Angels name Roenicke third-base coach

Returns to organization after stints as Brewers manager and Dodgers coach

Angels name Roenicke third-base coach

ANAHEIM -- Ron Roenicke is back as the Angels' third-base coach, the latest in a series of changes for Mike Scioscia's Major League staff.

Roenicke, 59, was the Angels' third-base coach from 2000-05 and was promoted to be their bench coach in '06, taking over for Joe Maddon. Roenicke was named the Brewers' manager in November '10, then led the team to a 96-win season in '11 and was dismissed in May '15, in the early stages of an eventual fourth straight playoff absence.

Roenicke's return sheds light on Gary DiSarcina's move from third-base coach to first-base coach, among several changes announced by the team on Wednesday. The Angels were satisfied with the job DiSarcina did as third-base coach over the last two years, but couldn't pass up the opportunity to bring Roenicke back.

A source told on Wednesday that Bud Black, the Angels' pitching coach from 2000-06 and the Padres' manager from '07-15, was expected to eventually join the organization in a yet-to-be-determined front-office role. 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 to be Don Mattingly's replacement in Los Angeles. Black was one of three finalists for the Dodgers job, but that list has reportedly been pared down to Gabe Kapler and Dave Roberts. Earlier this month, Black was in line to become the Nationals' new manager until he and the organization's brass disagreed on the terms of his contract, prompting the hiring of Dusty Baker.

Steve Soliz, who spent the last five years as the Angels' bullpen coach, will transition to catching and information coach, a role that will largely involve putting 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, a job he held from 2011-14.

Alfredo Griffin, part of Scioscia's staff since his first season as manager in 2000, has moved from first-base coach to infield coach, focusing on the defensive component. Dino Ebel is expected to return as bench coach, but the Angels still need to bring in a bullpen coach and would prefer someone who has prior experience as a pitching coach in some capacity.

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. The Angels are still waiting to see if Baylor will accept an advisory role with the organization.

A plethora of moves have also been made throughout the farm system, though the Angels will wait until they're all complete before making an official announcement.

Sources said Mike Gallego -- a longtime third-base coach, most recently with the A's -- will be the new director of baseball development, which seems to be a prominent role within the Minor Leagues. Former field coordinator Mike Micucci previously joined the Mariners -- and former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto -- to fill his same role.

Denny Hocking has moved from manager for Class A Advanced Inland Empire to roving infield instructor, a source said. Chad Tracy, a Pepperdine University product who managed at Class A Burlington last year, will replace Hocking in managing the Inland Empire 66ers.

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