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Angels Front Office Shakeup: Ken Forsch, Gary Sutherland Dismissed

The Los Angeles Angels are getting rid of everyone, everywhere. Angels ownership wants to shake things up to get the team back on the winning track, and they've decided that everyone in a management position probably isn't doing their job well enough. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times with the report.

Ken Forsch, the team's assistant general manager for the last 14 years, and Gary Sutherland, a special assistant to the general manager for 12 years, have been dismissed, two major-league sources confirmed Monday. The team is expected to issue a news release on the matter this afternoon.

Forsch, a former major-league pitcher who had a 114-113 career record and 3.37 earned run average, spent four seasons (1994-97) as the Angels' director of player development before becoming assistant GM. He was mainly responsible for assisting Reagins with contract negotiations, player procurement and waiver-wire and rule compliance.

The Angels were once the class of the American League West. From their World Series title and onward, the Angels won AL West titles in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. But it looks as if the Texas Rangers have toppled them off their perch as the preeminent western power as they've been the ones to capture the last two division titles (and in convincing fashion). The Angels need to quickly find the personnel pieces to get them back on the winning track, and it looks like they're going to clean things up.

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