With around four months to the start of the 2024 Spring Training game schedule, the Los Angeles Angels have their sights set on their next managerial choice.
General manager Perry Minasian has yet to announce any definitive direction, but a slew of potential names including former New York Mets skipper Buck Showalter after he announced his own interest in the position. Darin Erstad and current infield coach Benji Gil have also expressed interest in the job.
Because a pivotal free agency opens up following the World Series, the Angels are expected to have a decision shortly following the end of the 2023 year, per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com:
Ohtani, who is expected to win the AL MVP Award for the second time in three seasons, will be the most-sought-after free agent in MLB history and the Angels have made it clear they’re going to try to do whatever it takes to re-sign him. But before then, they’re going to have to hire a new manager, which is expected to happen shortly after the conclusion of the World Series.
The Angels have a few options to choose from, each with ties to front office people currently in the organization, and current coaches. But the pulse of the roster is one that needs changing, and because of the rooted dysfunction that has seemed to stay with them for over a decade, the next hire needs to be the right fit.
A hasty process isn’t the best one, which is why just having one voice in the process might not be the most opportune route to take.
Angels ownership could hire someone above Perry Minasian
With a hire at manager expected following the 119th Fall Classic, the Angels recently let go of their assistant general manager in Alex Tamin. But a recent report noted that with Minasian sticking around, he could have another voice in a position above him.
The Angels currently have club president John Carpino handling a lot of the business end of the franchise, while they could afford to have someone more heavily involved in the decision-making process on the baseball end of things.
One name that has been floated around is former Miami Marlins general manager Kim Ng, who became the first woman GM in Major League Baseball history to lead a playoff team.
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