The Los Angeles Angels have lost their first base coach as Gary DiSarcina has bolted the from the Anaheim going cross-country to Boston to assume the same role for the Red Sox. Earlier in the week special assistant to GM Billy Eppler, Bud Black, was named as the new manager of the Colorado Rockies.
So the question is what will the Los Angeles Angels to replace these two members of their staff? The Angels may promote a coach from within their minor league system or they could also return former first base coach Alfredo Griffin to his old position to a spot he held for 14 years prior to last season with the Angels.
As for Bud Black, the Angels and Eppler could choose to replace him with someone else, or just choose not to fill the position. Eppler already has two other assistant general managers in Steve Martone and Jonathan Strangio who were both hired by Eppler weeks after he took over last October.
If the Angels do decide to look outside the organization to fill either role, it could someone with ties to Eppler’s former team the New York Yankees. Eppler surely will give Angels managers Mike Scioscia some input in the decision on who to hire as the new Angels first base coach.
Gary DiSarcina had only been part of the Angels coaching staff since 2014, and was the first base coach for only one season, 2016. DiSarcina was also a special assistant to Angels former general manager Tony Reagins in 2011 and Jerry DiPoto in 2012 before returning to the Red Sox in 2013 to manage the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox who he guided to an 80-63 record which was good enough for a first place finish.
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DiSarcina played for the Angels his whole career from 1989 to 2000 before retiring due to various injuries early in the 2000 season. He was an All-Star in 1995 before getting hurt in August of that season. DiSarcina finished his career with a .258 average 28 hoe runs and 355 RBI’s.
As for Black he was a part of the original coaching staff Mike Scioscia brought in when he took over as Angels manager in 2000. Black served as the Angels pitching coach during that time period, including the World Series Championship season in 2002.
Black then left in 2007 for San Diego serving as the manager for the Padres from 2007 to 2015, before returning to the Angels for the 2016 season. Black replaces Rockies manager Walt Weiss who resigned after the end of the 2016 season.