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LA Angels should consider some familiar names to complete coaching staff

By David Rice
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 13: Darin Erstad #17, center fielder for the Anaheim Angels, makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Timo Perez #6 of the New York Mets with two men on for the third out of the fifth inning June 13, 2003 at Edison Field in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 13: Darin Erstad #17, center fielder for the Anaheim Angels, makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Timo Perez #6 of the New York Mets with two men on for the third out of the fifth inning June 13, 2003 at Edison Field in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 13: Catcher Bengie Molina #1 of the Anaheim Angels looks on during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Edison Field on July 13, 2003 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 8-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 13: Catcher Bengie Molina #1 of the Anaheim Angels looks on during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Edison Field on July 13, 2003 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 8-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) /

Bengie Molina –  is another player who played for the Angels during their golden era which included the World Series Championship team and also the 2004 and 2005 AL West title winning teams.  Molina was one of the best defensive catchers in team history along with Martin Maldonado.  In addition he also could hit as well. Molina had a career .274 batting average and hit 144 home runs and drove in 711 runs in 11 full seasons of action.

Molina was very good working with pitchers and also had a very good arm.  He was a very good leader in the clubhouse and he would make a great coach. He served as a first base coach with the Texas Rangers in 2014 and was also their catching instructor.

If the Angels reached out to Molina I’m sure he would be interested in working for the team that he played the majority of his career with.

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