LA Angels have almost finalized their coaching team for the next season. Ray Montgomery moves in as the bench coach from front office jobs, as confirmed by the team. The 52-year-old Montgomery spent 6 years at Milwaukee Brewers before moving in as director of player personnel at the Angels.
Montgomery was the GM and VP’s special assistant during his stint with the Brewers. Earlier he spent 4 years at the Diamondbacks as their scouting director.
Mike Gallego remains on the staff, looking after coordination of the team’s defense. He was the bench coach for the last 2 seasons under Joe Maddon, the manager.
Brian Butterfield is being replaced by Phil Nevin as the Angels’ 3rd base coach. He spent the previous 5 seasons in a similar role at the Yankees.
Big league catcher Bill Haselman moves up from the minor league for the Dodgers and the Angels. He replaces Jose Molina, the catching coach. Bill Haselman was previously with the Dodgers in the Triple-A in 2021 at Oklahoma City.
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Benji Gil comes into the Angels for Ryan Garko. He will liaison between the clubhouse and the office and will also coordinate the team’s video. It’s a first for Gil as part of the coaching team of a major league.
The Angels are also in talks with Adam Eaton for the outfield. He was released last August but could come in place of Bruce Hines. He remains out as a player though, as the 2-year agreement with the White Sox has in it a $1M buyout on his $7M 2022 option. He remains locked out has given rise to a controversy between the union and MLB if that would prevent Eaton from taking up the position of a coach.
The situation surrounding Eaton will not be resolved until the players association and the MLB agree.