The LA Angels finally completed the post-Mike Scioscia era coaching staff and three of Scioscia’s major league staff were retained to be a part of Brad Ausmus staff and the rest were internal hires.
The LA Angels named the rest of the 2019 coaching staff that will usher in the Brad Ausmus era in 2019. The only new member to the Angels organization was Jesus Feliciano, who is from the Chicago Cubs organization where he was the hitting coach for the Cubs Double-A team in Tennessee. Feliciano will be the Angels first base coach and outfield instructor.
The Angels hired Mike Gallego to be their third base coach and infield coordinator. Gallego who played most of his career for the Oakland A’s as a utility infielder. He has been with the Angels for three years in the minor leagues as the Director for Player Development and has worked with many of the Angels younger players such as Taylor Ward and David Fletcher.
Jose Molina is the second member of the Angels 2002 World Championship team to be hired as a major league coach for the Angels. Molina, who was known mostly for his defense when he played, will be the Angels major league catching coordinator. Molina like Gallego has been working with the Angels in their minor league system as the catching coordinator for the past three seasons. Molina’s oldest brother Bengie, who was the starting catcher in 2002, with Jose backing him up has also been a major league coach serving with the Texas Rangers in 2014 as the first base coach.
The holdovers from Mike Scioscia’s 2018 staff that were retained are Andrew Bailey, Paul Sorrento, and Josh Paul.
Josh Paul was Mike Scioscia’s bench coach in 2018 and he will serve the same role under Ausmus. Paul got a ringing endorsement from Scioscia to be the next Angel manager before the team hired Brad Ausmus. Scioscia told Paul during this season to learn as much as he could as he thought that Paul would make a good manager. Paul played two seasons as a back-up catcher with the Angels in 2004 and 2005.
Paul was a part of the infamous dropped third strike play in the 2005 ALCS that allowed the White Sox’s A.J. Piersynski to reach first base safely when home plate umpire Doug Eddings did not make a clear call that Paul had not caught the third strike. The next batter for the White Sox hit a game-winning double that helped the White Sox even the series at one game a piece.
Former reliever Andrew Bailey, who pitched parts of two seasons for the Angels in 2016 and 2017 before arm and shoulder issues ended his major league career in 2017, will be the Angels bullpen coach after serving as the Angels video replay coordinator in 2018.
Finally Paul Sorrento who had been the Angels assistant hitting coach the past four seasons was retained by the Angels but will now have the title of hitting instructor and work with former Angel assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten and hitting coach Jeremy Reed. Sorrento played with four major league teams in his 11-year major league career the Twins, Cleveland, Seattle, and Tampa Bay.
Let’s see how this group of minds will mesh this season. Hopefully they will be able to get the Angels over the hump and back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014.