Torii Hunter Questions The Angels’ Effort

Thursday April 26th, 2012

In an interview with Mike DioGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times after Wednesday night's 3-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter called out his teammates for their effort and manager Mike Scioscia for his lack of in-game strategy, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"We have to fight a little harder,” Hunter said. “ I don't think we believe we're trying that hard.  We're just going through the motions...  That's everybody, not just the players."

Hunter further implied criticism of Scioscia in his answer when DiGiovanna asked if game strategy could have turned the game around last night.  The outfielder answered, "You mean if we bunted in the second? What can we do? All we do is play the game."

Despite being well-liked around the league and recognized as a leader through his 15-year career,  Hunter has a history of publicly criticize his team, which he previously did as a member of the Minnesota Twins.  Likely related to last night's events,  the Angels (6-12) will have a 'players only' meeting before tonight's game against the Rays.

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