Florida Today, my new local paper, has an article today which suggests the Angels are setting a trend with their style of play.
“You can manufacture runs,” [former Florida Marlins manager John] Boles said. “The old Kansas City Royals, they developed a reputation, they were going first to third. You try to stop it. That’s what Mike Scioscia does now with the (Los Angeles) Angels. The Angels play a National League-style game. Their kids are taught from the day they sign: ‘We’re going first to third, we’re going from second to home.’ That’s a style of baseball that, if you have the ability to manufacture runs, you don’t have to rely on the home run.”
The photo in both the print and online versions is of Chone Figgins sliding into home plate. Who would have thought that Figgy would make the front page of the Florida Today Sports section? And I bet the author had no idea that Chone’s brother Demetrius scouts their customer service area.