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Angels Borrow a Page From the Dodgers

Feb. 22, 1970, Angels  

Feb. 22, 1970 : The Angels were starting their first full season under the control of several ex-Dodgers and unlike what Mike Scioscia and his former Dodger teammates have done for the franchise, the first try at borrowing from the Dodgers didn't work out so well.

As the start of 1970 spring training approached, The Times' John Wiebusch interviewed General Manager Dick Walsh, a longtime Dodger official, who promised a fresh start and a new approach.

"The training camp that will open in Holtville Monday will be I think quite unlike any previous Angel training camp," predicted Walsh.

"I can guarantee this will be a businesslike camp, a camp that is run on order—like the Dodgers do at Vero Beach."

Too bad that this era turned out to be perhaps the most chaotic in team history. But all that would come later.

--Keith Thursby

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Comments (2)

Walsh's comments regarding unsigned players were certainly candid. You don't really see comments like those much any more from a GM, other than maybe in situations with high-profile stars who have agents unafraid to take negotiations to the press.

I used to enjoy watching Angels spring training games in Palm Springs. It was always very relaxing.

The quality of baseball swriting has diminished since the Times had such aces as John Wiebusch and Ross Newhan.


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