Stoneman reportedly will take consultant's role with Angels

Updated: October 15, 2007, 11:37 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Bill Stoneman, who built the Angels' only World Series championship team, is expected to step down after eight years as general manager.

The Angels called a news conference for Tuesday morning for what they described as a major announcement.

"It's going to be a baseball operations-related press conference," Angels spokesman Tim Mead said.

Multiple media reports said Stoneman will remain with the organization as a consultant.

The Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site that Tony Reagins, the Angels' director of player development, is expected to become the new GM.

The Times said two sources confirmed that the upcoming announcement involved Stoneman, but did not identify the sources.

Messages left by for Stoneman, team owner Arte Moreno and manager Mike Scioscia were not immediately returned. Angels president Dennis Kuhl declined comment.

Los Angeles won its third AL West title in four years this season, but was swept out of the playoffs in three games by the Boston Red Sox in their division series. The closest the Angels have come to returning to the World Series was in 2005, when they lost to the Chicago White Sox in the AL Championship Series.

The Angels have made the postseason only seven times in their 47-year history, and four of those appearances came after Stoneman became their GM in the winter of 1999.

After not reaching the playoffs since 1986, the Angels earned a postseason berth as a wild card in 2002 and beat the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins in the AL playoffs before defeating the San Francisco Giants in seven games to win the World Series.

The 63-year-old Stoneman drew some criticism over the past several years for his failure to land a power hitter to provide slugger Vladimir Guerrero with protection.

Moreno bought the Angels from The Walt Disney Co. in May 2003, and shortly thereafter, he gave Stoneman a contract extension that recently expired.

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