Major League Baseball: Los Angeles Angels Owner Arte Moreno Says 'Blame Me'

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is taking the blame for his team's early-season struggles.

May 16 2013, 9:34pm CDT | by

Major League Baseball: Los Angeles Angels Owner Arte Moreno Says 'Blame Me'
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is blaming himself for his team's early-season struggles.

"If you're going to blame anyone, you've got to blame me. I'm the one at the end of the day that has the final call." 

These were his words as stated in an LA Times article dated May 15 and quoted from Fox Sports.

Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times emphasizes Moreno not only places blame on himself for his team's poor start, he is also blaming himself for the club's failure to make the postseason three years in a row and several high-priced moves that haven't paid off so far.

As per DiGiovanna, Moreno added:

"If everybody on the team was hitting .300, and the pitchers were undefeated, and all our relievers had done a good job and we'd made no errors, we wouldn't be in this conversation." 

Despite the Angels' woes, a Yahoo! Sports feature by David Brown via Fox Sports quoted Moreno as saying there is "zero" chance of Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia being fired, who has been with the organization in the same capacity for 14 years and is signed through 2018. Brown also says Angels GM Jerry Dipoto's job is safe. 

CBS Sports was able to get Moreno's thoughts regarding Scioscia:

"Mike has zero problems, OK?  This is his 14th year. Mike goes beyond what he does on the field. He's a good person. He's a good person in the community, a very good baseball guy. You don't have to ask me. You just ask other managers, other baseball people. Look at 14 years' worth of productivity. Look at his record. He has two World Series rings with the Dodgers. He has one with the Angels. We've been to the playoffs."

As of May 16, Moreno's Los Angeles Angels are fourth in the American League West with a record of 15-25 (.375). The team currently ranks 17th in the majors with 167 runs through 40 games, according to ESPN stats. The Angels' pitching is second-to-last in the entire league as of May 16 with a 4.77 ERA. In terms of fielding, the team is currently 25th overall with 28 errors. 

Moreno was the one who orchestrated the signing of first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $240-million deal before 2012. The LA Times' DiGiovanna also reports it was the owner who let Torii Hunter become a free agent and pulled out of the bidding on pitcher Zack Greinke. Moreno also orchestrated right fielder and former Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton's move to Los Angeles via a five-year, $125-million deal which was struck last December.

It is still relatively early in the MLB season and Arte Moreno is blaming himself for his team's slow start. Angels fans can only hope their ballclub starts to get it going one at-bat and one out at a time to turn their fortunes around. 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Indian bowlers in fine form in second practice match
Adelaide, Dec 4 (IANS) Pacer Varun Aaron powered India's bowling charge, picking four wickets here Thursday, to bowl out Cricket Australia XI for 243 runs in Day 1 of their final two-day tour game before the four-Test series against Australia.
 
 
Aguero to 'try and convince' Messi to join City
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Manchester City star forward Sergio Aguero has vowed to try and persuade Argentine team-mate Lionel Messi into signing with the English football club.
 
 
Harris raring to make a comeback from injury
Sydney, Dec 4 (IANS) Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris Thursday said he is both physically and mentally fit to make a comeback to the national squad, to play the first Commonwealth Bank Test against India starting Dec 9.
 
 
European golfing duo target Thailand meet
Chonburi (Thailand), Dec 4 (IANS) Two of Europe's most consistent performers will be looking to end 2014 with a bang at the Thailand Golf Championship which takes place at the award-winning Amata Spring Country Club Dec 11-14.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Australian researcher discovers first artwork by early human
Sydney, Dec 4 (IANS) An Australian researcher has discovered what is believed to be the first artwork created by a human. The simple zigzag pattern found on a fossilized shell from the Indonesian island of Java has...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Insects compete with rats to clear garbage
New York, Dec 4 (IANS) Insects play a very important role in cleaning up cities and they compete with other pests like rats and pigeons in their endeavour, a study has said. Scientists sampled arthropods - such as...
Read more on Business Balla
 
School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Police officials said the armed men opened fire at the vehicle of Zahid Ali,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said. This increased the toll to 16, including six South Koreans and 10...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing". Lydia Cawson, 29, said that she and her girlfriend were asked by a staff...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Oceans play key role in global 'warming hiatus'
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Increased heat uptake across three oceans - North Atlantic, the Southern Ocean and Equatorial Pacific Ocean - is the likely cause of the 'warming hiatus' -- the current decade-long slowdown in...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Novel imaging to identify if TB drugs are working
Washington, Dec 4 (IANS) Tuberculosis patients who are not cured of the infection can develop multi-drug resistant TB and have to take as many as six drugs for two years. Now, researchers at University of Pittsburgh...
Read more on Business Balla
 
PM makes first appointment to High Court of Australia
Canberra, Dec 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government Thursday appointed former Victorian Supreme Court judge Geoffrey Nettle as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia. Attorney General George...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
18 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) At least 18 suspected militants were killed Thursday in airstrikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in North Waziristan. According to officials, the airstrikes were conducted in...
Read more on Politics Balla