LA Angels Tuesday News Crash: Kochanowicz

Here is an article with actual Torii Hunter quotes concerning managing or coaching for the Angels. The Angels actual first base coach will be Bo Porter. The Angels selected Jack Kochanowicz, presumably to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.

Happy birthday Kyren Paris! Along with all the other moves, the Angels will be replacing both of their strength and conditioning coaches. Meanwhile, Phil Nevin is now a finalist for the Padres Manager position.

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The Cubs made it official. Craig Counsell is now their Manager. The Brewers are looking at Don Mattingly possibly to fill the vacancy left by Counsell. The Yankees wanted David Ross to be their bench coach, but he said “No.” The Blue Jays hired DeMarlo Hale as their “Associate Manager.”

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Cowboy26
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Sharkysurf
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6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

So did Perry make a mistake placing C-Rod on waivers too soon? Looks like it and the D-Backs were able to keep and bury him off the 40 man.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  Sharkysurf

Well if Perry did, the Angels can claim him back. They have an extra spot on their 40 man roster right now.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
6 months ago

Shohei declined?

FungoAle
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6 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

He had Ippei make the phone call to AM/PM. Shohei was busy looking at $500M+ offers.

Angelz4ever
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6 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

lol

FungoAle
Super Member
6 months ago

Sad, Peter Seidler passed away. Tried hard to get the Padres to the post-season and bring a championship to the city. He probably tried to race the teams success vs his health prognosis. Hats-off to his efforts and built a lot of support for the team. RIP.

halofansince1978
Super Member
6 months ago

Todays 1pm deadline for Ohtani to accept the QO has
passed…Darn!!!

Cowboy26
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6 months ago

It was definitely worth a shot.

halofansince1978
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6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Arte will now have to break out the big money…WRITE THE CHECK!!!

halofansince1978
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HalosFanForLife
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6 months ago

Brewers to hire Pat Murphy. A great, great hire. It will be awesome for him to square off against his former player, Counsell, in the same division.

Last edited 6 months ago by HalosFanForLife
FungoAle
Super Member
6 months ago

Pulling for Phil, hope he gets the job as he will guide them to the playoffs

HalosFanForLife
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6 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I think Benji is going to get it. Just a hunch.

GrandpaBaseball
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6 months ago

If you were PTP and you knew this was to be your last season at the helm, would Washington and Young and Porter been your first choices? No you say, mine either. But I’m just a dumb Mick and am not a billionaire. I hope that the Phillies-Mets-Yankees want Trout so he can get to the playoffs. With us he is good for about 100 games at best in ’24.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago

So then Who should PTP’s first choices have been? 

Don’t be so presumptuous GPa. Based upon the perceived managerial options available I would be more yes than no right now

Biggiswrth
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6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

No I think Wash is the best guy for my young core to improve and get better, allowing me another 2-3 years to actually build a team. The 2025 FA class is loaded and the halos will be prime for purchasing what they need. If the amount of holes is small, they can pick up the best on the market (Soto, Glasnow, Burnes, Woodruff, etc.) My IIWPM has the halos back at $210 million payroll with the ability to roll into buy or sell at the deadline, and having the room to grow and build with FA in 2025 with, as Gritch would put it MAWR Pitching!!!

2002heaven
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6 months ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Forgetting one very important person in this situation, aren’t you?
l think you know who I mean, and it ain’t Perry or Ron!

matthiasstephan
Super Member
6 months ago

Trout hasn’t had repeated injuries. So, basically, you expect some other injury to pop up? This isn’t quite the same as David Wright with the back, is it?

(And he had 3.0 WAR last season, in 82 games some of which it seems he played hurt.)

FungoAle
Super Member
6 months ago

Clearly a trend is occurring and his ability to hit the high heat is concerning, to me.

FungoAle
Super Member
6 months ago

Not sure I had any preferences. The easiest thing would be to just embrace ex-Angel players cuz they played ball here and assume they must be great coaches.

I’ve warmed up to Washington, got my jersey and think his ability to teach our younger players will be invaluable. I’m on board the Halo Express. But I do admit, the long term vision is still unclear. GM on a 1-year, Manager for 2-years.

MarineLayer
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6 months ago

Boy, if the Padres select Nevin, they really will be DOA.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Well their owner now is.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/11/padres-owner-peter-seidler-passes-away.html

Man ML are you the Kiss of Death? Now can you do something about Arte?

Last edited 6 months ago by Cowboy26
Mia
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Mia
6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

San Diego sports fans can just never catch a break. Geez.

2002heaven
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6 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Padres are their own KOD.
Clippers and Chargers moved over here to LA and brought stink of failure with them.

Pineapple12
Super Member
6 months ago

Blum with a new article out. I won’t paraphrase, but will acknowledge this franchise is in complete ruins. Deciding to implement a less analytical-approach will be fun lol.

Ohtani is gone. Arte stays. Halos’ baseball remains terrible 💔.

https://theathletic.com/5061021/2023/11/14/troy-percival-angels-pitching/

GrandpaBaseball
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6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Shohei never even hinted that he would return, some of us wanted to trade him in July ’22 for as much as we could have got. A rebuild was really what was needed, not a continuance of sub .500 teams forever. ARTE MORENO IS DUMBER THAN A BAG ROCKS, he is clueless of how to run a franchise, even a McDonalds would prove to confuse him.

Pineapple12
Super Member
6 months ago

It’s tough forsure. We’ve all said our piece regarding Shohei and it is what it is.

Looking towards the future is depressing. We are the only organization currently without an Assistant General Manager, and are seemingly going to rely less on analytics moving forward.

If we aren’t the worst operated major professional sports franchise in North America, we have to at the very least be in the bottom 5 lol.

Last edited 6 months ago by Pineapple12
Fansince1971
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6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

This is my frustration and I have caught 💩 saying it. This is not a negative assessment. It’s reality. I GREATLY wish it were otherwise. This is an absolute joke of an Org. I’ll still watch the games and root for them. But I have zero expectations of success.

Pineapple12
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

You catch 💩 because you repeat your POV on a near daily basis and punish others close to submission with it lol. I don’t think anyone on a fundamental level disagrees.

Astros used trash cans to win. Angels’ organization is a trash can that doesn’t win.

Last edited 6 months ago by Pineapple12
Fansince1971
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6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I’m hoping if I say it enough times it will change. The problem is I have spent most of my career cleaning up and fixing risk situations caused by incompetence. So it is tough for me to see it and just accept it. I wish I had the power to go clean house over there in Anaheim.

Believe me, if things are ever fixed over there, and this Org becomes even competent, I will be its biggest cheerleader.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Oh Boy. Now I know we’re in trouble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_eBBEYBrS4

halofansince1978
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6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Danger Mouse Rules!!!

https://youtu.be/XzhvICBG2KM

Cowboy26
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6 months ago

A super hero live performance.

https://vimeo.com/50975724

tanana40
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6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I am not sure that the Angels have ever figured out how to use analytics. There was the story about how the pitchers were taught to strike out batters and concentrate on spin, etc. Then the team strikes out a lot (I assume because they are trying to upper cut the ball). It seems that the team does not use situational hitting or pitching but instead uses some plan which I assume is derived from analytics. Not that analytics are bad but I don’t think the Angels know how and when to use them.

steelgolf
Super Member
6 months ago

Rebuild should have started in 2016

Fansince1971
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6 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

July of 2023 was the last real
opportunity to start it in a smart and logical way. But instead the team went all-in (for a month) 😂. Unbelievable. You can’t make this shit up.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Not sure why spending less focus on spin rates and Rapsodo readings and more time on how to actually pitch the damn ball is such bad thing.

You think Brent Strom is strictly a driveline analytics guy?

Pineapple12
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yes, actually.

“The lockout prevented Strom from working with his pitchers. But he dove into studying video and the reams of information provided to him by the Arizona analytics department. He jotted observations and ideas in a notebook.

“I can’t say enough about the D-Backs’ analytics people,” Strom says. “They are right on par with what I had in Houston, and that group is among the best in the business.”

Strom has gained a reputation as a master at understanding spin, as evidenced by the successes of pitchers in Houston such as Collin McHugh, Ryan Pressley and Lance McCullers Jr. But his work with power pitchers Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole put him at the forefront of understanding how high-spin, elevated four-seam fastballs countered the bat paths of the Launch Angle Generation that chased slugging by hitting balls in the air.”

https://www.si.com/mlb/2022/05/09/diamondbacks-pitching-brent-strom-the-opener

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Because Strom effectively marries old school with new school pitching philosophies . A practice that the Angels have failed with ever since they hired Strom;s apprentice Doug White and BBB back in 2019.

This is why I believe the greatest additions to this offseason will be who the new pitching and bullpen coaches are.

I think Calloway could have been that guy. Unfortunately he was more enamored with his own Appendage than the arms of our pitchers.

HalosFanForLife
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6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Strom is a Perry Husband EV guy more than anything when it comes to pitch sequencing.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I’ve always given Perry the benefit of the doubt and assumed he was a least mildly competent but after reading the article, he seems to have no idea what he is doing. Analytics are tools to help you do what you do better. You need to understand what it is you’re trying to do and how analytics can be affective in helping you. If you watch your starting pitchers consistently throw 100 pitches in 5 innings, you don’t need to go through 162 games before you recognize something you’re doing isn’t working. As annotated by pineapple, Brent Strom is using analytics as a tool to help him gain an advantage as opposed to doing something for the heck of it.

Pineapple12
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

I’m pretty positive Perry is carrying out whatever “vision” Arte is demanding in order to keep his GM job.

Perry came to Anaheim and installed analytics in several departments of the organization. Arte probably said something along the likes of “we are no better with these fancy numbers and its costing me money! Take them away!”

Perry came from the Braves and worked under Alex Anthopoulos for years. There’s no way he doesn’t believe in analytics. This reeks of Arte.

Last edited 6 months ago by Pineapple12
Mikeal1st
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6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I agree completely. Can you imagine trying to run a franchise where it’s being sold, then not sold, then we’re all in for this 6% chance of making the playoffs, now we’re all out? Perry could be a complete failure but even if he was great he can only work with the tools that Arte has given him and that direction has change too many times in the last year.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I agree with you, it’s just that every time Perry talks, he sounds as if he has no plan and no idea where he’s going, which as you imply, is probably because his bosses direction keeps changing.

Last edited 6 months ago by Roy Hobbs
Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

Or he’s learning too much on the job.

Fansince1971
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6 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Blum is calling it as he sees it. I share his viewpoints.

GrandpaBaseball
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6 months ago

The GM of San Diego should be canned, top choice so far to manage the Padres is, drum roll please, Phillip, LMAO.

Marcotor
Trusted Member
6 months ago

I dunno. He’s very well-liked by the fans in San Diego, many warm memories they have of his massive grit as a player. Why couldn’t it be a San Diego version of the fantasy managerial/coaching hires we see posted here. I don’t see it as any sillier than thinking Darin Erstad could scare millionaires into playing better and not getting injured, do you?

Fansince1971
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6 months ago

New strength and conditioning coaches! 😂

steelgolf
Super Member
6 months ago

Nice to finally hear, directly from Torii, that he was never asked or approached beforehand about the base coaching vacancy. It was just JHS spitballing and throwing names out there, that the starved baseball media ran with.

Fansince1971
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6 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Well it does say that Hunter confirmed that after it was originally reported, the team did reach out to see if he wanted to (generally) coach and he declined. So it seems probably in-between.

halofansince1978
Super Member
6 months ago

Halo Power Baby!!!

angelslogic
Super Member
6 months ago

More like “Hey low” power.