As we detailed Monday, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila reportedly has about 50 names on his list in the search for the next Tigers skipper. Brad Ausmus’s time in the position has come to an end, and Detroit has jumped into the managerial search pool feet-first. The latest name to surface is current Los Angeles Angels bench coach Dave Ebel, per Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Ebel is 51 years old, has family in Bay City, Michigan, and has been in professional baseball for nearly 30 years. He coached and managed in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system for 17 years before moving to the Angels system in 2005. He has a minor league managerial win-loss record of 531-496, compiled over eight seasons.
Two of the teams Ebel managed in the minor leagues made it to the postseason. The High-A San Bernadino Spirit won the California League title in 2000, and in 2002, the Double-A Jacksonville Suns won the Southern League East Division Championship.
Ebel was named Angels major league third base coach for the 2006 season, and he became the bench coach after the 2013 season. The California native is best known for the whistle he uses to call for specific defensive alignments. Additionally, when Ebel was the Angels third base coach, he teamed up with Mike Scioscia to encourage aggressiveness on the base paths by the Angels players, something the Tigers could surely benefit from.
Ebel also has the best name among the Tigers’ managerial candidates — Dino. Can you get any better than that? His name is possibly the biggest reason Avila should hire him. ... Just kidding. It is a pretty great name though.
What do you think: Should Ebel be the next
victim manager to wear the Old English D?