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 ...