After the news that the LA Angels had fired manager Brad Ausmus after only one season on Monday, you may have been wondering if more moves would follow.
Well wonder no more as the LA Angels have fired pitching coach Doug White and bench coach Josh Paul. These moves were announced in an official press release Tuesday afternoon. This is no surprise as most new managers who come in want to bring their own staff with them.
Doug White was brought in to help a pitching staff that had been decimated by injuries and also general ineffectiveness. The results were not good. The pitchers again were saddled with multiple injuries as none of the starting rotation that began the season finished it. Tyler Skaggs, Chris Stratton, Trevor Cahill, and Matt Harvey were all no longer part of the rotation by mid-season. Skaggs was a tragic tale as he passed away from a drug overdose in early July. But the other three were awful and all had ERA’s over six. The final domino to fall was Felix Pena, who succumbed to a torn ACL in his knee in early August.
The overall team ERA was 5.12 and the team record was 72-90 which both didn’t bode well for White. This was White’s first season as a pitching coach and also first year in the Angels organization.
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On the other hand Josh Paul was one of three hold-overs from the Mike Scioscia era as he had been the bench coach in 2018 under Scioscia and then under Ausmus as well. Paul played for the team in potential new manager Joe Maddon‘s last year as a bench coach in 2005. Paul along with assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento and bullpen coach Andrew Bailey were on the Scioscia staff in 2018. As of yet Sorrento and Bailey are still on the staff as are former Angels.
Will there be any other firings in the upcoming days is anybody’s guess? A lot may depend on whoever is hired as the new manager may decide on more firings and hiring staff for the Angels coaching staff so stay tuned.