The LA Angels Coaching Staff Is One of The Best in the MLB
By Vincent Page
While the LA Angels awful 2019 season wasn’t solely due to their coaching staff, the team moved on from the likes of Brad Ausmus and Doug White. After a flurry of hires, they have put together one of the most complete staffs in the league.
When the LA Angels were first linked to Joe Maddon, I wrote about how much I disliked the potential pairing given Maddon’s comment regarding domestic violence accusations against two of his players. While I still stand by that, this article is simply about what these coaches bring to the clubhouse and on the field.
And in terms of what he’ll bring to the clubhouse, Joe Maddon has a proven track record of success. In Tampa Bay, in Chicago, and now back with Anaheim, everywhere Maddon goes he brings success, and I expect his presence in the clubhouse to be a huge motivator for the players.
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As for strategy, he’s going to be the old-school manager he’s always been. Hit and runs, bunting, and all types of moves that aren’t necessarily supported by analytics. And while they might not be analytically smart to do 100% of the time, Maddon should have the feel as a manager to execute them at the right time.
New pitching coach Mickey Callaway burned out as a manager in New York, but has a long track record of leading strong pitching staffs. He was the pitching coach in Cleveland during their mid-decade dominance and is the perfect coach to help mold the Angels young starters in Griffin Canning, Patrick Sandoval, Shohei Ohtani, and Jose Suarez.
Despite a so-so offensive ranking last season, Jeremy Reed had a lot of success in his first season. Their poor ratings for 2019 are largely due to injury, not inefficiency from the offense. Kole Calhoun became a true slugger. Albert Pujols had a solid season. Tommy La Stella became a first time All Star. Mike Trout said himself that 2019 was his best year at the plate. Obviously Reed isn’t responsible for each and every success Angels players have, but it isn’t a coincidence he oversaw a group that had a lot of individual success.
The rest of the coaching staff is filled with names that have experience with Joe Maddon and/or the Angels. They complete a rock solid group of coaches, and Maddon, Callaway, and Reed take this coaching staff over the top and give the Angels a huge advantage in 2020.