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First American League player to win Silver Slugger Award in each of first four full seasons

ANAHEIM, CA – Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout today was named a recipient of the 2015 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award which is given to the best offensive players at each position in both the American and National Leagues.  The award is Trout’s fourth consecutive honor and the 20th overall for the Angels. 

Trout joins Mike Piazza as the only players in Major League history to win the award (presented annually since 1980) in each of their first four full big league seasons. He joins Vladimir Guerrero (4; 2004-07) as the only Angels to ever win the award four times. Additionally, he is the youngest player in big league history to win the award four times and the first A.L. outfielder to win the award in four consecutive seasons since Guerrero.
The New Jersey native finished his fifth big league season (fourth full year) with the Angels in 2015, batting .299 (172/575) with 32 doubles, six triples, 41 home runs, 104 runs scored and 90 RBI. He set new career highs in home runs, OBP (.402) and slugging (.590) and finished in the Top 10 of several of the American League’s offensive categories including average (9th), runs (3rd), home runs (T3rd), walks (92, 3rd), OBP (2nd) and slugging (1st)
Trout was named to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game in 2015 and became the fourth A.L. outfielder with four All-Star selections before turning 24, joining Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline and Ken Griffey Jr. Trout became the first player ever to win the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award in consecutive seasons and just the fourth to be named the Midsummer Classic MVP multiple times in their career, joining Willie Mays, Steve Garvey, Gary Carter and Cal Ripken Jr.
The Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2015. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value.  Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams. 


Angel Mike Trout was announced a finalist for the American League Most Valuable Player for 2015 by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday afternoon. The other two finalists are Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals and Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays. This is Trout's fourth finalist selection in his four year career and he won the award last season.

The winner will be announced on Thursday November 19th at 3:00 PM PT.


Calhoun becomes eighth Halo outfielder to take home the honors

ANAHEIM, CA – Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun has been named the winner of a 2015 American League Gold Glove Award.  The announcement was made Tuesday by the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company on ESPN. This marks the first such honor for Calhoun, who was an A.L. finalist with J.D. Martinez (DET) and Josh Reddick (OAK) for the annual award.
Calhoun, 28, becomes the first Angels player to win a Gold Glove since shortstop Erick Aybar in 2011 and the first outfielder since Torii Hunter won consecutive awards in 2008-09. Calhoun joins Ken Berry (1972), Rick Miller (1978), Gary Pettis (1985-86), Devon White (1988-89), Jim Edmonds (1997-98), Darin Erstad (2000, ’02) and Hunter as Angels outfielders to win the award. 
The Buckeye, AZ native posted a .989 fielding percentage to rank second among A.L. right fielders and his 11 assists ranked third.  Calhoun committed just four errors in a league leading 357 total chances.  Additionally, he led American League right fielders in defensive runs saved (6) and ultimate zone rating (13.8).
Angels All-Star center fielder Mike Trout  was also a finalist for a Gold Glove award but was defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier.
This year, Gold Glove Award results were calculated based on a combination of votes from American League managers and coaches and the SABR Defensive Index (SDI). The SDI combines measures from five different defensive data sources and is a measure of the number of runs saved by a player's defensive performance over the course of a season.


Don Baylor & Mike Butcher Will Not Be Renewed

ANAHEIM, CA – The Angels today announced hitting coach Don Baylor and pitching coach Mike Butcher will not return to Mike Scioscia’s coaching staff for the 2016 season. The announcement was made by General Manager Billy Eppler.

“Don’s career with the Angels is one that has embodied commitment, dedication and leadership,” said Eppler. “From his MVP season in 1979, subsequent induction into the Angels Hall of Fame, and eventual return as hitting coach, Don will always remain synonymous with Angels Baseball.”

“These are good baseball men and individuals who have a deep passion and focus towards their craft. I am both respectful and appreciative of the many contributions Don and Mike have made to this organization during their careers here,” added Eppler. Baylor, 66, joined the Angels as hitting coach in 2014, returning to the organization for whom he won Most Valuable Player honors in 1979 when he recorded a .296 average (186/628), with 36 home runs and 139 RBI while appearing in each of the club’s 162 games.

During his post-playing career, Baylor has either managed or served as a hitting coach for 23 seasons. Butcher, 50, completed his ninth season as Angels pitching coach in 2015 after joining the staff on Nov. 18, 2006. He played 14 seasons of professional baseball, including four campaigns at the Major League level with the Angels from 1992-95.

“This past weekend I had a lengthy conversation with John Carpino and Billy Eppler regarding my status with the organization” said Butcher. “We mutually agreed this might be a good time for change. Billy is an impressive individual with solid concepts for the future and I wish him well. I am also thankful to Arte, the entire Angels family, and of course the players themselves for my time with an organization that has meant so much to my family and I.”


Yankees Assistant General Manager Becomes 12th GM in Club History

ANAHEIM, CA – The Angels today announced New York Yankees Assistant General Manager Billy Eppler has agreed to terms of a four-year contract to become General Manager of the organization. He will oversee all aspects of the club’s baseball operations and report directly to Owner Arte Moreno. Eppler becomes the 12th General Manager in club history. As per club policy, no additional details of the contract will be announced.

“We used a lot of time, energy and research into the decision to fill this very critical position,” said Moreno. “We interviewed several quality individuals throughout the process. In the end, Billy’s experience in the areas of Scouting, Player Development and Major League Operations, in addition to his organizational and communication skills, were primary reasons for our decision. He is energetic, creative and has a tremendous passion for the game. We look forward to him joining the organization and making his impact felt in short order.”

“I cannot adequately express how excited I am for the opportunity Arte Moreno and the Angels have given me,” said Eppler.

“The Angels are committed to Championship Standards. They are committed to being a perennial contender, and many of the pieces are already in place for that to occur. I look forward to a collaborative effort as we look to enhance and advance every phase of the baseball operations department. This is an organization with a tremendous amount of talent on and off the field, and I am excited to begin the next chapter of Angels Baseball.”

Eppler, 40, is a native of San Diego, CA. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Finance Degree in 1998 and began his sports career as an intern in the Washington Redskins scouting department.

He began his baseball career with the Colorado Rockies organization, where he was hired in January, 2000 as an Area Scouting Supervisor for Southern California.

He would eventually join the front office as the Assistant Director of Pro Scouting & Player Development from 2003-04. The 2015 season represented his 11th with the New York Yankees following his hiring as Assistant Director of Baseball Operations, Nov. 1, 2004.

Eppler would eventually be promoted to Director of Professional Scouting from 2006-09 and Senior Director of Professional Personnel from 2010-11. He finished his fourth season as Assistant General Manager and first as Vice-President in ’15.

His responsibilities for the Yankees and assisting General Manager Brian Cashman included player acquisitions, roster composition and management, staffing and personnel decisions, and player contract negotiations Eppler resides in New York City, NY with his wife Catherine, and son, Xander.

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