The Los Angeles Angels made a fairly impactful addition to the organization as after they announced a reunion with Dom Chiti, whose coaching career dates back to the 1980s.
Chiti, joined the Angels in 2020 as a special assistant to current general manager Perry Minasian, eventually taking over as the interim bullpen coach the following year. He spent this past year with the New York Mets as their full-time bullpen coach.
Now back with the Angels, Chiti is transitioning to a new role, as the franchise’s Minor League pitching coordinator.
Chiti was the Angels bullpen coach in 21-22. https://t.co/VZgyYLivph
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) October 22, 2023
Because of his wealth of knowledge within Major League Baseball, Chiti has the opportunity to oversee all plans for Angels Minor League pitchers. He’ll work to ensure all plans for prospects and their development are followed at each level.
Chiti has worked in a prominent role with prospect development, when he held the title of director of player development with the Atlanta Braves beginning in 2017. He was eventually reassigned from that position in November 2019, which came as a surprise to many within thier organization.
Much of the buzz around Chiti is the respect he’s earned in his many stops around MLB, and the youth within the Angels can greatly benefit from someone with his experience.
Buck Showalter interested in Angels managerial job
Former Mets manager Buck Showalter put his name in the ring for the Angels open manager position, and his ties to Chiti date back to their time with the Baltimore Orioes.
It’s probably more coincidental than anything, but Showalter’s interest is worthy of a long look considering the direction of the Angels roster.
Showalter has 22 years as a big league manager, most recently spending two seasons with the Mets. This past year was rough, going 75-87 and vastly underperforming, which led to their front office trading away prized pieces.
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