Phil Nevin was at a guest club home in Kansas City, was sent off on June 2, 1998 for filling a hill and inciting a seventh strike, and in the ninth game there was another fight between the Angels and the Royals.
During the usual pushing, pointing and shouting, Royals defender Felix Martinez punched Frank Bolik, the Angel’s assistant, in the mouth, touching the 15-minute savage fight.
Nevin, who has spent one of the 12 major league seasons as an Angel catcher, did not see Martinez’s blindfold after the game until he was shown on probably the best club television.
“If I had seen it alive,” Nevin said that night, “I would have run into the naked field and killed him.”
Two months later, the Angels collapsed in Seattle, opening July with five losses after going 22-6 in June. Before the game on July 9, then-manager Terry Collins expressed concern about the intensity and lack of emotion of the angels.
Not for long. In the sixth shot of the 8-6 defeat, after a grounded third strike, the disgusting Nevin threw his bat towards the shelter and was immediately sent off by referee Larry Barnett.
Nevin tore his uniform, which was à la Hulk Hogan, the buttons flew, and Barnett scolded him for a long time. He threw his helmet into the dungeon, took a pair of leg protections from the bench and threw them on the field.
In 2004, while playing for the San Diego Padres, Nevin doubled Petco Park’s wall, believing he would be a homer at other stadiums. Nevin made no secret of his disrespect for the vastness of the park – 403 feet to the center of the left and 411 feet to the center of the right.
When he reached second place, Nevin pointed to the room of then-Padres general manager Kevin Towers and voiced many criticisms of the park. Nevin and Towers got into an argument after the game and it got so heated that Padres manager Bruce Bochy had to intervene.
“I had to give him a time-out,” Boshi said of Nevin, “he’s like my child.”
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the current Angels Manager.
Nevin laughs when he looks at the fiery Philae and asks what he saw.
“An immature child,” he says. “I thought I understood everything.”
Nevin, now 51, is the father of three children, including cornerback Tyler, who toured major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles, and Kyle, who moved to Oklahoma after two seasons at Baylor. He is also a grandfather, and his daughter Coral gave birth to a girl seven months ago.
Former Placentia El Dorado High and Cal State Fullerton spent eight years as a junior league manager, first in the independent league, and five years as a base league manager in the major leagues until his first major league manager. he replaces Joe Maddon, who was fired on Tuesday.
The volcanic nature that erupted frequently as a player cooled down over the years and gave Nevin a kind of temperament – a mixture of intensity and calmness – that the Angels believed he would be a successful big league manager.
However, his baseball journey, which helped Nevina grow the most, was not a long and difficult journey to the manager’s chair.
“It’s probably my kids, they’re growing up,” Nevin said. “My eldest son Tyler is like any other coach. His behavior is the exact opposite of mine. He has been sent several times and, to be honest, I have learned a lot from his work. ”
Nevin, who replaced Maddon in the franchise record’s 14-game losing streak, which ended Thursday night with a 5-2 win over Boston, admitted that his temper was calmer than disappearing. He has no doubt that one day he will have a heated argument with the referee and will be removed from the game.
“It’s just part of the job,” Nevin said. “We all lose our minds … but you can’t always do that.”
If there’s anything Nevi has learned from the stoic Bosch who led the San Francisco Giants to three World Series championships from 2010 to 2014, it’s that you can’t be an Earl Weaver every night.
Boshi, who retired in 2019 after 25 years as a major league manager, said: “It beats you, but more importantly, it beats your players.” “It simply came to our notice then. This is a big part of governance. You don’t want to put extra pressure on the players.
“There is no doubt that the elephant is on fire, but it has grown, it has really grown. He controls these emotions. He will still have that advantage, but it is a good advantage. “
This edge strengthened Nevi’s playing career – and he almost derailed. After leading El Dorado to the Southern Division 5A Championship in 1989, Nevin turned down a $ 150,000 offer from the Dodgers, who prepared him in the third round to play football and baseball at Fullerton.
He scored 69 extra points and 31 assists in three seasons, but his future was clearly in baseball, where he became the Nevin Golden Spike Award thanks to the behavior of legendary coach Augie Garrido. won and was the No. 1 choice in the 1992 project.
After a disappointing second-year season in 1991, when Nevin hit .335 with three homers and 46 RBIs and collapsed on several pitches, Garrido, who died in 2018, sat with his third key player.
Garrido told The Los Angeles Times in 1992: “He tried to be a coach, a general manager, a referee and a referee at the same time.” She wanted to wear all the hats. We told him to keep it simple and just be a baseball player. ”
As a young man, Nevin scored .398 with 21 homers and 81 RBIs and led Fullerton to the College World Series, where the Titans lost 3-2 to Pepperdine. While Nevin Omaha hit .526 (10 for 19) with two homers and 11 RBIs in Neb., The Houston Astros picked him with the best pick.
Nevin reached the major leagues until 1995, but struggled to find a position and a consistent power struggle. He was taken to Detroit in 1996 and to the Angels after 1997. He played in the third base, left the field and was experienced enough behind the plate to start 64 games in Anaheim in 1998.
Nevi began his career trading in San Diego in 1999, where he scored 291 points and earned an average of 25 homers and 88 RBIs per year for six seasons. Injuries were severe, and Nevin closed his career in 2005 and 2006, playing for three teams – Rangers, Cubs and Gemini.
“I’ve spent a lot of time sitting on a bench in the last few years,” Nevin said. “Whether it’s with Boch or Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire or Buck Showalter … you understand how ready they are and what makes them so good.”
Boshi said that when Nevin played for him, he was “always interested, always asking questions” about his or his opponent’s actions.
“It was his nature,” Boschi said. “It simply came to our notice then. Nothing was taken from him in the shelter. Sometimes we had to remind him to stay in his lane, but it was Elephant. He was one of the children who was once destined to rule. ”
Nevin didn’t think much about management or coaching until he was asked to replace the sick Gary Carter as captain of the independent league Orange County Flyers in 2009. Nevi’s career quickly became the center of attention.
“I wasn’t sure what I would do after I finished playing,” Nevin said. “But in the second form, when I was on the field with the players and saw the teammates, I missed that part of him. And then, to see how the players sometimes react to you … that’s what I like.
“It’s something I’ve done all my life. I love being in a club house with the kids, I love the games, I love the connections you make with the players, the kids in the clubhouse, the media, everyone. That’s what my life has been like for me. ”
Nevin spent the next four years at the Detroit Tigers, managing a double A team in 2010 and a triple A team in 2011-2013. The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Nevini from 2014 to 2016 to manage the trio A Reno.
Archie Bradley, a former Arizona prospect, spent part of 2014 and 2015 in Reno, where Nevi is known as a straight shooter and good communicator.
“He just understands,” Bradley said. “There’s something in his behavior that makes the boys really want to play a lot for him. I think our team is excited for him. I think he will lead us and turn it around. ”
Nevin served as Bochi’s third base coach in San Francisco in 2017 and four seasons (2018-2021) as Angels general manager Perry Minasian as the New York Yankees’ third base coach for Aaron Boone before hiring him as third base coach last winter. held.
Angels player Tyler Wade, who has spent part of the previous five seasons at the Yankees, said: “The feelings are too great for the game.” “He communicates well with the players, whether it’s something you see on the pitch, something you need to pay attention to or try. He is passionate about the game and the energy he brings is contagious. ”
Former Angels right-back Tim Salmon, who played with Nevin in 1998, believes Nevin’s vast experience has prepared him for the moment.
Nevin played with a third base, first base, left field, right pitch, catch and set shot. He was a starting player and a player on the bench. He failed to realize his potential as the No. 1 pick for years, but became an All-Star in 2001 when he scored .306 points for Padres with 41 homers and 126 RBIs.
“Kids who are beginners or superstars are all they know, and it’s hard for them to have a relationship with a kid who plays or struggles or gets injured once a week,” Salmon said. “Phil was a winner of the Golden Spike Award, which was the culmination of a world that forced him to revive his career.
“He understands success and failure and has seen everything. He probably had to figure out how to motivate himself, and that would help motivate his players to know which guy needed to be patted on the back and which guy needed to be kicked in the pants. ”
Nevin, who has played for one of the biggest college coaches so far – Garrido has won 1,975 games, is second on the NCAA’s winning list after Mike Martin (2,029) – and some of baseball’s most successful major league managers contacted him on Tuesday to congratulate him. encourage.
Nevin drowned on a bench before Wednesday’s game. If Garrido were here, if he ruled the Angels, what would he say?
“It’s a difficult thing,” Nevin said, gathering himself after a long break. “It simply came to our notice then [on Tuesday]and he would surely be one of them. ”
Nevin said he learned a lot from every manager he played and worked with, including the manager he replaced – Maddon was the Angel Chair Coach who oversaw Nevi’s transition to the catcher in 1998 – and he plans to apply those lessons as an Angel Manager.
He acknowledged that his promotion was painful because his job was at the expense of a friend who had been fired, but a discussion with Maddon after Tuesday’s reassurance calmed Nevi.
“He told me to just take this opportunity and be the person I planned to run with and do with,” Nevin said. “If I try to be different, they will understand. So be original, be ahead and be honest with these kids and I think they will appreciate it. ”