We’re tracking all of the managerial hiring situations around the league with team-specific posts, and it’s time to introduce one for the Angels. Mike Scioscia just wrapped up a 19-year tenure with the organization that included a whopping ten-year, $50MM contract — a managerial pact that’s still without compare.
As of late last week, the Halos were wrapping up their first round of chats with potential candidates, as Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reported. At least ten candidates were slated for an early look, with the remainder of the process — and the identities of most names under consideration — largely unknown.
There still aren’t a ton of names available, but we learned more about the club’s approach from MLB.com’s Jon Morosi (Twitter link). Beyond reviewing resumes and speaking with candidates, the Angels front office is said to be “administering [a] 2-hour written test to managerial candidates” that poses “questions spanning analytical, interpersonal and game-management aspects of the job.” Needless to say, that’s an interesting process.
Here’s the latest on individual candidates:
Latest Update — 10/17
- Both Eric Chavez and Brad Ausmus have interviewed for the position, tweets Morosi. Chavez, who finished the season as the Angels’ Triple-A manager, and Ausmus, a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler, are both already known commodities to the organization. Various reports early in the wake the announcement that Scioscia would step down tabbed Chavez as a favorite. The longtime Athletics star has not yet managed or coached at the big league level and was only named the manager of the Halos’ Triple-A club in early August — his first experience in that regard. Ausmus, of course, has some big league managing experience under his belt after a four-year run with the Tigers (2014-17). The Angels are “moving closer to a decision,” Morosi adds.