Does Scioscia know that his team has two key free agents?

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The Angels made a valiant effort in the ALCS, but they fell short against a superior team. I think that much was clear. Yes, I’m a biased Yankees fan, but I think that when you look at the whole picture, the Yankees were the better team and won in the end. Not that the Angels are a bad team. Far from it. Some people have argued that they were the second best team in the majors this year, ahead of any NL team, and while I don’t necessarily agree, I’m definitely receptive to that argument.

While their success in 2009 is undisputed, the Angels are a team in transition heading into 2010. They locked up Bobby Abreu, which fills a need, but they also have looming decisions on two key free agents, John Lackey and Chone Figgins. The Angels would suffer a big setback if they lost both their ace pitcher and leadoff hitter. They might be able to replace Figgins, though he’s definitely the best third baseman on the market, but they can’t replace Lackey with a free agent. So, it stands to reason that if the Angels don’t bring back their two guys, they could be a bit weaker in 2010.

Mike Scioscia is hearing none of that. At a fundraiser last night, reporters couldn’t help from asking the Angels’ skipper questions about the team’s future. Among them was a question about the Yankees “buying” another World Series title. Scioscia took the bait.

“I don’t care if the Yankees go out and spend $350 million next year, we’re going to beat them because we have the team,” Scioscia said.

Setting aside the near impossibility of spending $350 million on a baseball team, Scioscia might be speaking a bit too soon here. The Angels have some serious work to do this off-season. That’s not to say that they can’t field a strong team in 2010. Rather, it’s to say that if they don’t move to improve their starting pitching, they could be in for some trouble. Their rotation will consist of Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir, Joe Saunders, and Ervin Santana. That’s just not going to cut it, not with the Rangers and Mariners improving.

Sure, managers have to stand by the strength of their team, but Scioscia went out of his way to make a statement about his. That’s fine, but in criticism of his statement, I don’t think the Angels are anywhere close to set for next season. Losing Figgins would hurt, as it would be difficult to replace him at third base and atop the order. But losing Lackey could hurt most of all, because it will be even more difficult to replace him atop the rotation. So no, as it stands, the Angels do not have the team. We’ll see what measures they make to build that team in the next few months.

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  • fox

    he just sounds bitter/drunk

  • Free Mike Vick

    Girardi WS rings as a manager: 1

    Scioscia WS rings as a manger: 1

    This makes me smile. :)

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      It took Scioscia 3 years to do it, Girardi only took 2. BOO-YA!!!! ;-)

      • http://thesportshernia.typepad.com/blog/images/2008/05/04/melky_cabrera_cant_believe_it_phixr.png Drew

        Marlins?

        • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

          Meh, details.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Wait, you mean the Miami Marlins cheerleader squad actually has a baseball team that they cheer for? I thought that shit was just an exhibition thing that they did while the cheerleaders were on their break.

          • radnom

            That exhibition squad has the same number of world championships in the past 15 years as the DYNASTY™ TEAM OF THE DECADE™ BOSTON RED SOX!!!1!

    • Marcus

      Girardi years as a manager per WS ring: 3

      Scioscia years as a manager per WS ring: 10

      Good rate stats for Girardi

  • http://HENDO Darrin Henderson

    Everyone is a comedian

    Maybe they should trade for Jimmy Rollins those 2 would be great toghther.

  • http://thesportshernia.typepad.com/blog/images/2008/05/04/melky_cabrera_cant_believe_it_phixr.png Drew

    Scioscia is a whiner. He’d be a perfect fit in Boston.

    • JGS

      he’s signed even longer than A-rod

  • Will in NJ

    “Losing Figgins would hurt, as it would be difficult to replace him at third base and atop the order.”

    Whatever happened to Brandon Wood? Have the Angels really screwed around with him too much for him to step in at 3B?

    • A.D.

      He can play 3B, just not going to step in at the top of the order.

      And it also appears the Angles aren’t resigning Vlad. So if their lineup is:

      Aybar
      Abreu
      Hunter
      Morales
      Kendrick
      Rivera
      Wood
      Napoli
      Matthew Jr?

      That doesn’t exactly scare you. Though figure they get someone other than Matthews for DH/OF.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Not a terribly fearsome lineup but it’s ok. With solid pitching they could do some damage. Their defense should again be pretty good but the pen and starting pitching are still big question marks.

  • A.D.

    Kazmir & Santana are the 2 wildcards in that rotation, if they pitch to their potential, they could have a very very strong rotation, but if they pitch like they did last year… not so much.

    • Tseng

      I like the chances of at least one of those two bouncing back. Definitely going to target them late in fantasy baseball, anyways.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        That’s what they were gambling on. Trade for Kazmir so that they can let Lackey walk, hope that either he or Santana bounces back to dominance again.

        Risky, but not a horrible gamble, all things considered.

        (Side note: I wonder if they’re gonna try to bring Kelvin Escobar back. I’d love to scoop him up on a Lieber/Mitre/Smoltzian rehab deal and see if he can recover from his shoulder issues, maybe contribute as an extra starter or a bullpen weapon come June/July.)

        • Jordan

          +1 regarding Escobar

  • bonestock94

    He’s right, they have “the team” that can win 2 games against the Yankees in the ALCS. Too bad its a 7 game series.

  • Mike bk

    well if they make a move for granderson as mlbtr is talking about today then they dont need vlad back and will replace figgins at the top of the lineup and move one of the midgets to 3rd.

    • Count Zero

      If I were them, this would be my number one option unless the asking price on Granderson gets too high. Figgins is not going to be worth what it’s going to take to sign him.

  • Tom Zig

    I don’t care if the Yankees go out and spend $350 million next year, we’re going to beat them because we have the team

    Uhh, if the Yankees spent $350 million this offseason or increased their payroll to $350 million (Scioscia didn’t specify which), I’m pretty sure the Angels wouldn’t be beating us, nor would anyone else for that matter.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      PUSSYTUBING

      • DP

        Cut the jaguar’s balls off! He’d do the same if he had some sort of pawknife!

  • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

    Scioscia is a good manager, and a good dude. He is however looking rather flushed in the pic, maybe too much to drink?

    I hated seeing him in town when Torre was the manager, and now I do not have the same feeling. I do whoever think he was the better of the two managers in the ALCS, he just did not have a team anywhere near as good as the Yanks. Taking Lackey out with the bases loaded seemed dumb at the time, and it turned about bad for him but other than that I did not think he did so bad.

    Maybe if we spend another $350 we could lock up Jeter :)

    • pete

      i think scoscia is baseball’s most overrated manager. he gets an insane amount of praise for bunting, stealing bases, and 1st-to-3rd-ing, but in reality all he ends up doing is giving away outs. I’d take Girardi over scoscia any day of the week, and twice on sundays.

  • theyankeewarrior

    We vil win becaus we have teh team!!!!!!

    (pounds shot with rally monkey)

  • lou

    Halos are still a very scary team to me

    Wood is still with them and can DH or play 3B if they lose Figgy. He is out of options so they will play him this year for sure and that kid can hit

    If not, Napoli is their DH and Mathis Catcher….assuming they don’t re-sign Vlad

    Good solid lineup. Lacks our pop but is good 1-9.

    As for pitching, I think losing Lackey will hurt them but I think they match up with the Jays for Halladay better than anyone because of all of their infielders. They could deal Wood, Napoli and a young pitcher or 2 and have one of the best rotations in the game to go with their solid lineup

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Why on Earth would the Jays take Wood, Napoli(!) and a few young guys for Halladay? The Angels system isn’t all that deep. Their best prospects are probably Jordan Walden (injured, poor performance in 2008, 2009), Hank Coger (good-hitting catcher, poor defense) and Trevor Reckling (#3 starter, maybe?). I just don’t see the Angels being a good fit.

      • Reggie C.

        Halos would be much better off signing a DH (matsui?) and trading for Javy Vazquez or/& Kenshin Kawakami. Vazquez is a serviceable #2 type. The Halos have got to hope that Jered Weaver really comes up big. Till then .. maybe Vazquez could be their opening day starter.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Maybe. The thing is all three of their top rotation could be really solid but could also be really pedestrian. Very few sure things in that rotation.

          Javy is more of a good #2 than an ace, but at least you can be secure in what you’re getting with him—lots of innings and strikeouts. Thing is he’ll be marketed as an ace and if you look at the numbers, last season was not something typical of Javy. Maybe he’s finally put it all together but maybe he reverts back to the 4.25+ERA inconsistent Javy.

          Not sure about Kawakami. He’s hittable, probably won’t give you a lot of innings and has a larger-than-what-you’d-like-considering-what-you-get contract.

      • lou

        Because Wood has 30HR power and can play SS, 3B, and 1B (all positions of need for the Jays).

        Napoli has 30 HR power, can catch until their stud catching prospect is ready and then slide over to 1B or DH when he is. If the Jays preferred Mathis, I doubt the Halos would flinch as he is a better actual catcher with less power.

        Trevor Bell is a very good pitching prospect, so is Trevor Reckling and despite mixed results, Jordan Walden has dynamite stuff (kinda like our Betances).

        That is not even to mention that they could toss in Sean O’Sullivan, Anthony Ortega, Maicer Izturis or even Juan Rivera among others as filler pieces.

        Just because a lot of their prospects are in the majors now does not mean their minors are barren. Angels always draft well and still have lots of pieces that fit the Jays. Neither us or the Red Sox have the infielders in the system like the Angels do

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          There’s not a single player without serious flaws there. Wood K’s a ton, may be versatile defensively, but that’s more because he doesn’t have the glove to stick at short. Virtually any SS should be able to adequately play 3rd or 1st. His power is unbelievable and he should be a fine offensive player, probably well enough to overcome k’s and meh D. But he hasn’t proven his worth at the majors yet (which I think is on the Angels, not him). Is this the main player you trade Halladay for? He’s your centerpiece?

          Mathis is Posada-like with the glove. Maybe they want him, maybe they don’t. His defense is outright horrible. Sure, he can hit the ball pretty far and has good obp numbers. A lot of that is undone by his defense. Who knows how the Jays value that.

          No way they take Mathis. That’s nuts. Bell is a solid prospect, agreed, but there’s rumbling that his velocity is down. O’Sullivan has had an ERA around 5 the past few years and an ERA over 6.50 in the majors. Good stuff, yeah. Potential? Yeah. Ready for The Show? Probably not. Ortega has injury issues, Rivera is making $13 million. The Jays won’t take on salary. Maybe Izturis but he doesn’t make much impact with his bat. His glove is great, though.

          I’m not saying they don’t have good prospects that would appeal to teams. They have some quality players. I never said it was a barren farm. I said it wasn’t deep. Not one player there doesn’t have serious flaws. The Jays would want a top-flight young pitcher really close to contributing, which they don’t have, and some sure things. Brandon Wood and a few other guys don’t get you Halladay.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            *Napoli is Posada-like…

          • lou

            Flaws, yes, that is why they are prospects. All prospects have flaws.

            Serious flaws? Not most of them. If they were our prospects I have a feeling we would be singing their praises.

            Wood K’s a lot. So does Ryan Howard. So does Austin Jackson. Wood has also played on the major league level and can hit 30 HR’s. He has a very solid glove at SS (just not as good as Aybar) and a plus glove at the corners. If he struggles at all it is because he has moved so much. 30 HR’s, a pus glove, versatility, witha rookie salary scale? Yes, I think the Jays would find that pretty attractive as a PIECE to a Halladay deal.

            I think Posada is a decent comparison to Napoli. Somehow I think the Jays would take Jorge-like production after a few years of Rod Barajas. And when their young catcher is ready in 2 years, Napoli will still have power. Again, pretty damn good PIECE. Mathis was only offered if they prefer defense and an athlete who had a college FB scholie to Fla. St. but has never been given a shot to play every day. Sure looked good against the Yanks though. Just an option.

            I will agree that the Adenhart loss hurt their system quite a bit. Moreso than if we lost Joba or Hughes. That said, I think any of those people mentioned would be attractive PIECES to a deal.

            If they decided they wanted Howie Kendrick or Ervin Santana included, I doubt the Angels would hesitate much.

            I think they match up so well because of all the options they provide the Jays. We can’t come close to that. We have Montero, Jackson, and Joba/ Hughes. All of whom “have serious flaws” and one who doesn’t fit a positional need.

            So, I stand by the fact that I can’t find another team in the MLB that matches up as well with the Jays in ability to give them an attractive package and have the revenue stream to sign him long term. If you do, I would love to hear it

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              Flaws, yes, that is why they are prospects. All prospects have flaws.
              Serious flaws? Not most of them. If they were our prospects I have a feeling we would be singing their praises.

              Perhaps I wasn’t clear enough, if so, my bad. What I mean by serious flaw is that their abilities aren’t so much greater than their flaws that they make an attractive enough package for Halladay. If you disagree, so be it. Some of your points are spot-on. Of course no one is the perfect player; I didn’t make that argument, though.

              Wood K’s a lot. So does Ryan Howard. So does Austin Jackson. Wood has also played on the major league level and can hit 30 HR’s. He has a very solid glove at SS (just not as good as Aybar) and a plus glove at the corners. If he struggles at all it is because he has moved so much. 30 HR’s, a pus glove, versatility, witha rookie salary scale? Yes, I think the Jays would find that pretty attractive as a PIECE to a Halladay deal.

              He’s played on the major-league level, yes. Not very well, though. I’ll admit I’m not particularly up-to-date with Brandon Wood. His power appears to be prodigious. He had 21 errors in 2008, in the minors and 9 in 100 games in 2009. The dude is going to be 25 starting next season. Why is it taking him so long if he can hit 30 homers and play gold-glove defense? I genuinely don’t understand. Suppose all of what you say is true, he’s a guy that can be their starting SS and hit 30 home runs. Sounds like a good piece. I’ll grant you that. I’m not sure it’s the case, but we’ll go from there.

              I think Posada is a decent comparison to Napoli. Somehow I think the Jays would take Jorge-like production after a few years of Rod Barajas. And when their young catcher is ready in 2 years, Napoli will still have power. Again, pretty damn good PIECE. Mathis was only offered if they prefer defense and an athlete who had a college FB scholie to Fla. St. but has never been given a shot to play every day. Sure looked good against the Yanks though. Just an option.

              They would never take Mathis. Never. No reason to mention it. Let’s focus on Napoli. He has some similarities to Posada, sure. But Jorge is a far more complete hitter than Napoli, though Napoli has better power. The D, again, is REALLY bad. Maybe they take him. We don’t know how the Jays value the catching position in terms of O vs. D. He’s also not a young guy, which may be something they’d want.

              I will agree that the Adenhart loss hurt their system quite a bit. Moreso than if we lost Joba or Hughes. That said, I think any of those people mentioned would be attractive PIECES to a deal.

              Yeah, I never said anything about that. But yes, Adenhart’s death hurt. Moreso than Joba or Hughes? Maybe. Both Joba and Hughes have ace potential, like Adenhart, but both our guys were more experienced and have played bigger roles. So I don’t know about that.

              If they decided they wanted Howie Kendrick or Ervin Santana included, I doubt the Angels would hesitate much.
              I think they match up so well because of all the options they provide the Jays. We can’t come close to that. We have Montero, Jackson, and Joba/ Hughes. All of whom “have serious flaws” and one who doesn’t fit a positional need.

              Not sure they’d think Santana is all that great. Really inconsistent. Kendrick? Sure, but they have Aaron Hill. Montero has a serious flaw, no question. Jackson’s k-rate is alarming. He profiles as a good, not great player. Joba and Hughes profile as possible ace-types and have been able to play well on the big stage. They are easily better than any pitchers the Angels throw into a deal.

              So, I stand by the fact that I can’t find another team in the MLB that matches up as well with the Jays in ability to give them an attractive package and have the revenue stream to sign him long term. If you do, I would love to hear it

              All of this is based on the assumption they’d trade him and find those players attractive. There are many reasons they might not find those players attractive. Of the top of my head, perhaps Texas would be interested in assembling a package. The Braves might, and FWIW, I think the Dodgers and Yanks could also put together competitive packages. We have no idea what the Jays are really looking for. Maybe they see Montero as a corner fielder filling power, Jackson as a good CFer and Hughes as a #2 starter as more attractive than Wood as a great-hitting, okay fielding SS, Napoli as a poor D, good O catcher, and Walden as a high-upside pitcher. Maybe not. We don’t know.

              You’re way too sure of things you shouldn’t be.

              • lou

                –Perhaps I wasn’t clear enough, if so, my bad. What I mean by serious flaw is that their abilities aren’t so much greater than their flaws that they make an attractive enough package for Halladay. If you disagree, so be it. Some of your points are spot-on. Of course no one is the perfect player; I didn’t make that argument, though.

                I disagree so we can agree to disagree there and just move on. Fair enough.

                –He’s played on the major-league level, yes. Not very well, though. I’ll admit I’m not particularly up-to-date with Brandon Wood. His power appears to be prodigious. He had 21 errors in 2008, in the minors and 9 in 100 games in 2009. The dude is going to be 25 starting next season. Why is it taking him so long if he can hit 30 homers and play gold-glove defense? I genuinely don’t understand. Suppose all of what you say is true, he’s a guy that can be their starting SS and hit 30 home runs. Sounds like a good piece. I’ll grant you that. I’m not sure it’s the case, but we’ll go from there.

                It took him so long because the Angels didn’t have a ready-made place for him and they were hoping the extra instruction would cut down on his k’s. I am pretty up to date on him living in LA. Is he a superstar? Nope, but I think Adam Dunn production offensively with ARod defense at 3B is a fair enough projection. Or he could be a below average defensive SS with 30 HR power. Either is still valuable.

                –They would never take Mathis. Never. No reason to mention it. Let’s focus on Napoli. He has some similarities to Posada, sure. But Jorge is a far more complete hitter than Napoli, though Napoli has better power. The D, again, is REALLY bad. Maybe they take him. We don’t know how the Jays value the catching position in terms of O vs. D. He’s also not a young guy, which may be something they’d want.

                Agree mostly here but I would argue that Jorge is obviously more complete because he has played the game A LOT longer. Napoli is not a spring chicken, but he is also not old and still in his arbitration years. Good placeholder at catcher until their prospect is ready to move him.

                –Yeah, I never said anything about that. But yes, Adenhart’s death hurt. Moreso than Joba or Hughes? Maybe. Both Joba and Hughes have ace potential, like Adenhart, but both our guys were more experienced and have played bigger roles. So I don’t know about that.

                Sorry I wasn’t clear here. I brought up Adenhart because he was that young, close to teh majors pitcher that they now lack. I think it hurt than more than Joba or Hughes because we have 2 of hose guys. The Angels had one. That was my rationale.

                –Not sure they’d think Santana is all that great. Really inconsistent. Kendrick? Sure, but they have Aaron Hill. Montero has a serious flaw, no question. Jackson’s k-rate is alarming. He profiles as a good, not great player. Joba and Hughes profile as possible ace-types and have been able to play well on the big stage. They are easily better than any pitchers the Angels throw into a deal.

                They may not love Santana but he is a guy they can plug into their rotation tomorrow that has pretty amazing velocity. Similar to having a major league ready prospect. The Jays experessed interest in Kendrick during last year’s trade deadline with the idea that they would move him to 1B next to Hill. Otherwise I would not have mentioned it. I agree with you on Joba/ Hughes, but following your flaw argument, neither has shown the ability to be a consistent starter as of yet. Both have struggled while in the regular rotation for one reason or another. As a Yanks fan, do I think they have ace potential? Damn right I do and I would think HARD before trading either. Just pointing out that sometimes we are quick to point out other teams’ players’ flaws while ignoring our own. Natural to do but I think we may be doing it here.

                –All of this is based on the assumption they’d trade him and find those players attractive. There are many reasons they might not find those players attractive. Of the top of my head, perhaps Texas would be interested in assembling a package. The Braves might, and FWIW, I think the Dodgers and Yanks could also put together competitive packages. We have no idea what the Jays are really looking for. Maybe they see Montero as a corner fielder filling power, Jackson as a good CFer and Hughes as a #2 starter as more attractive than Wood as a great-hitting, okay fielding SS, Napoli as a poor D, good O catcher, and Walden as a high-upside pitcher. Maybe not. We don’t know.

                You’re way too sure of things you shouldn’t be.

                Agreed, I am assuming. But what I am trying to point out is that the Angels likely have more options than most other teams. That is what makes a trade more likely…options. Don’t like this guy because he doesn’t play great D? Well, we have this guy that doesn’t hit quite as well but plays better D. Don’t like that one, well how about this? That is how deals get done more often than not. My point is that the Angels have a better ability to do that than most other teams, ourselves included. Maybe they are so enamored with our guys that they love them even though they don’t play positions of need. Maybe you are right. But we don’t have many fallback alternatives. I think the Angels do, which is why I think they may be the ones to get it done.

                The Jays have made it pretty well known that they are seeking Infielders, Catchers, and Pitchers for Halladay.

                The Braves could put together a decent package but not sure they have the money to sign him long term. It takes both. No way the Rangers or Dodgers can do something that big with their ownership issues in flux as they are. I do agree that they would have the prospects though. The Yanks could, I agree, but I voiced my concerns above. The Red Sox could if they offer more pitching and less infield.

                Not too sure. I admit I may end up being wrong. Just pointing out that those that think the Angels are doomed to mediocrity without Lackey as they were stating above, might not have considered why they might be wrong.

  • lou

    and what do you expect mike to say? dude has to back his team…lay off…he’s a damn good manager

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      A) He’s not “managing” at the moment, he’s talking. The fact that he’s a good manager doesn’t mean he should be popping off at the lip about some other team during the offseason.
      B) Whether or not he is actually a “good manager” is the subject of great debate.

      • pete

        i’m with you tommie. But i fear it won’t be until after your tragic and symbolic death that people start abiding by your word.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        It’s not a “great” debate. It’s rather one-sided.

      • lou

        child please, if he were the yanks manager and he said the same thing about the red sox (or even the angels) we would all be on his sack about how much fire he has and we love the balls he is showing.

        they asked him a question and he answered by backing his team and firing up a crowd and fan base…exactly what was needed to sell season tickets.

        and whether you agree with his managing or not, it is no secret that mike runs that organization and gets a lot of credit for taking them from being just one of the pack to easily in the top 3 of AL teams this past decade.

        denying that just shows you are not paying attention

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          child please, if he were the yanks manager and he said the same thing about the red sox (or even the angels) we would all be on his sack about how much fire he has and we love the balls he is showing.

          Dumb people would, maybe. We’re not dumb.

          they asked him a question and he answered by backing his team and firing up a crowd and fan base…exactly what was needed to sell season tickets.

          Again, that’s not his job. Neither of those things are his job.

          and whether you agree with his managing or not, it is no secret that mike runs that organization and gets a lot of credit for taking them from being just one of the pack to easily in the top 3 of AL teams this past decade.

          denying that just shows you are not paying attention

          Again, none of this has anything to do with what you were talking about.

          • lou

            –Dumb people would, maybe. We’re not dumb.

            Debatable from what I have read. Either way, I don’t see anything wrong with what he said considering where he said it. I can almost promise that if Girardi said something similar there would be little to no uproar. Be fair, not biased

            –Again, that’s not his job. Neither of those things are his job.

            His job entails being the face of the organization and there are public appearances built into his job description. So yes, this is part of his job. Especially in the offseason.

            –Again, none of this has anything to do with what you were talking about.

            Then remind me of what WE were talking about because if I recall it was you that brought up the debate of his value. I was simply pointing out how valuable he is to that organization.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      If by “damn good,” you mean he runs his team into more outs than any other manager in the league, then you’re right, he’s damn good.

  • Jay Bomb

    What an ass, I live in Az and cant wait to give Mike an earful abouy this in the Spring.

    Not sure if its this blog or another but there was a GREAT post regarding how 2009 teams where built Yanks vs Phillies.

    I got tremendous traction out of it for the ‘you bought another’ asinine argument. (Factoid- Yanks had less free agents and more home grown talent).

    Can a faithful blogger out there fashion a study comparing some of our Yankee Dynasty teams to say, hmm, Boston, Cardinals, Marlins, ANGELS, and the like so we can further destroy the child like argument the Yankees always buy the Gold?

    Please, pretty please. Are you listening RAB (this would have to be the off season be the Yanks post of the year, decade and century)?

    k, Thanks.

  • Tank Foster

    I agree that Scioscia is overrated as a manager. His “fundamentally sound” team blew it, fundamentally, in the ALCS, and he gives up more outs than bases gained with his stupid strategy. He’s delusional if he thinks he has a better team than the Yankees.

  • AJ’s Chin Music Ensemble

    I hate watching hi pudgy ass sweating it out inthe dugout. The guy is a total blowhard and I loved watching us beat their ass in the ALCS. The BEST team won…and the World Champion Yankees have turned the page on the Angels domination…I have a good feeling that the tides have changed and we will start taking acar of Business when it comes to the Anaheim Garden Grove Los Angeles Angels of the 57 freeway.