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Butcher has either no clue what he's doing when it comes to starting and middle/late relieve pitching or does but has no backbone when Scioscia makes pitching changes. The problem is that Butcher hasn't been consistent in his success as the pitching coach, regardless of which of the two cases it is. We need a Bud Black-like pitching coach again, which Butcher is not. I never see Butcher and Scioscia converse the way Black and Scioscia did when he was with the organization. Communication between the two is poor because Sciscia micro-manages. This definitely has a reflection upon Scioscia needing to be replaced, but Butcher as well because he hasn't taken our pitchers to the next level in any way. If we have any hope of making a deep run in the playoffs this season, then we're going to need a pitching coach who can take us to the next level because pitching is going to weigh more than hitting in most cases.
1 year, 9 months ago on An open letter to Angels fans: What exactly do you want Scioscia to do? | May
1. Quit micro-managing
2. Play small ball like he did in 2002 when we won the World Series
3. Albert should be/needs to be hitting in the fifth spot
4. Butcher needs to be replaced.
If Scioscia can't do any one of these things, then he needs to be replaced ASAP before the season is a wash. Personally, I'd love to have Terry Francona as our manager. He doesn't misuse the bullpen; plays small ball when appropriate (meaning moving a runner into scoring position with 1 out and only needing a single to bring the runner in); can have an effective, successful, consistent lineup; is a respected manager throughout the entire league; and, most importantly, knows what he's doing!!!