The Angels have not been able to do much right lately, and that includes losing correctly. Yeah I said it. Let’s be honest, this season has been over since before the all-star break and for the most part the team has played their part in losing efficiently by “earning” the 4th worst record in the American League. However, the team has won 5 in a row and 8 of their last 10. Some people might say that it’s nice to end the season on a good note. I would kindly disagree with that.
Take a look around at a couple of other teams in the league and tell me that losing for long periods of time doesn’t help the team in the long run.
Exhibit A: The Houston Astros. Ever since the mid 2000s when the team had the Killer B’s of Bagwell, Biggio and Berkman, the Astros have been god-awful. But luckily for them, all of those years of consistently being terrible resulted in them being able to load up on their farm system with such players as Carlos Correa (who was once the AL Rookie of the Year), George Springer and Dallas Keuchel (AL All-Star, AL Cy Young winner) just to name a few.
Exhibit B: The Chicago Cubs. Yes, THOSE Chicago Cubs. The favorites to win the World Series Chicago Cubs. They have been awful for the most part for you know, just over 100 years or so. Of course there have been years when they have been less awful than usual, but for the most part that hasn’t been the case……until recently.
The club was able to draft superstar Kris Bryant (who is a 2x All Star, won the NL Rookie of the Year award and is this year’s MVP front runner). But with the Cubs, it wasn’t just who they drafted, it’s the fact that their farm system had become SO stocked over the years that it allowed them to trade off some of those pieces to get players such as Jake Arrieta (All Star, NL Cy Young winner), Anthony Rizzo (3x All Star) and Aroldis Chapman (4x All Star). The Cubs ability to turn things around in recent years has also attracted other big names to sign with the club as free agents such as Jason Heyward, Jon Lester and Ben Zobrist.
As for the Angels, they have the lowest rated farm system in the entire major leagues so I think it’s time that the fans brace themselves for 1 or 2 more rebuilding years. The team is wasting the prime years of Mike Trout’s career. He is arguably the best player in baseball and the face of the league, and yet the team has only been able to muster one playoff appearance in his 5 seasons. Not many people are in favor of “tanking” a season, but its the least they could do is go all out with their losing in the hopes of rebuilding their farm system and getting some other young talent for Kid Fish.