Angels GM Billy Eppler announced last night that the club will not bring back pitching coach Mike Butcher and hitting coach Don Baylor.
Butcher has been the pitching coach since 2006. Baylor has only been the hitting coach since 2014. The Angels finished 6th in runs allowed per game, which isn’t terrible, but 12th in runs scored per game. With coaches, however, it can often be a question of coaching philosophy as much as it is about results. Add in the Mike Scioscia factor — he has a lot more power on the Angels than most managers have — and you can name any number of factors in their dismissal.
All we know for sure is that the Angels missed the playoffs by one game, Mike Scioscia isn’t going anywhere, and when you have a season that most would call a failure, someone’s head is gonna roll. Or two someones.