If I were Billy Eppler…, Part V

If I were Billy Eppler…, Part V

Welcome to the 5th installment of the If I were Billy Eppler series, where HH writers explicate the transactions for their desired Angels offseason. Previous editions by various authors can be found here: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV In order to rosterbate responsibly, guidelines for the series

Who should win BBWAA’s awards?

Who should win BBWAA’s awards?

Major League Baseball just announced the top-three finalists for the various awards voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. If you want a run-down of who’s involved, click here. In this article, I’m going to go over who I think should win each of the four awards with a winner

Angels still focused on offensive improvement from young players

Angels still focused on offensive improvement from young players

CARLSBAD — A month into the offseason, and with the player movement season just beginning, Billy Eppler is still hoping for big things from a five-player core of young players. On the first day of the GM Meetings on Monday, Eppler said he is focusing on pitching – starting and relief – and a catcher,

Show me the glove: Simmons scoops another gold nugget

Show me the glove: Simmons scoops another gold nugget

He’s also now one of the best — ever — to play baseball’s most skilful position. Andrelton Simmons plays shortstop like acrobats perform in Cirque du Soleil. That position on the diamond is his and his alone, it’s his stage, and Simba is a show-stopper. He’s just the best — simple as

Angels manager Scioscia steps down after 19 years

Angels manager Scioscia steps down after 19 years

Manager Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks out to batting practice before playing the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on September 14, 2018 in Anaheim, California (AFP Photo/John MCCOY)

Los Angeles (AFP) – An emotional Mike Scioscia confirmed Sunday he won’t return as manager of the Los Angeles Angels next season, ending his 19-year tenure with the team.

Scioscia’s announcement came after the Angels concluded the Major League Baseball season with a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

“I am going to step down,” Scioscia said at the post-game press conference. “I will not be returning to manage the Angels next year.”

He added that he would be willing to manage again if an opportunity arises, but said he departs the Angels satisfied with his managerial career.

“He transformed this whole organization,” Angels president John Carpino said of the 59-year-old Scioscia, who compiled 1,650 victories with the Angels.

He led the Angels to their only World Series title in 2002 and to the playoffs six other times. But the Angels haven’t made the post-season since 2014.

Their 80-82 record this year marked their third straight losing season.