You can expect the Angels to do some wheeling-and-dealing this off-season. They’ll have money to spend and a chance to reload with some young talent capable of recapturing the AL West.
The Angels will regroup and re-tool during the winter meetings. They’ll try to add better pieces around Mike Trout and move forward from this horrible season. One such move that has to be made is parting ways with Mike Scioscia.
Mike Scioscia was brought on following the 1999 season, a season in which the Angels won 70 games. This season, the Angels would have to win 21 of the remaining 43 games in order to tie that season record.
Following this season, Mike Scioscia should be relieved of his manager duties. The Halos need a new leader in the Clubhouse. Scioscia has been at his post for the last 16 seasons. A new face would energize the club.
Putting the blame on Mike Scioscia given the injuries is unfair.
I wouldn’t say Sosh is responsible for the win/loss record this year. The injuries to key players has been rotten luck. However, saying after you trade away your best pitcher “We’re not waving a white flag” is insulting.
Of course the Angels are giving up. You rest Mike Trout for a game when you’ve lost nine straight games? Where’s the drive to win a game? If you’re going to rest Mike trout, shut him down for the season so he doesn’t get hurt.
There’s been other decision’s that have questionable this season. A huge issue with me is not knowing when to pull starting pitchers in a tight game. Far too often we would see Sosh leaving Matt Shoemaker or Jered Weaver in late in the 7th inning, resulting in a two-run shot, costing the Angels the game.
The Angels have to get younger from top to bottom.
Currently, we have Arte Moreno dodging the media like he owes them money. We also have Scioscia begging fans to trust the process. GM Billy Eppler is cutting corners where he can to pay players to remain injuried. All this while fans are growing more frustrated.
The Angels have 6 or more players that are free agents following this season. I personally can’t justify bringing any of them back. This off-season will give fans a true insight to how Billy Eppler will do as a GM going forward.
Eppler will need to make some really great moves to energize and change the culture for the Halos. He has his work cut out for him with teams looking to sign the best players to insane contracts. The Angels simply won’t have the funds to sign players to 200 million dollar deals. The Angels are going to have to sell winning a championship with Mike Trout to free agents.