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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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OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 3: Catcher Josh Paul #9 of the Anaheim Angels smiles during the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Network Associates Coliseum on October 3, 2004 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won 3-2. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 3: Catcher Josh Paul #9 of the Anaheim Angels smiles during the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Network Associates Coliseum on October 3, 2004 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won 3-2. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /

Josh Paul –  actually was a part of the Angels staff as a bench coach last season.  Paul could be rehired if Brad Ausmus would like him to be on his staff. Paul was a catcher for two seasons with the Angels backing up Bengie Molina.  He was also a part of one of the most infamous plays in team history the “dropped” third strike in Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS that lead to the White Sox scoring the winning run to even the series.

Despite that infamy, Paul would be a good fit as he is very knowledgeable and he learned under one of the best managers in the modern era Mike Scioscia.  The Angels may decide to do a clean sweep with the 2018 coaching staff which would eliminate Paul’s chances to be a part of the staff in 2019.  No matter what happens he will make a great coach or even manager one day.

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