Angels Manager Terry Collins, coaches and players are upset that details of a team meeting were leaked to the media.
On Friday, a routine hitters meeting evolved into a forum for harsh lectures about effort and attitude by Angels coaches Larry Bowa and Rod Carew.
Collins, who was not at the meeting, said he was furious when he found out information was disclosed to the media and held another meeting before Saturday's 7-4 victory against the Detroit Tigers.
Collins, who never talks about what goes on in team meetings, was so incensed the contents were discussed publicly that he threatened to go to General Manager Bill Bavasi to have the offending player removed from the team.
Players have publicly criticized each other, the manager and the front office in the past month. Several addressed their teammates during Friday's meeting, but Saturday they were upset the information was discussed outside the clubhouse.
First baseman Mo Vaughn walked out of Saturday's meeting and said he could not believe that someone would go to a reporter with something private, especially about criticism from coaches.
"I'm sick and tired of hearing excuses," Vaughn said. "Until this team understands that, they're going to struggle. We have a bunch of guys who aren't afraid to speak their minds, but the clubhouse is our clubhouse."
Friday's meeting started as the daily hitters meeting, in which Carew discusses how to approach the opposing pitcher. It evolved into Carew and Bowa demanding more effort from the players. Several players also addressed their teammates.
Bowa was clearly disturbed by the distraction his comments caused.
"I don't have anything to be ashamed of," Bowa said. "I've tried to help. I've tried to teach and bring out mental lapses. When I leave here, I feel good about myself. Everybody should be on the same page. This isn't fun for us either.
"Nothing else should be on their minds except who you're playing and how can I beat them. We don't have that."
Collins wants his coaches to serve as a buffer between himself and the players. He does not sit in on their meetings, but the coaches keep him informed.
If Bowa wants to take a player aside and work extra with him, he will tell Collins. Or if Collins thinks a player needs more practice, he will tell Bowa. Collins does not tell the coaches how to do their jobs, however.
"There are many different ways to get the point across as a coach," Collins said. "Players have to understand we're on their side. It's the coach's job to get his point across, and however he wants to do it is his call.
"That's his job, to make a decision on what approach to use. Maybe it needs to be changed. I don't know. I wasn't there."