Joe Maddon became the most recent Angels manager to fail to execute the team owner Arte Moreno’s vision of glory with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani and was fired Tuesday afternoon.
The move comes amid a 12-game losing streak. The Angels have slid from a 24-14 record on May 16, once they were tied for first place within the American League West division with the Houston Astros, to a 27-29 mark and an 8.5-game deficit within the division entering Tuesday night’s game with Boston. With Monday night’s 1-0 loss to the Red Sox, Los Angeles has matched the longest single-season losing streak in club history, which was set in 1988.
The club said that Phil Nevin, the team’s third base coach, will take over because the interim manager.
Maddon, who has been close with Moreno since he served on then-manager Mike Scioscia’s coaching staff when Moreno purchased the team in 2003, was on top of the world as a World Series-winning manager of the Chicago Cubs just six years ago. He was wooed to Anaheim after parting ways with the Cubs following the 2019 season. The Angels fired Brad Ausmus, who had been with the team for less than one 12 months, in an effort to secure Maddon.
After the 2020 season, through which Los Angeles went 26-34, the Angels fired their general manager, Billy Eppler, and replaced him with Perry Minasian. That placed the brand new general manager within the sometimes-uncomfortable position of getting inherited a manager together with the job. As Minasian has struggled to rebuild — the Angels haven’t made the playoffs since 2014 — Eppler moved on to the Mets, where he’s leading the highest team within the National League.
Every thing seemingly has gone unsuitable for the Angels throughout the recent losing streak, from Trout enduring an 0 for 26 slump to 3rd baseman Anthony Rendon landing on the injured list — again — to the team’s pitching staff being wildly inconsistent. Minasian tried to enhance his team’s pitching this past off-season, signing the free agent starters Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen and spending $93 million to upgrade the bullpen. That series of moves included re-signing closer Rafael Iglesias and adding the free agents Aaron Loup, Ryan Tepera and Archie Bradley.
Despite those moves, the Angels’ bullpen ranked fifteenth within the American League with a 4.30 E.R.A. through Monday.