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11/18/2006 8:00 PM ET
Angels name Mike Butcher pitching coach
Butcher signs contract for 2007 season with club option for 2008
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ANAHEIM, CA -- The Angels Saturday named Mike Butcher as Major League pitching coach, replacing Bud Black who was hired as the San Diego Padres Manager on November 9th. This announcement was made by Angels' Vice President & General Manager Bill Stoneman.

"Mike is a natural fit for the job as he has been an integral part in the development of several of our big league pitchers and many in our minor league system," said Stoneman. "We are delighted to have him back in the Angel organization."

Butcher, 41, returns to the Angels after spending the 2006 campaign as the pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He spent the previous six seasons (2000-05) in the Angels minor league system, serving as roving pitching instructor (2003-05) and minor league pitching coach (2000-02). 2007 will mark his 22nd season in professional baseball.

The Davenport, Iowa native played 14 seasons of professional baseball, including four seasons at the Major League level with the Angels from 1992-95. Butcher was 11-4 with nine saves and a 4.47 ERA in 115 career Major League appearances. His best season came in 1995 when he went 6-1 to lead the Angels in relief wins. He was originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 1986 free agent draft.

Butcher and his wife Tami make their home in Chandler, Arizona with their daughters Madison and Tatum and son Brooks.

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