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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tim Salmon ponders coaching future

By Mark Saxon

Five years after his last season as a player, Angels great Tim Salmon said he is giving serious consideration to entering the coaching profession.

Salmon, 42, is busy these days with his children, coaching two Little League teams and his daughters’ softball team. He is with the Angels for only a few days this spring as a special instructor, but he said he has discussed the possibility of becoming a roving minor-league instructor with Angels general manager Tony Reagins.

The ultimate goal would be to become a major-league coach or manager down the line.

“We do throw it around and I’m getting to the point where I’m thinking about it a little more seriously,” Salmon said. “There will be a day when I do that, but whether it’s next year or the year after, I’m not sure yet.”

Salmon’s oldest daughter is a senior in high school. His youngest son is 11. He is leaving Friday for Costa Rica on a missionary trip with his daughter.

Whenever he decides to go into coaching, the Angels say they will find a role for him. Nicknamed “Mr. Angel,” Salmon played his entire 14-year career in an Angels uniform. Salmon is the all-time Angels home run leader, with 299.

“He’s very, very important to our organization and there’s a lot that he could bring,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “It would just depend on what his commitment level would be and what they could work out. He’s a force during spring training. When he walks in the clubhouse with us, you know he’s there.”