OC Metro, an Orange County business magazine, has a cover story on Tony Reagins. Click Here to read the article. The link is only good until the next edition, as it’s a generic link for the current issue’s cover story.
Buried in the article is a reference to FutureAngels.com.
Some skeptics weren’t so confident Reagins had the right stuff. He never played pro baseball like Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, who was thought to be a contender for the top spot, let alone college or high school. “Without a strong background,” a FutureAngels.com blogger speculated the day after his appointment, “Reagins may feel he needs to make a splash with some sort of spectacular move that gets him headlines for a few days, but in the long run, may harm the organization’s long-term interests.”
Click Here to read the original referenced article published on October 16, 2007.
Reagins fortunately has continued to follow the model established by his predecessor. Rumors to the contrary, Tony has yet to trade away top prospects for a quick fix. Whether he’s tried, just as whether Bill Stoneman ever tried, we’ll never know since neither ever says anything public about rumors. I’m just glad that Reagins has kept young talent like Casey Kotchman, Jeff Mathis, Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders and more who are now contributing on the major league level. Brandon Wood and Nick Adenhart are right behind them, along with Matt Brown, Sean Rodriguez, Bobby Wilson, Terry Evans and a bunch of other Salt Lake Bees.
Down the line are Jordan Walden, Sean O’Sullivan, Hank Conger, Peter Bourjos and plenty more.
The only error in my opinion was the paperwork foulup that led to the loss of Warner Madrigal. Otherwise, Tony has kept a good thing going.