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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Perry Minasian had never been interviewed for a general manager job before he joined the field of 40 candidates hoping to take over the Los Angeles Angels last month.
The 40-year-old Braves assistant GM went through several rounds of lengthy interviews and emerged as a finalist. After more lengthy conversations with owner Arte Moreno and the Angels’ top brass, Minasian landed the responsibility to build a big-budget roster that can finally get Mike Trout‘s first playoff victory.
During his formal introduction at Angel Stadium on Tuesday, Minasian described the Halos’ audition process as “grueling, to some extent.”
That’s not a negative to a baseball lifer who has been waiting for this chance since he was an 8-year-old batboy for the Texas Rangers.
“You start asking me baseball questions, you’d better take a seat and get comfortable,” Minasian said.
The Angels’ 13th general manager already has strong opinions about the immediate prospects for the Angels, who are coming off five consecutive losing seasons and their worst two-year stretch by winning percentage in nearly three decades. Los Angeles finished last season 26-34 under manager