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FutureAngels.com Radio Podcast — Episode 8


Orem Owlz manager Tom Kotchman spends his springs scouting for the Angels in Florida.

A new episode of FutureAngels.com Radio is now on-line. You can get to the show through the FutureAngels.com home page at www.futureangels.com.

You don’t need an iPod to listen, although if you have one you can download the show, of course. All you really need is just a computer. When you get to the TPS Radio page, just click on the right-arrow next to the sound icon and it’ll start to stream to your computer. You can also transfer the show to your computer as an MP3 file.

Personally, I think this is the best show yet.

The first segment is an interview with Paul Mosley, an original "future Angel" who was signed by the Angels out of Saugus High School in June 1961 at age 17. He was sent straight to Statesville, North Carolina, to play for the Angels’ Class-D team, the Statesville Owls. Paul has some amazing stories to tell, including how the Statesville front office literally set fire to the infield to dry it out.

How I found Paul is a story in itself … If you’ve followed the podcasts and the web site, you know I’ve been doing research into the early days of Angels minor league baseball. A colleague of Paul’s stumbled across the site as he did research looking for Statesville Owls memorabilia. He wanted to know if I had any suggestions.

I pointed him in the direction of Bill Moose, the local historian and SABR member who’d been so gracious in researching the town paper last year. (It helps that he’s a columnist for the paper.) Bill knew someone in town who had kept Owls memorabilia.

Then I asked if he might arrange for me to interview Paul.

Quite honestly, Paul was absolutely stunned that anyone even remembered the Statesville Owls, much less cared to research them.

A flood of memories emerged from his past. Mind you, this was 46 years ago.

(I can’t even remember whether I brushed my teeth last night.)

Until Monday, my research into the Owls had yielded just stats on a page, and clippings from a town paper.

And now … here’s one of them.

Paul talks casually about his teammates, bringing them alive as real people. I knew the names from the clippings, but not their personalities, their life histories, and their experiences in Statesville.

The Statesville Owls live.

We’re going to try to track down more of them. Who knows, maybe a reunion is in the future.

The second segment in the show is an interview with Orem Owlz manager Tom Kotchman, who’s currently scouting Florida in preparation for the June draft. He was quite tired, as this time of year he logs hundreds of miles every day traversing the state. Kotch had a great story to tell about who he thinks is the best high school hitter in the state … and why that player won’t be drafted in June.

The third segment is an interview with Quakes manager Bobby Mitchell. Recently on the FutureAngels.com Bulletin Board, someone claimed the Angels teach their minor leaguers to "hack." So I put the question directly to Mitchell, who of course debunked it. It’s fascinating how some people on fan boards dream up these fantasies then latch onto them as if they’re real.

And the final segment is a review of the last month for the Quakes and the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Anyway, go listen to Paul Mosley. What an incredible story.

FutureAngels.com Radio — Episode 6

The latest episode of FutureAngels.com Radio is now on-line. You can get to the link through the home page at www.futureangels.com.

This episode features:

  • A look back at Gene Autry Park, the Angels former minor league complex.
  • An interview with Tony Reagins, the Angels’ Director of Player Development.
  • A talk with Matt Hurst, the Angels beat writer for the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

You need Windows Media Player to listen. You can either stream the audio or download it to your MP3-compatible device.

FutureAngels.com Radio — Episode 5

The latest episode of FutureAngels.com Radio is now on-line. You can get to the link through the home page at www.futureangels.com.

This episode features:

  • Texas baseball historian Mark Presswood who talks about the Angels’ original Triple-A team, the 1961 Dallas-Ft. Worth Rangers that included Jim Fregosi, Dean Chance, Bob Rodgers and Chuck Tanner.
  • A memorable moment in the minor league career of Casey Kotchman.
  • Cedar Rapids Kernels fan Lanny Peterson talks about the Kernels’ host parent program, and recalls some interesting stories about local families hosting minor league ballplayers.

You need Windows Media Player to listen. You can either stream the audio or download it to your MP3-compatible device.

FutureAngels.com Radio – Episode 4

FutureAngels.com Radio Episode 4 is now on-line. You can access all podcast episodes through the link on the home page at www.futureangels.com.

In this episode:

  • Look back at the original “future Angels,” the 1961 Statesville Owls, with baseball historian Bill Moose
  • Listen to a memorable moment in the career of third baseman Matt Brown
  • Review the Angels top prospects with analyst John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com
  • Learn how to run the bases with Orem Owlz manager Tom Kotchman
  • Please feel free to post your comments here.

This article is copyright © 2007 Wordsmith Resources and FutureAngels.com. It may not be used elsewhere without the prior expressed written permission of the author.

FutureAngels.com Radio Episode 3

The latest episode of FutureAngels.com Radio is now on-line.

In this show:

  • Arkansas Travelers Executive Vice-President/General Manager Bill Valentine talks about their new stadium, Dickey-Stephens Park
  • Baseball America Associate Editor Alan Matthews reviews his Angels Top 30 Prospects
  • Angels Manager Mike Scioscia addresses the Cedar Rapids Kernels Hot Stove Banquet

You can get to the podcast through the home page at www.futureangels.com.

This article is copyright © 2007 Wordsmith Resources and FutureAngels.com. It may not be used elsewhere without the prior expressed written permission of the author.

FutureAngels.com Radio Episode 2

Episode 2 of FutureAngels.com Radio is now available on TPSRadio.net. In this show, we join Angels minor league coaches at the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ annual Youth Baseball Clinic, chat with Orem Owlz owner Jeff Katofsky, and listen to Angels General Manager Bill Stoneman as he addresses the Quakes’ annual Hot Stove Banquet.

FutureAngels.com Radio Debuts

A new FutureAngels.com feature premiered today.

FutureAngels.com Radio isn’t really on the radio. It’s a podcast. But what the heck, Major League Baseball calls its webcasts "MLB Radio," so the precedent has been set.

You’ll find the podcast on TSP Radio, which isn’t radio either, but a site that hosts sports podcasters with the hopes of creating their own web-based sports network.

To listen to FutureAngels.com radio, go to podcast.tpsradio.net and click on the FutureAngels.com Radio link in the left column.

The guests on the first show are former Angels broadcaster Mario Impemba, recently acquired Angels reliever Chris Resop, and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes general manager Gerry McKearney. You’ll also hear highlight clips, and once we get into the season I’ll weave in news, analysis and plenty of Angels minor league history.

This article is copyright © 2007 Wordsmith Resources and FutureAngels.com. It may not be used elsewhere without the prior expressed written permission of the author.

Game of the Week for December 3

It’s time for another Minor League Game of the Week webcast.

April 23, 2006 … The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes host the Modesto Nuts at The Epicenter. The game turns into a 13-inning epic duel. Nick Green gets the start for Rancho Cucamonga.

Click here to listen to the recording. You need Windows Media Player to play the download.

Game of the Week for November 26

Nick Adenhart at Rancho Cucamonga in 2006
Nick Adenhart is one of the top pitching prospects in the minors.

The latest Minor League Game of the Week takes us to Cedar Rapids, Iowa … It’s April 18, 2006, and the Kernels are hosting the West Michigan Whitecaps. Top pitching prospect Nick Adenhart is on the mound, and doesn’t disappoint as he chases a perfect game early in the contest. Longtime Kernels broadcaster John Rodgers calls the action on KMRY 1450 AM in Cedar Rapids.

Also of interest is the pre-game show. Iowa broadcasting legend Bob Brooks tells how he interviewed rookie Jackie Robinson in Chicago despite the best efforts of the Brooklyn Dodgers to keep the press away from him. It was sixty years before this broadcast that Robinson made his professional debut.

Click here to listen to the recording. You need Windows Media Player to play the download.

Game of the Week for November 19

Mike Napoli with Rancho Cucamonga in 2004
Mike Napoli was a month away from his major league debut when he went 4-for-5 on opening night at Tucson.

It’s a little early for the November 19 Game of the Week, but I’m going to be out of town so I’m posting it now.

This is the opening night game of the 2006 season for the Salt Lake Bees at Tucson. Joe Saunders is on the mound for the Bees. It’s a big game for Mike Napoli, who goes 4-for-5 with a double.

Plenty other future Angels are in the lineup — Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Dallas McPherson, Kendry Morales, Tommy Murphy, and Reggie Willits.

It also happens to be the first game for this franchise playing under the name “Bees.” They’d been the Stingers since 2001, and the Buzz before that. The name Bees came from Salt Lake baseball history, as many professional baseball teams in Salt Lake over the decades were called Bees. New owner Larry H. Miller decided to restore the name he remembered from his childhood growing up in Salt Lake City.

Click here to listen to the recording. You need Windows Media Player to play the download.

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