The Los Angeles Angels finished another difficult season, with a 73-89 record and out of the postseason hunt for a while.
The year actually looked promising after a 27-17 start, but the wheels fell off shortly after and heads started to roll, including manager Joe Maddon.
For the eighth consecutive season, the Angels missed the postseason.
We have discussed many times how the organizational pitching has been a problem for years, and recent efforts to revert the situation proved unsuccessful.
The offense, however, was a big issue in 2022 as well.
The Angels Decided To Make A Change
As a result, the Angels are not renewing the contract of their hitting coach.
“Jeremy Reed, LA Angels hitting coach, will not be returning for the 2023 season. Established himself with veteran MVPs as well as impacted young up and comers Luis Rengifo, Taylor Ward and Jared Walsh,” MLB insider Jon Heyman tweeted.
Jeremy Reed, LA Angels hitting coach, will not be returning for the 2023 season. Established himself with veteran MVPs as well as impacted young up and comers Luis Rengifo, Taylor Ward and Jared Walsh.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 19, 2022
Those things explained by Heyman were true: Reed managed to get stellar seasons from Trout and Ohtani and had a sizable impact on Rengifo, Ward (who had a breakout season) and Walsh, although the latter didn’t have a good 2022.
However, it’s also true that the Angels finished 25th out of 30 MLB teams in runs scored with 623.
Their 93 wRC+ was below the league average, established at 100.
He did some good things, but he failed to get the best of the Angels offense.
Reed had been with the organization since 2017, and was promoted to hitting coach in November 2018.
He will likely find another job relatively quickly, but it was time for a chance in Los Angeles.