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01/19/2007 7:35 PM ET
Former Angel Troy Percival returns as special assignment pitching instructor
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ANAHEIM -- The Angels Friday named longtime closer Troy Percival, who spent 10 seasons with the Angels, as a Special Assignment Pitching Instructor in an announcement by Director of Player Development Tony Reagins. Percival will attend both Major and minor league Spring Trainings and also travel to all Angels' affiliates to evaluate pitchers in the club's farm system throughout the 2007 season.

"I'm looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my baseball career, and assisting those in charge in any manner they need from me," said Percival. "The Angels have been an important part of my career and life and I couldn't be happier to be part of the organization."

"We're pleased to have Troy back in the Angels' family," said Reagins. "His baseball knowledge, experience and passion for the game will greatly enhance our player development program."

Percival, 37, pitched for 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Angels and Tigers, compiling a 30-41 record with 324 saves and a 3.10 ERA (611.2 IP-211 ER) in 605 games. His 324 career saves rank tied for 11th (Billy Wagner) on the Major League all-time list.

Percival, who was originally drafted by the Angels as a catcher in the sixth round of the June 1990 draft, remains the club's all-time leader in saves (316) and games pitched (579). He was on the mound for each of the Angels' three series clinching victories of the 2002 Post-Season and his seven saves (seven chances) during the 2002 playoffs tied a Major League Post-Season record.

A native of Fontana, CA, Percival and his wife Michelle reside in Riverside, CA with their children Cole and Avery.

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