Angels hires Phil Nevin as third base coach – CBS Los Angeles

July 14, 1998: Outfielder Phil Nevin # 20 of the Anaheim Angels in action during a match against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. Athletics defeated the Angels 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr. / Allsport

ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are ready to hire Phil Nevin as their third base coach heading into the 2022 season.

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Nevin most recently held the same position with the New York Yankees from 2018 to 2021. He was fired from that role on October 14th.

Reports also suggest that the Angels have made movement with respect to a first base coach in Wayne Kirby, who is currently playing the same role for the San Diego Padres.

He spent 12 years playing in MLB and during that time he had a batting average of .270 with 208 homeruns and 734 runs. Nevin played third base, first base, outfield and catcher over the course of his career. He was an All-Star in 2001 when he played for the Padres.

Nevin played for the Angels in 1998, one of the seven teams he played for as a major league.

Nevin comes from Fullerton, where he also played his college baseball, leading Cal State Fullerton to two College World Series appearances. In his time as Titan, he was named College Baseball Player of the Year by both Baseball America and Collegiate baseball. He was also awarded the College World Series Outstanding Player Award and the Golden Spikes Award, traditionally given to the best amateur baseball player in the nation.

Prior to his involvement in the CSUF, Nevin was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 1989 MLB Draft, which he declined to play college baseball.

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After his MLB career, Nevin began training. He was hired as manager of Creepy Seawolves, AA-Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers in 2010. He was promoted to manager of Toledo Mud Hens (AAA-Affiliate of the Tigers) just a year later. Nevin moved organizations in 2014 and joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as the head coach of their AAA affiliate, Reno Aces.

Nevin was hired as the third base coach for the San Francisco Giants in 2017, where he would spend just one year before being hired by the New York Yankees in the same role.

He is now joining a coaching team led by Joe Maddon, currently in his third season with the Angels. Maddon was also a member of the Angels’ coaching staff from 1994 to 2005 – especially in 1998, when Nevin was on the team’s roster.

May 4, 1997: Outfielder Wayne Kirby of the Los Angeles Dodgers laughs during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won the match 5-2.

Kirby, on the other hand, is currently listed as the first base coach for the Padres. He has held that position since 2020.

He spent eight years as a big leaguer, hitting .252 with 14 homeruns and 119 runs. Kirby was drafted by the Dodgers in 1983, but would only play for them in 1996 after a stay with the Cleveland Indians after free agency in 1990.

He spent two years in Los Angeles and eventually retired from playing in 1998.

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Prior to his time in San Diego, Kirby was the first base coach for the Baltimore Orioles from 2011 to 2019

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