FutureAngels is the official blog for the FutureAngels.com web site.
FutureAngels.com is one of the oldest and most respected web sites in Angels fandom. It is owned and operated by Stephen C. Smith, a lifelong Angels fan who attended his first Angels game at Anaheim Stadium in 1966, the year the ballpark opened.
Stephen began attending Angels minor league games in the mid-1990s at Lake Elsinore, which was then the Angels’ affiliate in the California League. In 1998, he created a web site that covered the Angels and the Lake Elsinore Storm.
That same year, Stephen visited Cedar Rapids, the Angels’ affiliate in the Midwest League, and found that the Kernels fans had many questions about their players who had been promoted to Lake Elsinore and beyond. Angels fans also wanted to know more about the team’s minor league prospects.
So FutureAngels.com was born, going live on April 1, 1999.
Over the years, FutureAngels.com has always been at the cutting edge of Internet technology. From its beginning, Stephen has travelled the country to record interviews with Angels minor league players, coaches and scouts which were available in the site’s Audio Gallery. In 2003, the site began streaming video highlight clips of top prospects; in the last four years, the site has featured video of great moments such as the Provo Angels winning the Pioneer League pennant in 2004, and Dallas McPherson’s home run against a rehabbing Randy Johnson at Rancho Cucamonga on July 15, 2003.
Stephen is also a free-lance photographer and writer. His photo work has appeared in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, Baseball America and At The Yard. His photos are available for purchase through FutureAngels.com’s Photo Gallery. Stephen has written for many of the Angels minor league affilates’ souvenir game programs, and for the programs sold at Angels Stadium.
Although baseball is his passion, Stephen’s full-time profession is computer programming. He recently moved to Cape Canaveral, Florida where he is working on a book about the history of the Angels’ minor leagues.