ARLINGTON -- Joe Maddon (Rays), Ron Roenicke (Brewers) and Bud Black (Padres) have gone from Mike Scioscia's coaching staff to relatively stable jobs as Major League managers, and Scioscia believes that his current bench coach, Dino Ebel, should join them someday.
Ebel's name recently came out on a search list for the open managerial position with the Astros, Scioscia said, and his former catcher, current Rangers first-base coach Bengie Molina, is in the running for jobs with the Astros and Rangers.
Scioscia thinks that Molina, his catcher when the Angels won the World Series in 2002, "just has an incredible way of connecting with people, has a great understanding of the pitcher-catcher relationship, understands the offensive part, and I know he'll eventually get an opportunity."
Scioscia is just as big a fan of the 48-year-old Ebel, who spent 17 years as a player, coach and manager in the Dodgers organization before joining the Angels in 2005, starting off managing at Triple-A Salt Lake, then serving as third-base coach for eight seasons before Scioscia promoted him to the bench prior to 2014.
"He's always been an incredible teacher, has a great passion, great understanding of the game, and he's great with people," Scioscia said. "There's no doubt that someday he's going to be a terrific manager."
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