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In Anaheim, They're Looking Up--at Seattle

April 20, 2002

How do you know when it's a bad day? It's not when you play for the Angels, one of the worst hitting teams (.220) in the major leagues, already 71/2 games out of first place.

It is when you play for the Angels and get benched because you're batting .143 and leading the team in errors (three) and strikeouts (13).

If you're Tim Salmon, the highest-paid player on the team and you get paid $9,650,000 to do it ... maybe it's not such a bad day?

Chris Gagliano

Redondo Beach

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The Angels are currently [after April 18 games] 71/2 games behind Seattle. This equates to 74 games out by the end of the season.

Players, please strike! End our misery.

Jerry Mazenko

Garden Grove

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It's a sad day when the Angels have become as pathetic in reality as the Dodgers are on paper. Most of the players on the Angel roster have talent, but hitting and winning is about attitude. Upper management has done enough to improve the team, giving them an everyday designated hitter and improved starting pitching. But it's a shame that this team can get away with lackluster play because of the failure of their manager, Mike Scioscia, and their hitting coach, Mickey Hatcher, to light a fire under these guys.

Hatcher has made a mockery of what was once the pride of this team (its ability to score tons of runs). Improvements must be made in this team's attitude and its understanding of the urgency of playing hard in every game. If Hatcher and Scioscia can't do it, then Disney should find someone who can.

David Rodriguez

Rowland Heights

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Angels haiku:

Outclassed by Seattle,

Playing out the string.

September already?

Richard A. Fond

Los Angeles

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