Cliff Pennington/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
The Angels on Tuesday signed veteran utility infielder Cliff Pennington to a two-year contract.
Pennington played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, batting a combined .210 with three home runs, six doubles and 21 RBIs.
Pennington, 31, has a career batting average of .245 with 30 home runs, 211 RBIs, 110 doubles and 19 triples over eight seasons. He is a switch hitter.
“We are thrilled to add Cliff to the roster,” general manager Billy Eppler said. “His defensive versatility, along with a veteran presence in the clubhouse, will be welcomed additions to the club.”
Mike Trout/:Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
Angels center fielder Mike Trout on Thursday became just the second player in history to win the Silver Slugger Award his first four full big-league seasons. Mike Piazza is the other.
The award, given out annually since 1980, represents the best offensive player at each position in the American and National leagues.
Trout in 2015 batted .299 with 41 home runs, 90 RBIs, 104 runs, 32 doubles and six triples. He set career highs in home runs, slugging percentage (.590) and OPS (.991), leading the American League in the latter two categories.
New Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced late Tuesday night that hitting coach Don Baylor and pitching coach Mike Butcher will not return to the club in 2016.
Angels hitting coach Don Baylor, who won the 1979 American League MVP with the Angels in 1979, will not return to the team in 2016. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
“Don’s career with the Angels is one that has embodied commitment, dedication and leadership,” Eppler said in a statement. “From his MVP season in 1979, subsequent induction into the Angels Hall of Fame, and eventual return as hitting coach, Don will always remain synonymous with Angels Baseball.”
The Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher has been with the club since 2006. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
“These are good baseball men and individuals who have a deep passion and focus towards their craft,” Eppler added. “I am both respectful and appreciative of the many contributions Don and Mike have made to this organization during their careers here.”
Baylor, who won American League MVP while playing for the Angels in 1979, returned to the club as hitting coach in 2014. He has been a manager or coach in each of the 23 seasons since he stopped playing.
Butcher took over the Angels pitching coach duties in 2006 after Bud Black left to manage the San Diego Padres.
“This past weekend I had a lengthy conversation with John Carpino and Billy Eppler regarding my status with the organization” Butcher said. “We mutually agreed this might be a good time for change. Billy is an impressive individual with solid concepts for the future and I wish him well. I am also thankful to Arte, the entire Angels family, and of course the players themselves for my time with an organization that has meant so much to my family and I.”
Dean Chance/Photo courtesy of BaseballReference.com
Dean Chance, who pitched for the Angels from 1961-66, has died at age 74, according to an Associated Press story. Details of Chance’s demise were not immediately available.
Chance won the Cy Young Award at age 23 in 1964 while going 20-9 with an ERA of 1.65 for the Angels. Chance began a three-year stint with the Minnesota Twins in 1967 and pitched a no-hitter for them on Aug. 25 of that year.
Chance also pitched for the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets and Detroit Tigers and finished his 11-year career with a record of 128-115 and ERA of 2.92.
Chance earlier this season was on hand at Angel Stadium when he and others were inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame.
Chance was only 30 in 1971, his final season.