The Los Angeles Angels (no longer of Anaheim) are, without hyperbole, a unique team.
They have a home-grown veteran core of Jered Weaver, Howie Kendrick, and Erick Aybar. They have one of the best young (or of any age) players in baseball in Mike Trout. Plus, the team signed two of the biggest free agents of the past few off-seasons in Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
The Angels have one of the most well-regarded managers in Mike Scioscia at the helm, a GM in Jerry Dipoto who is known for making bold moves, and an owner in Arte Moreno who is not afraid to spend money.
Yet the Halos won just 78 games in 2013 a year after their “disappointing” 89-73 2012 season.
When the Angels were going right, the bullpen was a strength Mike Scioscia could turn to at will. Scot Shields, Brendan Donnelly, and K-Rod shorted games and gave the Angels a set of weapons few teams could match.
For the 2013 season, the Angels signed former Philly Ryan Madson to take over the 9th inning. Madso...