Los Angeles Angels leaves chief executive Billy Eppler

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The Los Angeles Angels sacked general manager Billy Eppler on Sunday, moments after the team wrapped up their fifth straight season of losses.The layoff surprisingly comes with a year remaining on Eppler’s deal; the Angels quietly extended Eppler into the 2021 season over the summer, a source confirmed to ESPN. Eppler, who completed his fifth season with the organization after joining in 2015, was on an expiring contract when the year began.

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

The Angels ended the shortened 2020 season with a 26-34 record, a major disappointment for a side that made a lot of noise after manager Joe Maddon was hired and third baseman Anthony Rendon signed.

Eppler was instrumental in recruiting Shohei Ohtani, which is one of the main reasons Mike Trout decided to essentially spend his entire career with the Angels and took steps to rebuild the farming system. He added top talent such as Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh. But Eppler always failed to address the pitching staff.

The manager he appointed in 2019, Brad Ausmus, only lasted one season.

Rumor has it that inside and outside of baseball, decorated executive Dave Dombrowski is his successor.

The Angels have only made the playoffs once since 2012, although Trout is arguably the greatest player in the game. The team went 80-82 in consecutive seasons in 2017 and 2018, the last two years of the game. Mike Scioscia with the organization, then lost 90 games in 2019 – a season marked by the sudden death of young starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs from a drug overdose.

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