There was a voice noticeably missing from the Angels’ team meeting Monday following a series sweep by the cellar-dwelling Astros.
Though he is busy hitting over .300 in Detroit, Torii Hunter’s was the first name mentioned by Mark Trumbo, who said several players and coaches spoke during the closed-door meeting.
“The obvious would be that Torii isn’t here,” Trumbo said. “Nobody’s going to replace Torii. Obviously he was a true class act and a great leader. We have quite a few guys that stepped in and filled the void as best they can in their own way. We could go around the room but I think there’s some obvious choices in Albert (Pujols), Josh (Hamilton), Jered (Weaver), C.J. (Wilson) and Scott Downs, guys who have been around a while.”
The Angels declined to make Hunter a $13.3 million qualifying offer after he played out his five-year contract last season, something the outfielder wasn’t pleased with once Josh Hamilton signed a $125 million deal during the offseason. The Angels are not only missing the 37-year-old’s presence in the clubhouse, but at the plate, where he is hitting .316 with 23 RBIs for the first-place team in the AL Central.