ANGELS NOTEBOOK: FLEXIBLE FULLMER GIVES ANGELS SEVERAL OPTIONS.Byline: Gabe Lacques Staff Writer
ANAHEIM - Going without Darin Erstad Darin Charles Erstad (born June 4, 1974 in Jamestown, North Dakota) is a first baseman/center fielder in Major League Baseball currently with the Chicago White Sox. Prior to 2007, he had played his entire career with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise (1996-2006). hasn't been easy for the Angels. It would be even more difficult if their position players weren't flexible enough to bounce from role to role.
First baseman Scott Spiezio Scott Edward Spiezio (born September 21, 1972 in Joliet, Illinois) is a Major League Baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the son of former Cardinal Ed Spiezio. has filled in at third base and left field and right field. Shawn Wooten William Shawn Wooten (born July 24, 1972 in Glendora, California), is a catcher who is currently with the New Orleans Zephyrs of the New York Mets organization. Previously, Wooten played with the Anaheim Angels (2000-03), the Philadelphia Phillies (2004), Boston Red Sox (2005) and has swung from designated hitter designated hitter
n. Baseball Abbr. DH
A player designated at the start of a game to bat instead of the pitcher in the lineup.
Noun 1. to first base to catcher. And designated hitter Brad Fullmer's improved play at first base has made the Angels more confident to start him there, giving better lineup flexibility and more attractive late-inning options.
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Manager Mike Scioscia managed Fullmer (Montclair Prep of Panorama City) in the Arizona Fall League The Arizona Fall League is a minor league baseball league which operates during the fall in Arizona, United States at five spring training complexes. Structure
Each August, Major League Baseball clubs hold a position draft to determine the players who will go to Arizona. in 1997, when Fullmer was in the Montreal Expos' system. Back then, Fullmer admitted he was a mess defensively, because he was playing some at third base and some at first. When he got to the big leagues with Montreal, he said he didn't receive positive reinforcement positive reinforcement,
n a technique used to encourage a desirable behavior. Also called
positive feedback, in which the patient or subject receives encouraging and favorable communication from another person. .
``I wasn't real good over there yet,'' he remembers. ``There was stuff mechanically I needed to improve on. The manager was telling me how bad I was, and it didn't help. I was busting my (butt) to get better.''
The turning point for Fullmer came in the spring of 2000, when he showed up two weeks early to spring training to work with a minor-league coach at first base. Then he was traded to Toronto and became mostly a designated hitter.
--Bottom line: The sale of the Angels from the Walt Disney Co. to Arturo Moreno will become official this morning, when the cash transfer from Moreno to Disney is made. Final paperwork for the $184 million transaction was signed Wednesday.
Moreno has watched both home games from the owners' box since the Angels returned from their road trip, during which Moreno's purchase of the Angels was approved by baseball owners.
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- Gabe Lacques