June 8, 2013 |
Wally Joyner studied the images in front of him and shook his head. First, he saw Domonic Brown frozen in time with a first-pitch fastball hurtling toward him. Brown was bent at the knees, his hands adjacent to his mouth, his torso slightly hunched. Next, Joyner saw himself from 13 years earlier in almost exactly the same pose. "That's surprising," Joyner said. "I'm not going to say it's not similar, because it's very similar. I'm imagining there are other guys you could slide in there who look the same.
March 28, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - As an Angels rookie in 1986, Wally Joyner became a national sensation. The hype, the unrelenting attention, even garnered a moniker. The Angels weren't coming to your town for a three-game series. "Wally World" was. With an unusual baseball name and an everyman frame that one of his BYU coaches described as "a bowling pin in knickers," Joyner was an easy feel-good story to get behind. After finishing each of his two full minor league seasons with 12 home runs, that first season he hit 15 by mid-May and outpolled perennial Yankees All-Star Don Mattingly to start the All-Star Game in July.
January 26, 2001 |
Wally World is returning to the Angels. Wally Joyner, who played his first six major league seasons in Anaheim before going to Kansas City, San Diego and Atlanta, signed a minor league contract with the Angels yesterday and will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee. Joyner, 38, is a potential replacement at first base for Mo Vaughn, who will be sidelined for at least six months after undergoing surgery Feb. 6 to repair a ruptured biceps tendon in his left arm. In other news: CUBS: Matthews demoted Outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. was sent from the Chicago Cubs outright to Triple A Iowa.
July 19, 1994 |
Wally Joyner of the Kansas City Royals and Dante Bichette of the Colorado Rockies yesterday were named players of the week in their leagues. Joyner was named the player of the week in the AL after reaching base in 10 straight plate appearances, one short of the club record, and having his first five-hit game on Saturday. Also considered were Carlos Baerga of Cleveland, Wade Boggs of New York, and Rafael Palmeiro and Chris Sabo of Baltimore. Bichette won the NL award after he hit .632 last week with two doubles and two homers, including a grand slam.
October 16, 2012
WALLY JOYNER has joined the new-look Phillies coaching staff. The team announced Monday that Joyner would be the team's assistant hitting coach in 2013. Joyner, a career .289 hitter in 16 big-league seasons, joins Steve Henderson, who was hired as the team's hitting coach on Oct. 4. The 50-year-old Joyner, an All-Star in his rookie season with the California Angels in 1986, has previously worked as the hitting coach with the San Diego Padres in parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
June 4, 1996 |
The first-place San Diego Padres were dealt their first big setback yesterday when they learned that smooth-fielding first baseman Wally Joyner will be out six to eight weeks with a fractured left thumb. The lefthanded Joyner, who was hitting .321 with five homers and 33 RBI, sustained a fracture at the base of his thumb while sliding into second base in the fourth inning of Sunday's loss to the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. His thumb was placed in a cast then, and he was examined yesterday morning at San Diego's Scripps Medical Clinic by team doctor Jan Fronek and hand specialist Dr. Merlin Hamer.
February 24, 1988 |
California first baseman Wally Joyner and Kansas City outfielder Danny Tartabull said yesterday that they were considering not reporting to spring training this week because of contract disputes. Barry Axelrod, Joyner's attorney, said he had two conversations Monday with Angels general manager Mike Port but no progress was made. "As long as there's no progress, I don't think he should report voluntarily," Axelrod said. "Wally made it pretty clear a long time ago that he preferred to have a contract before he went to camp.
May 23, 1996 |
Mike Grace is indeed human. He showed that in his first loss of the season, and he showed it again last night. He also showed that he is still a pretty good pitcher. But when the Phillies' offense is missing, as it was again, pretty good isn't nearly enough to win. Wally Joyner's three-run, first-inning home run accounted for all the runs Grace allowed. Joyner hit a two-run shot off Dave Leiper in the eighth inning to give the San Diego Padres a 5-2 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium.
October 15, 1986 |
Not that he would have made the difference in last night's 10-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox, but the continuing absence of first baseman Wally Joyner clearly is not helping the California Angels in their bid to win the American League Championship Series. Joyner, who is hitting .455 in the ALCS (5-for-11, including a home run), missed his third consecutive game because of a bacterial infection of his right shin. While his teammates were dropping back-to-back games to the Red Sox, losses that squared the best-of-seven series at three apiece, the Rookie of the Year candidate remained in St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange, Calif.
July 15, 1986 |
How the All-Stars match up in tonight's 57th game between the National and American Leagues: The Superstar Position: Wally Joyner, a talented California rookie, will start, which might be the greatest honor an American League rookie ever had. Behind him are Don Mattingly and Eddie Murray, two of the best players in the game and reasons why first base in the American League is the strongest position in baseball. Edge: Are you kidding? Mets defensive ace (and .284 hitter) Keith Hernandez should pay $4 just to watch those guys take batting practice.