By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
ANAHEIM, CA -- Everyone has a preferred learning style. Teachers talk about
audio-learners, visual-learners, and kinesthetic-learners: students who learn
best by hearing something, seeing something, or doing something. While some
people are multi-modal, most have one dominant learning style.
With that in mind, one interesting side effect of the
expanded playoff format is that it has changed how teams use their final games
in September. In the past, teams that were out of contention would use the
final month of the season to preview some of their organizational talent and to
help those players break into the Major Leagues.
However, now, with so many teams still in contention, there
are fewer and fewer opportunities for Minor Leaguers to get their feet wet in
the Major Leagues—especially in a non-pressure situation. More teams are
focusing on winning now rather than building for the next year.
As the Angels prepared on t...