There may be dumber ideas than firing Mike Scioscia, but I can’t think of any. I understand why it’s a topic of conversation, and Scioscia does, too. When a team begins a season with high expectations and then falls on its face out of the gate, someone has to be held accountable.
That someone usually is the skipper. Never mind the circumstances or personnel. Never mind fairness. Competent managers get fired every season. It usually happens when management has no other options and hopes a change at the top might kick-start the club.
It’s a tactic that almost never works, but teams keep trying it. It’s one way to placate unhappy fans or calm the media. If you think the media doesn’t matter in such things, guess again. It’s incredible how when columnists and talk-show hosts turn on a manager, many players do the same thing.
It’s a lot easier to blame the guy in the corner office than to look in the mirror. I know a certain pitcher who has blamed his problems the past couple of years on a certain manager. He was thrilled when his team got rid of the guy. Unfortunately, his performance hasn’t improved. He’s sure to be blaming the new guy in no time.
...It’s easy to look for simple solutions to broader problems. The Angels aren’t 4-10 because their manager has been bad. Getting rid of Scioscia almost certainly would not calm down Hamilton at the plate or give Hanson back the zip on his fastball.
Plenty of us thought the Angels were a playoff team when the season began. Those three starters have performed so poorly that Dipoto eventually may be forced to trade for a starter.
But he can’t trade for three starters. He simply has to hope that his player evaluations of three weeks ago will end up being right. In the end, that’s where the change must come. Scioscia simply should not be an issue.
Posted: April 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM | 21 comment(s)
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