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Angels to interview Omar Minaya for general manager job

Oct 22, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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This bit of news will draw a grin from Mets fans.

Via Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have added former Expos and Mets GM Omar Minaya to the list of candidates set to interview for the club’s opening at general manager.

The job was made vacant at the end of the regular season when Tony Reagins was forced to resign.

Minaya, 52, served as the Expos’ GM from 2002-2004, just before their move to Washington, D.C. He then took over the same post for the Mets and remained in that role from 2005-2010.

Minaya enjoyed a good amount of success early in his tenure with New York, but things turned ugly quickly at the end and the Mets basically flipped over their entire front office once he was finally canned.

The Angels have also courted Rays executive Andrew Friedman, White Sox vice president Rick Hahn, former Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng, Diamondbacks vice president Jerry DiPoto, and Yankees executives Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer. It’s an impressive list of candidates, of which there currently is no favorite.

  1. patsandsox - Oct 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    I hate to say it but he doesnt have a prayer of getting hired, this is just to cover their butts so they can say they interviewed a minority candidate.

    • presidentmiraflores - Oct 22, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      I have to agree that it looks that way.

      • fearlessleader - Oct 22, 2011 at 8:31 PM

        Well, Kim Ng’s on their list, and she’d actually be awesome in the job.

      • paperlions - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:08 AM

        I am not disagreeing with you, but I do know that the job of the GM is completely distinct from that of an assistant GM. What will make her an awesome GM? I really do want to know, because, as a fan, I have no information on the abilities of any of the candidates that have not already been GMs to show whether or not they can do the job.

  2. Gordon - Oct 22, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Oh boy, get ready for Nelson Cruz (TEX) & Allen Craig (STL) to have monster offers thrown their way. They’re having monster postseasons.

  3. bravin4evr - Oct 22, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    The matt millen of baseball…

  4. ikedavisnose - Oct 22, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Here hoping that the people In Anahiem at least half a brain

  5. ezwriter69 - Oct 22, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    This is actually brilliant… interview him in depth, write down exactly what Omar would do, and make sure you do exactly the opposite.

  6. Glenn - Oct 22, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    … and I’m going to interview Bernie Madoff to be my financial advisor.

    • Old Gator - Oct 23, 2011 at 7:36 PM

      ….and I’m going to hire Lindsey Lohan to be my embalmer.

  7. joshftw - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Ok, it’s time to call the asylum. The Angels’ owners have clearly lost their damn minds!

  8. Old Gator - Oct 23, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    A “grin” hardly expresses it. I think the Angels just wish Omar had been there last year before they made the Vernon Wells trade. They know Omar never would have let such a thing happen to them.

    • JBerardi - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      Say what you will about Minaya, he’s never made a move halfway as bad as the Vernon Wells trade. Then again, who has?

      • adenzeno - Oct 23, 2011 at 9:02 AM

        Perez and Castillo combined are worse- it took up TWO roster spots

  9. pisano - Oct 23, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    He’d fit better in San Diego, the Padres have the reputation of giving away the farm, so if he made a bad move at least it’s expected.

  10. mgflolox - Oct 23, 2011 at 6:11 AM

    Whomever gets the job has to have the authority to tell Scioscia that one more decision line Mathis over Napoli will get him so fired it won’t even be funny. That decision alone is the difference between the Angles or the Ranges in the World Series.

    • JBerardi - Oct 23, 2011 at 8:57 AM

      Whoever gets that job should just DFA Mathis and solve the problem for good. I don’t care what other abilities you attach to it, a .194/.257/.301 career line does not belong in the Major Leagues, period.

  11. visnovsky - Oct 23, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    This made me laugh. I’ll feel good for an hour remembering this story.

  12. pipkin42 - Oct 24, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    This time if Omar trades Scott Kazmir it’ll be a brilliant move no matter what.

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