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Angels pitching coach leaving to join another AL team

The Angels logo at Angel Stadium

Apr 15, 2020; Anaheim, California, USA; General overall view of the Los Angeles Angels logo at Angel Stadium of Anaheim amid the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Los Angeles Angels have yet another vacancy on staff to fill.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Thursday that Angels pitching coach Matt Wise is leaving the team to join the Chicago White Sox. Wise will be serving as the new bullpen coach in Chicago.

That is a very notable development for the Angels, especially amid Shohei Ohtani’s free agency (though Ohtani will not be pitching in the 2024 season due to elbow surgery). Wise had served as the pitching coach for the Angels since the 2021 campaign (after being hired as a bullpen coach in 2020). But he was largely seen as a shaky coach and oversaw an Angels pitching game this year that ranked 22nd in quality starts (48), 23rd in ERA (4.64), and 28th in walks allowed (636).

Wise’s departure continues the turnover for the Angels, who parted ways with manager Phil Nevin earlier this month and made some big changes to their front office as well. Whomever the Halos decide to hire as their next manager (perhaps this presumptive frontrunner) will have a brand-new pitching coach to work with too.

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