Former A’s star Eric Chavez is a strong candidate to become the Angels next manager after what was described as a successful run with the Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees.
Chavez, who’s very close to GM Billy Eppler, has seemed like the favorite as soon as it started to become clear that longtime manager Mike Scioscia was likely in his final days as Angels manager. Chavez's brief Triple-A tenure in Salt Lake City has seemed like a tryout for both parties, and word is that at least Chavez enjoyed his first taste of managing, and there’s little reason to think he isn’t primed for an ascension.
Scioscia publicly said he’d like to keep managing this week, but it would be quite a surprise if the Angels weren’t ready to move on after their latest disappointing season. While Scioscia has had a very successful overall run, his record 10-year deal is up, and the Angels haven’t been in the postseason four straight years. They made some big moves last October but were undone once again by injuries, mostly to the rotation.
Chavez was a star with the A’s and later the Yankees, who became close to Eppler during his Yankees years and joined the Angels front office a couple years ago. He fits the profile of the current manager as an affable, camera ready recent star with limited managing experience.
The Angels also have former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus in their front office, yet another strong candidate. If the Angels do open up the job, it would be considered one of the most attractive jobs, and not just because it’s California, either. The Angels have baseball’s best player (Mike Trout) and it’s most unusually talented player (Shohei Ohtani) as well as strong revenues and a stable front office.
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