Coach Bobby Valentine is out as skipper of the Boston Red Sox. That much is clear and understood. What remains fuzzy in the rumor-mill of hot seats is how Los Angeles Angels coach, Mike Scioscia, did not suffer the same fate.
With a payroll of over $154 million-plus, the third highest in the league, the Angels were expected to perform wondrously in 2012, handling teams with ease all the way to the World Series—and championship victory, of course. But, it did not happen.
The team failed to lead the division outright for even one day, let alone the many days required for dominance. They finished 89-73, five games back in the A.L West and four games off the Wild Card—average enough for third place—leaving many fans scratching their heads, wondering how this could have happened three years in a row.
Someone has to be held accountable, and the logical interrogation would have to begin with the coaching staff. Or, you would think.
The front office decision erases all the managerial questioning except one: Why?
Perhaps the Angels are content with consecutive playoff misses, and their coach?
True, great coaches often get more credit than they deserve when it comes to a team's success or failure, but that doesn't mean they are not at fault, indefinitely. While Scioscia does not have the mouth that got Bobby Valentine fired, or his poor record, certainly these four factors could have left him in the same breaking-news story on ESPN.