Angels GM Billy Eppler Introduces Himself

Billy Eppler's introduction to becoming the Los Angeles Angels new General Manager

Through emotion, Billy Eppler, prepared a scripted speech to introduce himself as the new Los Angeles Angels General Manager;

"Thank you everyone for being here today and sharing in this moment with me and my family. This is an extremely exciting day for me, to join an organization this committed to winning is truly an honor. Thank you to Arte Moreno and his wife, Carol. I'm humbled by your faith in me and I will make you proud of this decision. Thank you to John Carpino, for believing in me and my abilities. I look forward to working in locked step with you as we continue to build a model franchise. Thank you to Dennis Kuhl for lending a helping hand during this interview process. I want Angels fans to know that I am committed to championship standards. That I will work relentlessly, ethically, and efficiently to making the Angels organization a model of excellence.

Thank you to the entire Yankees organization, Hal Steinbrenner and the entire Steinbrenner family, Hank, Jenny and Jessica. To Randy Levine, Lonn Trost, Brian Cashman, Jean Afterman and Gene Stick Michael. You have all been an intricate part of my career and I'm thankful for having an opportunity to work with you. The crew over there in baseball operations, the Front Office, the players, the coaches, our scouting personnel, our development personnel, I'm thankful for the relationships we've made and all that you have taught me. I'm really going to miss each and every one of you.

I need to single out a few people to specifically thank - Priscilla Oppenheimer, Damon Oppenheimer and Bill Schmidt. They've opened up the door for me and helped me make life in baseball a reality. I'd like to thank my family for all their support and encouragement over the years. You've picked me up when I was down and been there every step of the way. Most importantly, my wife Catherine. You've stood by my side, you've been the glue holding everything together while I pursue my dreams in baseball. You've made me laugh, you've made me cry and I love you with all of my heart.

I'm excited to begin this next chapter in my baseball life and to do it for the Angels is a dream come true. Being a Southern California native is something I'm very proud of and actually something my friends in New York would say is something I'm too proud of, but I dream of bringing a World Championship to where I've always called home - to where I've told everybody where I'm from. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and can't wait to get to work here, because this is a team that has shown a lot of fight and standing side-by-side with this type of fight will light my fire day in and day out. I'm looking forward to working with all the people in baseball operations, as we assemble a team that will play games deep into October. I know and recognize both the importance of professional and amateur scouting. I know that they are the life blood of the Angels talent procurement efforts. I understand the impact that player development has on an organization and I strive to have a player development department that is focused on what I think are actually four areas of the development of a championship player. The fundamental baseball development, the strength-speed development, the mental and cognitive development and life development of the player. I appreciate the contribution that analytics can have on all facets of baseball operations. It is an important tool and another way of bringing objectivity into the decision making process. I recognize that the affect medical and performance sciences department can have on an organization, from top to bottom and how modern technology can provide elite level service to Angels players. I know the affect that a mindful and forward thinking office can have on an organization and I look forward to working with you guys in synchronicity.

I appreciate the impact that a manager and a coaching staff can have on leading a team to where we strive to be, and because of my relationships with coaching personnel, I understand how difficult that job can be. It's not easy to manage a clubhouse and not easy to guide 25 men through this grueling season. I have an unwavering drive to compete, I will respect and I will learn from the past but I will not cling to it. I will relentlessly seek improvement in all our of our processes, and I will remain deeply committed to learning, growing and teaching. We have to evolve and we have to continue to challenge ourselves. That's what championship organizations do and that's what I intend on doing here."

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