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David Freese had come over from St. Louis, Erick Aybar was entrenched at shortstop and utility man Andrew Romine was out of options, so Grant Green went into 2014 figuring he’d just stay at second base for the Angels, to start there in the Minor Leagues and be ready on the off chance Howie Kendrick was traded.
“I couldn’t have been more wrong,” Green said from the Angel Stadium clubhouse on Friday afternoon, shortly after being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Green started the season with the Salt Lake Bees, played two games at second base, then spent the rest of the time getting re-acclimated with the left side of the infield, playing a lot of shortstop and a little bit of third base.
A week ago, he was told he’d start playing left field, and Green didn’t know what to think. He asked Triple-A manager Keith Johnson what was going on, and couldn’t get an answer.
“You’re kind of thinking, ‘Did I not do a good job at third and short that they have to put me in the outfield now?’” Green said. “But as long as you’re in this clubhouse over that one, I guess you’re doing something right.”
The Angels just wanted Green to be as versatile as possible to make him more appealing in the big leagues, and give them more options to get his bat in the lineup – a bat that was responsible for a .349/.395/.505 slash line in 119 plate appearances in the Pacific Coast League.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he’s “very comfortable” starting Green in left field, a position he spent 49 games at in the A’s system in 2012. The 26-year-old right-handed hitter, acquired from Oakland in exchange for third baseman Alberto Callaspo last July, wasn’t in the lineup against right-hander Colby Lewis, but will probably start on Saturday against Matt Harrison and most other lefties moving forward.
Left field figures to be Green’s primary position with the Angels right now, but Scioscia said “his versatility is something that will come into play.”
Green credited former Angels second baseman Bobby Grich for his success at the plate early on. The two met at a Make-A-Wish event, exchanged numbers and started working together in a local batting cage. Grich taught Green to finish his swing a little lower, which Green believes has “allowed me to stay on the plane of the ball a lot longer.”
Left field “feels good,” Green said.
Everything does in the big leagues.
“It was just getting used to not reacting right away; taking a couple seconds to see where the ball goes first,” Green said. “But it felt fine. The throw’s a little bit longer, the batter’s a little further away. Other than that, it’s the same.”
Shin-Soo Choo, LF
Elvis Andrus, SS
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
Donnie Murphy, 2B
Leonys Martin, CF
Michael Choice, DH
Robinson Chirinos, C
SP: RH Colby Lewis (1-1, 4.60 ERA)
Mike Trout, CF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Raul Ibanez, DH
Hank Conger, C
Collin Cowgill, RF
J.B. Shuck, LF
SP: LH Hector Santiago (0-4, 4.44 ERA)
The following is a release sent out by the team about an upcoming charitable game at the ballpark …
More than 900 children with physical and mental disabilities from 30 Challenger Division Little League teams throughout Orange County will experience the thrill of playing baseball at Angel Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the seventh annual Bank of America Orange County Little League “Challenger Classic.” The Challenger Classic, created through a partnership between the Angels Baseball Foundation and Bank of America, provides young players with the joy of playing America’s pastime alongside their baseball heroes and coaches, right on the field at Angels Stadium. The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Four sets of games will be played starting at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with each age division playing a two-inning, one-hour game on designated diamonds on the outfield grass at Angel Stadium. Scheduled to participate in this year’s Orange County Little League Challenger Classic are Angels pitcher Jerome Williams, Angels Third Base Coach Dino Ebel, Angels Bullpen Coach Steve Soliz, former Angels players Bobby Grich, Clyde Wright, Justin Speier and Rex Hudler and Angels Chairman Dennis Kuhl.
In addition to the current and former Angels, 200 Bank of America volunteers and local Little League “Buddies” will help make it a day to remember, including video display of the games on the Jumbotron, a team photo with an Angel player, special medal award ceremony near home plate and lunch.
Families, friends and baseball fans are invited to join Bank of America, the Angels Baseball Foundation at the Orange County Little League Challenger Classic. Enter at Angels Stadium at Gate 1. Seating is open.
Media planning to attend the day’s events are asked to contact the Angels’ Communications Department prior to their arrival.
At long last, I can say this: Happy Opening Day, all. We’re about four hours away from first pitch at Angel Stadium, with Jered Weaver taking the ball against Bruce Chen, Albert Pujols debuting and Kendrys Morales (likely) being in a regular-season starting lineup for the first time since May 2010.
Some links to get you ready …
- Finally, Pujols is set to make his Opening Day debut
- Weaver eager to get year started
- Anticipation runs high as Halos get light work
- Morales, Mark Trumbo likely to be in OD lineup
- In new home, Pujols not distracted by doubters
- With Pujols and C.J. Wilson, Angels aiming high in 2012
- Humble Weaver is true lead dog for Angels
Some Opening Day factoids …
- The Angels have won seven of their last eight Opening Day games.
- Pujols is batting .415 (17-for-41) with four homers for his career on Opening Day. His .379 batting average against the Royalsis his highest vs. any club (minimum of 50 at-bats).
- Weaver is making his third straight OD start and fourth overall. He’s one of five Angels pitchers to make four or more OD starts, joining Mike Witt (five), Chuck Finley (four), Mark Langston (four) and Frank Tanana (four).
- Over the last 10 years, the Angels are 57-29 against the Royals, including a 26-14 mark at home.
Some memorable Opening Days in club history, courtesy of the Angels PR department …
- April 6, 1973: Nolan Ryan makes his first Opening Day start with the Angels, beating the Royals, 3-2, by striking out 12 in a complete game.
- April 6, 1977: Tanana hurls a complete-game shutout in the Angels’ 7-0 win over the Mariners.
- April 8, 1986: Bobby Grich homers off the first pitch of the season in Seattle.