The official announcement comes today, but Angels management has already acknowledged that pitching coach Bud Black is leaving to manage the San Diego Padres.
Orange County Register discusses possible replacements, including former
Dodgers / Mets / Red Sox pitching coach Dave Wallace. Writer Bill Plunkett mentions minor
league roving pitching instructor Keith Comstock and Salt Lake pitching Charles Nagy.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times suggests former minor league rover Mike Butcher,
who left last year for Tampa Bay with Joe Maddon, might still be a possibility.
I’ll toss in two more names, longtime minor league pitching coaches Kernan Ronan and Zeke Zimmerman. If
you want a real dark-horse name, let’s add to the list Salt Lake manager Brian Harper. He was a catcher
during his playing years, and many catchers have gone on to roles as pitching coach — Zeke Zimmerman
being one of them.
My gut tells me Dave Wallace may be the guy, although the Angels under GM Bill Stoneman tend to
promote from within.
Matt Hurst of the Riverside Press-Enterprise speculates that the Angels may pursue Barry Zito
as a free agent, and if signed could lead to a blockbuster trade dangling one of their young arms.