The October 17th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Don Baylor hired as hitting coach, Scioscia says organization is on 'same page' and much more...
The Monkey Says: This is a coup for the Angels as Baylor is widely considered to be one of the best hitting coaches and best people in baseball. The fact that he won the 1979 AL MVP with the Angels is just gravy for the faction of Angel fans who think all coaches must be former Angel greats. He had been with the D'Backs in the same role, but Dipoto was able to lure him away. For the first time in a long time, I'm excited about an Angel hitting coach which is a very weird and uncomfortable feeling. For what it is worth, Baylor has also managed in the league, so he might be taking on a bigger role on the coaching staff other than his nominal position. This hiring might very well explain why Eppard and Picciolo were let go.
The Monkey Says: There is a lot of talk of team chemistry here that makes me wonder if the Angels are going to focus on bringing in character guys to round out the roster not unlike what the Red Sox did last off-season. Aside from that, Scioscia's references to "aggressive discussions" implies that there was some issues that needed to be hashed out for everyone to get on the same page, but at least he is taking public responsibility for some of his failings last year and championing this "same page" thing, providing hope for a more harmonious organization in 2014.