“This guy knows the game very well,” Angels director of player development Tony Reagins said of Mitchell. “Obviously, we’ve been around him the last few years working with our outfielders, bunting and baserunners. “He knows the expectations from the rookie to the major-league level and has run our instructional league teams. He just really demonstrated a knack for the game as far as being aggressive.” Less than a week ago, Ty Boykin thought he was returning as the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes manager. Instead, Boykin will be heading to Double-A Arkansas and the Angels announced Monday that Bobby Mitchell will be the 2006 Quakes manager. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Mitchell, who turns 51 on April 7, will be managing for the first time. He has been in the Angels’ organization since 2003, serving as the roving outfield/baserunning/bunting instructor all three years. But Reagins said that Mitchell has been on the Angels’ radar screen as a manager almost since he joined the organization. “He’s actually been a candidate before,” Reagins said. “He understands what we’re trying to do. His whole game is aggressive.” Mitchell was on the 1974 USC national championship team and played outfield in the big leagues for parts of four seasons: 1980 and ’81 with the Dodgers, as well as 1982 and ’83 in Minnesota. He was a teammate with Angel manager Mike Scioscia and coaches Ron Roenicke and Mickey Hatcher at some point during his big-league career. He landed with the Angels after working with the Montreal Expos (1992-’94), San Diego Padres (’95 and ’96) and Boston Red Sox (’97-2002). “That’s how we came to know him,” Reagins said of Mitchell’s relationship with Scioscia, Roenicke and Hatcher. “I didn’t know him from Adam before. But he is all that (the Angels were looking for) and more.” Rounding out the Quakes’ coaching staff will be pitching coach Erik Bennett, who was with the team the last two years, and hitting coach Craig Grebeck. Grebeck, a major-league infielder from 1990-2001 with the Chicago White Sox, Florida Marlins, Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox, joins the Quakes after spending the 2005 season as hitting coach at rookie-level Mesa. As for Boykin, he returns to Arkansas where he managed in 2003 and ’04. “Ty knows those players who will probably graduate to Double-A,” Reagins said. “And obviously, he’s been to Double-A before.” “I’m going to miss Rancho,” Boykin said. “Everything there is top-notch, and I wouldn’t hesitate going back there if I had the chance in the future.” James Rowson, the Quakes’ hitting coach in 2005, moved to the New York Yankees organization during the offseason. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!