Angels managerial candidates start with Phil Nevin

Who will manage the Angels next season?

If they pull themselves out of this horrible slide and reach the playoffs, it’s far from certain that interim manager Phil Nevin will keep the job.

Even if they miss the playoffs but set a winning record, Nevin will likely stay. Players profess to adore him, he had a successful playing career and is a quintessential Orange County guy who grew up in Fullerton and attended Placentia El Dorado High and Cal State Fullerton before becoming a first-round draft pick .

Should the Angels continue to lose or even falter by .500, owner Arte Moreno and general manager Perry Minasian would likely be looking for the next manager, who would be fifth in five seasons after Mike Scioscia (2018). , Brad Ausmus (2019), Joe Maddon (2020 to this week) and Nevin.

Here are some possible candidates:

Ray Montgomery: The current Angels bench coach was transferred from front office to the coaching bench by Minasian prior to this season. Montgomery, 52, was the Angels’ director of player personnel in 2021 after spending six years with the Milwaukee Brewers as an assistant GM and four years with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a scouting director. He played 12 professional seasons, including three in the major leagues with the Houston Astros.

Trey Hillman

Trey Hillman was third base coach for the Miami Marlins before joining the Angels.

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Trey Hillman: Hillman, 59, is in his freshman year with the Angels as part of the player development team and has a wealth of coaching experience. Although his more than two years as manager of the Kansas City Royals from 2008 to 2010 yielded dismal results, Hillman was the first to manage teams in MLB, Japan and Korea. He was also a manager in the New York Yankees farm system for a decade, served as a bench coach for the Dodgers under Don Mattingly, and as a bench coach for the Houston Astros under AJ Hinch. Hillman was third base coach for the Miami Marlins before joining the Angels.

Walt Weiss: Minasian joined the Angels from the Atlanta Braves front office, and Weiss, 58, has been the Braves’ bench coach since 2018. Like Nevin, Weiss is a former first-round draft pick who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the big league. He played shortstop on four teams in the World Series with the Oakland Athletics and Braves and, of course, was in the dugout when the Braves won the championship last year. Weiss managed the Colorado Rockies from 2013–16 and did not set a winning record with 283–365.

Ron Washington: Washington, 70, is also a member of the Braves and has been the third base coach since 2017. He posted a 664-611 record while managing the Texas Rangers from 2007 to 2014 and led them to the World Series in 2010 and 2011. lost both times. Washington is generally liked by players. He played 19 seasons in professional baseball, 10 in the major leagues, some as a starting shortstop and others as a utility infielder.

Luis Rojas: Rojas, 40, managed the New York Mets in 2020 and 2021 after being pushed into the role when manager Carlos Beltran was embroiled in the Houston Astros sign-theft scandal and fired. The Mets posted under-.500 records both seasons and Roja’s option was not exercised for 2022. Rojas spent 16 years with the Mets organization and managed four of their minor league teams in eight years. He is a son of former longtime manager Felipe Alou and brother of former player Moises Alou. Jesus Alou and Matty Alou are his uncles.

Joe Espada: Espada, 46, is the Astros’ bench coach and is considered the favorite to succeed manager Dusty Baker. He was a finalist for the Mets job last offseason and was a candidate for several other leadership positions, including the Angels job, before Maddon was hired. Espada served as the third base coach for the Marlins from 2010 to 2013, was assistant to Yankees GM Brian Cashman in 2014, and was the team’s third base coach the following season.

Ryan Flaherty: Flaherty, 35, was Buck Showalter’s first choice as a bench coach when he became manager of the Mets, but the San Diego Padres — for which Flaherty serves as an advance scout and development coach — declined to allow him for an interview. He was a Vanderbilt first-round draft pick and spent portions of eight seasons in the major leagues. Flaherty is considered perhaps the top managerial candidate in baseball under 40.

Tampa Bay Rays coach Matt Quatraro applies sunscreen before a spring training game February 25, 2020 in Sarasota, Florida.

Matt Quatraro has been Tampa Bay’s third base coach since 2018.

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Matt Quatraro: Quatraro, 48, is the Rays’ bench coach and was a finalist for the Mets job last offseason. He will likely be a candidate for the Philadelphia Phillies job if interim manager Rob Thomson is not retained. Quatraro was drafted by the Rays in 1996 and served as a coach and manager in their farm system after a seven-year minor league career. He left in 2014 to become an assistant hitting coach with the Cleveland Indians, then returned to the Rays in 2018 as a third base coach. Angels managerial candidates start with Phil Nevin

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