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Los Angeles Angels fire GM Billy Eppler after five seasons with the team

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 9/27/2020 Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY
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The Los Angeles Angels fired former general manager Billy Eppler on Sunday, after spending five seasons with the team and failing to make the postseason during any of those years.

"The Angels Organization would like to thank Billy for his dedication and work ethic over the last five years," Angels president John Carpino said in a statement. "We wish him and his family all the best."

The Angels finished this season 26-34, capping it with a 5-0 loss against the in-town rival Dodgers on Sunday. That means that the Angels finished fourth out of five teams in the AL West in four of Eppler's five seasons with the team.

a man wearing a hat: Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon talks with general manager Billy Eppler during spring training baseball practice, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) © The Associated Press Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon talks with general manager Billy Eppler during spring training baseball practice, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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The Angels compiled a 332-376 (.469) record over Eppler's five seasons with the team. They never had a winning record in any of those years and the most victories they finished with in any season was 80 (twice, in 2017 and 2018).

Eppler helped bring several key talents to the Los Angeles roster, including third baseman Anthony Rendon, designated hitter and pitcher Shohei Ohtani, and shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

Eppler was also a key figure in helping extend outfielder Mike Trout to a massive 12-year contract in March 2019.

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