New Angels manager Ron Washington holds team meeting after only 2 games to stress importance of staying focused


New Angels manager Ron Washington holds team meeting after only 2 games to stress importance of staying focused

After only two games, it seems that things are already in disarray in the Los Angeles Angels’ clubhouse. New manager Ron Washington called an emergency team meeting following their 13-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, marking the Angels’ second blowout loss to start the 2024 season. Washington emphasized the need for the team to focus on the bigger picture of a 162-game season and not get derailed by two early losses.

Typically, calling a team meeting like this would happen later in the season, but given the Angels’ rough start, it was necessary for Washington to address the situation immediately. The Angels suffered an 11-3 loss in their season opener against the Orioles before dropping Saturday’s game by nine runs, including giving up nine runs in the sixth inning without recording an out. The team had to pull both their starter and reliever before they were able to get an out.

Totaling 24 runs allowed through two games set a new franchise record for the Angels. Despite the rough start, catcher Logan O’Hoppe stressed that there are 160 games left in the regular season and that no one is hitting the panic button. The team meeting seemed to have a positive impact, as the Angels won 4-1 against the Orioles on Sunday to close out the series. Taylor Ward hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and the team added two more runs in the second before securing the victory.

Looking ahead, the Angels will face the Miami Marlins in a three-game series starting on Monday afternoon, followed by their home opener against the Boston Red Sox on Friday. While there is still time to turn things around, the Angels’ season has not started as they had hoped since entering the post-Shohei Ohtani era in Anaheim.

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