Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Plaschke is Gold

Dove-tailing a bit with my post on the Angels-Dodgers marketing battle, LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke compares and contrasts the Angels and Dodgers clubhouses and how each team handled their respective "anger management" problems. The Halos suspended and then traded their second-best hitter, Jose Guillen last season while the Dodgers coddled and forgave Milton Bradley. Now, the Dodgers already have some acrimony erupting between Bradley and new outfielder JD Drew while the Angels' clubhouse is so quiet "you can hear Vladimir Guerrero smile."

A few choice quotes:

While the Red Sox preen and the Yankees grumble, the team that could be better than either says little and grins steadily, its lineup strengthened by several acquisitions, its personality shaped by one giant cut.


The Dodgers must dance around Milton Bradley. The Angels dance around no one.


On Manager Mike Scioscia:
"Best manager I have played for at any level in this game," Erstad said. "No offense to anyone else I've been with, but this is a guy who has it all figured out."


It starts at the top, indeed. Scioscia has long been one of the best managers in baseball. With Moreno's support, he has now become one of the most powerful.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would it kill Plaschke to get a least a few facts right when he performs these Angels fellate-a-thons?

Washburn is not the Angels' top pitcher.

Donnelly is not the Angels' top reliever.

There is no evidence that Drew and Bradley had any discord over CF. They were both asked about playing there, both said they preferred it, and both indicated they would do best for the team.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would it kill Plaschke to get a least a few facts right when he performs these Angels fellate-a-thons?

Washburn is not the Angels' top pitcher.

Donnelly is not the Angels' top reliever.

There is no evidence that Drew and Bradley had any discord over CF. They were both asked about playing there, both said they preferred it, and both indicated they would do best for the team.

3:38 PM  
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