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Mike Napoli – Fireable Offense

The Angels essentially forced Tony Reagins to resign his postion as GM, with many inferring the reason to be his orchestration of the worst trade in Angel history.

But every baseball person alive knows that Mike Scioscia runs the Angels, both on the field and off, at least in terms of baseball personnel. That trade is on Scioscia (even if we give him the maximum benefit of the doubt, his favoring of Jeff Mathis over Mike Napoli over the last few seasons enabled Reagins to view Napoli as somehow expendable).

So why the free pass?

It could be argued that Mike Napoli should be the AL MVP. But it cannot be argued that he should be anything but the World Series MVP of 2011.

There’s no doubt whatsoever that Mike Scioscia ran Mike Napoli right out of Anaheim.

With Mike Napoli representing everything that the Angels need offensively, and Mike Sciosica so belligerently anachronistic about what defines a good offensive baseball player, it’s readily apparent that Scioscia’s stubbornness has cost the Halos the best offensive talent that the organization has developed since Tim Salmon. Worse, though, Scioscia’s opinion that Jeff Mathis is more valuable to the Angels than was Mike Napoli makes him look like one of the worst talent evaluators in baseball. Hyperbole? Not at all. Simple fact. That decision cost the Angels the wild card…at the least…and handed the team’s division rival the World Series championship.

Scioscia had a great run for a few years LAST DECADE. And now it’s quite clear that his brand of baseball simply doesn’t compete in the modern game (though it can clearly overachieve in the modern game). Stubbornly, though, he sticks to his guns in the face of all contrary evidence.

Thanks for 2002, Mike…it was great.

Now, please go back to the Dodgers with that 1960s/1970s brand of Dodger baseball. It simply doesn’t work anymore.

Jeff Mathis?  Seriously, Jeff Mathis? No, really…Jeff Mathis?

Who in, or out of, the baseball world ever thought that Jeff Mathis was a better option than Mike Napoli? What scout thought that? What SABRmetrician thought that? What GM thought that? Only one man in the entire world ever thought that.

It’s disgusting, it exemplifies Scioscia’s lack of intelligence and stubborn-headedness, and it should result in the man being sent packing.

It would in any other line of work.

Nobody else will say it, but we will…

FIRE MIKE SCIOSCIA.

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Bonds Market

Does Tony Reagins have any interest in signing Barry Bonds?  “None.” 

That’s a relief.

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Tony Reagins Interview

Tony Reagins seems to be a fairly protective radio interview, something that’s probably good for the organization (albeit a little boring for most fans).

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Quick Look

Today, The Sporting News has a brief interview with Angels’ GM Tony Reagins.

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Grim Weeper

Sports Illustrated has published an excerpt of Matt McCarthy‘s upcoming book, Odd Man Out, in the current issue. 

In it, McCarthy documents juvenile hijinks, racial tension, and the sudden end of his minor league career. 

The most compelling aspect, though, might be the insider’s look at Tony Reagins in his previous job capacity.  It’s tough to imagine Tony Reagins as both grim hard-ass and weeping softie, but he’s characterized as presenting just such a duality.

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Reagins Follow-Up

Tony Reagins offers a more official perspective on the Angels’ pursuit of a “middle of the order batter,” taking the opportunity to re-iterate the Angel position in regard to  Garret Anderson (a return is “unlikely”).

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Reagins Insists Again

In regard to Manny Ramirez, Tony Reagins had this to say to ESPN‘s Jayson Stark.

Here’s as simple as I can put it. We’re not in.” 

Grammar aside, Reagins has made his point.  But that’s not likley to stop the constant speculation.  To many, it’s simply too good a fit to ignore.

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