Sunday, June 14, 2009
Scioscia Not Sending Messages?
Howie Kendrick's demotion to triple-A Salt Lake after Friday night's game did not come with a produce-or-else edict for the rest of the Angels, Manager Mike Scioscia insisted.Thursday: "Scioscia Vents After Halos Get Handled":
"No message needed to be sent to the clubhouse," Scioscia said. "These guys understand the expectations. This move was about trying to get Howie back on track."
The only meaningful statement made by a member of the Angels' cast at Tropicana Field on Thursday was delivered by manager Mike Scioscia when he vented in the wake of an 11-1 demolition at the hands of the scorching Rays.Those of you in the reading audience looking for the arrow of causality might be wondering whether Scioscia took a look at the schedule before his venting took place, with an eye to strength of opponent... Howard Kendrick's demotion not being part of a message, though, doesn't frankly make much sense in light of the week's earlier commentary. Backpedaling now isn't going to make much difference either way.
"Well-deserved," Torii Hunter said in reference to the tongue-lashing that followed another kind of lashing fueled by homers from Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, Dioner Navarro and Carlos Pena.
"That's a bad game," Scioscia said. "None of us are happy about how we went after it tonight, and we need to get better and play with a consistency.
"If guys in that room aren't going to do it, then we're going to have to look at some changes."