Angels Scapegoats: 1 who deserved his fate, 1 who didn't, 1 person we should blame more

There's plenty of blame to go around for the Angels failures in 2023.
Sep 3, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Phil Nevin (88) talks to the media
Sep 3, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Phil Nevin (88) talks to the media / Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports
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Marcus Thames didn't deserve to lose his job so quickly

Marcus Thames was far from perfect in his only season as the team's hitting coach. The Angels struggled mightily with runners in scoring position, became too predictable with their ultra-aggressive approach, and simply didn't score enough runs with the talent that they had.

They didn't score enough often, but the offense was the saving grace for this team. The Angels were in the middle of the pack in runs scored, and that's even with their woes in big moments. A big reason for that has to do with their ability to knock the ball out of the ballpark. They ranked fifth in the majors and third in the AL in homers. That'll play. Imagine if they got performances they were expecting out of power bats like Hunter Renfroe and Jared Walsh.

The Angels were good enough offensively for Thames to not lose his job after just one year. It makes sense that Thames was let go so Ron Washington could build his own staff, but that doesn't mean it has to be fair.

Fortunately for him, Thames caught on with the White Sox and will be their hitting coach. It'll be interesting to see how they do offensively with far less talent than Thames had to play with in Anaheim.