It was a matter of time, but the Los Angeles Angels finally announced they have hired Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler. The Angels let go of their GM in the middle of the season after having a blow up with Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Billy Eppler has been rumored for many jobs so it was only a matter of time before some team picked him up as their new general manager.
"“The Angels are committed to championship standards,’ Billy Eppler said in a statement released by the club. ‘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.”"
Billy Eppler has been with the Yankees organization for the past 11 seasons. He has worked his way up from a scout to an assistant general manager. With Brian Cashmen not leaving anytime soon it was natural for Pepper to explore and find a place where he can be the GM. After Billy Eppler was hired by LA, Mike Scioscia talked about how he looks forward to the new gm and the insight he brings.
"“I think some things are going to be very tangible to whoever (is) the decision-maker in the GM chair,’ Scioscia said. ‘We’re looking forward to sharing our insights on the team with somebody, whoever is going to be that decision (maker) when the time comes. Like most baseball teams, I don’t think there’s a manager or coaching staff that doesn’t know the players better than anybody in the organization. We want to move forward and get better.”"
Congrats to Billy Eppler, and good luck.
More from Yanks Go Yard
- Should Yankees toss short-term extension at Harrison Bader before 2023?
- Yankees chose worst possible player to ring in New Year on 2023 team calendar
- Yankees State of the Farm System Review: Josh Breaux
- Yankees make upside play, sign former Rangers top prospect outfielder
- MLB insider claims favorite emerging in Bryan Reynolds rumors (not Yankees)