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Dave Dombrowski not a candidate for Angels’ GM job

Longtime executive not one of the reported 14 candidates for the position

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Amid the Angels’ exhaustive search to fill their vacant general manager position, one big name is missing.

Despite early speculation that longtime executive Dave Dombrowski was a candidate for the job, that won’t be the case. Dombrowski is staying put with Music City Baseball, a group trying to bring a major league team to Nashville, per Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic:

“I’m staying in Nashville,” Dombrowski said. “I gave the individual here (John Loar, the head of Music City Baseball) a commitment when I moved here that as we continue to pursue a new team — expansion, relocation or if it goes nowhere — that I would stay here with them.”

Dombrowski is not among the 14 reported candidates the Angels have interviewed for the job.

After analyzing all the known candidates to replace the fired Billy Eppler, Maria Torres at the Los Angeles Times noticed a trend: “Experience as a former general manager is not a prerequisite. And a focus on scouting and player development appears preferred to a reliance on analytics.”

A few days after the season ended, Angels team president John Carpino said ideally the club would like a general manager in place by Thanksgiving, but that they weren’t going to rush the process.

“We’re open to anyone’s idea on how to make this organization better. That’s all we strive for,” Carpino said.