Coach Mike Butcher and hitting coach Don Baylor contracts will not be renewed

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The Los Angeles Angels decided not to bring back pitching coach Mike Butcher, and hitting coach Don Baylor. Tuesday night the team made big changes to manager Mike Scioscia’s coaching staff. According to new general manager Billy Eppler, their contracts would not be renewed. Scioscia is the longest-tenured manager in baseball, and might return for his 17th season.

“I am both respectful and appreciative of the many contributions Don and Mike have made to this organization during their careers here,” Eppler said “These are good baseball men and individuals who have a deep passion and focus towards their craft.”

Just eight days after he arrived to the team, Eppler started moving things around. The team didn’t make it to the playoffs and lowered in several areas last season, after the team was leading the majors with 98 victories in 2014.

Butcher said in a team statement, he had a long talk with team president John Carpino and Eppler since the general manager was hired. “We mutually agreed this might be a good time for change,” he said. “Billy is an impressive individual with solid concepts for the future, and I wish him well.”

Butcher is listed as the Los Angeles pitching coach since 2006. He was Bud Black replacement, Scioscia’s pitching coach during the Angels’ 2002 World Series championship season. Since 2007 Black managed the San Diego Padres, but he was fired four months ago.

The Los Angeles Angels were last in the AL with a .246 batting average and 12th in the AL with 661 runs scored this season, and they were 20th in the majors in runs scored.

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