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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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NEW YORK – OCTOBER 25: Chone Figgins #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third base to score in the top of the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 25, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – OCTOBER 25: Chone Figgins #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third base to score in the top of the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 25, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) /

Chone Figgins – was one of the most unique and versatile players in Angels history.  Figgins played pretty much every position for the Angels except catcher and pitcher.  He did everything well and was a great catalyst at the beginning or end of the line-up. Figgins is one of the top base stealers in club history and was the Angels late inning pinch-runner during the 2002 World Series run.

Figgins would also be used as a late game substitution for defensive purposes.  He would be a guy who you could put anywhere and not worry about him being a liability. Figgins would bring a wealth of experience to the table with his ability to play almost every position and he would also be a good source of information on how to read a pitcher as evidenced by his 341 career stolen bases.

Figgins has never coached since retiring in 2015, but the Angels were the franchise that he thought of fondly as he signed a one-day contract to retire as an Angel.

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There are more coaches that are out there that could fit nicely, but these four because of their familiarity and love of the organization could be very good fits.

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