It was recently revealed by former LA Angels legend Rod Carew on Twitter that the organization’s management does not want him involved with their club.
Now, before you start calling Angels owner Arte Moreno head, as fans usually do, it could be because of Carew’s previous experience with the club. Carew was the team’s hitting coach in 1992 and while I’m sure he brings an unlimited amount of hitting knowledge, the game has certainly changed since then.
Now, before anyone hates here for my take, let me explain. There’s no doubt that Carew was an absolute monster on the board with a career OPS+ of 131, 18 All-Star appearances, Rookie of the Year, and Hall of Fame induction. But times have certainly changed since then in the world of baseball and with it comes the incorporation of advanced metrics.
However, Carew can certainly help players who are struggling with their swings and could potentially incorporate his knowledge into repairing their swings. The team already have their striking coach in Jeremy Reed, but Carew could come forward in a possible front-office role similar to what Ben Rowen does with the club, but with less analytical experience.
This seems to have been one of the biggest things the team lacked over the past two seasons with the GM and manager changes. Establishing a philosophy within the organization should be one of the biggest needs of the team besides adding pitching depth, which they have. Adding Carew into the mix could either benefit or harm the team depending on the ethos they want to establish in their players.
This controversy creates an awkward situation for the team now that Carew has told his side of the story. Now the Angels will have to answer for it. This decision must have come from above with people like Arte Moreno or John Carpino, the team president, because it has been like a revolving door within the front office and management on the pitch.
Also, the Angels haven’t been too friendly with the team’s former alumni as none have returned to work for the organization. Whatever happens, the team must deal with it properly and clear up the drama behind it all.