Thanks to nixed trade, Garland is no Angel

first_imgANAHEIM – If not for an unusual chain of events back in December 2001, Chicago White Sox starter Jon Garland might have been taking the mound today wearing the red and white of the Angels. The Angels and White Sox had reportedly agreed to a trade in which Garland and outfielder Chris Singleton would come to Anaheim in exchange for Darin Erstad. Then-Angels team president Tony Tavares vetoed the deal. Garland, a product of Kennedy High in Granada Hills, said before Chicago’s off-day workout Thursday he was not concerned about “what-if?” “It happens in baseball all the time in baseball these days, trades, moving around,” he said. “It happened to me in `98 as a young kid getting traded to the White Sox (from the Cubs). It’s business.” The right call: Guillen told reporters shortly after Wednesday’s Game 2 that he did not see the controversial ninth-inning play in which A.J. Pierzynski advanced to first base after an apparent strikeout. On Thursday, he admitted to watching the replay twice. His verdict? “The ball hit the dirt,” Guillen said. Keven Chavez, (626) 962-8811 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Erstad remained an Angel and played a key role in the team’s 2002 World Series championship. This season, the 26-year-old Garland has blossomed into one of the AL’s top starters. He won his first eight starts, was named to the AL All-Star team and finished a career-best 18-10 with a 3.50 ERA. West Coast blues: The White Sox have a respectable 3-4 record at Angel Stadium in White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen’s two seasons as a manager, including a four-game split this season. Nonetheless, he speaks of road games in Anaheim as a trying experience. “Most of the time we start (a West Coast road trip) in Oakland, the pitching staff in Oakland gives us problems and then we move to Anaheim and we carried the problem to here,” Guillen said. last_img