When Joe Maddon was hired the Angels essentially had a full coaching staff other than a bench coach and a pitching coach. The team hired Mickey Callaway to be the pitching coach last week and now they’ve added a few more coaches to the fold.
According to multiple reports Joe Maddon and the Angels are set to hire John Mallee, Brian Butterfield, and Tim Buss as coaches.
Mallee would assume the role as assistant hitting coach essentially replacing Shawn Wooten, who was not retained. Mallee worked with the Cubs from 2015-2017 and was also a hitting coach for the Marlins and Astros. Mallee will work with hitting coach Jeremy Reed and assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento. Mallee worked with some of the Cubs best hitters Kris Bryant, and Javier Baez.
Butterfield on the otherhand has been coaching since 1994 working with the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Cubs. Butterfield was the third base coach when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013. He was a part of Maddon’s staff in Chicago the past three seasons as the third base and infield coach.
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Both Mallee and Butterfield worked with each other for one season in Chicago and each of them worked with Maddon for three seasons. The final coach being added is strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss, who filled the same role with the Cubs for 18 seasons and is well-liked by almost all the Cubs players including Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.
The trio will most likely the last three hires of Maddon. Angels assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten will not be returning, current third-base coach Mike Gallego will assume the vacant role as Angel bench coach thus ending speculation of who would replace Josh Paul as the bench coach.
Jeremy Reed will remain as the hitting coach for a second season and he will be joined by Jose Feliciano, Paul Sorrento (assistant hitting coach), Andrew Bailey will continue as bullpen coach and Jose Molina who will return as the catching coach.
We will have to wait and see how this staff will mold the Angels into a championship team. THings are about to be fun.