Angels Insiders: Stadium, Scioscia, Morris

Angel Stadium-night

Welcome to our latest installment of ‘Angels Insiders’. A lot of organizational headlines have crossed through the Big A. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Stadium negotiations are still happening. Eleven days ago, the Angels’ talks with the City of Tustin broke down. After bidding for the land that the old Marine Base was on, the organization, the development company, and the city could not reach an agreement that made sense financially.
  • Moving to Tustin would’ve meant building an entirely new ballpark, so this was a risk. And it was only because previous talks with the City of Anaheim were going nowhere. However, the breakdown of the deal with Tustin prompted the club to resume talks with Anaheim about improvements to Angel Stadium.
  • So it looks like our Angels will stay in Anaheim for the time being. Although they probably will need an entirely new stadium once their lease is up in 2029. That is unless they modernize the infrastructure and maintain that well enough for the ballpark to last as long as the only three parks that are older than the Big A.

  • Manager Mike Scioscia will be returning to manage the Angels in 2017. After receiving endorsements by both Arte Moreno and Billy Eppler, Mike’s job is still secure. Moreno even went so far as to point out what fans have also grumbled about all season: “no pitching”. With a full rotation on the DL at one point, and with their setup man and closer dealing with injuries all season (and their setup man traded upon returning), Angels pitching has been in shambles.
  • If the Halos could at least have a shut down bullpen, it would still be a different story despite starting pitching injuries. The Orioles, Rangers, and Giants all have shaky starting pitching at best, but their bullpens are closing the gap and putting teams away. Starting pitching is a problem all over MLB if you’re not the Cubs or Indians. The Angels have a AAAA bullpen, and that seals the deal on this season for the Angels.
  • Despite a growing movement among the fan base to let Scioscia go, it would not be fair to fire him given the current circumstances. But there’s one thing fans can probably agree on, the most viable replacement for Mike would be Bud Black.

  • Hal Morris has left his seat in the organization. The long-time Major Leaguer, and 1990 World Champion with the Cincinnati Reds, is vacating as pro scouting director for a position at Fantex in SanFrancisco. This is a company that makes deals with athletes to pay them upfront in exchange for a percentage of future earnings. The firm then offers shares of said players to investors. It actually sounds shady. But it’s a successful business model.
  • Morris was hired by former GM Jerry Dipoto, but is actually more of a Scioscia-type of executive. Probably because the former first baseman is just a bit younger than Sosh, and comes from roughly the same generation of ballplayers that eventually brought the philosophy they grew up with to front offices.
  • Morris never had a horse in the race between Scioscia and Dipoto. He’s even considered future GM material. So him leaving doesn’t have any connection with the organizational feud that occurred last season. Hal is just simply doing what’s best for him and his family.

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