Hank Conger says he understands why he was sent back down to Triple-A yesterday, but does he, and Angel fans in general, understand the entire line of logic behind returning the promising prospect to the minor leagues?
No, the real reason behind Conger getting demoted wasn't Jeff Mathis threatening once again to make public whatever compromising photos of Scioscia that we all suspect he's been lording over him for years. OK, maybe that has a little bit to do with it, but the primary reason has more to do with the Angels desire to improve over Jeff Mathis both now and in the long-term.
The long-term benefit of this move is the most obvious. Hank Conger may be one of the best catching prospects in baseball, but he just isn't quite ready for The Show yet. The big knock on Conger before the season was that his defense may not be good enough to keep him in the majors. At times, Conger has proven those doubters wrong, but at other points they looked very right. The problem was that Conger was so focused on trying to gets his defense up to Mike Scioscia's lofty standards that it caused him to let the rest of his game to get away from him.