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johnsamo wrote:He's definitely slipped across the board this year, at the plate but especially at 3b.... Te only way I want him is if he can play OF, he's killing us in the infield. I haven't heard anything about "problems" with him though.
zevon wrote:johnsamo wrote:He's definitely slipped across the board this year, at the plate but especially at 3b.... Te only way I want him is if he can play OF, he's killing us in the infield. I haven't heard anything about "problems" with him though.
I did read something about a week ago in the San Diego paper that he was in Sciosia's doghouse, hustle issues if I remember correctly.
He was then benched for a day or two and I've heard nothing since.
Might make sense, Chone/Santana for Crawford and recall Weaver.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for it.
It wouldn't break my heart to see Figgy go. He was valuable last year because he could play anywhere, but this year, he's playing badly in the infield, so that sort of takes away his utility value. His decline across the board this year is not a good sign long term. He should be at the age where he's getting better at the plate but he's dropped off. Especially hitting in front of Cabrera and Vlad, he's not getting pitched around.
If the Angels have a fault in terms of strategy though, it's that they tend to be overly loyal to longtime veterans who they like on a personal level, and thus, they don't ever sell high on veterans that are at the cusps of their declining skills stage. Instead, they hold on to them for years, even though they spend half their time on the DL, and when they play, they don't produce like they used to, but the Angels still act like it's jis a matter of time before they return to form. The ultimate exanples are guys like Erstadt and Salmon who are way past their prime and are only around because they're liked. Garrett Anderson, can still swing when he's healthy, but he's stuck in the field too much because they're giving too many DH abs to Salmon.
They're also taking playing time and salary room away from better younger players IMO.
Adam Kennedy is a perfect example. At the very least, Kendrick should be on the team now platooning at 2b. My bet is, Kendrick would probably have already won the full time job too, but instead, memories of past Kennedy heroics blind Angels management to his current performance level.
And as for the defensive mistakes this year. The sheer # of them, even from vets like Cabrera, point to a lack of focus on defense by the coaching staff... Cabrera has 9 errors so far this year. He had 7 total last year. If one fielder gets the yips, that's one thing, but when everyody has the yips, it's not the yips, it's a problem at the coaching level.
I just don't get it, I've always thought of Scioscia as a good coach and blamed the keeping of aged vets on the General Manager. but horrific fielding problems aren't a front office problem.
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