09/03/09 8:30 PM ET
Morales tabbed as AL Player of Month
First baseman hit 10 homers, notched 33 RBIs in August
By Barry M. Bloom and Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
"Absolutely no doubt," Scioscia said when asked about Morales' candidacy. "Look at his individual stats, what he's meant to his team. [If you] look at what Kendry has meant to his club opposed to what other players have meant to their club, the only guy [in that category] is [Twins catcher] Joe Mauer in Minnesota."
"It seems word travels from West to East a little slower in the game of baseball. But I think the world of baseball knows what he's meant to our club."
Morales, who leads the Majors with 45 RBIs since the All-Star break, is currently hitting .313 with 30 home runs and 94 RBIs. Morales is the second consecutive Angels player to win monthly honors, following teammate Bobby Abreu, who was honored in July.The runner-up was Mauer, who led the AL with a .391 (45-for-115) batting average, adding eight homers and 23 RBIs.
"Kendry is in a good spot to hit behind [Vladimir Guerrero] and also to break up some of the righties," Scioscia said. "We'll tinker with some things. The way Kendry's swinging, it's nice to get him behind Vlad against right-handed pitchers.
"If you take Kendry out of our lineup, I think you're looking at a different offense."