Roenicke returns to Angels as 3B coach …
Ron Roenicke has returned to the Angels as their new third-base coach, the club announced on Wednesday.
Roenicke was the Angels’ third-base coach from 2000-05, then was promoted to be their bench coach in 2006, taking over for Joe Maddon. He was named the Brewers’ manager in November 2010 and was dismissed in May 2015.
A source also told MLB.com on Wednesday that Bud Black, the Angels’ pitching coach from 2000-06, was also going to eventually join the organization in a front-office role, probably as a special assistant.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler, however, responded in a text message by saying: “We have not hired Bud Black. We are still in the process of assembling our coaching staff, scouting staff, player-development staff and front-office staff.”
The addition of Black, reportedly eliminated from consideration for the Dodgers’ managerial vacancy, could come later this offseason.
Roenicke spent the last two months of the 2015 season as the Dodgers’ third-base coach, then reportedly interviewed for the role. To bring in Roenicke, Gary DiSarcina was moved from third-base coach to first-base coach.
Roenicke’s hiring is only the latest in a series of moves for the Major League coaching staff and throughout the Minor League system.
Bullpen coach Steve Soliz will transition to the catching and information coach, a role that will largely have him helping to put together scouting reports heading into each series. The role was filled by Keith Johnson down the stretch last season, but Johnson will return as the Triple-A Salt Lake manager.
The Angels previously hired Charles Nagy to replace Mike Butcher as pitching coach and promoted Dave Hansen to replace Don Baylor as hitting coach, with Paul Sorrento promoted as Hansen’s assistant. Dino Ebel is expected to stay on as bench coach.
Alfredo Griffin, part of manager Mike Scioscia‘s staff since he arrived in 2000, has moved from first-base coach to infield coach.
A plethora of moves have been made throughout the farm system, though the Angels will wait until they’re all complete before announcing them. Sources said Denny Hocking has moved from manager of Class A Advanced Inland Empire to roving infield instructor. Chad Tracy, a Pepperdine University product who managed at Class A Burlington last year, will replace Hocking in managing the Inland Empire 66ers.
Former field coordinator Mike Micucci joined the Mariners, and former Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, to fill the same role. The Angels also hired Mike Gallego — a long-time third-base coach, most recently with the A’s — as their director of baseball development.