Monday, November 18, 2002
Posted 3:18 PM by Sean
It looks like the biggest challenge facing Mike Scioscia in 2003 is going to be keeping everyone happy with their roles on the team. Case in point: Fullmer wants to play every day. I can't blame him - up until this year, he's been a solid, if not spectacular, DH as an everyday player. The problem is, Shawn Wooten has hit lefties very, very well, and it seems obvious that a Fullmer/Wooten platoon is the way to go, statistcially speaking. Kennedy and Gil have both also expressed a desire to play full-time, making the second-base platoon unstable as well (actually, Kennedy showed a lot of improvement against lefties throughout 2002 and could probably start full-time, but then Gil would definitely demand a trade and the Angels would lose a great bench player). Toss in the already-discussed Schoeneweis situation, and it starts to look like it's pretty important for Scioscia to defuse all this before it gets out of control.