ANAHEIM, CA – Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout today was named a recipient of the 2015 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award which is given to the best offensive players at each position in both the American and National Leagues. The award is Trout’s fourth consecutive honor and the 20th overall for the Angels.
Angel Mike Trout was announced a finalist for the American League Most Valuable Player for 2015 by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday afternoon. The other two finalists are Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals and Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays. This is Trout's fourth finalist selection in his four year career and he won the award last season.
The winner will be announced on Thursday November 19th at 3:00 PM PT.
ANGELS ANNOUNCE COACHING CHANGES FOR 2016
Don Baylor & Mike Butcher Will Not Be Renewed
ANAHEIM, CA – The Angels today announced hitting coach Don Baylor and pitching coach Mike Butcher will not return to Mike Scioscia’s coaching staff for the 2016 season. The announcement was made by General Manager Billy Eppler.
“Don’s career with the Angels is one that has embodied commitment, dedication and leadership,” said Eppler. “From his MVP season in 1979, subsequent induction into the Angels Hall of Fame, and eventual return as hitting coach, Don will always remain synonymous with Angels Baseball.”
“These are good baseball men and individuals who have a deep passion and focus towards their craft. I am both respectful and appreciative of the many contributions Don and Mike have made to this organization during their careers here,” added Eppler. Baylor, 66, joined the Angels as hitting coach in 2014, returning to the organization for whom he won Most Valuable Player honors in 1979 when he recorded a .296 average (186/628), with 36 home runs and 139 RBI while appearing in each of the club’s 162 games.
During his post-playing career, Baylor has either managed or served as a hitting coach for 23 seasons. Butcher, 50, completed his ninth season as Angels pitching coach in 2015 after joining the staff on Nov. 18, 2006. He played 14 seasons of professional baseball, including four campaigns at the Major League level with the Angels from 1992-95.
“This past weekend I had a lengthy conversation with John Carpino and Billy Eppler regarding my status with the organization” said Butcher. “We mutually agreed this might be a good time for change. Billy is an impressive individual with solid concepts for the future and I wish him well. I am also thankful to Arte, the entire Angels family, and of course the players themselves for my time with an organization that has meant so much to my family and I.”
BILLY EPPLER NAMED ANGELS GENERAL MANAGER
Yankees Assistant General Manager Becomes 12th GM in Club History
ANAHEIM, CA – The Angels today announced New York Yankees Assistant General Manager Billy Eppler has agreed to terms of a four-year contract to become General Manager of the organization. He will oversee all aspects of the club’s baseball operations and report directly to Owner Arte Moreno. Eppler becomes the 12th General Manager in club history. As per club policy, no additional details of the contract will be announced.
“We used a lot of time, energy and research into the decision to fill this very critical position,” said Moreno. “We interviewed several quality individuals throughout the process. In the end, Billy’s experience in the areas of Scouting, Player Development and Major League Operations, in addition to his organizational and communication skills, were primary reasons for our decision. He is energetic, creative and has a tremendous passion for the game. We look forward to him joining the organization and making his impact felt in short order.”
“I cannot adequately express how excited I am for the opportunity Arte Moreno and the Angels have given me,” said Eppler.
“The Angels are committed to Championship Standards. They are committed to being a perennial contender, and many of the pieces are already in place for that to occur. I look forward to a collaborative effort as we look to enhance and advance every phase of the baseball operations department. This is an organization with a tremendous amount of talent on and off the field, and I am excited to begin the next chapter of Angels Baseball.”
Eppler, 40, is a native of San Diego, CA. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Finance Degree in 1998 and began his sports career as an intern in the Washington Redskins scouting department.
He began his baseball career with the Colorado Rockies organization, where he was hired in January, 2000 as an Area Scouting Supervisor for Southern California.
He would eventually join the front office as the Assistant Director of Pro Scouting & Player Development from 2003-04. The 2015 season represented his 11th with the New York Yankees following his hiring as Assistant Director of Baseball Operations, Nov. 1, 2004.
Eppler would eventually be promoted to Director of Professional Scouting from 2006-09 and Senior Director of Professional Personnel from 2010-11. He finished his fourth season as Assistant General Manager and first as Vice-President in ’15.
His responsibilities for the Yankees and assisting General Manager Brian Cashman included player acquisitions, roster composition and management, staffing and personnel decisions, and player contract negotiations Eppler resides in New York City, NY with his wife Catherine, and son, Xander.