Gary DiSarcina, the Angels' MVP in 1998, has been hired as the team's third-base coach.
By L.A. TIMES FS West
Angels named former shortstop Gary DiSarcina as their third-base coach on Tuesday, marking the third time in five years that DiSarcina, whom many believe will manage in the big leagues some day, has bounced between the Boston Red Sox and Angels organizations.
DiSarcina, 45, spent 2006-10 with the Red Sox, serving as a baseball operations consultant, an infield coordinator and manager of the Class-A Lowell (Mass.) Spinners. He returned to the Angels as a special assistant to General Manager Jerry Dipoto in 2011 and spent 2012 as the club's field coordinator.
The Red Sox hired DiSarcina to manage their triple-A team in Pawtucket, R.I., in 2013. DiSarcina guided the club to an 80-63 record and the International League North Division title.
But the chance to work on a major league staff for the first time lured DiSarcina back to the Angels, the team for which he hit .258 with 186 doubles, 20 triples, 28 home runs, 355 runs batted in and 444 runs during a 12-year playing career from 1989 to 2000.
"After working with Gary during the 2012 season and getting to know him personally and professionally, I do not think there is a better solution for the position on our staff," Dipoto said in a statement.
"With his lineage to this organization, the relationship he has with so many personnel past and present, and his knowledge of our organization overall, his addition is advantageous on so many levels. Like [new hitting coach] Don Baylor, there is a pride and loyalty factor to the Angels that Gary has maintained through the years."
DiSarcina, an American League All-Star in 1995 and the team's most valuable player in 1998, replaces Dino Ebel, who was promoted from third-base coach to Manager Mike Scioscia's bench coach after the season.
The Angels are also expected to announce the addition of a seventh coach, who will work with players and help with advance scouting, but won't dress for games, in the next day or two.