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Stoneman signs four-year extension
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07/10/2003 12:09 AM ET 
Stoneman signs four-year extension
Also inks three-year consulting deal following 2007
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Angels GM Bill Stoneman is the architect of last year's world championship club. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
ANAHEIM -- Arte Moreno has made some changes since taking ownership of the Anaheim Angels a few months ago, but Wednesday he was happy to announce that when it comes to the Angels general manager, no change will be necessary for a long time.

The club announced Wednesday that GM Bill Stoneman has agreed to a four-year contract extension in addition to a three-year agreement to serve as a club consultant following the 2007 season.

Stoneman, 59, is in his fourth season as general manager of the Angels since becoming the ninth GM in club history Nov. 1, 1999.

"I want to thank Arte and everyone here for the confidence they've shown in me and for the opportunity to do what we did last year again -- hopefully very soon," Stoneman said.

"From Day One of coming out here, I've loved it here. I love the area, I love the Angels and I really look forward to staying."

Moreno said that as a businessman, he has learned that a strong organizational foundation is the key to long-term success and that the Angels already have that in place with Stoneman.

He added that he is learning on the job and has turned to Stoneman frequently for baseball expertise.

"Chemistry is very important," Moreno said. "When you sit down with somebody, you get a feeling. I got an hour with Bill during Spring Training (when Moreno was a bidder on the Angels) and we ended up spending five hours together.

"We hit it off and we talk pretty much every day about how we're looking at things and how we're progressing. The way I look at it, for the next seven years, he's stuck with me."

Moreno said that the three-year consulting option arose from Stoneman wanting to stay involved with the Angels and wanting to remain in Orange County, but that if he's still interested in manning the post of GM, they'll work something out.

"Bill's been in baseball for a long time," Moreno said. "He brought a championship to Anaheim after fans were waiting for 42 years. If he wants to step back after four years, we want him to be a consultant."

Moreno added that the contract of Kevin Uhlich, senior vice president of business operations, will likely be extended soon.

"I told him he was going to be taken care of," Moreno said.

The overriding factor in all of these dealings, Moreno said, was his longtime belief that success is closely related to loyalty.

"It's very important for a team and its fans to know that management will stay in place," Moreno said. "Really successful teams in the past always had a lot of stability. I like to have that solid foundation. You'd like to build that foundation on stone.

"That's a play on words."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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