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Brogna joining Angels as special assistant to Dipoto

Brogna joining Angels as special assistant to Dipoto

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Brogna joining Angels as special assistant to Dipoto

ANAHEIM -- The Angels are expected to bring in former first baseman Rico Brogna to be a special assistant to general manager Jerry Dipoto, sources said.

Brogna, 43, played with Dipoto on the Mets from 1995-96 and has worked under him in the past. Brogna's role with the Angels will be part scouting and part coaching, likely in the Minor Leagues.

Brogna -- a highly touted quarterback out of high school in Watertown, Conn. -- spent nine years in the Majors with the Phillies, Mets, Braves, Red Sox and Tigers from 1992-2001, compiling a .269/.320/.445 slash line and 106 home runs. After retiring, Brogna coached high school football and basketball, then coached wide receivers at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

In 2010, he managed the D-backs' Double-A affiliate -- when Dipoto was director of scouting and player personnel -- then became head football coach at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Connecticut, before leaving in August 2012.

Brogna and Rick Eckstein, who's being brought in as the Angels' hybrid seventh coach, were hired last week, but the paperwork has yet to be processed by Major League Baseball and the moves are not yet official.

The Angels have someone in mind for assistant hitting coach, but want to give new hitting coach Don Baylor a major say as to who will be his right-hand man.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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