Am I getting too liberal handing out ice cream cake for birthdays around these parts? No! Have you had Carvel ice cream cake? It’s delicious. I’ll celebrate all of Jeff Mathis‘ upcoming birthdays if there’s going to be a Cookie Puss. But Angels fans do have a few reasons to wish Eddie Bane a happy birthday with or without the promise of cake.
Bane, a spry 60-years-old on March 22, pitched an unremarkable 168.0 innings for the Twins over parts of the 1973, 1975 and 1976 seasons and is now a scout for the Tigers. However, Bane was the scouting director for the Angels from 2004 to 2010 until he was unceremoniously dumped after not getting along with Tony Reagins. Bane provided this example last August, “He told me, ‘I’m not happy with the last three drafts.’ That’s ludicrous.”
Ludacris, indeed, coming from the GM who smoked so much Blueberry Yum Yum he traded for the worst contract in baseball. While both Bane and Reagins are footnotes from the Angels organization now, it’s much easier to look back and appreciate Bane’s tenure.
Which finally brings me to my point. Eddie Bane, in part (great read), was responsible for the drafting of Mike Trout. He was also in charge of drafts that brought the Angels Jered Weaver, Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo, Hank Conger and Trevor Bell.
Bane is well respected around the league and I wasn’t happy to see him leave the Angels. I had the pleasure of talking to him when the Angels played the Braves in Atlanta years ago and he was a gentleman even though I kept yelling about sabermetrics.
So for that, and drafting Trout, I’d like to wish Eddie Bane a very happy birthday.
Fun fact: Wikipedia says Eddie’s brother, Dan, is the CEO of Trader Joe’s. In which case, I demand a case of BBQ Popped Potato Chips. I’ll provide shipping.