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Goodbye Brandon Wood

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Apr 21 2011 @ 1:19 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

I don’t think i have to tell you, I wasn’t a huge fan of Brandon Wood. He was truly a minor league monster, hitting more than 160 home runs and driving in close to 600 runs. His minor league success just didn’t translate to the majors. a 141 career average, plus the inability to win the 3rd base position after Chone Figgins left forced the Angels hand.

The Angels D-F-A (Desiginated for assignment) Wood yesterday. It was a tough move for the Halos management and players, who loved Woody (great nickname).

I remember talking to a kid about 6 years ago. He had been drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the late rounds. I asked about the difference between 1st round picks and him. He said time with coaches. He explained that the talent level is very close with most of the draftees, but it comes down to money. By his explanation, if a kid is drafted in the 1st round, he is going to get as much individual help with as many coaches as needed to guarantee his success. He told me to watch guys all around the minors to see which one one were picked in the 1st couple rounds, and the others who weren’t. ┬áHe said that those guys who were picked late, accomplished most of their success with a coach or two, that you only get paid attention to if they think you have a shot at the bigs.

I am saying that before you feel sorry for Wood, remember that he had the best coaches and major league personnel in the world helping him. He is set for life, and will have even more money after another team picks him up and gives him a job. To be honest with you, he may be the best guy in the world, but he didn’t cut it in an Angels uniform. He might turn out to be a masher in another uniform, and I’ll rue the day the Halos let him go, but right now I think they will recover.

No more strike outs. No more lackadaisical throws from 3rd or short. I wish him the best, I do, but I won’t miss him.

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