The October 10th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including speculation on Angel coaching staff vacancies, five minor league coaches fired and much more...
The Monkey Says: I'd be surprised if Omar Vizquel didn't get appointed to some sort of role. Not that I am in the clubhouse, but it seems like this team could really use an infusion of energy on the coaching staff and Vizquel would be well-suited for that, even if he just serves as a third base coach. As for the rest of the spots, it is really just a guessing game. Hitting coach will probably be the source of much intrigue just because of the differing offensive styles that Scioscia and Dipoto appear to prefer.
The Monkey Says: A lot of people are throwing out King Fish as a candidate, but it doesn't look they will be able to reel him in. See what I did there?
The Monkey Says: And it sounds like he wouldn't listen unless it was a fairly major role. This one probably isn't happening either. I guess this front office must have the crazy idea that being a former Angel isn't a top criteria for being hired as a coach. What are they thinking?!?
The Monkey Says: The 66ers had a good year, which makes some question this, but really the organization doesn't care about that so much as players actually developing. This kind of turnover is perfectly normal, but because of the drama around the Angels, it will probably be read into far too much.
The Monkey Says: Scioscia Face is now made official.
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I wonder about Wally. He always struck me as a smart fella and easy to get along with. Hatcher got an extra five years out of personality alone. I wish there was a spot for Chili Davis somehere more elevated than his Oak job. He has done a lot with a little up there and it would be nice to cherry pick Billy's staff. (and not cuz he is a former Angel, but it surely doesn't hurt in my book)
Do you really see Tim Salmon as a choice for hitting coach? Your other suggestion, Wally Joyner, is intriguing, though. He hit for average and a little power and has experience in the position. Also, he's left-handed which might give him some insight into Hamilton's difficulties. Maybe not, but I thought it might be worth mentioning.
@Rick K. No, I don't view Salmon as an option, but many fans have suggested it. Apparently there is a large segment of Angel fans who believe the coaching staff should be entirely composed of players on the 2002 World Series team. Erstad as bench coach, Salmon as hitting coach, Percival as pitching coach, GA as yawning coach, Eckstein as mascot, etc.