Dino Ebel: The Manager in Training
By Vincent Page
“He’s one of the best baseball minds I’ve been around”.
That was Mike Scioscia’s statement on Dino Ebel in his farewell press conference on Sunday. Ebel has worked with Scioscia since 2005, when he was hired by the Angels. He has been known as Scioscia’s right hand man since then. In his final game, Scioscia allowed his assistant coaches to each manage part of the season finale against the A’s.
A game the Angels won on a late inning comeback.
A game that Dino Ebel managed the final three games of.
See where I’m going with this?
Billy Eppler has said he wants a great baseball mind as his next manager. Ebel is one of the best in the game, per Scioscia. Since his joining the Angels, Ebel has served primarily as the third base coach and bench coach. From 2011-2015 (AKA Mike Trout’s ascension to the best player in baseball) he was the Angels’ primary outfield instructor. This year he returned to that role, and Trout is likely to win his first ever Gold Glove Award this year.
While it has been some time since Ebel managed any team (he led the Salt Lake Bees to a 79-65 record in 2005), he may just be the best option Eppler has. When Eppler came to LA and started the process of bringing his guys in and moving the old regime out (as all new GM’s do), Ebel stayed. In fact, he has been the most trusted assistant coach since Eppler’s arrival.
There are bigger names, younger names, and more progressive names out there. However, Ebel just might be the guy who ends up managing the Angels in 2019 and beyond.