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Diamondbacks Now Have a Butcher

The Arizona Diamondbacks named Mike Butcher pitching coach on Wednesday.

MikeButcherargueswithUmpButcher, 50, joins the D-backs after spending the last nine seasons as pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels. Prior to joining the Angels’ staff in 2007, he spent six seasons in the Angels’ Minor League system (2000-05) and one as Joe Maddon’s pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006.

In his nine seasons as pitching coach with the Angels, nine different pitchers were named to the American League All-Star Team: Francisco Rodriguez (2007-08) John Lackey (2007), Joe Saunders (2008), Ervin Santana (2008), Brian Fuentes (2009), Jered Weaver (2010-12), Jordan Walden (2011), C.J. Wilson (2012) and Hector Santiago (2015).

During his tenure with Los Angeles, the Angels ranked second in the AL in quality starts (796) and wins (807), tied for second in complete games (58), finished third in ERA (4.00) and shutouts (105) and fifth in opponent average (.255). His starting pitchers also led the AL during that span with 590 victories, while his relievers tied for first with 409 saves.

Butcher, who resides in Chandler, Arizona, played four seasons in the Major Leagues with the Angels (1992-95), going 11-4 with nine saves and a 4.47 ERA in 115 relief appearances. He was originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 1986 Draft.

Just as an observational side note. The Anaheim Angels are seemingly having all kinds of coaches, Gm’s, and other front office people jump ship. Two of them are now employed by the Seattle Mariners in new manager Scott Servais and GM Jerry Dipoto and now Butcher. Just makes you wonder about the stability of the Angels organization, and if there is a little more going on behind the scenes.

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