Welcome to the Spring Training overview of the Angels coaching staff for the 2021 season.
Manager #70 Joe Maddon-
Joe Maddon played four years of professional ball in the Angels organization as a catcher. He never rose above the Class A level. He decided to give up on his playing career and become a coach. That’s when the real story begins. He coached with the Angels organization, starting as a scout in 1979 and coaching numerous positions through 2005. From 2006 through 2014 he had a successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. From 2015 through 2019 he had another successful run as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Will he have a successful run as Manager of the Angels? Only time will tell.
Bench Coach #86 Mike Gallego-
He has a World Series Ring won as an Oakland Athletics infielder in 1989. In all, he played in the Major Leagues from 1985 to 1997 as a glove first infielder. He played for the Yankees and the Cardinals after leaving Oakland. Since 1997 he has served as a major league coach for the Rockies, the Athletics, and now the Angels. He is a local boy, having been born in Whittier, California and matriculating from St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs.
Hitting Coach #77 Jeremy Reed-
Also a local boy, Jeremy Reed graduated from Bonita High School in La Verne California. He played as an outfielder in Seattle for a couple of years before Ichiro Suzuki took his starting job and he was optioned to AAA Tacoma. In 2008 he was traded to the Mets where he got a lot of major league playing time in right field and first base. He was non-tendered in 2009 making him a free agent. He spent most of the rest of his playing career in the minor leagues with the Blue Jays, White Sox, Brewers, and Diamondbacks. He became the minor league hitting coordinator for the Brewers in 2013 and then got the same job with the Angels in 2017-2018 before being promoted to his current position.
Suspended Pitching Coach #75 Mickey Callaway-
He was successful as a pitching coach with the Cleveland Indians and later was not successful as Manager of the New York Mets. After being canned by the Mets, he became the Angels Pitching Coach. Numerous claims of sexual harassment have been leveled against him this year by female members of the sports media. The allegations concern conduct that has allegedly been going on for years. He is currently suspended pending an investigation by Major League Baseball and the Angels organization. The chances are, he will be fired by the Angels before the start of the regular season.
Interim Pitching Coach #83 Matt Wise-
Matt Wise attended Pepperdine University and Cal State Fullerton. He was drafted by the Angels in the 6th round of the 1997 draft and made his major league debut with the Angels in 2000. He also played with the Brewers and the Mets. In 209 games he had an earned run average of 4.23. His best two pitches were a fastball sitting at 89 to 92 MPH and a changeup. He retired as a player in 2009 and was hired as bullpen coach by the Angels January 1, 2020. Around February 20, 2021, he tested positive for the coronavirus. He has served the minimum timeout under the COVID-19 protocols and he is already back. He became Interim Pitching Coach in the wake of the Mickey Callaway disaster.
Outfield/First Base Coach #99 Bruce Hines-
Bruce Hines was a switch hitting minor league second baseman. His playing career never got above High A Ball. He has managed teams at the minor league level in both the Angels organization and the Oakland organization and he has been minor league field coordinator for both the Angels and the Dodgers. He also served as Third Base Coach for the Seattle Mariners prior to becoming the Angels Outfield/First Base Coach.
Infield/Third Base Coach #55 Brian Butterfield-
Another switch hitting minor league second baseman during his playing career, Brian Butterfield has earned a reputation throughout professional baseball as a premier infield coach. Orlando Hudson credited Butterfield for making him the defensive player that he was. Since 1979, Butterfield has coached at numerous college and professional organizations. He has been Third Base Coach for the Blue Jays, the Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and now the Angels (since before the 2020 season).
Assistant Hitting Coach #88 John Mallee-
This name is pronounced “MAY lee.” John Mallee was a minor league shortstop and second baseman and he has served as the hitting coach for the Marlins, Astros, Cubs, and Phillies. Our old friend Chili Davis replaced him as the Hitting Coach for the Cubs. Charlie Manuel replaced him as the Hitting Coach of the Phillies. Like several other Angels coaches, Mallee was hired by the Angels prior to the 2020 season. Overall, he has been coaching since 1996.
Hitting Instructor #87 Paul Sorrento-
Paul Sorrento was a major league first baseman from 1989 through 1999, playing for the Twins, Indians, Mariners, and the Devil Rays. Like Shohei Ohtani, he batted left and threw right. He hit 166 homers and drove in 565 runs over 1093 games played. He has been coaching hitting in the Angels organization since January 13, 2012.
Catching Coach #82 Jose Molina-
Jose Molina hardly needs an introduction around here. He is the middle brother of the famed Molina family of major league catchers hailing from Puerto Rico. His older brother Benjie and he both played for the Angels. The youngest brother, Yadier Molina, plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. All three have won World Series rings and Jose has two of them, the second being from when he was a Yankee. Jose Molina has been working with catchers in the Angels system since November 6, 2015.
Interim Bullpen Coach #84 Dom Chiti-
Dom Chiti is the son of former major league catcher Harry Chiti. He played minor league baseball in the Braves system and the Orioles system, never rising above the AA level. Arm problems forced him to retire as a player. He has been coaching since 1982 when he began with the Rangers organization. He has served as a scout with the Baltimore and Cleveland systems. He also coached in the Venezuelan Winter League. His first gig as Bullpen Coach was in the Rangers in 2006. He also worked as Bullpen Coach for the Orioles and then was a Special Assistant to the Braves General Manager Frank Wren. Later he was Director of Player Development for the Braves.
Coaching Assistant/Replay Coordinator #85 Ryan Garko-
Ryan Garko was a very well traveled outfielder, first baseman, and designated hitter form 2003 through 2013. He even played with the Samsung Lions in the Korean Baseball Organization. He coached at Stanford University during the 2014 season and was the manager of the AA Tulsa Drillers, a Dodgers affiliate, during the 2016 season. He was Head Baseball Coach at University of the Pacific for about 2.5 years before stepping down to take his current job with the Angels (also in January 2020).
Bullpen Catcher #93 Jason Brown-
Jason Brown played his college baseball with the University of Southern California Trojans. He has been coaching since 2009, first with the Orleans Firebirds, then with USC in 2012 as an Assistant Coach. He then served as Hitting Coach with the Gulf Coast Yankees and Bullpen Coach for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He has also served as a catching coach for the New York Yankees.
Bullpen Catcher #92 Manny Del Campo-
Manny Del Campo was a minor league catcher for seven seasons. He was a backup catcher for six of those seasons. He made it as high as AAA. In 2017 and 2018 he served as a coach for the Orem Owls. His brothers Rogelio Del Campo and Jon Del Campo have also played professional baseball.
Quality Assurance Coach Tim Buss-
Tim Buss is the former Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Chicago Cubs, where he had worked for 19 years. Joe Maddon brought him along to the Angels as Quality Assurance Coach in late 2019. Tim Buss was well liked in the Chicago clubhouse and was known for his antics, including what are described as “eccentric spring training outfits.”
Batting Practice Pitcher Mike Ashman-
Mike Ashman of Fairbanks, Alaska was a minor league first baseman, catcher, and third baseman from 1981 through 1986. He made it up to AAA for two of those seasons. He was drafted by the Athletics out of Cal. Poly Pomona in the 24th round of the 1981 draft.
Cover Photo credit: Rex Fregosi
Other photos from Angels official page except Mike Ashman and Dom Chiti
This is a really great piece of both writing and information, thank you.
Looks like you write the official program here. Really well done.
Glad to see Molina still in the organization.
I wish the Angels had a base running coach (Chone Figgins, maybe?) who could teach the guys the sweet science of stealing bases. I would love to see Ohtani and Trout stealing 40 bags each. Fletcher, Jose Iglesias, Rengifo, and Adell/Marsh (should they get here), should all be base stealing threats that make opposing pitchers and catchers’ heart rates speed up.
Remember when the Royals won the World Series a few years ago? As soon as a runner got on base, he was a threat to take off and advance to the next station all on his own. Not only was it fun to watch them run, but their prowess on the bases got into the head of the pitcher who would overthink things and/or nervously lose control of the strike zone.
A commitment to the running game would especially pay off in spades in 2021 since catchers and pitchers are no longer familiar to having to diffuse this particular threat.
I wonder how much longer until we can fire Callaway and bring an actual pitching coach onboard.
One reason I decided I needed to finish up this article tout de suite is because I figure Callaway could be sacked any minute now. I didn’t want to write the article and then have to re-write it because of the firing.
We got one or two “positional battles” articles brewing that could be mooted when all the minor leaguers get sent away from camp as well.
When I was the sports beat writer for The Post at Cal Poly, I probably interviewed Ashman. Unfortunately, I talked to so many of the athletes that I’ve forgotten many of those I did talk to.
I’m more concerned with the strength and conditioning coach(es).
I hold them responsible for the rash of injuries we’ve seen over the past few years.
Unfortunately you can lead a horse to water deal here. If the athlete thinks he knows more than a coach in the majors then the consequences can be painful.
Cool in-depth article… how do I apply to become assistant to quality assurance coach or batting practice pitcher?!
Believe it or not, It’s like the old saying about who you know. This article is about Casey Chavez, brother of Eric Chavez, becoming a bullpen catcher because his brother told him to come around as they needed some help at batting practice.
Weird, I’ve never heard a single fan yell anything at a coach/catcher in the bullpen. Maybe a reliever (usually a good one) but never a coach or the catcher. Selective hearing on his part maybe. I for one, would love that job, do it smiling from ear to ear and engage with the fans in a friendly way if that’s what they wanted (toss em a ball, say what’s up, nice hat or whatnot)
Jose Molina has tossed my kid some baseballs multiple times, last time my kid handed it to a younger kid (about 5 or 6 yrs old) who was there with his dad. Jose is really good with the fans.
That’s awesome!! In all my years of going to games and now bringing my kids, I’ve gotten 1 ball, from CC Sabathia in 2001.
Also you’re doing great in raising your kid!
Jose signed my cap.
Jose signed my Ball.