A major league source confirmed Saturday morning that Tom Kotchman, a longtime minor league manager and scout and the father of Cleveland Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman, has resigned.
The source has direct knowledge of the resignation, which was first reported by Baseball America on its website late Friday night, but is not authorized to speak about it publicly.
Baseball America quoted an unnamed source as saying Kotchman, 58, was being forced by the Angels to stop managing and to focus on scouting.
Kotchman was the longest-tenured manager in the Angels farm system, having spent 29 years with the organization, the last 23 with the teams short-season Class-A affiliates in Idaho and Utah, where his teams consisted mostly of recently drafted college players in their first professional seasons.
He joined the Angels in 1984 and spent three seasons (1987-90) managing at triple-A Edmonton. In 34 years as a minor league managerhe spent five years in the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers organizationsKotchmans teams went 1,704-1,435 for a .543 winning percentage.
Kotchman, a native of Florida, began scouting in his home state for the Angels in 1990 and signed more than a dozen players who would reach the major leagues, including second baseman Howie Kendrick; catchers Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson; and pitchers Nick Maronde, Will Smith, who is now with Kansas City, and Patrick Corbin, who is now with Arizona.
Casey Kotchman was a first-round pick of the Angels in 2001 and spent five seasons (2004-2008) with the big league club before being traded to the Atlanta Braves in July 2008.
Tom Kotchman also managed future Angels stars such as Garret Anderson, Troy Percival, Erick Aybar and Mark Trumbo in the Northwest League, as well as former Red Sox ace Roger Clemens when he worked for Boston.