By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Angels have fired general manager Billy Eppler. He had been the team’s general manager for the past five seasons.
However, in five-years with the Angels, the team did not make a single playoff appearance. This American League team has not qualified for the postseason since 2014 when they were swept in the AL Division Series by the Kansas City Royals.
“Billy and I really, I thought, were great together,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said after the Angels ended their season with a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers. “From the moment I met him, I thought to myself, ‘This is a straight-up guy. Absolutely straight-up.’ One of the most honest people I’ve met in this industry. Great talent evaluator.
“I’m certain he’s going to land firmly on his feet, but our friendship will endure, he and I. I really enjoyed our time together, and I told him so.”
The Angels finished their season with a 26-34 record. Los Angeles has a star-studded lineup that includes Mike Trout – who is considered the best player in baseball, Albert Pujols, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani – but they could not muster a playoff appearance.
During his tenure, Eppler worked with three managers, who guided the team to a 332-376 record. For the first-time since 1977, the team has had five straight losing seasons.
Now that the season is over for the Angels, the team will begin their search for a new General Manager. In addition, Eppler will begin to seek employment elsewhere.
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