The Los Angeles Angels have fired General Manager Billy Eppler, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). Eppler had one year remaining on his deal after the Angels gave him a one-year extension this past summer, notes The Athletic’s Dabian Ardaya.
Billy Eppler was named General Manager of the Angels in October of 2015. He presided over an eventful tenure in Los Angeles, winning the bidding for two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani and locking Mike Trout into a long-term deal. They failed to make the playoffs over the 5-year span, however, having last made the postseason in 2014. Over those five seasons, the Angels went 332-375 for an overall .470 winning percentage. The team’s high-water mark during Eppler’s tenure were back-to-back 80-82 seasons in 2017 and 2018.
The Angels’ Twitter account announced the team’s decision with a statement from Angels’ President John Carpino: “The Angels Organization would like to thank Billy for his dedication and work ethic over the last five years. We wish him and his family all the best.”
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