The Orange County Register quotes Angels general manager Tony Reagins as saying there was “no personality conflict” that led to scouting director Eddie Bane’s dismissal.
Angels GM Tony Reagins denied Wednesday’s dismissal of scouting director Eddie Bane was the result of a rift among the Angels’ decision-makers or the sign of a philosophical shift in the way the Angels will approach scouting and drafting players in the future.
“That’s not accurate,” Reagins said. “There was definitely no personality conflict. I have great respect for Eddie and what he’s done in this organization. But you have to make difficult decisions in this business sometimes.”
Reagins did indicate there is dissatisfaction within the organization over what recent drafts had produced. “We have good players. It’s more about the process,” Reagins said, denying that Bane’s firing was a direct referendum on his draft strategy. “In order to be successful, you have to have talented players in your system and we feel we do. But some of the players that we have that are very talented have not materialized with that talent within the system.”
Personal comment … If a “very talented” player does not materialize from “within the system,” that’s the player development department, not scouting.
But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the Angels’ player development program. It’s one of the most respected in baseball.
As I wrote yesterday, the perceived lack of talent at upper levels might have more to do with the Angels losing high-round draft picks for several years earlier in the decade due to signing free agents.
Ah, philosophical differences.
Apparently the Angels fired scouting director Eddie Bane because they liked John Stuart Mill and Bane was partial to John Locke.
Or maybe they mean differences in the ways to assemble baseball talent. Since Bane’s philosophy was to draft and sign really talented guys, it is left to the reader to determine the Angels’ philosophy.
What we do know is that Bane was not fired for lack of performance.
Whicker talked to Bane briefly, who didn’t comment at length, but notes that “one of the few bright spots Wednesday was the supportive call Bane got from [Nick] Adenhart’s father, Jim.” Eddie was the one who negotiated the deal for Nick to sign despite his recent “Tommy John” surgery. The Angels offered to supervise his rehab at their minor league complex in Mesa, and Eddie arranged for Nick to attend nearby Arizona State, Bane’s alma mater, to begin his college education.
Whicker quotes long-time Angels scouts Tom Kotchman and Chris McAlpin as saying of Bane, “”He let you do your job.” Whicker wrote, “That was at least a majority opinion,” suggesting that Bane trusted his people and gave them the freedom to succeed without interference.