Tag:Mike Scioscia
Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:00 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 12:10 am

Hunter tossed, makes contact with ump

Torii Hunter Torii Hunter's bad week has gotten worse.

First he's moved from center field, then his baserunning gaffe Wednesday night may have cost the Angels a game. Friday night was the worst, though, as Hunter made contact with umpire home plate umpire Ron Kulpa.

With the Angels leading 4-2 in the eighth inning, Hunter was called out on three consecutive called strikes by Kulpa -- and then hit Kulpa with the brim of his helmet and he was promptly tossed. Angels manager Mike Scioscia was ejected as well. According to PitchFX on MLB.com, all three pitches were strikes, although all three were close.

Although Hunter is known in baseball circles as one of the best of the good guys, but anytime a player makes contact with an umpire, he can expect a suspension and fine -- and Hunter's no exception.

Hunter finished the game 1 for 3 with a two-run homer in the first innings and the Angels won 4-2.

UPDATE: Hunter denied his move from center field to right field had anything to do with his popping off, and didn't realize he made contact with Kulpa.

From the Orange County Register :

"Just crazy. I'm a competitor. You don't want to act like that," Hunter said. "But understand – this is my passion. I'm a very competitive guy and I felt like it was taken away from me, the chance to compete.

"For me to get upset, you know some things were said. I'm sorry. But at the same time, I had to do it."

Hunter indicated there was a "buildup all day" of comments from Kulpa that led to the ejection.

"Obviously, Torii didn't like 'Strike One' and we had a talk about 'Strike One' and then he didn't like 'Strike Three' and we had a conversation about 'Strike Three' and he said some things that crossed the line and he got ejected," Kulpa said. "Then after that he 'beaked' me with the brim of his helmet. ... right above my left eye."

Replays appeared to confirm there was contact between Hunter's helmet and Kulpa's face. But that was news to him, said Hunter who admitted Kulpa's reaction to the inadvertent contact set him off further.

"I don't remember bumping him. If I did, it definitely wasn't intentional," Hunter said. "Then he made it very dramatic. That's what got me really upset. I felt like he was being a drama queen."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:56 pm

Should Angels look to sell?

Angels general manager Tony Reagins met with manager Mike Scioscia and the team's coaching staff for 45 minutes following the team's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox. It's probable they didn't spend that time lamenting Derrek Lee's decision not to go west.

According to the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett, neither Reagins nor Scioscia would publicly say the team is giving up on 2010.

"I don't like labels," Reagins told Plunkett. "What I would say is we're going to look to improve. If we can, we will."

Said Scioscia, "There's nobody who feels were'' out of this."

Or perhaps, there's nobody who will say it. The team lost starter Joel Pineiro for six to eight weeks with an oblique injury. Pineiro is 10-7 with a  4.18 ERA in 20 starts this season.

With Wednesday's loss, the Angels dropped to 52-52, nine games behind the Rangers in the American League West. The Angels are now 12 games back in the wild card, behind six teams.

After making some of the most aggressive moves in the post-Cliff Lee trade market by acquiring Dan Haren and Alberto Callaspo.

The Angels gave up former pinch-starter Sean O'Sullivan in the trade with Kansas City. In the Haren deal, the team gave up lefty Joe Saunders and Triple-A right-hander Rafael Rodriguez. Los Angels also gave up three Class A pitchers between the two moves. That's a lot of arms that the team could hope to replenish with some other moves.

The team could move third baseman Brandon Wood, who is being labeled as a disappointment and a "former" prospect, after hitting .168/.185/.225 in 57 games for the Angels this season. Wood is 25 and once ranked the third-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

Veterans Brian Fuentes, Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli could also be moved to bolster the minor league system.

The Angels have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 9:59 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:16 pm

Scioscia against All-Stars for every team

Jose Rosado Because I grew up a Royals fan everywhere but Missouri, I've always been a fan of the rule requiring each team to have at least one representative for the All-Star Game.

Whether I lived in Cuba, Virginia, Texas, Japan or Georgia -- I was always guaranteed to see someone in a Royals uniform (usually George Brett) on TV every year. Not that the Royals of my youth needed the courtesy All-Star, they'd usually earned more than one berth in the game, but still, I knew there'd always be at least one. Sometimes that was the only time all year I'd be able to see a Royal on TV.

Now, though, I could -- if I wanted to punish myself -- watch just about every pitch of the Royals' awful season. With my MLB.tv subscription, my PS3, iPad and iPhone, I can watch those beautiful powder blue tops no matter where I go. That technology -- not to mention the advent of MLB Network, cable and satellite -- may have made the reason for the rule to have every team represented obsolete.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he thinks the rule should no longer apply.

"I'm all in favor of having guidelines where you try and represent every team," Scioscia told reporters, including the Orange County Register . "To have a hard-line rule, I think there are exceptions where a team doesn't have anyone All-Star worthy."

Scioscia was the manager of the All-Star team in 2003, when Lance Carter of the Ryas made the team with a 4.05 ERA and six blown saves.

"It's really a misnomer to say the manager picks the All-Star team. It doesn't happen," Scioscia said. "That team, with the guidelines in place, is virtually picked before it ever gets to the [manager]."

The rule helps explain why Jose Rosado's obituary will list him as a two-time All-Star and Mark Redman has an appearance on his resume.

There are currently 13 teams with losing records, some have obvious choices (like, say, the Cubs' Marlon Byrd or the Indians' Shin-Soo Choo), while it's a little tougher to choose a worthy All-Star from a team like the 24-55 Orioles (Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott?) or the 32-49 Astros (Dan Haren and his 4.56 ERA?)

Not all bad teams are created equally. The 33-46 Mariners have three worthy All-Stars in Ichiro Suzuki (who will no doubt be voted into the starting lineup by fans), Cliff Lee (if he's still a Mariner in a week) and Felix Hernandez. Even the Royals, at 35-45, wouldn't be embarrassed by David DeJesus, Joakim Soria or even Zack Greinke, who is having a down year.

If the game is truly for the fans, why not let it represent all the fans, and not just the Yankees and Red Sox? Baseball's All-Star Game is a celebration of the game with its best players and some of its nearly-best player or best players on one team. In the end, after injuries and the new rule against pitchers who pitch on Sunday throwing again in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, is it really that terrible to have the 75th best player in the game "snubbed" for the 131st?

In the end, I think of the 11-year old me waiting for Kevin Seitzer to get in the game, even if that visual is as anachronistic as my father listening to the Kansas City A's on the radio. Maybe out there somewhere, there's a kid excited about watch Andrew McCutchen get in the game, even if it's not "fair".

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 10:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:53 am

Aybar may skip DL

Erick Aybar may be back for the Angels quicker than expected. Although an MRI revealed "meniscal damage" in his left knee, Aybar was doing agility drills before Friday's game with the Cubs, the Los Angeles Times ' Mike DiGiovanna writes .

"Until he runs the bases 100%, it's tough to know where he is, but he's feeling a lot better," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're feeling very optimistic he won't go on the DL, but he still has some hurdles to clear."

That would be a huge boon to the Angels, who lost Maicer Izturis earlier this week and currently have Brandon Wood playing shortstop.

Aybar was injured on a slide by Milwaukee's Erick Aybar in Monday's game against the Brewers. Although it was a scary collision, Aybar said he thought the play was clean.

"I had no problem with it," Aybar said. "He was trying to take me out and slid hard. I was trying to catch the ball."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:53 am
Edited on: June 16, 2010 9:38 pm

Angels shelve Aybar

The Angels will limp along without shortstop Erick Aybar for at least the next couple of days after suffering damage to the meniscus of his left knee, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register .

Aybar hyperextended his knee on Monday on a play at second when Milwaukee's Casey McGehee slid into him on a force play. On the play, Aybar was clearly not trying to turn the double play and McGahee went in hard to take him out.

An MRI done Tuesday revealed the damage to the cartilage in Aybar's knee. There is yet to be a determination on how long he will be out, but he will be re-evaluated later this week.

Aybar's injury does free up a spot for Brandon Wood, Plunkett noted. Wood was activated before Tuesday's game and started at third base. Wood should also split time at shortstop with Maicer Izturis. Izturis has been on the disabled list once already this season with shoulder inflammation and also been bothered by leg issues.

"It'll be day-to-day," Mike Scioscia said of his lineup. "We'll have enough depth there to see how Maicer holds up."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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