Once again Bill Stoneman has failed to improve the club at the trading deadline, meaning the Angels are doomed for another post-season flameout. Sure, Stoneman tried to get something done. Just like Adam Kennedy tries everyday. But general managers, like players, are measured in results and the results show that Stoneman did not produce.
The Angels have suddenly become the Atlanta Braves of the American League. Great pitching, one stud in the lineup and absolutely no chance to win the World Series. Maybe Angels fans shouldn’t complain, though. It is a marked improvement over the 1990s when the team was miserable. It is just disappointing to see a guy like Vladimir Guerrero wasting the prime of his career with a guy like Maicer Izturis protecting him in the lineup.
Owner Arte Moreno has said that he wants to be the AL West version of the Yankees. The Yankees go out and fill a need without having to give up Phil Hughes. The Angels can’t even pry Ramirez from the Cubs.
The Angels sure are the Yankees, only it’s the Don Mattingly version of the Yankees.