Will the return of Black and Roenicke help Los Angeles Angels?
The Los Angeles Angels have done a lot of restructuring in the off-season both on and off the field. First they hired a new general manager in Billy Eppler. From there Eppler totally revamped the Angels coaching staff over the next few months as well as giving the front office a total facelift.
A couple of moves that were lost in the shuffle were the rehiring of two members of manager Mike Scioscia’s original staff from when he came onboard as the Angels manager in 2000. Bud Black and Ron Roenicke who were originally a pitching coach and third base coach in 2000 have returned to Anaheim this winter.
Bud Black – Special Assistant to General Manager
Bud Black is a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. On the surface the move looks like an attempt to bridge the communication gap between the general manager’s office and manager Mike Scioscia which was a well-documented problem with former general manager Jerry DiPoto and Scioscia not seeing eye-to-eye. Black brings a wealth of knowledge of the ins and outs of the game as he has been a player, coach, and also a manger over 35 years in baseball. It was a shrewd move by Eppler in hoping to establish a good rapport with Scioscia.
Ron Roenicke – 3rd Base Coach
The second person brought back into the fold was Ron Roenicke who served as the Angels third base coach from 2000-2005 and then moved up to bench coach from 2006-2010 before leaving to become manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-2015. Roenicke was fired early in the 2015 season by the Brewers and worked for the Dodgers as a coach for remainder of the season before the Los Angeles Angels came calling.
Roenicke will reassume his original post as third base coach for the 2016. Gary DiSarcina moves from third base coach to first base coach for the 2016 season. Alfredo Griffin who has been the first base coach for all of Scioscia’s 16 seasons in Anaheim will now be the Infield Coach in 2016.
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So the big question is will all these coaching and front office moves help the Los Angeles Angels return to the World Series for the first time since 2002? The answer is it’s anyone’s guess only time will tell.
For now it will be nice to see some familiar faces back in Anaheim.