In the first of many changes to the team, the Los Angeles Angels announced the hiring of Charles Nagy as pitching coach less than 24 hours into the off-season.
Nagy, 48, joins the Angels on a two-year deal following the departure of Mike Butcher, who had been the Angels pitching coach for nine seasons, but was not brought back by the team for the 2016 campaign. Nagy pitched 14 years in the Major Leagues, primarily as a starter. Nagy was named an All-Star three times over the course of his career, and posted a career 129-105 record and 4.51 ERA.
Nagy was a member of the Angels organization from 2006-07 as a pitching coach for the Halos Triple-A affiliate, Salt Lake Bees. He went on to become the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach from 2011-13, where the team posted a 3.88 ERA and 1.282 WHIP under his watch. Nagy spent 2015 as a Special Assistant to Player Development with the Cleveland Indians, where he spent 13 of his 14 seasons as a player. Nagy has been given a two-year contract with the Angels.
The Angels are still in need of a hitting coach, following the departure of Don Baylor - similar to Butcher - and will continue their search through the off-season.
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