Friday, November 6, 2009
ANGELS' GM TONY REAGINS GIVEN CONTRACT EXTENSION
ANAHEIM, CA – The 2009 A.L. West Division champion Angels announced Friday that General Manager Tony Reagins has received a long-term contract extension.
Reagins became the 10th General Manager in Club history when he signed an initial three-year contract on October 16, 2007. Per club policy, no terms of the agreement will be released.
“I would like to thank the Moreno Family for their support and confidence as we continue our goal of winning World Championships," said Reagins. "It is an honor to work with a tremendous group of professionals, both on the baseball and business side of our organization. The vision of this organization, and the dedication of our employees for improvement on a daily basis, makes my role extremely gratifying.”
Since taking over the General Manager position, Reagins has been active in making key personnel transactions including the acquisitions of pitcher Jon Garland (trade with Chicago White Sox), outfielder Torii Hunter (free-agent signing), first baseman Mark Teixeira (trade prior to the non-waiver trade deadline in July), outfielder Bobby Abreu (free-agent signing) and lefthander Scott Kazmir (trade). Along with West Division titles, the Angels have posted a 197-127 record (.608 winning percentage) during his first two campaigns as General Manager, including a club-record 100 wins in 2008.
As the result of the Angels' successful 2008 season, Reagins was recognized earlier this year as the recipient of the Andrew "Rube" Foster Award as the American League "Executive of the Year" at the 2008 Legacy Awards (sponsored by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City).
Reagins, 42, has spent 18 seasons in the Angels organization. Prior to his promotion to General Manager, he served six seasons as the Angels’ Director of Player Development. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the club’s minor league system comprised of seven affiliates, including a club and developmental academy in San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic.
With Reagins’ guidance (2002-07), the Angels' affiliates reached the playoffs 18 times while capturing 15 division titles and three league titles. The Angels’ farm system posted winning records in four of the six seasons (2003-05-06-07) and was named “Minor League Organization of the Year” in 2003 by The Sporting News.
Under Reagins’ direction, the Angels’ farm system has advanced several players to the Major League roster including, Howie Kendrick, Reggie Willits, Robb Quinlan, Kendry Morales, Erick Aybar, Jeff Mathis, Mike Napoli, Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders, and Kevin Jepsen. In addition, Minor League News named the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as the “2007 Farm System of the Year.”
In his first season as Director of Player Development, six rookies were on the 2002 World Championship team after not having one rookie on the roster coming out of Spring Training. Those rookies included Brendan Donnelly, Chone Figgins, Francisco Rodriguez, John Lackey, Scot Shields and Jose Molina.
Before serving as Director of Player Development, Reagins spent four years as Manager of Baseball Operations where he worked closely with GM Bill Bavasi, Farm Director Jeff Parker and Scouting Director Bob Fontaine. He also served as a Sponsorship Services Representative from 1996 until returning to Baseball Operations in April of 1998. Additionally, he held an internship in marketing/advertising sales in 1993 before being named Marketing Assistant in 1994.
A native of Indio, CA, Reagins began his career with the Angels as an intern in baseball operations in 1992. He graduated from California State University Fullerton in 1991 with a degree in marketing and earned an AA degree in business administration from the College of the Desert in 1988.
Reagins resides in Fullerton with wife Colleen, daughter Kennedy, and son Luke.
Reagins is a member of the Buck O’Neil Scout Association and an active supporter of Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
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