Troy Glaus and Bengie Molina returned to Angels Stadium for the first time since being let go to huge ovations—much to the consternation of Bill Stoneman. The embattled general manager felt that the team didn’t need a third baseman that already has 12 home runs (the Angels as a team don’t seem to have as many) or a catcher that can play a little defense and hit.
And who can argue with Stoneman’s results as the Angels dwell in last place and started a third baseman on Tuesday that is batting .106?
Stoneman felt that Glaus was too fragile to play every day. So he let Glaus go last year in favor of a guy (Dallas McPherson) who missed most of the 2005 season with a hip injury.
That is why you could feel Stoneman beaming in the stadium after Glaus had to leave the game following a beaning by Angels starter Ervin Santana.
It’s not to say that Stoneman ordered Santana to throw at Glaus, but the GM was seen roaming the stadium earlier with Jeff Gillooly. It was as if Stoneman was going to do everything in his power to prove that Glaus couldn't play an entire season without getting hurt.
You can imagine that Stoneman bought a round of drinks for guys at the Catch as he gloated and said, “I told you so.” Well, at least for one night. Hope Stoneman enjoyed it.