For the first time in 19 years, Mike Scioscia is not the Angels manager. During his tenure the Halos averaged 86 wins, had 12 winning seasons, reached the postseason seven times, and won their lone World Series title. Brad Ausmus takes the reins after managing four seasons in Detroit (.486).
Mike Trout led the majors last year with an 1.088 OPS, 199 OPS+, and a .460 on-base percentage—and improved in every defensive metric.
Last year shortstop Andrelton Simmons won his fourth Gold Glove Award, his fifth Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, and his sixth consecutive Fielding Bible Award.
Former Cubs Trevor Cahill and Tommy La Stella are in their first seasons with the Angels. Cahill was the Angles Opening Day starter; La Stella is 7-for-38 with 3 HR and 7 RBI.
Garrett Richards and Shohei Ohtani are the tops two arms in the rotation. Neither will throw a pitch this season because both are recovering from Tommy John surgery. Ohtani is nearing a return this season as a designated hitter.
The Angels used 16 different starting pitchers in 2018, the most in franchise history.
All totaled, 60 different players suited up for the Angels last year, also a franchise record.
Albert Pujols, 39, has 3-years, $87M remaining on the contract he signed with the Angels in 2011. This weekend will likely be his last at Wrigley as a player.
It took the Cubs three decades to find a suitable replacement for Ron Santo at third (Aramis Ramirez). The Angels are halfway there in their own pursuit of a third base stalwart to replace Troy Glaus. Dallas McPherson, Chone Figgins, Alberto Callaspo, David Freese, Yunel Escobar and Luis Valbuena each had a turn. Zack Cozart was supposed to be the guy last year. The Angels 2015 first-round draft pick, Taylor Ward, will get a look this season.