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Sport Los Angeles Angels fire GM Billy Eppler after five seasons

02:10  28 september  2020
02:10  28 september  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Billy Eppler (born September 16, 1975) is an American baseball executive. He is the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of the Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously served as the New York Yankees' director of professional scouting and assistant general manager.

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The Los Angeles Angels will have a new general manager next season.

The Angels fired Billy Eppler on Sunday afternoon after five seasons with the organization, the team announced.

“The Angels organization would like to thank Billy for his dedication and work ethic over the last five years,” president John Carpino said in a statement. “We wish him and his family all the best.”

Eppler was hired by the Angels after the 2015 season. He had served previously in the New York Yankees front office since 2004, and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2012.

Eppler was hired by the Angels after the 2015 season. The team failed to reach the postseason or compile a winning record under his watch. They went just 332-376 in his five years, and finished this season with a 26-34 record.

The Angels did record back-to-back 80-win seasons in manager Mike Scioscia’s final two years with the team in 2017 and 2018 — which ended an impressive 19-year stretch with the Angels.

Eppler then appointed Brad Ausmus in 2019, though he lasted just one season — which was overshadowed by the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died of a drug overdose. Former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon took over in 2020.

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Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced the decision to move on swiftly from Ausmus on Monday, a day after they finished 72-90 for the Manager Brad Ausmus has been fired by the Los Angeles Angels after just one difficult season in charge. Angels general manager Billy Eppler

The news — that the team had exercised general manager Billy Eppler ’s club option for 2020 — was straightforward enough. The dismissal of Eppler , after he shepherded the organization through a season of grief, would have been unthinkable. But the baseball reality, for Eppler and the Angels , is

Eppler had signed a one-year extension with the Angels last summer, according to Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times. His contract with the team was set to expire at the end of next season.

He was responsible for locking down Mike Trout to a massive record-setting 12-year deal. He also secured Anthony Rendon, Andrelton Simmons and pitcher Shohei Ohtani.

“We’ve had a great relationship,” Maddon said before the final game of the season on Sunday, via the OC Register. “I don’t know what this means but he’s one of the most straight-up, honest people I’ve ever met, not only baseball but in my life ... He and I have had a great relationship, really good. A lot of it’s based on the fact that he is kind of like old school in his brutally honest nature, but it’s actually a really good bedside manner.”

Billy Eppler wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: The Angels fired Billy Eppler on Friday, ending his five-year tenure with the organization. (Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The Angels fired Billy Eppler on Friday, ending his five-year tenure with the organization. (Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

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