The Los Angeles Angels have a 68-83 record as of Wednesday afternoon.
You would think they have been losing all year long, but that isn’t true.
They actually had a positive record when they made all those acquisitions at the deadline in early August.
Things haven’t gone their way, though, and they are now eliminated.
It’s nothing new: the Angels haven’t made the postseason since 2014.
Since 2010, they have just four winning seasons, and ten with a sub-.500 record.
Angels insider Sam Blum was talking to fans on Twitter and one of them said that losing, at this point, didn’t matter as much as player development.
Blum made his stance very clear.
“I disagree. People do care if they win or lose. Maybe right now those results matter less. Maybe a better draft pick has more value. But that doesn’t change the fact that they simply are not winning baseball games, and haven’t for nearly a decade now,” he tweeted.
I disagree. People do care if they win or lose.
Maybe right now those results matter less. Maybe a better draft pick has more value.
But that doesn’t change the fact that they simply are not winning baseball games, and haven’t for nearly a decade now. https://t.co/pgh0UNbcKl
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) September 20, 2023
Perhaps if the Angels had been more competitive in the recent past, fans wouldn’t care so much if they got eliminated earlier than expected in 2023.
But this season is the representation of the dysfunctional franchise the Angels are: no matter what they do, no matter if they finally decide to prioritize pitching or rush their prospects to the majors to help as soon as possible, they just can’t get into the postseason.
They wasted yet another year of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani’s prime, and now the latter will hit the free agent market.
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