Bud Black named Angels’ special assistant

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ANAHEIM — The Angels announced Tuesday that they have hired Bud Black as a special assistant to new general manager Billy Eppler, news of which was first reported by MLB.com last week.

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Black was the Angels’ pitching coach from 2000-06, then served as the Padres’ manager for the next 8 1/2 years until being dismissed this summer. His official hiring comes six days after Ron Roenicke, yet another one of Mike Scioscia’s high-profile coaches from the 2002 World Series championship team, was named the third-base coach.

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Black, who lives in Southern California, was reportedly one of three finalists for the Dodgers’ managerial vacancy, a job that ultimately went to Dave Roberts, his former bench coach in San Diego. Earlier, Black seemed poised to become the Nationals’ manager until he and ownership reportedly disagreed on the terms of his contract, prompting the hiring of Dusty Baker.

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Other front-office positions announced by the Angels include: Steve Martone and Jonathan Strangio as assistant GMs, Mike Gallego as director of baseball development, Justin Hollander as director of player personnel, Mike LaCassa as director of Minor League operations and Bobby Scales as special assistant to the GM.

Strangio, 27, is a Harvard graduate who initially joined the Angels as a baseball-operations intern in 2012 and previously served as manager of Major League operations, a multifaceted role that involved negotiating contracts, navigating the Collective Bargaining Agreement, delving into analytics and helping to construct the 40-man roster.

Scales, 38, spent the last three years as the Angels’ director of player development, which essentially involved overseeing the Minor League system. Hollander, 37, is entering his ninth season in the Angels’ front office after most recently serving as director of baseball operations. LaCassa, 29, is entering his fifth season and was previously assistant director of player development.

The additions of Gallego, the former A’s third-base coach, and Martone, formerly the Yankees’ manager of professional scouting, were reported last week.

Black’s 649 wins rank second only to current Giants manager Bruce Bochy (951) in Padres history. The 58-year-old Black was named National League Manager of the Year after leading San Diego to a 90-win season, but the Padres finished below .500 each of the next four years. After a subpar start to 2015, which cheap mlb hats followed a slew of win-now moves over the offseason, Black was let go on June 15.

Black won 121 games in a 15-year pitching career from 1981-95, then spent four years as a special assistant to then-Indians GM John Hart and one year as a pitching coach in Triple-A. In his seven seasons on Scioscia’s staff, Angels pitchers ranked among the top five in the American League in ERA five times.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments

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