The October 11th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Angels fire long-time scout in unceremonious fashion, Mathis to play for MLB in exhibition series in Taiwan, Arte Moreno breaks his silence on the organizational changes and much more...
The Story: The Angels fired 68-year old scout Rich Schlenker in a "30-second phone call."
The Monkey Says: The Great Purge clearly isn't limited to the top. This is an unceremonious way to treat a guy who has served the Angels for so long, but it isn't the first time that the Halos have been accused of being somewhat insensitive when it comes to cutting an employee or player loose. The question now is why are the Angels already firing scouts and not just executives? It could be that they want to totally clear the deck for a new GM, even this feels like a bit much to accomplish that, unless they already have someone lined up (which I doubt). In their defense, it is also entirely possible that Schlenker just wasn't good enough at his job anymore.
The Story: Jeff Mathis has been selected to play for an MLB team playing an exhibition series against a Taiwanese all-star team.
The Monkey Says: Geez, Bud Selig, what did Taiwan ever do to you that you would subject them to that kind of torture? I feel like this borders on being a hate crime.