Pitching coach Wise leaves Angels for White Sox

October 26th, 2023
Angels pitching coach Matt Wise is reportedly leaving the team for the White Sox (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Angels will have a new pitching coach in 2024, as Matt Wise is leaving the organization to become the bullpen coach for the White Sox, according to a report in The Athletic on Thursday. The Angels and White Sox, however, have not made any official announcements.

Wise, 47, was the pitching coach for the Angels from 2021-23 after serving as the club’s bullpen coach in 2020. He took over as pitching coach on an interim basis in ’21 after Mickey Callaway was suspended and eventually relieved of his duties. Wise was named the club’s full-time pitching coach in late May that season.

Wise, who pitched in the Majors from 2000-08, including from 2000-02 with the Halos, started his coaching career with the Angels in 2012 as a pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels. He coached in the Minor Leagues through the 2019 season, including spending 2018-19 as the club’s Minor League pitching coordinator. During his time coaching in the Minors he worked with current White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz, who also got his start in the Angels’ organization.

As pitching coach with the Angels, he oversaw the development of young starting pitchers Patrick Sandoval, Reid Detmers, José Suarez, Griffin Canning and Chase Silseth. He also saw two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani bounce back from his Tommy John surgery and a rough 2020 season to become an elite starter from 2021-23 until he tore his ulnar collateral ligament for the second time in his career in late August.

But after an encouraging showing from the pitching staff in 2022, the Angels took a step back in ’23. The Angels posted a 4.64 ERA this season, which ranked as the eighth-worst mark in the Majors after they tallied a 3.77 ERA in 2022 that was tied for the ninth-best ERA in baseball. Angels starters also regressed from posting a 3.67 ERA (sixth-best in the Majors) in '22 to a 4.47 ERA (12th-worst in MLB) in ‘23.

Wise is the latest change for the Angels, who also are conducting a search for a new manager after Phil Nevin’s option for 2024 was declined. They also parted ways with assistant general manager Alex Tamin.

General manager Perry Minasian said at the end of the season that he planned to look at all facets of the organization and make changes if he felt it was necessary. There could be other changes to the coaching staff as a result. Bench coach Ray Montgomery and infield coach Benji Gil are also candidates for the managerial job.