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OC Register: Billy Eppler begins search for next Angels manager


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ANAHEIM — A day after Mike Scioscia’s 19-year tenure as the Angels manager officially ended, Billy Eppler drew a picture of the type of manager he’d like to hire.

Developing a rapport with players and comfort with analytics seem to be at the top of the list.

“What we’re looking for in that next manager is connectivity with the players,” the Angels general manager said. “We’re are looking at somebody who can think with a probability-based mindset. We are looking for someone who is eager to grow. Someone who can develop a culture that puts the welfare of the team ahead of any singular person. Those are the criteria.”

Eppler defined a “probability-based mindset” as a “making decisions in-game, tactically, to get the win expectancy or run expectancy in your favor.”

Eppler said he planned to immediately begin reaching out to the external candidates, and he’d already told the internal candidates who would get interviews.

The internal candidates most likely to be interviewed are special assistants Brad Ausmus and Eric Chavez, bench coach Josh Paul and third base coach Dino Ebel.

Eppler said there would be “more external candidates than internal candidates.”

Based on Eppler’s description, the Angels might be more focused on younger, analytically-inclined managers, as opposed to more traditional, experienced managers.

Eppler said prior managerial experience “is one factor, but it’s not necessary. … We’ve seen managers who had prior experience have a success, and we’ve seen managers that don’t have experience have success.”

Eppler also said he and his staff already have planned the type of interview that will help them find the right manager.

“It’s going to be a long one,” Eppler said. “It’s going to involve some quantitative aspects and some of it is going to involve qualitative aspects. We’re going to peel back the layers and identify the best candidate that we can.”

As Eppler begins the search for a new manager, he had nothing but positive words for Scioscia, who announced that he would not seek an extension upon completion of his 10-year contract. Eppler and Scioscia spent three seasons together.

“He’s been a lighthouse for this organization,” Eppler said. “He provided stability and direction when there was a lot of fog. That’s what lighthouses do.

“I’m glad that I got an opportunity to be around him, and what I think is a Hall of Fame career.”

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1 minute ago, ukyah said:

 

extremely, and it has pujols name all over it, as i'm sure you're already aware.

The fact that it was a listed qualification on a abbreviated list makes it seem that way. It's also, by itself, a pretty standard platitude - "team first rah rah rah"

 

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somehow, i think i posted my prediction in the wrong thread.

anyways, here it is:

i'm going to say the next manager comes from outside the organization.

i'm going with joe espada, the astros bench coach. he's strong in analytics and he's coming from a premier franchise in eppler's stated mold.

my dark horse is carlos beltran.

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I'm not even going to pretend like I have any idea who would be the ideal fit in Anaheim. All I will say is in my opinion, it is potentially more important than any FA signing from the stand point of how it impacts a possible Mike Trout extension. 

Seems like the "hot" young names were gobbled up last year in Cora and Kapler. I have no idea if there is another bunch like that.  I really don't know Josh Paul, but for some reason - my gut says "no" to him.

Tim Wallach was a "hot" name a few years back.  Is he still a name teams might consider?

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Eppler is going to hire someone with a back bone who isn't afraid to do what's best for the team as a whole. Things like benching players regardless of if they are veterans or if they make a lot of money.

That won't be too terribly hard to find. I would venture to guess that nobody managing a MLB team would play Pujols ahead of Ohtani aside from Sosh.

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On 10/1/2018 at 9:01 AM, AngelsWin.com said:

 Someone who can develop a culture that puts the welfare of the team ahead of any singular person. Those are the criteria.”

LIke others have said, that statement just jumps off the page.  It has to refer to playing Pujols, right?  There is so much we can read into that (and probably will).

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20 minutes ago, True Grich said:

LIke others have said, that statement just jumps off the page.  It has to refer to playing Pujols, right?  There is so much we can read into that (and probably will).

Big, if true.

 

I find it hard to believe he'd be so blatant, but maybe he stayed quiet out of deference to Scioscia. Now that he's unmuzzled it's time for that New York™️ "Big Dick Baseball™️" (cc: @Dochalo)

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