On Monday, the LA Angels fired Brad Ausmus. Then, on Tuesday, they released pitching coach Doug White and bench coach Josh Paul. Jeremy Reed‘s future now seems cloudy, but the Halos absolutely must keep him rather than adding him to the list of former Angels coaches.
Whether or not you agree with the LA Angels firing Brad Ausmus, the team seemed set to move on towards the end of the season. And while Doug White has rave reviews from around the league, the Angels were awful on the mound this year, so that firing is understandable as well (even if it is irritating). The firing of Josh Paul makes sense, as whoever the new manager is will likely want their own bench coach.
However, firing Jeremy Reed would be absolutely insane for the Angels to do.
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The first year hitting coach did his job and did his job well. The Angels were one of the top ranked offenses in the entire MLB before their season went completely off the wall. Without even looking at individual seasons, the offense in Anaheim was never a problem when players were healthy, it was their best phase of the game.
In a conference call with media on Tuesday, Billy Eppler said that there are no further plans to make changes to coaching staff…at the moment. Those last three words haunt me, as it leaves the door open for Reed to be let go as well.
Again, though. That would be an even worse decision than it was to fire Ausmus and White.
Mike Trout said this was his best season at the plate. While Reed didn’t make Mike Trout the best player in the world, it’s no coincidence that Trout’s best year was with Reed as his hitting coach. Kole Calhoun was able to bounce back from an inconsistent 2018 and have his best year to date as well. Even Albert Pujols was able to have an efficient year at the plate.
All in all, the signs point to Jeremy Reed being an exceptional hitting coach, and he is the one man that deserves to survive this round of firings than any other coach.