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Two more fired as Angels continue front office house cleaning

Oct 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins Reuters

General manager Tony Reagins resigned Friday and today the Angels cleaned house even further by firing assistant general manager Ken Forsch and special assistant to the general manager Gary Sutherland.

They’d filled those roles for 14 and 12 years, respectively, working with both Reagins and his predecessor Bill Stoneman.

Obviously there were any number of moves and non-moves that led to this major shakeup in the Angels’ front office, but considering his acquisition is first on the list I wonder how Vernon Wells feels about all this.

  1. scareduck - Oct 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Vernon Wells can let his bat do the talking if he doesn’t like it.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 3, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      In that case, Wells should lobby for more road games with the Blue Jays.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2011 at 5:38 PM

        For some reason, Wells hits well in Toronto. In previous seasons, he also liked to hit in his home town of Arlington.

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2011 at 5:41 PM

        Vernon only hits when I don’t want him to. If he’d played any good at all, Angles would have made the post season and Tiffany would have just been happier and happier…Wells hates happiness…

    • scatterbrian - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      His bat was talking gibberish this year…

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    I’m guessing that Napoli home run may cause a few more heads to roll?

    • cur68 - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

      He was a Blue Jay for about 8 seconds this spring, Mike Napoli. I take a certain faint pride in his accomplishments.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

        You always have to turn every thread into a Blue Jays thread, cur 😀

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:34 PM

        Stop hatin’ on the Jays, Chris.

        See Andrus get TOOTBLAN?

      • 32bigg - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

        Mike Napoli for Frank Francisco, a rare negative value trade for AA. The Jays catching situation was set so AA may have lost some trade leverage there, but still maybe could have gotten a better deal than a one year rental of a mediocre closer. Of course, this minor blip is overshadowed by the awesomeness of the trade that brought them Napoli in the first place.

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

        AA might have been a bit winded after hoisting Wells and his enormous contract out of town. He can be forgiven for not getting Heath Bell for Napoli.

      • Chris K - Oct 4, 2011 at 2:39 AM

        I missed the games today. Did ex-Blue Jay, Michael Young, do anything of significance? I wonder if we see an all-ex-Jay infield tomorrow for the D-Backs.

  3. cosanostra71 - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    It may honestly be time to move on from Mike Sciosca as well. The bullpen may have been full of overpriced busts the past few years, but Mike hasn’t helped the situation with poor bullpen management. You can also bet that he had a large say in the Napoli/Wells trade, and his infatuation with the garbage player that is Jeff Mathis is baffling. I like Mike but it may just be time to move on, best for both sides.

    • jobooo - Oct 3, 2011 at 11:42 PM

      Nice idea, but Mike has some kind of ridiculous contract that runs through the end of time. Better idea to try first: a strong GM who’s willing to take his little pet projects (Mathis, Willits, Quinlan, et al) away from him so he can’t keep putting them in the lineup.

  4. pisano - Oct 3, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    I was wondering if someone else would feel that they need a change at the helm. He seems to have done all he could, so maybe some new blood would help. Hell the Yankees got rid of Joe Torre and Sciosca couldn’t hold a candle to Torre.

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