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Mike Scioscia says A’s never taught Grant Green to bunt

Aug 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Grant Green has played pretty well overall since the Angels acquired him from the A’s last month, but he’s failed to get a pair of sacrifice bunt attempts down during the past week.

Today manager Mike Scioscia was asked about Green’s bunting ability and gave reporters an amusing quote about the 25-year-old’s time in the A’s organization. “Oakland never bunted, Green is learning how to bunt,” Scioscia said, clarifying “both” when asked if he meant the A’s never asked Green to bunt or never even taught him how to bunt.

That certainly fits the cliched “Moneyball” perception of the A’s, but here’s the thing: They keep track of sacrifice bunts and Green had 12 of them in the minors, including three this season, which is a lot for a guy who hit well enough (.306 with an .822 OPS for his minor-league career) that bunting was rarely the preferred option. By comparison, Erick Aybar leads the Angels with five sacrifice bunts this season.

  1. franklb - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    The Angels don’t seem to have taught Alberto Callaspo to bunt, either. I saw three of the most miserable bunt attempts in two ABs from that dude that I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe Mike needs to look in a mirror.

  2. andreweac - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Please close the page on the Mike Scioscia era.

    • jarathen - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      Hey! Mike Scioscia (and most normal people) TURN the page. You close the book.

      Either are acceptable.

  3. thevauntedchris - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Bless the A’s

  4. thevauntedchris - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    God bless the A’s

  5. robmoore - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    And yet, the A’s are ahead of the Angels. Makes ya think.

  6. paperlions - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    If a guy can’t bunt for a hit, there are very few times he should ever be bunting…..that doesn’t mean it isn’t a handy skill to have for those rare occasions…but for a good hitter or a guy without speed, bunting rarely makes sense.

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  8. spartan3855 - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    For all those Angel naysayers praising the A’s. Yes it’s been a rough season for the Angels, but remember the ‘Moneyball’ season everyone talks about, it was the Angels not the A’s who won the World Series that year. God Bless Mike Scioscia and the Angels….

  9. jpthereafter - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Ironic. Mike Scioscia never taught the angels how to win.

    • jarathen - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      I think it’s time to end the Scioscia era, but the Angels not only won a World Series under Scioscia but pretty much ran the 2000s in the AL West, making the playoffs 6 times between 2002-2009.

      I think the problem here is that Scioscia still thinks you gut out wins with bunts and putting the ball in play, not with patience and percentages.

  10. halohonk - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Why is Scioscia still managing this team? They are in a freefall and are gonna have their worst record since he has been there and their worst in 25 yrs. Come on Arte, eat the rest of his terrible contract (thru 2018) ouch! and fire him. Or just resign Mike & take Butcher with you. Clean house now Jerry, get an interim mgr & coaching staff in here to finish the year and rebuild this team from a new mgr on down. Get a big time starter, a closer, solid 3B and heal up in the off season and the Angels will be right there in 2014. Of course I said the same thing last year and look what happened.

    • mjvincent125 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      Maybe they would be winning had the gm addressed the starting pitching with someone better than Blanton and Hanson and a closer rather than sign the underperforming OF the team didn’t need.

      • jarathen - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        I don’t disagree, but Pujols and Hamilton, and likely Wlison, are all Arte Moreno picks, not Jerry DiPoto picks. Hamilton was not needed then and isn’t now, but that’s not DiPoto’s fault.

        Still, Stoneman never should have been fired. The Angels have been trending down ever since he was fired, and Tony Reagins was an unmitigated disaster.

      • raiderbong - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        cant agree with you more. as an a’s fan, i was absolutely delighted that the angels decided to invest almost 300 million in two sluggers who are over 30, and wont be worth half of what theyre making in 2-3 years tops.

        but mjvincent is right, these guys were signed by the owner. artie wanted to ensure he got the fat LA Dodger type of tv contract, and the only way to get that is to sign brand name sluggers who can put the ball over the fence. it doesnt matter that the angels could have better spent that money on resigning torii (dude is having a great impact in DET), and an SP or two. Torii Hunter and starting pitching dont land TV contracts. the angels are a business meant to make money, and if they happen to win some games in the process, thats just icing on the cake.

        its sad but if MLB continues to refuse to have a salary cap, teams will continue to operate like this. which is actually good for us small market fans. the a’s, pirates, rays, braves, d-backs, and indians can get the best years out of their players and field competitive teams, and let the yankees, angels, etc, pay $25 mill a year for a 35 year old who spends 45 games a year on the DL.

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