Angels Groundskeepers’ Thanksgiving Holiday Canned Food Drive

Tis the season to be an Angel!

Today, the Angels’ Groundskeepers kicked off their 13th annual Thanksgiving Holiday Canned Food Drive at Angel Stadium, with proceeds benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Individuals who donated were invited to test their batting, fielding and pitching skills out on the field.

There’s still time to participate in this great cause: Tomorrow, November 22, and Sunday, November 23! More information about the event can be found below.

Future dates:

Saturday, November 22, 2014 & Sunday, November 23, 2014

Donations of three cans of non-perishable food or $2 will be good for one swing against a pitching machine with a maximum of 20 pitches per participant. A donation of two canned food items or $1 per pitch will allow fans to test their pitching skills in the bullpen. Fans will also have the opportunity to shag fly balls in the outfield for a donation of $25 for 30 minutes. The Angels will provide bats, balls and helmets. The Angels Clubhouse Attendants will also provide a tour of the Clubhouse for a donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children. Hours for the food drive will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Participants can enter Angel Stadium through Gate #1. All proceeds will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in the fight against hunger during the holiday season.

**Note: Limited capacity on the field will apply. We suggest that participants bring their own gear to participate in the on-field activities.

Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to make a monetary donation, may send checks to: Second Harvest Food Bank, 8014 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618

Happy Birthday C.J. Wilson!

To celebrate C.J. Wilson‘s 34th birthday today, we’ve compiled some of our best shots from his 2014 season.

Photos: Angels Baseball Foundation Golf Classic

The Angels Baseball Foundation held their annual Golf Classic at the Pelican Hill Golf Course on Thursday, November 13. Since 2004, this tournament has given Angels fans the opportunity to golf with current and former Angels greats. All proceeds benefited the Angels Baseball Foundation.

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Hector Santiago, MLB All-Stars Participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony

When in Japan… do as the Japanese do!

Konichiwa, fans. Here’s another update from your Halos in Japan.

Hector Santiago and many of your other MLB All-Stars are taking in everything that their travels have to offer.

Your Angels LHP took part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony:

The players still have another week of baseball and exciting adventures left in Japan! Here’s the schedule if you are interested in watching the upcoming games over the weekend.

Saturday, November 15

Game #3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

Sunday, November 16

Game #4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

 

Until next time, Sayonara!

Photos: The Best of Mike Trout, Celebrating Our MVP

In celebration of Mike Trout’s first MVP Award, our Photographers have compiled some of their best photos of the Angels OF from the 2014 season.

Enjoy!

Halos Take on Japan: Shoemaker and Santiago Represent MLB in Japan All-Star Series

Greetings Fans!

We are ecstatic that RHP Matt Shoemaker and LHP Hector Santiago have been selected to represent the Angels and the MLB in the Japan All-Star Series 2014!

Here is the full MLB All-Star Team roster:

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Before heading overseas, the players took part in a two-day training session at Dodger Stadium.

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The All-Stars arrived on Sunday, pumped and ready to get back on the field. Shoemaker and Santiago have already shared some of their experiences.

 

 

 

At 5am this morning, the MLB All-Star team took the win over Hanshin/Yomiuri, 8-7 in the first of two Exhibition Games in the Japan Series. If you’re an early bird or a night owl and want to view the rest of the action live, MLBNetwork is exclusively televising every game of the Japan All-Star Series here in the U.S. MLB.TV subscribers can watch every game live and on-demand across supported devices, like the MLB At Bat App.

Not up for catching the worm or star gazing? No worries! Each game will re-air later each day at 6pm PT!

Here is the full MLBNetwork broadcast schedule:

Tuesday, November 11

Exhibition Game vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants at Koshien

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

Wednesday, November 12

Game #1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

Friday, November 14

Game #2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air  

Saturday, November 15

Game #3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

Sunday, November 16

Game #4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

Tuesday, November 18

Game #5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo

5 am ET/2 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

Thursday, November 20

Exhibition Game vs. Team Japan, Okinawa

4 am ET/1 am PT live broadcast/9 pm ET/6 pm PT re-air

It’s almost time for Japan to fear the beard! Shoemaker is set to start Game #1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka on Wednesday. Watch him live at 1am PT or 6pm PT tomorrow.

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We’ll be sharing all social content that comes in from Japan on our Twitter (@angels), Instagram (@angels) and Facebook.

Sayonara for now!

Go Angels!

Photos: Albert Pujols Participates in Golf Fundraiser for MLB Urban Youth Academy

Albert Pujols dedicated his Monday to a great cause, alongside Baseball Hall of Famers, other Sports Legends and Hollywood Stars!

The Angels’ first baseman joined Baseball Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson & Joe Morgan in the Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational to benefit the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Los Angeles on Monday, November 10.

Check out photos from the fundraiser at the Wilshire Country Club below and click here for more information about the MLB Urban Youth Academy.

 

Fan Favorites Awards: WINNERS REVEALED Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of our Fan Favorites Awards Ceremony! Check out the first batch of winners that were unveiled yesterday in Part One if you haven’t already.

For the past two weeks, a new cluster of categories was released every Tuesday and Thursday for Angels fans to vote on. We are ecstatic to finally unveil the results of your opinions on the 2014 season!

If you have just joined in on the Fan Favorites fad, well… you missed the voting process. But have no fear, because today you can enjoy checking out the winners and also becoming prepared for next year’s awards.

The envelopes please….

 

 

1. We will kick off Part Two of the Fan Favorites Awards reveal with the results of Best New Food Stand. 

The winner, with 36% of the total votes is…   

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Second Place: A tie between Smoke Ring BBQ and Spuds Gourmet Fries (22%)

2. Up next, we have Best Player Twitter Account! Today, Social Media brings about many opportunities for players to interact directly with their fans. Each player does so differently, so we left it up to the fans to let us know us who rocks the Twitter scene.

The Fan Favorites Award goes to…

@Trouty20

Second Place: Hank Conger, @pandacrusher35 (16%)

3. We asked fans to look back at the 2014 season (and maybe some stats) to determine which player should take home the Fan Favorites Award for Best Defensive Player. 

Raking in 41% of your votes, the winner is…

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Second Place: Mike Trout (33%)

4. Moving on to the Angels pitcher with the Best Pitching Face. Yes, an unconventional and unique category.

Stealing 244 of 454 votes, Matt Shoemaker will take home the award.

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Second Place: Garrett Richards (19%)

5. We love seeing fan creativity all around the ballpark. That’s why we created the Best Fan Sign category!

The award goes to the fan with a lot of team faith (35% of the vote)…

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Second Place: (21%)

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6. Next, we will unveil the pitcher who you thought was the Best in the Bullpen this season.

With a solid 50% of the total votes, the winner is…

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Second Place: Joe Smith (22%)

7. Another Social Media selection is in order. We have revealed your favorite player to follow on Twitter, but who will take home the Fan Favorites Award for Best Player Instagram Account?

With 41% of the total votes, it looks like we now know who should be crowned “Angels Social Media King” in your book…

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Second Place: C.J. Wilson, @cjwilsonphoto (33%)

8. Let’s just say that this next category was officially dominated by one of the nominees. Not much of a race at all. The fan’s choice has decided that Garrett Richards will carry the most Halo Hope for 2015 on the team as he transitions from the DL to the mound once again. Richards stole 80% of your votes.

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Second Place: Efren Navarro (8%)

9. Moving on to the Angels Spirit Award. There are a lot of great guys on the team, but who did the fans think showed a recognizable love for their teammates, the fans and the game?

With 47% of the votes, the Fan Favorites Award goes to…

Second Place: Hank Conger (33%)

10. Sadly, we’re nearing the end of our awards ceremony. The final poll was partially open-ended to get some concrete feedback from the fans. We asked you What should the name of next year’s awards be? Over half of you (68%) said that we should keep the pioneer name of “Fan Favorites Awards.” 12% of you suggested that we should wait to make a decision until the 2015 season is complete. Maybe we’ll be naming the awards after a new player, a World Series MVP or a popular promotional item. 11 Fans gave us some great name ideas. We will see where we stand in a year from now.

 

Well, that concludes the 2014 Angels Fan Favorites Awards! We hope you all had as much fun with this as we did creating it.

When the 2015 season comes to an end, we will be back with more polls and good times here on The Halo Way.

Before we end our unofficial ceremony, we’d like to thank all the fans who voted on the polls and participated in the discussions on the blog and on Twitter with #AngelsFanFaves.

Have a great rest of your day.

Go Angels!

Fan Favorites Awards: WINNERS REVEALED Part One

The time has come to announce the winners of the Fan Favorites Awards categories! We’ll start by revealing 10 of the categories’ results. Check back tomorrow for the final 10 winners.

For the past two weeks, a new cluster of categories was released every Tuesday and Thursday for Angels fans to vote on. We are ecstatic to finally unveil the results of your opinions on the 2014 season!

If you have just joined in on the Fan Favorites fad, well… you missed the voting process. But have no fear, because today you can enjoy checking out the winners and also becoming prepared for next year’s awards.

Without further ado, drum roll please… Welcome to our unofficial Fan Favorites Awards Show!

 

 

1. We’ll begin by announcing the winner of the Best 2014 Promotional Giveaway at Angel Stadium: The Albert Pujols 500th Home Run Bobblehead, taking the category with 29% of the vote.

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Second Place: Mike Trout Gnome (20%)

2. Up next, we have Fan Favorite Rookie. With a whopping 77% of the vote, Matt Shoemaker takes home the prize!

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3. The next category focused on determining the Best Catch of 2014. The winner tallied exactly half of the total votes.

And the Fan Favorites Award goes to…

Trout’s No Look Catch

Second Place: Kole Calhoun (37%)

4. Now on to Best Fan Section. This year, we had over 3 million fans pass through the turnstiles of Angel Stadium, but where did you spend most of your time at the ol’ ballgame? Most of you answered….

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Second Place: Lower View (20%)

This is also a great time to remind you that you can now place a deposit for 2015 Angels Season Tickets!  Click Here for more information. Take if from the fans: Check out the Trout Farm next season to see what all the fuss is about!

5. Now, back to the awards. We asked you fans who your Fan Favorite Player is. Broad? Yes, but we were able to focus on only position players and leave a separate category to highlight your favorite pitchers. Let’s just say that there was nothing fishy about the outcome of this category. The winner, taking 61% of the fan vote is…

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Second Place: Kole Calhoun (16%)

 6. We had some big events this season that were intended to supplement your experiences at the Big A. There were two events that remained neck in neck while the polls were open. Which one came out on top?

With 32% of the vote, the Fan Favorites Award goes to:

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Second Place: 1/2 to Christmas (30%)

7. Moving on to Most Outstanding Pitcher. The Angels pitching had its ups and its downs this season, but there was one player that you thought stood out from the rest. Raking in 528 out of a total of 1,031 votes in this category, your winner is Garrett Richards!

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Second Place: Matt Shoemaker (29%)

8. The Best Smile category was pretty self-explanatory. The dentist’s pet, if you will, is Mr. Mike Trout (36%)!

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Second Place: Howie Kendrick (34%)

9. We asked fans which 2014 season game was the Most Exciting Game to witness whether you were at the ballpark, at home, or out and about. Out of the 5 nominees, the winner is…

Mike Trout’s Grand Slam off of Chris Sale on June 7th!

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Second Place: Angels win + Rangers come from behind victory = Division Clinch (9/17) (21%)

10. We’ll conclude today’s announcements by presenting the award to the player with the Best Walk-up Song. We asked you to decide who had the best taste in tunes and your votes resulted in the closest race of all the categories! By just ONE lone vote, the Fan Favorites Award goes to…

Efren Navarro and his jam, “El Toro Mambo” (27%).

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Second Place: Mike Trout, “Started From the Bottom.”

We hope you are all pleased with the results of the first 10 polls! Check back with us tomorrow right here on The Halo Way when we reveal the last 10 winners!

Photos: Angels #HaloLantern Pumpkin Carving Contest

In light of the holiday that is upon us, we asked our fans to carve Angels-themed pumpkins and enter them in our #HaloLantern Instagram Contest. You can check out some of the masterpieces in the gallery below or check them out on Instagram under #HaloLantern.

Thank you to all who shared your team “spirit” with us.

Have a spooky, fun and safe Halo-ween!

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