ANAHEIM, Calif. (CBS/AP) — Tony Reagins has resigned as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels after the team failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season.
Reagins took over for Bill Stoneman after the 2007 season. The Angels won the AL West in his first two seasons, losing to Boston in the 2008 division series and the New York Yankees in the 2009 AL championship series.
Despite starting this season with baseball’s fourth-highest payroll at $139 million, Los Angeles went 86-76 and finished 10 games behind Texas in the AL West and five behind Tampa Bay in the wild-card race.
The Angels said Reagins will remain with the team as a special assistant to chairman Dennis Kuhl.
Owner Arte Moreno said in a statement that they felt a “change was needed.” So this was obviously a forced resignation.
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