Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Big Red Today: Q&A with Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels manager

While being called “Ersty” all the time must suck…I recently ran into a childhood friend who is still known as “Worm-Eye”.

World-Herald: What was your first impression of Darin Erstad?

Scioscia: Ersty? A number of things. First of all, the physical ability speaks for itself. I’d never really been around Darin — I was coaching with the Dodgers when he came on board with the Angels, was drafted and was in the big leagues very soon. You could see the physical talent. But until you get in the clubhouse with him, until you get on the practice field with him, until you get into a game situation with him, you don’t really appreciate how much he really means to the team. At the start of spring training in 2000, you could quickly see that Ersty was a special player and a special person. And there’s no doubt he was the foundation of those championship teams.

WH: There have been some changes lately, the biggest one being the (new composite) bats. Have you seen the game grow?

Scioscia: I’d like to see the college game go back to wood bats.

WH: Really?

Scioscia: Absolutely. I think that’s what this game is built around. I think some of the changes in bats are to try to make the bats more representative of what a wood bat would do, as far as bat speed and the caliber of how you hit a ball. I think it’s a good move. But if they’d go back to wood bats, I’d be happy.

Repoz Posted: February 02, 2013 at 09:25 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. The District Attorney Posted: February 02, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4360605)
World-Herald: What was your first impression of Darin Erstad?

Scioscia: Ersty?
Ohhhh, I don't feel so good.
   2. Tripon Posted: February 02, 2013 at 11:27 AM (#4360618)
Erstad? HE'S A FOOTBALL PLAYER. HE WAS EVEN THE PUNTER ON HIS COLLEGE TEAM.
   3. puck Posted: February 02, 2013 at 12:26 PM (#4360652)
The occasion for the interview is that Erstad is the manager at Nebraska and Scioscia came to speak at the team's banquet. Pretty cool that Erstad is the manager.
   4. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: February 02, 2013 at 12:36 PM (#4360663)
Ersty (baby bring it over here) - whatchu know about that?

No knock on Erstad, but the huskers miss Van Horn...
   5. Rough Carrigan Posted: February 02, 2013 at 03:37 PM (#4360765)
And there’s no doubt he was the foundation of those championship teams.


Does Scioscia spend his time in an imaginary world where his teams won more championships than just the one in 2002?
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 02, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4360769)
Stay Ersty, my friends.
   7. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 02, 2013 at 03:58 PM (#4360770)
Manager stands up for former player. Haters hate.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: February 02, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4360801)
Does Scioscia spend his time in an imaginary world where his teams won more championships than just the one in 2002?

He may be referring to division titles which they also won in 2004-5.

I'm imagine one could create plenty of doubt that he was the foundation of those teams.
   9. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: February 02, 2013 at 07:21 PM (#4360837)
The forests won't be too happy.
   10. Matt Welch Posted: February 03, 2013 at 07:16 PM (#4361347)
Erstad was a favorite target among the smart set after after his offense collapsed in 2001-onward. But WAR adores his defense and appreciates his baserunning in ways that make Scioscia seem more insightful than the anti-Ersties of yesteryear. Phenomenal defensive numbers at three positions.

Also, I hope he's the next Angels manager.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Chicago Joe
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogGraphic designer creates Star Wars/MLB mash-up logos for all 30 teams
(15 - 4:14am, Aug 02)
Last: Barnaby Jones

NewsblogMike Carp designated for assignment, Mookie Betts called up - Over the Monster
(31 - 4:00am, Aug 02)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(218 - 3:08am, Aug 02)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogOT:  2014 College Football pre-season thread
(10 - 2:46am, Aug 02)
Last: Every Inge Counts

NewsblogCubs deal Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell to Braves
(47 - 2:38am, Aug 02)
Last: Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad!

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2014
(43 - 2:22am, Aug 02)
Last: Norcan

NewsblogJim Bowden Caught Stealing From Fake Twitter Account, Deletes Everything
(35 - 1:33am, Aug 02)
Last: Jose Can Still Seabiscuit

NewsblogMiklasz: Mozeliak sets off a loud wake-up call
(14 - 1:13am, Aug 02)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogGiants Designate Dan Uggla, Tyler Colvin
(13 - 12:26am, Aug 02)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 8-1
(29 - 12:13am, Aug 02)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

NewsblogRosendo ‘Rusty’ Torres found guilty of 5 counts of sex abuse, acquitted of 3 other charges
(15 - 12:11am, Aug 02)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(1081 - 10:39pm, Aug 01)
Last: Quaker

NewsblogGeorge "The Animal" Steele Mangles A Baseball
(160 - 9:12pm, Aug 01)
Last: NJ in DC (Now unemployed!)

NewsblogBill James Mailbag - 7/13/14 - 7/22/14 (Subscription Required)
(11 - 8:40pm, Aug 01)
Last: robinred

NewsblogJose Bautista, Casey Janssen “frustrated” and “disappointed” by Jays’ lack of deadline activity
(6 - 8:31pm, Aug 01)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

Page rendered in 0.1828 seconds
52 querie(s) executed