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Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:58 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 11:22 am
Mike Scioscia
A sweep at the hands of the lowly Orioles has put the final nail in the coffin of the Angels, and manager Mike Scioscia admitted Thursday that while many players didn't play up to expectations, the expectations themselves were flawed.

"There's no doubt our evaluations were off. No doubt," Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "Certainly as we evaluated guys and projected what their contributions would be, it's obvious that the evaluations haven't panned out on a couple of guys."

Los Angeles is 10 games back in the American League West, 14 back in the wild-card race and below .500 in August for the first time since 2003. Less than two weeks ago the Angels traded for Dan Haren, thinking they were still contenders, but now it's over.

Scioscia pointed to outfielder Juan Rivera as an example of someone whose contribution hasn't matched the Angels' projections. Rivera had 88 RBI and 25 homers last season, but with two-thirds of this season in the books he's at 40 RBI and 12 homers.

A certain number of unexplained dropoffs are part of the game for every team. You don't expect Scott Kazmir's ERA to jump two points, or for Brandon Wood to actually regress and bat .168. On the other hand, the Angels shouldn't be surprised, if in fact they are, by declines from 37-year-old sluggers Bobby Abreu (56 RBI) and Hideki Matsui (.249 average and a big drop in homers).

Scioscia thinks the Angels would have been in it if more players had simply achieved averageness.

"You're talking about [expecting] routine years," he said. "We're not even talking about exceptional seasons."

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:21 am

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

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Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2010 7:07 pm

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

Everyone is going to have their opinion about what the Angels should do from here.  Some fans are still hopeful and don't think the season is over.  I think the season is over and have many thoughts about what the Angels should do from here.  Bottom line, these decisions are made by team management such as Reagins.  Angels are admitting that the decision made in the past have not been so good.  The way I see it, if the Angels let all of next years free agents walk, the Angels will have about 25 to almost 30 million to play with to get back to the 2008 salary.  I hope Art realizes that money is going to have to be spent in order to turn the team around.  There are many holes and the farm system is all bit deplited.  Looking forward to the up coming off season and hope for the best from Angels management.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2010 2:30 pm

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

A great first step is to stop playing Jeff Mathis and go with Mike Napoli.  I always thought Scioscia got too much credit for steering a group of superstars, and now that they're gone, his true colors are showing.  Minor league talent evaluation is a huge swing and miss also with this club.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:41 pm

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

They lost some big names, not to the DL, but to free agency. True the trades didn't involve exceptional seasons for who they wound up making a go at it with in 2010. The Dodgers are another LA team that has fallen from expectations. Kudos to San Diego & Texas for taking their places.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2010 11:49 pm

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

Getting swept by the worse team in the majors is a big hint this season is over.  Losing Kendry with a broken leg was a big hit in the balls and the Angels haven't been the same since.  I'm a lifelong Angels fan, but Texas is in my opinion the best all around team in the A.L., with their pitching really stepping it up this season, and them signing a true #1 starter in Lee, that's why the nail is in the coffin.   So bring up some of the young guys from the minors and let's see what they got before the end of the season.  They did pick up Haren before the trade deadline and that is going to be huge for us next season. 

In the off season the Angels need to get rid of Rivera, Abreu, Matsui and a few other guys, pick up a big bat to play LF, possibly trade Fuentes and give the closer job to Rodney.  Give Kendrick one more year to start hitting like the batting champion he is suppose to be and definitely trade Shields, as much as I love that guy he isn't the man he use to be.  The Angels have had a solid run with the majority of players they have now, but I think it's time for them to shake things up in the offseason and bring some younger faces.  The good thing is we know that Artie Moreno the owner has no problem in doing exactly that.   We will be back next season battling for our division and hopefully making a run at the World Series.  

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:07 pm

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

Turn out the lights in Anaheim. It was a nice run the last 7 years but the pitching is terrible.

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2010 9:34 pm

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

Dude are you kidding? It is OVER! Even if you swept Texas in those games it would not put you over the top. And how likely do you think it is that you could pull that off. 10 game lead and the Rangers playing at a high level. Not good for you buddy.

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2010 8:19 pm

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

Turn off the Halo, the party is over.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2010 7:48 pm

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

They have 52 games left,7 with texas how can you say the final nail has been put in the coffin ?

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