The LA Angels hired the fourth member of their new on-field coaching staff. It started with Brad Ausmus being named the 19th manager in club history. Since then they have hired three coaches.
On Sunday afternoon the LA Angels announced the third new coach on Brad Ausmus’ staff as Shawn Wooten was hired as the assistant hitting coach. He will join new hitting coach Jeremy Reed, who Wooten assisted in the minor leagues last season. Doug White has also been hired as the Angels pitching coach.
With all these additions there are also some subtractions from the staff. Pitching coach Charles Nagy as well as hitting coach Dave Hansen and assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento are all looking for jobs for 2019. This is now clearly Brad Ausmus’ team and there are still some key hires remaining for the Angel staff. Bench coach and first and third base coach will all be important hires.
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If there is any potential holdovers from Mike Scioscia’s staff it will most likely be bench coach Josh Paul as he was hired by Billy Eppler and he could be a good addition to the new Angel staff. Dino Ebel could have been another possible hold over, but that will not be a possibility any more. Ebel was just hired to be the Dodgers new third base coach. It’s a move that make sense as Ebel actually was part of the Dodgers organization before coming South to Anaheim in 2006 when Joe Maddon left for Tampa Bay to be the manager of the Rays.
Alfredo Griffin, who is the only original member from the coaching staff that started with Mike Scioscia in 2000 will possibly retire unless another club decides to offer him a position. Who knows what will happen next season, but you will definitely need a scorecard to keep track of all the changes both in the coaching staff and the players.
So far there have been a few subtractions in the players front. Parker Bridwell has recently been designated for assignment so the Angels have 10 days to deal him or see if he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake City again. The Angels also designated Alex Meyer for assignment as his rehab took another setback.
In addition Jim Johnson, Garrett Richards, Blake Wood, Eric Young Jr., Chris Young, and Junichi Tazawa were all granted free agency and it is a good possibility all of them could be in a different uniform come 2019. Francisco Arcia also was granted his release as well. Jose Fernandez was also released as well.
The 2019 season is four months away and it will be exciting to see what happens between now and then to shape the Angels roster.