ANAHEIM -- The new Angels manager will be able to bring in at least two of his own coaches, as pitching coach Doug White and bench coach Josh Paul were both dismissed on Tuesday, a day after Brad Ausmus was let go after one year on the job.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler said it was a tough decision to part ways with both White and Paul, who were in their posts for only one year. But the Angels lost 90 games for the first time in 20 seasons while their pitching staff posted the sixth-worst ERA (5.12) in the Majors.
“All of these decisions weighed on us for a while,” Eppler said. “They were not easy to make. As far as the rest of the coaching staff, we're still evaluating that group. The next order of operation is to begin pooling our [managerial] candidates and ultimately begin interviews.”
As Eppler noted, the Angels have kept hitting coaches Jeremy Reed, Shawn Wooten and Paul Sorrento, as well as bullpen coach Andrew Bailey, third-base coach Mike Gallego and first-base coach Jesús Feliciano and catching coach José Molina. But things could change once the Angels decide on their next manager.
Eppler, though, said the Angels have yet to start identifying potential managerial candidates, as that begins on Tuesday afternoon with owner Arte Moreno and team president John Carpino. Once the Angels decide on a manager, then they’ll reassess the coaching staff at that point.
White was brought over from the Astros, and the Angels tried to use a more analytical approach in 2019, including the use of high-speed cameras and devices that can track pitch movement and RPMs. The Angels also tried to avoid the third-time-through-the-order penalty as much as possible, which made sense statistically but had the downside of wearing out the bullpen.
“Doug brought a tremendous of energy, passion and creativity to the job,” Eppler said. “But ultimately when we sat down to take an inventory of our personnel, the decision was made that we would go in a different direction. I think there were players who got better here under Doug’s tutelage. I think he’s going to be a significant pitching coach as he goes forward in his career.”