Maybe A Managerial Trade Between The Angels And Dodgers Would Shake Things Up!

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Friday Apr.19/2013

The Los Angeles clubs will surpass the New York Clubs for combined Payroll in 2013.  The Dodgers will spend between 225-250 Million and the Angels will spend in the range from 150-175 Million.  I have predicted a Freeway World Series for 2013 based on the talent for both clubs.  With a slow start for each club (LAA 4 - 10 and  LAD 7 - 8)  Perhaps they should consider trading skippers

The Los Angeles clubs will surpass the New York Clubs for combined Payroll in 2013. The Dodgers will spend between 225-250 Million and the Angels will spend in the range from 150-175 Million. I have predicted a Freeway World Series for 2013 based on the talent for both clubs. With a slow start for each club (LAA 4 – 10 and LAD 7 – 8) Perhaps they should consider trading skippers.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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

Then it came to me… Trade Mike Scioscia to the Dodgers for Don Mattingly!!

Don Mattingly Post Game comments on Carlos Quentin:

Mike Scioscia speaks on Jered Weaver and Josh Hamilton:

Mike Scioscia had been a great field general for the Angels over the last 13 years, it is just that his club now is styled more like a proto-typical AL club whereas the Dodgers brand of baseball would be right up his wheel house.

Mike Scioscia had been a great field general for the Angels over the last 13 years, it is just that his club now is styled more like a proto-typical AL club – whereas the Dodgers brand of baseball would be right up his wheel house.  The former Dodger has managed to a 1159 –  961 (.547)  Record in Orange County.  The 53 Year Old has a contract that runs through the 2018 season worth about $6 MIL per season left on it or about $32 – $33 MIL in the next 6 years.  The team started 8 – 15 last year before Mike Trout.  The club then went 81 – 58 (.583) down the stretch, still missing the Post Season by 5 games. Scioscia won Manager of The Year in 2002 and 2009.

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. 

Don Mattingly won 3 straight AL Sporting News Player of The Years - and was the best ALL-Around player in the game from 1984-1986 leading 13 Offensive Categories for the 3 years.  His 145 RBI in 1985 was the most for a LHB since Stan Musial in 1949.  He hit .340 with 656 Hits, 145 2B, 88 HRs, 368 RBI and only SO 112 times in 2131 PA's.  He also led the league in Doubles from 1984-1986.  Mattingly’s 388 Total bases in 1986 had been the most in the Majors since Willie Mays back in the 1962 season.  Mattingly won the first of 9 gold gloves in 1985.  Donnie Baseball also won the AL MVP in 1985 and was boldly robbed in 1986 by the writers voting for Roger Clemens. In 1987, Mattingly hit 6 grand slams and also homered in 8 straight games(including 10 total which was higher than Dale Long and Ken Griffey‘s 8 during their consecutive streaks.)  His average year for the 4 year stretch was .337, with 30 HRs, 45 2B and 120 RBI.  He also averaged 110 runs and 210 hits.  Mattingly only struck out 37 times a year for this span.  He was clearly the best ball player in this era. Clearly he could help Josh Hamilton straighten out

Don Mattingly won 3 straight AL Sporting News Player of The Years – and was the best ALL-Around player in the game from 1984-1986 leading 13 Offensive Categories for the 7 years. His 145 RBI in 1985 were the most for a LHB since Stan Musial in 1949. He hit .340 with 656 Hits, 145 2B, 88 HRs, 368 RBI and only SO 112 times in 2131 PA’s. He also led the league in Doubles from 1984-1986.) His average year for the 4 year stretch was .337, with 30 HRs, 45 2B and 120 RBI. He also averaged 110 runs and 210 hits. Mattingly only struck out 37 times a year for this span. He was clearly the best ball player in this era. Clearly he could help Josh Hamilton straighten out.

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.

Then this past offseason, John Farrell was traded for Mike Aviles. (Aviles was later traded with Yan Gomes to the Cleveland Indians for Pitcher Esmil Rogers.)

So what do the Los Angeles clubs have to lose at this point?  Mattingly and Scioscia wouldn’t even have to move cities.

Don Mattingly has a Managerial Record of 175 -163 (.518) in his 1st 4 years as Dodgers Skipper.  Will he flame out in 2013 - or will he start a Tommy Lasorda or Walter Alston like Career for longevity? He may be better suited to head about 30 Miles down South and take over the reigns of the offensively gifted Angels.  I think he could be the perfect man to help out Josh Hamilton as a Manaher

Don Mattingly has a Managerial Record of 175 -163 (.518) in his 1st 4 years as Dodgers Skipper. Will he flame out in 2013 – or will he start a Tommy Lasorda or Walter Alston like Career for longevity? He may be better suited to head about 30 Miles down South – and take over the reigns of the offensively gifted Angels. I think he could be the perfect man to help out Josh Hamilton as a Manager.  Mattingly was unfortunate to miss the Yankees World Series Appearances from 1996 – 2001 and 2003 having retired after the 2005 season.  He returned as a Coach during the 2004 – 2007 years with NYY narrowly missing out on the 2009 World Series run – when he joined Joe Torre out in LA – before assuming the skippers position after the 2010 year.

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Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here .

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Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right)  at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck Booth (Right) at Nats Park.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

Posted on April 19, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I would love it, for both teams…but in the end it’s probably just crazy-talk.

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