The October 10th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Abe Flores fired, Lyle Spencer blames the fans for Mathis' inability to hit, previewing 2012 prospect sleepers and much more...
The Monkey Says: The heads continue to roll. Flores had been director of player development since his predecessor Tony Reagins was promoted to GM. I know that Gary DiSarcina and Tory Hernandez continue to be mentioned as potential candidates, but that looks less and less likely as the team continues to divest themselves of the other remaining members of the front office.
The Monkey Says: I'm going to take the high road and simply say that I hope Spencer gets a chance to prove his case this off-season if/when the Angels non-tender Jeff Mathis.
The Monkey Says: A few of these guys actually have a shot at breaking camp with Angels this spring, but it would be a longshot, especially since the prospect pecking order could see a modest shake up once the new front office structure gets installed.
The Monkey Says: Flores basically confirms that he was moved aside to make way for the new GM to pick his own staff, but there must not be any hard feelings if they were willing to keep him on board in a lesser position. For the record, it doesn't sound like Flores has turned the offer down yet.
The Monkey Says: This is bizarre. I don't even know why they think they have a trademark worth protecting in Australia. I actually lived in Brisbane for several months back in 2002 and literally NOBODY knew what the hell my Angels hat was supposed to be.
The Story: An R.I.P. for the Angels' 2011 season.
The Monkey Says: This post puts forward an interesting theory that maybe the Angels just need to "tread water" in 2012 so that they can load up for a more substantial run in 2013 and beyond. The fans wouldn't like it very much, but ir wouldn't shock me if a new GM opted for that route. They will have lots of key free agents after the 2012 season, like Howie Kendrick, Torii Hunter and Erick Aybar, but it might be the best way for a new general manager to come in, evaluate the team in 2012 and then move in earnest after the season to put together the roster that he prefers.
So, it's our fault Mathis can't make contact? That's...interesting. If clearing away his main competition for the starting job didn't help then good luck with the "change of scenery" theory.
Speaking of Australia, Did Rich Thompson land an off-season gig as Dr. Malcolm Wallace on Terra Nova?
Mr. The Monkey is correct. If your theory is that the front office is to blame, you can't install a front office guy as GM.
The only place I'd disagree even a little with the RIP article is using Trout everyday. Yes, he needs to be out there often (and, for God's sake, don't platoon him!) how about he plays something like four days a week, spelling the old guys more often than Bourjos? If Wells or Hunter goes stone cold he sees a little more action. And hope it's not Bourjos who goes cold, I love Trout but his arm won't play every day in center. I'm now picturing a scene in Life Of Brian where everybody points and shouts, "BLASPHEMER!"