hit 15+ HR and compile 50+ pitching strikeouts in a season and joined Babe Ruth (1918 & 1919) as the only players since 1900 with 10+ HR and 4+ wins as a pitcher in a single campaign. 
 
This season, he was the only player in the Majors to have multiple games of two home runs and a stolen base. Additionally, on Sept. 5 at Texas, Ohtani became the second rookie in A.L. history to record four hits, four runs, two HR and a stolen base in a single game, joining Craig Wilson who did so for the White Sox on Sept. 14, 1988 at Detroit.
 
Ohtani signed with the Angels as an international free agent on Dec. 9, 2017 following five seasons with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League. 
 
The Rookie of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1947 and subsequently had its name changed to the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 1987, 40 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.

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Mike Trout wins 2018 Silver Slugger Award

Angels' outfielder Mike Trout was named a recipient of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award on Thursdsy, which is given to the best offensive players at each position in both the American and National Leagues. The award is Trout's sixth honor in seven full seasons and the 23rd overall for the Angels.

With Thursday's announcement, Trout becomes the first Angel in franchise history to win six Silver Sluggers awards. He broke Vladimir Guerrero's previous Club record of four (2004-07) after capturing his fifth award in 2016. Trout is tied with Alex Rodriguez as the youngest player in big league history to win the award six times and is the ninth outfielder in history to receive the honors six times at any point in his career: Barry Bonds (12), Manny Ramirez (8), Ken Griffey Jr. (7), Vladimir Guerrero (7), Tony Gwynn (7), Juan Gonzalez (6), Kirby Puckett (6) and Sammy Sosa (6).

Angels' outfielder Mike Trout was named a recipient of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award on Thursdsy, which is given to the best offensive players at each position in both the American and National Leagues. The award is Trout's sixth honor in seven full seasons and the 23rd overall for the Angels.

With Thursday's announcement, Trout becomes the first Angel in franchise history to win six Silver Sluggers awards. He broke Vladimir Guerrero's previous Club record of four (2004-07) after capturing his fifth award in 2016. Trout is tied with Alex Rodriguez as the youngest player in big league history to win the award six times and is the ninth outfielder in history to receive the honors six times at any point in his career: Barry Bonds (12), Manny Ramirez (8), Ken Griffey Jr. (7), Vladimir Guerrero (7), Tony Gwynn (7), Juan Gonzalez (6), Kirby Puckett (6) and Sammy Sosa (6).

The New Jersey native finished his eighth big league season (seventh full year) with the Angels, batting .312 (147/471) with 101 runs scored, 24 doubles, four triples, 39 home runs, 79 RBI and 24 stolen bases. The Halo center fielder posted a 1.088 OPS which was the highest in the American League since 2006 and the best such mark by an A.L. outfielder since Manny Ramirez (1.154) in 2000.

The Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2018. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams.

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Angels Name Brad Ausmus as Field Manager

Becomes 17th Different Manager in Club History

The Los Angeles Angels today formally named Brad Ausmus the club's new Field Manager in an announcement by General Manager Billy Eppler. He becomes the 17th different field manager in club history, replacing Mike Scioscia, who held the position since 2000. As per club policy, no terms of the contract will be released. 

The club will host an introductory press conference with Ausmus, Angels owner Arte Moreno and General Manager Billy Eppler in the Lexus Diamond Club at Angel Stadium on Monday, October 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. Media interested in covering the event can enter through the Media Entrance located at Gate 3. All attending media are asked to RSVP to the Angels Communications department prior to Monday's event.

The Los Angeles Angels today formally named Brad Ausmus the club's new Field Manager in an announcement by General Manager Billy Eppler. He becomes the 17th different field manager in club history, replacing Mike Scioscia, who held the position since 2000. As per club policy, no terms of the contract will be released. 

The club will host an introductory press conference with Ausmus, Angels owner Arte Moreno and General Manager Billy Eppler in the Lexus Diamond Club at Angel Stadium on Monday, October 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. Media interested in covering the event can enter through the Media Entrance located at Gate 3. All attending media are asked to RSVP to the Angels Communications department prior to Monday's event.

"Over the past few weeks, our baseball operations personnel sat down with numerous highly-qualified and impressive candidates for our managerial role. We are thankful to all of them for their time and effort throughout the process," Angels General Manager Billy Eppler said. "Ultimately, Brad's balance of connectivity, communication and leadership skills as well as his understanding of evolving strategies and probabilistic approach to decision making led us to him. We believe his knowledge, drive and growth-mindset will allow him to integrate seamlessly with our players and staff and will be pivotal in advancing our culture and moving us toward our goals as an organization."

Ausmus, 49, served as an Assistant to the General Manager for the Angels in 2018. The native of New Haven, CT takes over the managerial role following 23 seasons of professional baseball as a player and four as manager of the Detroit Tigers (2014-2017).  

Ausmus was named the 38th manager in the history of the Tigers on November 3, 2013. He became the 14th manager in Tigers history to have also played at the Major League level for Detroit, joining among others Alan Trammell, Billy Martin, Fred Hutchinson, Mickey Cochrane and Ty Cobb. In his first year at the helm, he guided the Tigers to a 90-72 record and a Central division title in 2014. Two years later Detroit would finish 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. He finished with a 314-332 record during his tenure with the Tigers.  

A standout prep performer at Cheshire High School (CT), Ausmus played shortstop and batted .327 as a sophomore before converting to a catcher as a junior and hitting .436. During his senior season recorded a .411 average and was named the Cheshire Area High School Player of the Year. In addition, he was named to the All-State team both his junior and senior years. During his high school career, he was also a solid performer as a guard on the basketball team.

Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 47th round of the 1987 First Year Draft, he chose to alternate between attending Dartmouth College and playing minor league baseball. He served as a volunteer coach and bullpen catcher at Dartmouth. During his collegiate career he graduated with an A.B. in Government. In 2005 he became the first Ivy League catcher to play in a World Series since Dartmouth's Chief Meyers in 1916. He would eventually play in more games than any of the 1,150 players drafted ahead of him.

Ausmus played five seasons in the Yankees minor league system prior to being selected by the Colorado Rockies organization in the 1992 expansion draft. He spent less than a year in the organization prior to being traded to the San Diego Padres in July, 1993. Two days following the transaction, he made his Major League debut on July 28.

His Major League career included time with San Diego (1993-96), Detroit (1996, 1999-2000), Houston (1997-1998, 2001-2007) and Los Angeles (2009-2010). A five-time leader as a catcher in fielding percentage, Ausmus ranks third all-time among catchers with 12,839 putouts, is 10th with 15,840.2 innings played and 11th with 1,766 games started. He was selected as a Gold Glove recipient with Houston in 2001, 2002 and 2006. He remains the Astros all-time leader among catchers in nearly every offensive category, including games played (1,259), hits (970), runs scored (415) and RBI (386).

Ausmus made five post-season appearances as a player, including two trips to the National League Championship Series (2004, 2005) and one to the World Series (2005). In Game 4 of the '05 NLDS, he homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at six and send it into extra innings. Houston went on to win in the 18th during a game in which Ausmus caught 17 innings and played one at first. It remains the longest game in post-season history. He was also a member of the 1999 American League All-Star team as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

Following his playing career and prior to taking over in Detroit, Ausmus also served as a special assistant in the Padres front office from 2010-2013.

Ausmus and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters, Sophie and Abigail and reside in Del Mar, CA.

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Statement from Angels owner Arte Moreno on manager Mike Scioscia

"The dedication and commitment Mike Scioscia has given Angels Baseball over the last 19 years greatly contributed to our evolution into an elite Organization. Mike's tenure as Manager of the Angels includes six division titles, a pennant, and a World Championship that transformed this franchise, and its perception on both local and national levels. We will always be grateful and proud that the Angels played a part in his Hall of Fame career.

On behalf of the entire Angels Organization, we want to express our gratitude to Mike for his time and devotion as our Manager. We wish Mike, his wife Anne, and children Taylor and Matt the very best; you will always be a part of the Angels Family.

"The dedication and commitment Mike Scioscia has given Angels Baseball over the last 19 years greatly contributed to our evolution into an elite Organization. Mike's tenure as Manager of the Angels includes six division titles, a pennant, and a World Championship that transformed this franchise, and its perception on both local and national levels. We will always be grateful and proud that the Angels played a part in his Hall of Fame career.

On behalf of the entire Angels Organization, we want to express our gratitude to Mike for his time and devotion as our Manager. We wish Mike, his wife Anne, and children Taylor and Matt the very best; you will always be a part of the Angels Family.

Thank you."

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Angels host Texas and Oakland in 6-game homestand

The Angels face divisional foes for final homestand of 2018

The Angels return for their 12th and final homestand after facing the Athletics and Astros. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 24 - Wednesday, September 26). Following the three game series and an off day, the homestand will conclude with the Athletics (Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

TEAM AWARDS

• The 2018 Team MVP Award winner, Mike Trout, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's game.

The Angels return for their 12th and final homestand after facing the Athletics and Astros. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 24 - Wednesday, September 26). Following the three game series and an off day, the homestand will conclude with the Athletics (Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

TEAM AWARDS

• The 2018 Team MVP Award winner, Mike Trout, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's game.

• The 2018 Nick Adenhart Award winner, Andrew Heaney, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's game.

• Both awards are voted on by fellow player and coaches.

FAN APPRECIATION DAY

• The Angels will recognize their fans by hosting festivities throughout Angel Stadium on Saturday.

• There will be pre- and in-game opportunities to win prizes for fans. These promotions will be featured on Angels' social channels for a chance to win.

• Fans in attendance will receive a Mike Scioscia Bobblehead courtesy of Angels Radio AM830 while supplies last.

BOY SCOUTS NIGHT

• Boy Scouts from the southern California area will be recognized at Angel Stadium on Thursday.

• Scouts from Troop 295, 660 and 525 will respectively be the Bat Kid, throw out the First Pitch, and announce the ceremonial "play ball."

JAPAN DAY

The Angels will host Japan Day presented by Japan Airlines from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Complimentary pre-game celebrations will take place in the parking lot of Angel Stadium near the Home Plate Gate and big hats.

Event highlights will include:

• A scheduled appearance by Shohei Ohtani & Junichi Tazawa for a special onstage interview (player appearances are subject to change and based on availability)

• Promotional giveaways by Angels Radio AM830

• Angels Sponsor booths and giveaways

• Cultural activities, including: taiko drumming, traditional dances, origami, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), tea ceremony, and a kimono fashion show

• 2018 Nisei Week Queen Alice Amano will emcee the event

• Complimentary food sampling

• Discounted Angels and game used merchandise

• There will be a pre-game on-field Ninja performance and additional Fan Appreciation giveaways during the game vs. Oakland.

• In addition, one lucky fan will be selected to win a pair of economy class roundtrip tickets on Japan Airlines, from Los Angeles (LAX) to Japan.

OKTOBERFEST BEER FESTIVAL

• The Angels will host an Oktoberfest Beer Festival on Friday.

• Fans have a unique opportunity to purchase vouchers outside of Gate 1 for beer flights to be sampled in the Music Garden.

• The Music Garden will feature free Oktoberfest-themed festivities.

FIRST PITCH

• Angels alumni and All-Star, Shigetoshi Hasegaway, will throw out the first pitch prior to Saturday's game.

CEREMONIES

• St. Joseph's will be recognized in a ceremony prior to Monday's game.

• We Care Hero will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday.

• There will be a pre-game ceremony honoring the R.B.I. League Equipment Drive on Wednesday.

• Perricone will be honored on Wednesday and present their total donation to the Angels Baseball Foundation. For every Angels home run this season, Perricone will donate $250 to the foundation.

• Angel Stadium's Employees of the Year (approx. 31 staff members) will be honored on-field prior to Friday's game.

• Fans in attendance of Saturday night's game will be treated to a postgame fireworks show presented by Wells Fargo.

• The Bud Good Sport program, signing up designated drivers at Angel Stadium, will be honored before Sunday's game.

GIVEAWAYS (while supplies last)

• Fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a Mike Scioscia Bobblehead presented by Angels Radio AM830 and a Team Photo while supplies last.

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Angels transactions

Today the Angels have made the following transactions:

• IF Sherman Johnson - Selected to ML Roster
• RHP Nick Tropeano - Transferred to 60-day DL
• LHP Tyler Skaggs - Reinstated from the DL

Today the Angels have made the following transactions:

• IF Sherman Johnson - Selected to ML Roster
• RHP Nick Tropeano - Transferred to 60-day DL
• LHP Tyler Skaggs - Reinstated from the DL

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Angels reach 3 million in home attendance

Club hits the milestone for 16th consecutive season

ANAHEIM, CA - The Angels announced today the Club has reached the 3 Million mark in tickets sold for the 16th consecutive season, an achievement only the Halos and Yankees have accomplished every year since 2003.

The Angels open play tonight with the second-highest average home attendance in the American League (37,298) and the sixth-best in Major League Baseball.              

ANAHEIM, CA - The Angels announced today the Club has reached the 3 Million mark in tickets sold for the 16th consecutive season, an achievement only the Halos and Yankees have accomplished every year since 2003.

The Angels open play tonight with the second-highest average home attendance in the American League (37,298) and the sixth-best in Major League Baseball.              

Since joining the American League in 1961, the Angels have seen over 123 million fans attend their home games.

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Angels to host Japan Day presented by Japan Airlines

The pre-game cultural celebration will take place on September 29

The Angels will host Japan Day Presented by Japan Airlines at Angel Stadium from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, prior to their game against the Oakland Athletics. Pre-game cultural celebrations will take place in the parking lot of Angel Stadium (see attached map), and include a taiko drum performance, Japanese cultural dances, food, giveaways, and a special guest appearance by Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani. Event highlights include: 

•   Scheduled appearance by Shohei Ohtani for a special onstage interview (Player appearances are subject to change and based on availability)
•   Promotional giveaways by Angels Radio AM830
•   Angels Sponsor booths and giveaways
•   Cultural activities, including: taiko drumming, traditional dances, origami, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), tea ceremony, and a kimono fashion show
•   2018 Nisei Week Queen Alice Amano will emcee the event
•   Complimentary food sampling
•   Discounted Angels and game used merchandise
•   Angels sales representatives on hand to discuss ticketing options for the 2019 season
  
This is a complimentary event and fans are encouraged to attend the game vs. Oakland that evening for a pre-game on-field Ninja performance, and additional Fan Appreciation giveaways. During the game, one randomly selected Lucky Fan will be selected to win a pair of economy class roundtrip tickets on Japan Airlines, from Los Angeles (LAX) to Japan. 

The Angels will host Japan Day Presented by Japan Airlines at Angel Stadium from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, prior to their game against the Oakland Athletics. Pre-game cultural celebrations will take place in the parking lot of Angel Stadium (see attached map), and include a taiko drum performance, Japanese cultural dances, food, giveaways, and a special guest appearance by Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani. Event highlights include: 

•   Scheduled appearance by Shohei Ohtani for a special onstage interview (Player appearances are subject to change and based on availability)
•   Promotional giveaways by Angels Radio AM830
•   Angels Sponsor booths and giveaways
•   Cultural activities, including: taiko drumming, traditional dances, origami, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), tea ceremony, and a kimono fashion show
•   2018 Nisei Week Queen Alice Amano will emcee the event
•   Complimentary food sampling
•   Discounted Angels and game used merchandise
•   Angels sales representatives on hand to discuss ticketing options for the 2019 season
  
This is a complimentary event and fans are encouraged to attend the game vs. Oakland that evening for a pre-game on-field Ninja performance, and additional Fan Appreciation giveaways. During the game, one randomly selected Lucky Fan will be selected to win a pair of economy class roundtrip tickets on Japan Airlines, from Los Angeles (LAX) to Japan. 

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Angels host Texas and Seattle in 7-game homestand

The Angels return for their eleventh homestand after facing the Astros, Rangers and White Sox on the road. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 10 - Wednesday, September 12). Following the three game series, the homestand will conclude with the Mariners (Thursday, September 13 - Sunday, September 16). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

DUCKS NIGHT
· The Angels will host friendly neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks, for Ducks Night at Angel Stadium on Friday.
· Current players will partake in batting practice, hit in the cages and throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday's contest.
· There will be exclusive Anaheim Duck-themed in-game entertainment shown on the videoboards.
· The Ducks' Power Players will join the Strike Force for festivities throughout the stadium.
· Fans in attendance will receive a Duck Call while supplies last. In addition, there will be an opportunity to set a stadium record for duck calling during the game.

The Angels return for their eleventh homestand after facing the Astros, Rangers and White Sox on the road. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 10 - Wednesday, September 12). Following the three game series, the homestand will conclude with the Mariners (Thursday, September 13 - Sunday, September 16). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

DUCKS NIGHT
· The Angels will host friendly neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks, for Ducks Night at Angel Stadium on Friday.
· Current players will partake in batting practice, hit in the cages and throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday's contest.
· There will be exclusive Anaheim Duck-themed in-game entertainment shown on the videoboards.
· The Ducks' Power Players will join the Strike Force for festivities throughout the stadium.
· Fans in attendance will receive a Duck Call while supplies last. In addition, there will be an opportunity to set a stadium record for duck calling during the game.

STRIKE OUT SLAVERY
· Strike Out Slavery, an organization dedicated to the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking, will be honored on Saturday. The organization was founded by Albert and Deidre Pujols.
· There will be a pre-game ceremony highlighting the organization's work and dedication.
· Grammy-nominated artist, Nick Jonas, returns for the second year to perform an exclusive post-game concert to raise awareness for the cause.

HAILEY DAWSON
· The Angels will welcome Hailey Dawson to Angel Stadium and invite her to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday's game.
· Hailey was born with Poland syndrome and without three fingers on her throwing hand. She has been living her dream of throwing out the first pitch using 3D-printed hand at Major League parks across the country. She will hit all 30 parks with her final first pitch this Sunday at Angel Stadium.
· Hailey will be joined by her family, as well as surprise guests on the day of the game.

9/11 REMEMBERANCE
· On Tuesday, the Angels will have a pre-game ceremony remembering the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. There will also be a video from Major League Baseball shown, titled "We Shall Not Forget."
· The Color Guard from the Orange County Fire Department will display the flags of this country during the national anthem.

2018 ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD
· Andrew Heaney will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Monday for being selected as the nominee for the Angels for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award.
· This award is the "annual recognition of a player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field."
· The League Winner will be selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel, including a Fan Vote, open until September 18th at mlb.com/clemente21.

FIRST PITCHES
· American hip-hop artist, Schoolboy Q, will throw out the first pitch prior to Monday's game.
· Brendan Steele, an American professional golfer, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday.
· Hailey Dawson, with help from her 3D-printed hand, will throw out the first pitch prior to Sunday's game.

CEREMONIES
· We Care Hero will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Monday.
· CHOC will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony on Thursday.
· Fans will be treated to a post-game fireworks show on Saturday presented by Wells Fargo. Immediately following the fireworks, Nick Jonas will perform an exclusive post-game concert benefitting Strike Out Slavery.

GIVEAWAYS (while supplies last)
· Fans in attendance on Friday will receive a Duck Call while supplies last.

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Shohei Ohtani medical update

RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier today. The imaging revealed new damage to his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Based on these findings, UCL reconstruction surgery is the recommended plan of care. Additional information will be provided when appropriate.
 

RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier today. The imaging revealed new damage to his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Based on these findings, UCL reconstruction surgery is the recommended plan of care. Additional information will be provided when appropriate.
 

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René Rivera awarded to Braves on waiver claim

The Angels announced Wednesday that catcher René Rivera was awarded to the Atlanta Braves on a waiver claim. The announcement was made by General Manager Billy Eppler.

Rivera, 35, signed with the Angels as a free agent last January 9. In 30 games with the Halos, he recorded a .244 batting average (20/82) with four doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI. Rivera was recently activated from the disabled list Aug. 15th after missing 76 games with right knee inflammation. He appeared in six rehab games with Single-A Inland Empire before his return.

The Angels announced Wednesday that catcher René Rivera was awarded to the Atlanta Braves on a waiver claim. The announcement was made by General Manager Billy Eppler.

Rivera, 35, signed with the Angels as a free agent last January 9. In 30 games with the Halos, he recorded a .244 batting average (20/82) with four doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI. Rivera was recently activated from the disabled list Aug. 15th after missing 76 games with right knee inflammation. He appeared in six rehab games with Single-A Inland Empire before his return.

A native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Rivera has played in all or parts of 10 Major League seasons since making his debut with Seattle in September, 2004. In 503 career games, he owns a lifetime .221 average (309/1398) with 62 doubles, two triples, 40 home runs and 164 RBI. A solid defensive catcher, Rivera has thrown out 37 percent of would-be base stealers (126 of 217) during his career, including 43.8% this season (7 of 16).

Drafted by Seattle in the second round of the 2001 MLB Amateur June Draft, Rivera has played for the Mariners, Minnesota, San Diego, Tampa Bay, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Angels.

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Angels activate Robles, option McGuire

Today the Angels have made the following roster moves:

•   RHP Deck McGuire - Optioned to Salt Lake
•   RHP Hansel Robles - Reinstated from the Disabled List

Today the Angels have made the following roster moves:

•   RHP Deck McGuire - Optioned to Salt Lake
•   RHP Hansel Robles - Reinstated from the Disabled List

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Angels reinstate Mike Trout from disabled list

The Angels made the following transactions Friday afternoon:

·         OF Jabari Blash - Optioned to Salt Lake

The Angels made the following transactions Friday afternoon:

·         OF Jabari Blash - Optioned to Salt Lake

·         CF Mike Trout - Reinstated from the Disabled List

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