Benji Gil, who served as Program 15’s National Infield Coordinator in the early years of the Future Stars Series, and was on the coaching staff for the 2018 International Week event, has been named to the major league coaching staff by the Los Angeles Angels.
“Benji’s passion is as high as anyone I’ve ever met,” said NBBFSS/P15 CEO and President Jeremy Booth. “He’s an international ambassador and an excellent teacher with a winning track record. This opportunity is earned many times over and I look forward to the fans of Orange County being infected with his passion for Angels baseball once again.”
Gil, 49, enjoyed seven seasons in the big leagues as a player with both the Texas Rangers and Angels, helping the latter win a World Series in 2002, going 4-for-5 in the Fall Classic, including a Game 4 start at second base.
He had since gone on to manage in the Mexican League, and was also the manager of Team Mexico in the most recent Olympics. Gil is very happy to go back to the Angels organization to make an impact. The goal is to bring a championship to LA and he’s confident he can help the players be the best they can be.
His son, Mateo, played at International Week in 2017, recording two hits at the event on his way to being drafted 95th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals a year later. He was since one of the key pieces in the Nolan Arenado trade, and played with the Fresno Grizzlies this past season with fellow Rockies farmhands and FSS alums Zac Veen and Drew Romo.
— Jeremy Booth (@_JeremyBooth) January 6, 2022
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