Woah! The Los Angeles Angels have fired former Chicago Cubs World Series Champion manager Joe Maddon. Reports surfaced that the Angels discussed making a change, and they didn’t waste much time coming to a decision. Phil Nevin will take over as interim manager.
“Surprising” isn’t the most accurate descriptor of this news given recent trends, but it’s a big move nonetheless. The Angels have two of the best players on the planet in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, and yet, they still can’t find a way to win, even after making offseason additions.
The Angels started 14-8 in April and finished the month 2.5 games up in the AL West. Since then, they’ve gone 13-21 and fallen to 8.5 games back in the division. Maddon’s firing comes after the Angels dropped their 12th straight game, a 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox Monday night.
As much of a legend as Joe Maddon is, he’s made questionable decisions his entire career. His unorthodox nature works both for and against him at times. Maddon should be able to latch on with another team if he chooses to, whether it’s a managerial role or not.
Recently, there’s been media speculation of the White Sox firing Tony La Russa. The team has picked up its play lately but remains five games back in the AL Central. Is Maddon a fit on the South Side of Chicago? That would undoubtedly rub Cubs fans the wrong way.
The Philadelphia Phillies could also be a potential landing spot after firing manager Joe Girardi a few days ago. However, they are also playing better and are currently on a four-game winning streak.
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