New Angels general manager Perry Minasian is making progress on building his new front-office regime.
On Sunday, the Angels brought in three new names, all of whom worked with Minasian in his time with the Atlanta Braves.
The notable hire from this group is Alex Tamin, who has spent the last decade working for winning teams. Prior to spending the last three seasons (2018-2020) with the Braves as an assistant general manager and the director of MLB operations, he worked in the Dodgers front office. As the director of baseball operations (2011-2017), Tamin was credited with “creating the advanced player evaluation system that the Dodgers use”. An analytical mind with a deep knowledge of Sabermetrics and experience in the business side of baseball (arbitration cases), Tamin is a multi-faceted talent in the front office. In his director role with the Dodgers, he helped bring in quite the group of players.
It’s pretty clear that Tamin is a talented addition to the front office who will have the trust of Minasian. Working for two of the brightest organizations in baseball, Tamin has seen his teams win eight straight division titles (2013-2020). Having worked under Andrew Friedman in Los Angeles and Alex Anthopolous in both Los Angeles and Atlanta, Tamin will likely see an even bigger role with the Angels now.
Dominic Chiti and Rick Williams, meanwhile, will bring a very different yet vital element to the Angels’ front office. Chiti has been in the game of baseball as a scout and coach since 1982. The 61-year-old has worked in various roles with different organizations, whether it was as a bullpen coach for the Texas Rangers or Baltimore Orioles, or as a special assistant in the Braves’ front office.
Williams will also bring an old-school approach as a scout and coach. Williams, the son of Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, has worked as a pitching coach for the Marlins (1995-1996) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-2000) and as a scout for the New York Yankees, Braves, and now the Angels. Both Chiti and Williams will bring valuable scouting and coaching insights.
Hiring the analytically-sound Tamin and old-school-oriented Chiti and Williams are the first steps towards rebuilding the Angels’ front office. The organization not only fired Billy Eppler in late September but their aggressive furloughs and cuts this past summer created a void in the front office. With Minasian in place as GM and the hirings of Tamin, Chiti, and Williams, the Angels are moving in the right direction to start constructing their 2021 roster.