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Monday, October 26, 2009
Blaming Scioscia for Angels' exit

Is it the manager's fault when players who usually play intelligently suddenly start playing stupidly? Yeah, maybe just a little bit. This much, though? Matthew Pouliot:And with a few lucky bounces here and there, they might be 4-3 or 6-5 or whatever. Similarly, it would make no more sense to move Chone Figgins down this month than for Larry Dierker to have moved Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell down, amid all their October struggles. Or to have moved Willie Mays down, or Joe Morgan. All of these brilliant players struggled in October, and their managers did what you have to do with struggling superstars: leave them alone and hope for the best.

As Pouliot correctly notes, the Angels lost to the better team. They did push the Yankees to six games, and they were blown out just once. It really could have gone the other way.

Which isn't to suggest that Scioscia's perfect. He's not. But as long as his teams are winning more than 90 games every season, all the Angels can do is leave him alone and hope for the best.