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Five New Year’s Resolutions for the LA Angels

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and his teammates celebrate after Taylor Ward #3 (not in photo) hit a walk-off home run during the ninth inning of the the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Athletics 5-4. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and his teammates celebrate after Taylor Ward #3 (not in photo) hit a walk-off home run during the ninth inning of the the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Athletics 5-4. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – OCTOBER 22: New manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Brad Ausmus, answers questions from the media during a press conference at Angel Stadium on October 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – OCTOBER 22: New manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Brad Ausmus, answers questions from the media during a press conference at Angel Stadium on October 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

#4 A New Approach

While the older fanbase won’t like it, the Angels are heading towards a new approach on everyday life. With Brad Ausmus now in charge (and Billy Eppler right next to him), the Halos will be moving towards a more analytics based decision-making process. They’ll be combining the numbers and Ausmus’ baseball IQ to limit the amount of potential mistakes made from the dugout.

Like all of us, the Angels want to try something new in 2019. While you may sky dive or start a hobby or quit that job to follow your dreams, the Angels are becoming an analytics team. And while taking that new step can be scary, there are proven results (ie. Dodgers, Red Sox, Astros).

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#5 Self Improvement

Finally, this should be everyone’s goal at the beginning of every year. The only thing we truly control in this world is ourselves. While we all take some time to self-reflect and find ways to become better versions of us, the Angels need to do the same.

Simmons is gaining muscle to become a true five tool player. Calhoun needs to find his swing again. Upton needs consistency. Pitchers need velocity. Every player on this team, even Mike Trout, has ways they can individually improve, and that is truly going to be the defining factor to whether or not this team makes the playoffs in 2019.

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