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Stoneman reportedly stepping down

Halos GM reportedly stepping down

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The Los Angeles Angels reportedly will have a new general manager for the 2008 season.

According to an Internet report, Bill Stoneman is stepping down as GM to accept a consultant role within the organization. The announcement is anticipated at a press conference at Angel Stadium on Tuesday morning.

His successor is expected to come from within the organization. Assistant GM Ken Forsch is the most likely candidate to replace Stoneman, who assembled the 2002 World Series championship club and has had the Angels in the postseason in four of his eight seasons at the helm.

Stoneman assumed the job on Nov. 1, 1999. Less than three weeks after taking the job, Stoneman hired Mike Scioscia as manager. The two men have orchestrated the most successful run in franchise history, with American League West titles in three of the past four seasons to go along with the organization's first World Series crown in '02.

"It's a baseball-operations press conference," Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead said on Monday night, withholding comment on the report by FOX Sports that Stoneman is giving up the GM reins to accept an advisory role.

Three high-profile general managers have recently chosen to vacate their posts -- Atlanta's John Schuerholz, Minnesota's Terry Ryan and St. Louis' Walt Jocketty.

During the final week of the regular season, after the Angels had wrapped up the division title, Stoneman talked about what an exciting season it had been and that he was happy in Anaheim under owner Arte Moreno.

The Angels, weakened by injuries and illness, were swept by Boston in the AL Division Series.

Stoneman, 62, pitched for eight seasons in the Major Leagues and authored two no-hitters for the Montreal Expos. He took the Angels to unprecedented levels of success by focusing on player development and building from within, going outside to add key free agents such as Vladimir Guerrero, Bartolo Colon, Orlando Cabrera and Gary Matthews Jr.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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