Scout, Manager Kotchman Resigns From Angels
Tom Kotchman has served the Angels organization as a manager and/or scout since 1984, signing more than a dozen major leaguers and winning more than 1,400 games as a manager along the way.
Friday night, Kotchman was in Jupiter, Fla., with much of the rest of the scouting industry at the fall's biggest showcase. He was wearing his Orem Owlz cap, the Rookie-level Pioneer League team that he managed in 2012 for a 35-41 record—just the second losing mark of one of his short-season teams since 1990.
It will be the last team Kotchman manages with the Angels. A source in the organization confirmed that Kotchman resigned his positions Friday. According to sources in Jupiter, Kotchman, 58, was being forced by the Angels to stop managing to focus on scouting.
Scouting director Ric Willson, who had not yet returned a phone message, said last year that as a new scouting director—he's run the last two drafts since replacing Eddie Bane—he had leaned on Kotchman. Indeed, Willson's two drafts as director have had Kotchman picks as his second and third players in the '11 draft and at the top of the 2012 draft.
Kotchman, whose son Casey was a 2001 first-round pick of the Angels and has played nine seasons in the majors, has managed 34 seasons overall, with a 1,704-1,435 record (.543). He's also scouted in Florida—either the northern part of the state or the entire state—for the Angels since 1990. He managed such players as Troy Percival, Garret Anderson, Erick Aybar, Alberto Callaspo and, in his early days with the Red Sox, Roger Clemens.
His imprint is all over the Angels organization as much as any area scout's in the industry. Four Kotchman-signed lefthanded pitchers debuted in the majors this season alone—Nick Maronde (Angels), Will Smith (Royals), Pat Corbin (Diamondbacks) and Barret Browning (Cardinals). He also signed such big leaguers as second baseman Howie Kendrick; catchers Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson; and righthanders Bobby Cassevah, David Herndon, Bobby Mosebach and Darren O'Day. Of those, only Mathis was a first-round pick (supplemental), and O'Day was a nondrafted free agent.
Kotchman has managed Orem since 2005 and previously managed the short-season Boise Hawks of the Northwest League for 11 seasons. He also managed Triple-A Edmonton for three years and served as a major league coach for the Angels toward the end of the 1999 campaign.
For more on Kotchman, see this 2010 feature
on him by BA's Matt Eddy.