Los Angeles Angels: scouting

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said he had not heard from a scout who was ejected by Giants manager Bruce Bochy from watching his team work out.

According to CSNBayArea.com, Angels scout Jeff Schugel was kicked out of San Francisco’s workout Wednesday morning while watching the team’s pitchers. Schugel is one of the Angels' pro scouts whose normal coverage includes the National League West.

“I'm sitting there grading arms,” Schugel told the web site. “In 25 years, I’ve never had that happen to me.”

The scout called Hal Morris, the Angels’ new director of scouting, who told him he should leave and let the teams work out the issue. But the episode was news to Dipoto, a former scout. He said Angels workouts are open to the public and other team’s talent evaluators.

“We’ve not had that. Fans can come in, scouts can come in, unless it’s a closed workout,” Dipoto said. “They may have another policy.”

The Giants said Wednesday it was a misunderstanding and that Angels scouts are welcome to watch their workouts.

Good time to right a wrong

October, 26, 2011
One of the biggest mistakes under outgoing general manager Tony Reagins happened about a year ago, well before the Vernon Wells-for-Mike Napoli trade that might have cost him his job.

Reagins fired scouting director Eddie Bane. At the time, it seemed like a fine-print transaction, causing barely a ripple. Bane moved on to the Detroit Tigers, where -- as a pro scout -- he helped them get back to the playoffs. The Angels moved on.

Only with hindsight did the move prove ludicrous. Virtually everything that went right for the Angels last year went right because of players Bane scouted and drafted. The offense was kept afloat by youngsters Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo when it wasn't being weighed down by players Reagins acquired, like Wells and Bobby Abreu.

The pitching survived because of Jered Weaver and, at times, Jordan Walden. It got little or no help from Reagins acquisition Scott Kazmir and Joel Pineiro. (Reagins did acquire Dan Haren, but one of the players he gave up, lefty Tyler Skaggs, is now the Arizona Diamondbacks' top pitching prospect.)

The Angels have an opportunity that is so rare in life: They can fix a mistake without admitting they did anything wrong. The Angels, who are narrowing their search for a GM as we speak, can bring back Bane, who has a good relationship with team president John Carpino and owner Arte Moreno.

In fact, if the Angels hire New York Yankees uber-scout Damon Oppenheimer as a GM, this just might happen. Bane and Oppenheimer have a great deal of mutual respect even though they attended rival Pac-12 schools (Bane at Arizona State, Oppenheimer at USC). The Angels have plenty of jobs that might Bane return to, including an assistant GM opening, a farm director spot. You can always create a position, give it a long, boring title and simply let Bane sit in on important meetings.

If the Angels really are committed to fresh thinking, they'll consider fixing one of the last regime's most glaring errors.



Jered Weaver
18 3.59 169 213
BAH. Kendrick .293
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169