The Angels Have a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going on”

 I purposely haven’t written about the shakeup in the Angels’ organization because I wanted to wait until some actionable maneuvers were made. Now that there are reports of the direction that the Angels want to go as an organization, I feel more comfortable writing down my thoughts on the subject. For this entry I want to focus specifically on the resignation of Tony Reagins and the changes in the General Manager position.

According to multiple news reports the Angels are set to interview Kim Ng. Ng, is a former Assistant General Manager with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Metropolitans. If hired by the Angels she would be the first female General Manager in any major sports franchise in the United States. I strongly believe however, that the sports media is making a bigger deal of this event than it actually is. Would I love if the Angels were to hire her from a social standpoint? Sure, I would love for my beloved team to go down in history as not only having the first person of color as an owner in all of Major League Baseball but also the first female General Manager as well. The Angels would definitely go down in history as true trailblazers in professional sports.

As a fan I look at the situation from a more pragmatic point of view. Ideally I would like someone who would better fit what the Angels’ organization needs. ESPN’s Angels beat writer Mark Saxon argues that the Angels need to hire Ng because she is fiscally conservative and will keep the team from making a bad financial decision that may set them back for years and I would add to that may be several decades. However, I personally don’t think that the Angels need a fiscal conservative as General Manager, what they really need is someone who is able to make smart decisions in order to improve the team and not necessarily save the team money.

I believe the Angels would be better served with someone with a bit more tangible experience someone like a Billy Beane; someone with a proven history, a body of work, not someone who has potential like Ng who I am sure would make a great General Manager for a team that fits her mold and that she fits with the team as well. In my opinion,  the Angels are just not the right team for her talents right now. The Angels have made poor contract decisions as of late, highlighted by the questionable contract acquisition of Vernon Wells and the way they handled the contract of Gary Matthews Junior. That does not in my view equate to the need for the team to be fiscally conservative.

The Angels have also made a few more key changes in the front office, truth be told, I don’t know if all these changes help the team make the playoffs next year, but one thing is unequivocally true the team is in need of change, I’m glad that the organization has been able to recognize that change is needed.

-ICE

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Unfortunately the Angels have a sharp eye on Andrew Friedman, the Rays GM. I think if they get Friedman in their front office, the Angels are looking at a championship season in the upcoming years. That’s how good of a GM that guy is.
The Rays Rant- http://yossif.mlblogs.com/

I haven’t really read enough about Kim Ng to have a strong opinion yet. But Billy Beane? Sorry Ice, but no thanks. In the last decade, the Angels have finished first one more time than the A’s, made it to the post season two more times, actually made it past the LDS more than the A’s once and won the World Series. And it’s not like the A’s farm system is anything special. Moneyball is one way to do things but it’s pretty much the exact opposite of Angels baseball and I have seen no evidence that it’s any more effective and a fair bit of evidence that it’s less.
— Kristen

Kristin,

I respectfully disagree, Billy Beane would be a good fit for the Angels, he makes smart, aggressive decisions. Granted they didn’t win a World Series, but if you remember they were trading off division titles with the Angels over a span of almost a decade. No one else in our division was relevant except for these two teams.
My basis for making this argument it is the time I spent in the Bay Area during my college years and beyond where I have access to the Bay Area media. Billy Beane is responsible for putting together “The Three Aces” Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, and Barry Zito, which they were a part of the dominant pitching rotation during that time, he also is responsible for players like Nick Swisher, and not to mention players like Brett Anderson just name a few. The Oakland Athletics always have a respectable pitching rotation of youngsters.

In 2002, the Athletics went on a record-breaking 20 game winning streak, in the big leagues that’s almost impossible to do unless you have a very talented team. The problem with the A’s is that Billy Beane has never have a supportive owner, it was the owners’ call to break up “The Three Aces” and trade Nick Swisher to the Yankees. The A’s have always been about using their talent to increase their profit margin.

Given the circumstances, I imagine what a talent like Billy Beane could do with a supportive owner such as Arturo Moreno, not to mention the pitching staff that we currently have, add a few pieces with the know-how of Billy Beane and you have the makings for a dynasty. I would further like to hear your point of view, I would love to keep this discussion going.

-Isaac

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