Los Angeles Angels: Angel Stadium

Will Angel Stadium boost Albert Pujols' power?

January, 17, 2012
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Ask most American League hitters and they'll tell you: It takes a well-struck baseball to leave Angel Stadium. Pitchers generally love it. The Angels rarely play day games and the Pacific Ocean helps keep things cool at night, so conditions combine with deep dimensions to make it fair, but slightly skewed in the pitchers' favor.

And yet, according to some, Albert Pujols could actually gain by switching ballparks. Busch Stadium negated much of Pujols' power to right-center, costing him home runs. He hit 37 last year and, in the above link, it's conjectured that he might have hit as many as 16 more if Angel Stadium were his home park. Especially in day games, the right-center power alley is one of the few areas of Angel Stadium susceptible to home runs. Mike Napoli likes to hit them over that scoreboard.

Hard to believe that Angel Stadium could actually help a hitter, but maybe it'll be good for a small spike?

According to ESPN's Park Factors under the "Resources" tab, Busch Stadium was one of only five major-league stadiums where it was harder to hit a home run than Angel Stadium. Of course, these things are dicey. For one thing, the Angels had the advantage of playing about 20 games at home against the weak-hitting Seattle Mariners and Oakland A's. They also had the advantage of being able to use Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and the rest of their well-above-average pitching staff. So, maybe it will be worth even more to Pujols to get out of Busch.

Changing stadiums: Yet one more reason to be excited to see what Pujols does this year.

Angels top pick in the house

June, 27, 2011
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There's a fresh face in the Angel Stadium batting cage this afternoon. First-round pick C.J. Cron, a first baseman who has agreed to a signing bonus of $1.467 million, launched several drives over the fence, including a few to right-center and center field.

Even major-league veterans were impressed.

"That guy has a lot of power," said Angels right fielder Torii Hunter. "He actually hit a ball out to right-center. In this park, that's a bomb. Not quite (Mark) Trumbo pop, but close. Wait until he gets his man muscles."

Cron has decided to put off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder until after the minor-league season. Cron will report to rookie ball in Orem, Utah, this summer once he signs his contract. The Angels were waiting until team orthopedist Lewis Yocum examined Cron's MRI results on Tuesday before offering him a contract.

A right-handed hitter, Cron (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) batted .434 with 15 home runs, 26 doubles and 59 RBIs his junior year at Utah.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Mike Trout
BA HR RBI R
.290 31 97 92
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Trout 31
RBIM. Trout 97
RM. Trout 92
OPSM. Trout .934
WJ. Weaver 15
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164