Worst fielding AL team ready to grab for gloves

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Physical examinations will be in order today for position players, who also need to make sure their gloves are in proper condition. The Angels were the worst fielding team in the American League last season, committing 124 errors for a .979 fielding percentage. The fielding miscues led to 80 unearned runs a year after the Angels allowed a league-low 45 unearned runs. FEELING AT HOME Gary Matthews Jr. made his first appearance in camp and said he already is feeling right at home. “I’ve been playing in this division for a while now,” Matthews said. “I already know these guys and know the players here and the personnel. It’s really like coming in and getting ready to go.” The San Fernando Valley native was worried that returning to the area might be a distraction so he took some precautions. The first was to move to Southern California during the winter so that the start of the season would not also be his homecoming. “I spent the offseason in Cali just so I could get accustomed to it, and my family could get used to be being around just so it’s not so crazy when I come home from spring training,” he said. INJURIES NOT A WORRY Scioscia said he does not think the injuries to Bartolo Colon and Juan Rivera will wind up costing them the season. Colon is rehabbing rotator cuff problems, and Rivera broke his tibia in winter ball. With Colon, the real question is what type of pitcher he will be when he returns. “Bart’s injury is one that historically heals itself; it will heal,” Scioscia said. “The time-frame of it, I don’t know, and how much stuff a pitcher retains after an injury like this will vary. But Bart will be back pitching at some point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fielding will no doubt be a priority in this camp, with the first full-squad workout set for Tuesday. The most notable change will be the larger glove that will be used by Chone Figgins as he tries to overcome fielding issues at third base. Figgins had 16 errors last season, 10 of which came in 34games (2801/3 innings) at third. center_img “I’m very comfortable with the system and with what (fielding coach Alfredo Griffin) does with the infielders,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got some work to do because we’re going to have different chemistry on the infield with rookie (Howie) Kendrick at second, Figgy at third and (Casey Kotchman), Kendry (Morales), (Robb) Quinlan or (Shea) Hillenbrand at first.” Even though defense will be a priority, there are no plans to add additional drills. “There’s nothing more we can to pound these guys with it,” Scioscia said. “Obviously we need to do things better on the defensive side. The solution comes in different forms, and hopefully this year it will be with the addition of (Gary) Matthews (Jr.), with Figgy getting comfortable at third base and stability at first base.” A return to the type of defense the Angels played in 2005 just might be what they need to return to the postseason. “Defense certainly had an impact,” Scioscia said. “The number of unearned runs we gave up was off the charts. But if we had played erratic defense (and) hit anywhere near where we should have the first month and a half, it could have been a different outcome.” last_img read more

A great start, but Pochettino says he feels ‘worst’ in five years at the club

first_img OFF no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 Mauricio Pochettino claims this season has seen him experience his “worst feeling” as Tottenham manager even though this is the club’s best ever start to a Premier League season.Spurs have 21 points from their opening nine games and a victory over Manchester City at Wembley on Monday night would see them go above Pep Guardiola’s men. “Sometimes people expect that we should be winning or we must win titles when the circumstances are not ideal.“Everything is not perfect but we are in a circumstance and a project that is completely different to another club, at the moment.“But maybe when we arrive to the new stadium in the future, we will be in the same project, or we are going to act the same as other teams are acting like Liverpool, City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal.”Pochettino confident Wembley pitch will be playable for Manchester City clash Spurs can rise to third with a victory over the Citizens Latest Tottenham Hotspur News “The circumstance that happened in the last years, I think the club is not focused completely in winning titles or winning games,” he said.“We have a lot of focus and you know very well when you are competing with sides like we are in Champions League and Premier League, the most important thing is to fight in the same conditions as others.“Today, we spend a lot of energy in many things. One is to win games, but the club need to be all focused in trying to win titles.“Because today we need to fix other problems and different circumstances that happen that don’t help the team or the club to only be focused on winning titles. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Pochettino admits his side will not be able to challenge City until they move into their new stadium REVEALED REVEALED center_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas “This season, my feeling is the worst.“I don’t know, it’s so difficult to explain because many things happen, I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season.“I don’t know, many things happened in the summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or best humour.“I know I always have a good relationship with the media but my feeling is not the best feeling, I had better feeling in previous seasons.”As well as Spurs have done in the league this season, Pochettino accepts they are unlikely to be able to challenge the likes of City until they are in their new stadium. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ 3 punished 3 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January But it has been a difficult time for Pochettino as Tottenham’s new stadium is facing ongoing construction delays with the club announcing on Friday the rest of their 2018 home games will be at the national stadium.The boss suffered more frustration as Spurs became the first club in Premier League history not to sign anyone during the summer transfer window, something that was hardly ideal given nine of their World Cup players did not report back until five days before the new season began.They are on the brink of a Champions League exit after picking up just one point from their opening three group games but their domestic form has been good.Pochettino admits his mood has been “the worst”.“The season so far, it’s strange because my feeling is the worst feeling I’ve had in the five years that I’ve been here,” he said. “It’s the worst. My feeling, but it’s the best start ever for the club in the Premier League. It’s strange, no? Despite their great start to the league season, their prospects of reaching the Champions League last 16 are looking bleak targets Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker last_img read more