Maybe A Managerial Trade Between The Angels And Dodgers Would Shake Things Up!
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
It is no secret to anyone out there that I predicted the California Freeway Series for the Fall Classic this year. At the 10 % clip of the regular season, I am not going to confuse anyone with the Amazing Kreskin.
I still have faith that the LA Angels will start tearing it up soon. plus the Dodgers will begin to play to their own water level.
Both clubs have amassed too much talent to be wallowing in the bowels of mediocrity for too long.
I thought entered my brain this morning as I worked. One of the many things I am able to do working at nights is think about the game of baseball
Don Mattingly Post Game comments on Carlos Quentin:
Mike Scioscia speaks on Jered Weaver and Josh Hamilton:
It actually makes perfect sense. Jerry Dipoto is not exactly thrilled at with the long-time skipper and may have made change already if the franchise hadn’t had extended Scioscia through the 2018 season at about $6 MIL per year.
The Dodgers on the other hand are letting Don Mattingly stew in the air over his last year of the contract. I am sure that Magic Johnson and the consortium are not exactly pleased at the results the man has put forth since they assumed the helm midway through last year.
Scioscia is a former LA Dodgers Catcher who won two World Series with the organization in 1981 and 1988, before running up the ranks as a coach in their farm system after retiring – before the cross town club swooped him up for their Manager prior to the 2000 season.
The big fellow has put together the best stretch of baseball that Orange County has ever seen. The club has made 6 Playoff Appearances in this time frame (2002 – Won World Series, 2004 – Lost ALDS, 2005 – Lost ALCS, 2007 – LDS, 2008 – Lost LDS, 2009 – Lost ALCS) – with winning 1 World Series and losing in 2 American League Championships .
This is where I think that Scioscia had lost hit team. In 2010 – through now, the team has added several offensive players that rely on more power and less running. Scioscia is a National League Manager at heart. His Angels were a lot better when they centered the club around Pitching and defense.
The 2013 version of the Angels are a team of ALL – Star Offensive player – while the Pitching is at worst for talent since the 2 Time Manager of the Year has been there. You add the mix of new General Manager being brought aboard last year in Dipoto, and we are talking about clash of the Titans.
The Angels started of the 2012 campaign in April at 8 -17, thus costing themselves a chance to make the playoffs – despite finishing 81 – 56 (.591) down the stretch once Mike Trout came aboard the bus.
The team was playing great second half baseball, they just simply ran out of time. Albert Pujols hit 80 XBH during the 2012 year (and 95%) were hit in the last 120 Games. You add that to Trout’s numbers, and you can see why this team took off.
The organization then added Josh Hamilton over the winter, added Ryan Madson, plus signed malignant big Kentucky native Joe Blanton to contracts. They passed on Zack Greinke – even though the club needed to bring him back for all of the success he brought after being acquired last year.
So this just brings us to fact the management can’t stand for the 4 – 10 start. There is no Mickey Hatcher (fired 2012 Hitting Coach) to blame for the clubs woes this time.
It is quite possible Scioscia may not be able to manage this bunch of players. You add him to the Dodgers and we are talking about a different story,
First off, the Dodgers have plenty of money to throw around, so Scioscia’s contract wouldn’t phase them one iota. He would be back in the National League where his strengths are best served.
The Dodgers have lots of speed, pitching and contact hitters. The man would be able to field a team that he could run and have an ultimate hammer on.
The Dodgers would have the big time Manager they crave for their market. Scioscia would look really good back in the blue colors.
The Angels on the other hand, could try Mattingly out for the rest of the year. At the very least, the former Yankee is a great hitting coach, and could infuse some much-needed guidance to the struggling Angels. He has spent all of is playing Career in the American League – and coached for several years after – all with New York.
The man was arguably the best all around in the game of baseball from 1984 – 1989, until back injuries seeped into his playing Career, robbing him of a being sure-fire Hall of Famer.
The team that resides on Gene Autry Way would rid themselves of the albatross Manager contract, and have a chance to rebound with a fresh offensive voice manning the position of bench boss.
If Mattingly can’t reach the likes of Josh Hamilton, Mark Trumbo and a cast of others, you could start looking for another coach after the season. Given his pedigree in helping players such as Giambi, Rodriguez, Jeter and Co. for those great offensive teams from 2004 – 2007, I am thinking he could help the Angels club.
I am of the mindset that Mattingly would be able to help a player such as Josh Hamilton immensely. He would understand the pressure that has been bestowed upon the troubled Outfielder for all of his days. Mattingly played in the biggest media city for his entire 14 year playing career and would be a great sounding board.
This wouldn’t be the first Manager for Manager Trade ever in the MLB. The only other one featured Jimmy Dykes of the Detroit Tigers for fellow skipper Joe Gordon of the Cleveland Indians back in 1960. Gordon went 26 – 31 after Dykes started 44 – 52 with Detroit – while Dykes went 26 – 32 for the Tribe after Gordon’s 46 – 40 start. Dykes went 77 – 83 in 1961 until being dismissed.
Other Managers that have been traded for players include: Chuck Tanner being traded by the A’s to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Catcher Manny Sanguillen Tanner would win the 1979 World Series with the Bucs. Sanguillen was also part of that club after Pittsburgh traded back for him in a separate deal.
In 2002, the Tampa Bay Rays lured Lou Piniella out of Seattle with Randy Winn being dealt the other way. The Rays never won more than 70 Games – while Winn was a productive Outfielder in baseball for the next several seasons.
So what do the Los Angeles clubs have to lose at this point? Mattingly and Scioscia wouldn’t even have to move cities.
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Posted on April 19, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 1979 world series, 1981 World Series, 1985 AL MVP, 1988 World Series, 2009 World Series, amazing kreskin, Angel Stadium, arte moreno, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, chuck tanner, cleveland indians, detroit tigers, dodger stadium, don mattingly, Esmil Rogers, gene autry, jerry dipoto, jimmy dykes, joe blanton, joe gordon, Joe Torre, josh hamilton, la dodgers, laa angeles, Los Angeles, magic johnson, mark trumbo, mickey hatcher, mike aviles, mike scioscia, new york yankees, pittsburgh pirates, randy winn, ryan madson, seattle mariners, tampa bay rays, Tommy Lasorda, walter alston, yan gomes, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.