Your Anaheim Angels Have No African-American Players on Roster for First Time...Ever?

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1978 Topps Baseball Card
At least Baylor is still a coach...

For a county that has been notoriously nasty to African-Americans, the one place they have always received a welcome was playing for your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim. From the earliest days of Leon "Daddy Wags" Wagner through Alex Johnson through the glory days of Don Baylor, Reggie Jackson, and Rod Carew through Garrett Anderson, Torii Hunter, and Howie Kendricks, the Halos have almost always counted at least one black player as one of its stars.

Until this year. For the first time perhaps ever, there are no African-Americans on the Angels' roster.


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Angels Trade Josh Hamilton. Free at Last

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Yes, change the A to a T.
UPDATE NO. 2, APRIL 27, 1:41 P.M.: The Angels announced today that the short Josh Hamilton era with the team is over.

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MLB Won't Investigate Rumors That Angels Leaked Josh Hamilton's Drug Mea Culpa

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Angels Kole Calhoun and Josh Hamilton celebrate a game-winning hit in 2014.
Though many sports scribes surmised Your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim leaked details of their outfielder Josh Hamilton's meeting with Major League Baseball to admit he'd used cocaine, the league says there is no evidence indicating that and no investigation of the team will be launched.

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Josh Hamilton of Angels WON'T Be Suspended

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Josh Hamilton has not exactly lived up to expectations in Anaheim.
Major League Baseball announced today that Angels outfielder and struggling addict Josh Hamilton will not be suspended for reportedly admitting to officials he relapsed with cocaine.

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2015 Won't Be a Banner Year for Angels of Anaheim's C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton

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The banners at far right of C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton won't be up for 2015.
Could anyone blame C.J. Wilson if he feels nervous? Right after a giant banner of the lefty starting pitcher was removed from the front entrance area of Angel Stadium, manager Mike Scioscia revealed he will likely start the season with a four-man rather than five-man rotation.

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Top Sports Moments List Honors Mike Trout While Disrespecting Him and Orange County

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Mike Trout at No. 9? WTF?
If the UC Irvine men's basketball team, which won the Big West Tournament title game Saturday and the Anteaters' first NCAA bid since becoming a Division I program 38 years ago, continue their dream season by knocking off heavily favored Louisville this Friday, perhaps that will crack the top 10 list of 2015 greatest sports moments in the Los Angeles/Orange County region.

Because it sure ain't easy to make the list from this side of the Orange Curtain.

For 2014, we're represented by only one major shining moment--waaaay down at No. 9.

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Has Angels Slugger Josh Hamilton's Wife Katie Quit Real Housewives of Orange County?

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Josh and Katie Hamilton (left) greet Heather Dubrow of Real Housewives of Orange County.
There is apparently much Real Housewives of Orange County footage in the can of new cast member Katie Hamilton, but Josh Hamilton's wife has reportedly not appeared at shoots for the Bravo reality show currently in production for about two weeks--or about as long as the public has known about the Angels slugger's looming suspension for substance abuse.

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This is Why We Miss Vlady Guerrero

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A few more frames later comes the bloop single to left and bad throw that scored a run and put Vlady on second.
Caps off to Deadspin's Barry Petchesky for reminding us what we miss so much about former Angel Vladimir Guerrero.

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Will Josh Hamilton and Wife Katie Get Really Real on Real Housewives of Orange County?

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Josh and Katie Hamilton (left) attended Heather Dubrow's hoe-down party that celebrated the building of a new home and was featured on last season's Real Housewives of Orange County.
It's way down on Josh Hamilton's list of priorities--he's recovering from an injury, facing a possible suspension from pro baseball for relapsing with cocaine and alcohol and hearing friends urge him to retire--but one unresolved question is what will this do to the budding reality television careers of Josh and Katie Hamilton?

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Are They Joshing or is Hamilton's Wife Really Real Housewives of Orange County-Bound?

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Guess which current Angel's wife is said to be joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County? (First two guesses don't count.)
First they came for the wife of a former Athletic, and I did not speak out--Because, duh, the A's are in freakin' Oakland, who cares?

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