Tag: California Angels

Mark Langston reaches an agreement with the Angels on a five-year contract worth $16 million

Mark Langston reaches an agreement with the Angels on a five-year contract worth $16 million, making the left-handed pitcher the latest highest-paid player in baseball history. The 29 year-old free agent, who had a combined 16-14 record with the Mariners and Expos last season, rejected Montreal’s three-year, $9 million offer last summer that would have made him the first major leaguer to have averaged $3 million a season.

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ROD CAREW COLLECTS HIS 3000TH HIT

At Anaheim Stadium in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 41,630, Angel first baseman Rod Carew singles off of Minnesota southpaw Frank Viola in the third inning to become the 16th major leaguer to amass 3000 hits. After the historic hit, Halos’ manager Gene Mauch brings the first-base sack into the dugout, replacing it with another a new bag.

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Reggie Jackson, who left the Bronx when the team decided not to renew his contract, returns to Yankee Stadium as an Angel, and to the delight of the New York crowd, hits a long home run contributing to California’s 3-1 rain-shortened victory over the home team. The fans show their displeasure about losing ‘Mr. October’ to free agency by chanting “Steinbrenner Sucks” as Jackson rounded the bases while the Yankee owner stands defiantly in his box.

Reggie Jackson, who left the Bronx when the team decided not to renew his contract, returns to Yankee Stadium as an Angel, and to the delight of the New York crowd, hits a long home run contributing to California’s 3-1 rain-shortened victory over the home team. The fans show their displeasure about losing ‘Mr. October’ to free agency by chanting “Steinbrenner Sucks” as Jackson rounded the bases while the Yankee owner stands defiantly in his box.

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The Minnesota Twins trade star first baseman Rod Carew to the California Angels 

1979 – The Minnesota Twins trade star first baseman Rod Carew to the California Angels for outfielder Ken Landreaux and three lesser players (Dave Engle, Paul Hartzell and Brad Havens). Carew, who hit .333 for the Twins in 1978 but had vowed never to play again for owner Calvin Griffith after he made disparaging remarks against black players a few months earlier, will hit .318 for the Angels this season. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Pirates acquire Mike Easler

On April 4, 1977, the Pittsburgh Pirates make a seemingly minor trade that will pay major dividends. The Bucs acquire outfielder Mike Easler from the California Angels for minor league pitcher Randy Sealy. Easler will contribute mightily to the Pirates’ World Championship in 1979.

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