Much, much later the Angels, behind
Isn't this second-guess time? Why would Scioscia order Erstad to bunt, thus leaving first base open and an almost-certain intentional pass for Guerrero, 2004's AL MVP? Take the bat out of his hands?
Yes, those are all good questions. I don't know why he would have Erstad bunt.
That's exactly what happens. Guerrero gets the pass and up comes
Anderson drops a single to center, and the Angels are up 1-0. Before the inning ends, they score twice more, giving Colon all the support he needs for a league-leading 17th victory.
Okay, but that doesn't prove anything. Garret Anderson is a guy who this year makes an out 68.5% of the time. That's terrible. If Mike Scioscia had put in a midget batting with a piano leg as a pinch hitter for Vlad, and that midget raked a double, it would still be a questionable decision.
When you think of the current managerial elites, La Russa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Lou Piniella and Jack McKeon are often mentioned.
Put Scioscia on the list. He just might be the most underrated skipper in the majors.
Who's underrating him? How much press coverage of Mike Scioscia do you want?
"When we get into our game," Scioscia says, "we can play with any team in our league."
And that's called Sciosciaball.
What's called Sciosciaball? "Getting into our game"? "Playing with any team in our league"? That's quite possibly the most generic, boilerplate quote ever given by any manager, ever. Why would you close your article with that?
Well, at least you compared yachts moving in a harbor to guys moving from first to third.
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