An Exclusive: Interview With Tim Salmon

Scott FowlerCorrespondent IMay 7, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 28:   Tim Salmon of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during the game against the Texas Rangers at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 28, 2008 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

I had the amazing chance to sit down today and speak one-on-one with Lifetime Angel Tim Salmon for about a 20 minute phone call. 

Here are some excerpts from the interview (You can view the whole thing here.

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The Big Geek: Hey, thanks for your time, and what an honor it is to speak to you Tim. Let me get right to it. What's your take on the Angels this year, with their decimated pitching staff and early struggles? 

Tim: I think that they're lucky to be in the ALWest. Playing .500 ball should be ok til the guys get back - - Without a doubt, Lackey, Santana, and Vladdy --- once they're back, the team will start putting together big consecutive wins and winning series that people are used to seeing. They're still the best team in the West without a doubt. Just staying near .500 will keep them ins triking distance in the West. Injuries play a role in every team in every season, and hopefully this is the extent of it and they can get back to their best baseball. Hands down its the most adversity and challenges faced by Scioscia, but this season isn't over, and once they get their horses on the field, it will be fine.

The Big Geek: Yeah, the West is a good place to be these days. Do you see any team in the west as a potential surprise threat this season?

Tim: Seattle is intriguing, it looked like they were off to a decent start. Oakland has the punch in the lineup with potential, and Texas is Texas. They'll pound you, but their pitching staff has yet to prove that they can make it through the summer, so I'm not concerned there yet. Oakland's offense improved for sure, and they always have a way of finding good young arms that keep them in games. Their wheeling and dealing with (GM Billy) Beane makes them strong on that end. Holliday, Giambi and a health Chavez are a formidable middle lineup. Coming out the gate, they're going to make you work more for wins this year than years past. I will say that the injuries to the Angels have given some teams an opportunity to rise, but I think the Angels are the best in the division.

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