An­gels fire head of scout­ing

Los Angeles Times - - Sports - Mike DiGio­vanna

Ed­die Bane is let go, pos­si­bly be­cause of philo­soph­i­cal dif­fer­ences with GM Rea­gins.

AN­GELS 2 OAK­LAND 1

The An­gels fired scout­ing di­rec­tor Ed­die Bane on Wed­nes­day, in­form­ing the 58-year-old that his con­tract would not be re­newed. He has held the po­si­tion since 2003.

Bane, whose two-year deal ex­pires af­ter this sea­son, over­saw a depart­ment that was re­spon­si­ble for draft­ing and de­vel­op­ing such highly re­garded prospects as Jered Weaver, Kendry Morales, Nick Aden­hart, Hank Conger, Peter Bour­jos and Mike Trout.

But the farm sys­tem, among the top five in the game from 2005 to 2007, has fallen to 25th ac­cord­ing to Base­ball Amer­ica’s most re­cent rank­ings. The club has also de­vel­oped very few power hit­ters in re­cent years.

In ad­di­tion to Bane’s dis­missal, the An­gels fired three am­a­teur scouts, Jim Bryant, Bart Braun Jr. and Jeff Scholzen.

Re­peated at­tempts to reach Bane were un­suc­cess­ful.

Gen­eral Man­ager Tony Rea­gins de­clined to dis­cuss his rea­sons for the fir­ing.

“I made a de­ci­sion, and be­yond that, I’m not go­ing to com­ment on a per­son­nel mat­ter,” Rea­gins said af­ter the An­gels’ 2-1, 11-in­ning win over the Oak­land Ath­let­ics in An­gel Sta­dium. “It’s not ap­pro­pri­ate for me to com­ment in the me­dia.”

How­ever, there were in­di­ca­tions from sources fa­mil­iar with the An­gels’ front of­fice that philo­soph­i­cal dif­fer­ences be­tween Bane and Rea­gins led to the split.

Bane, who was hired by for­mer gen­eral man­ager Bill Stone­man, is more of an “old-school” base­ball man, a for­mer ma­jor league pitcher with a back­ground in scout­ing and coach­ing.

Bane, a for­mer Ari­zona State star who was a first-round pick of the Min­nesota Twins in 1973, spent 11years as a na­tional cross-checker and ma­jor league scout for the Dodgers and three sea­sons as a mi­nor league coach and man­ager.

Bane pre­ferred high-risk, high­re­ward draft picks, play­ers who graded high on raw tools and ath­letic abil­ity but maybe weren’t as pol­ished or as close to be­ing bigleague ready as oth­ers. His drafts al­ways leaned more to­ward high school than col­lege play­ers.

Twice, Bane drafted and failed to sign out­fielder Pa­trick White, a quar­ter­back who played foot­ball at West Vir­ginia. He signed Washington quar­ter­back Jake Locker to a $300,000 bonus in 2009, even though Locker is ex­pected to be a top NFL pick next spring.

Rea­gins, the team’s farm di­rec­tor when Bane was hired in 2003, never played base­ball pro­fes­sion­ally and is part of a rel­a­tively new gen­er­a­tion of ex­ec­u­tives who rely heav­ily on sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis.

The two did not al­ways see eye to eye on play­ers in the farm sys­tem, and there was a feel­ing among some in the or­ga­ni­za­tion that the An­gels were not di­verse enough in the draft, that they were se­lect­ing too many of the same type of play­ers.

Bane re­cently in­ter­viewed for the Ari­zona GM po­si­tion but didn’t get the job. He could be abra­sive at times and was out­spo­ken in his crit­i­cism of agents dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions for some top draft picks.

He waged a lengthy war of words with agent Scott Bo­ras in the year it took the An­gels to sign Weaver af­ter se­lect­ing the pitcher in the first round of the 2004 draft.

Rea­gins said his search for Bane’s suc­ces­sor will be­gin im­me­di­ately. Tory Her­nan­dez, the An­gels’ man­ager of base­ball op­er­a­tions, is ex­pected to be among the can­di­dates.

Walk-off win­ners

Af­ter the An­gels failed to score af­ter load­ing the bases with one out in each of the ninth and 10th in­nings, Torii Hunter hit a two-out, run-scor­ing sin­gle to cen­ter in the 11th to lift them to their 10th walkoff win of the sea­son in their fi­nal home game.

Hunter’s game-win­ner was the only hit the An­gels had in 10 at-bats with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion on the af­ter­noon.

Joel Pineiro al­lowed one run and five hits in seven in­nings, and Michael Kohn, Kevin Jepsen and Bobby Cas­se­vah each threw an in­ning of score­less re­lief for the An­gels, who took over sole pos­ses­sion of sec­ond place in the Amer­i­can League West.

“We ended on a good note at home, and that’s a good thing,” Hunter said. “The fans got ex­cited. They got more than their money’s worth.”

mike.digio­vanna@latimes.com

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