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Deceptive Trend

Like the herky Ben Weber, the violent Brendan Donnelly, the slinging Scot Shields, and the hurricane that was Frankie Rodriguez, new Angel closer Brian Fuentes relies on a deceptive delivery.

The Angel bullpen will continue to send out lots of moving parts.


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Brendan The Rules

Well, Brendan Donnelly is headed back to the AL West, having signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers

Fortunately for Angel fans, Donnelly’s best years are probably behind him. 

Donnelly was one of our favorites while with the Angels, as his mound performances in 2002 were pivotal to the Angels World Series championship

He was one of the few Angel pitchers of  this decade eager to defend Angel batters, winning over teammates despite his willingness to be a “replacement player” in 1995.

When he was suspended eight games in 2005 after Jose Guillen dropped the dime on him, he answered by successfully bullying Guillen a couple seasons later. 

Sure, he tended to go to his mouth suspiciously, carried spare baseballs to the mound, was named in the Mitchell Report, and slathered his glove with pine tar, but Brendan Donnelly was a true competitor for the Angels and, for a short period, one of the best relievers in team history (his 2002 and 2003 seasons were remarkable). 

And, of course, anyone who is a career long adversary of Jose Guillen is good by us.


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