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Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Angels dismiss Maddon amid 12-game losing streak

The Angels relieved Joe Maddon of his duties as manager, the team announced on Tuesday. Phil Nevin, who had been the third-base coach, was named interim manager.

The move comes amid a 12-game losing streak that has dropped the Angels to under .500 at 27-29.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2022 at 04:22 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joe maddon

The next MLB manager on the hot seat — and the ones getting warmer — after Joe Girardi firing

The hottest seat
1. Joe Maddon, Angels. Through May 24, the Angels were 27-17 and Fangraphs gave them a 77 percent chance of making the playoffs. The 12-game losing streak they took into Tuesday night’s game against the Red Sox dropped L.A. to a 30.3.

The Angels are the AL version of the Phillies. They also have a franchise record payroll in 2022 and a long postseason drought (Philadelphia has the second longest in MLB, L.A. is tied for third longest). Like the Phillies when hiring Girardi, they also bypassed Showalter. Billy Eppler favored Showalter after the 2019 campaign. But by then he was a lame-duck GM with the Angels and owner Arte Moreno wanted Maddon. Imagine how different history would be if …

Now, how badly does Moreno want to protect Maddon? The sides didn’t even negotiate an extension last offseason. Eppler’s successor, Perry Minasian, hired Ray Montgomery as Maddon’s bench coach and — many in the industry believe — Maddon’s heir.

In the best of times, Maddon’s laidback style plays as calming. In the worst of times, it plays as checked out. Do Minasian, who didn’t hire Maddon, and — more importantly — Moreno believe Maddon’s style will resuscitate the talented Angels? Or like the Phillies, do the Angels decide there is too much invested in this season not to try to defibrillate with a new voice and go with the bench coach, like the Phils did with Rob Thomson replacing Girardi? It really just seems a question of when — during this season or after.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2022 at 02:28 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: davey martinez, don mattingly, joe maddon, mike matheny

Friday, April 15, 2022

Maddon intentionally walks Seager ... with the bases loaded?!

Angels manager Joe Maddon has long been known for being unconventional throughout his 19-year career as a Major League manager.

But he took it to the extreme Friday against the Rangers, opting to intentionally walk Rangers slugger Corey Seager with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning to bring home a run. Maddon called on right-hander Austin Warren to intentionally walk Seager to get to right-handed batters Mitch Garver and Adolis García.

The move backfired, as Garver hit a deep drive to right-center field for a sacrifice fly, while Warren balked with García at the plate to bring home another run. It capped a five-run inning that gave Texas the lead.

It was just the third time a hitter had been walked intentionally with the bases loaded since 1950, as Josh Hamilton was also given a free pass with the bases juiced in 2008 and so was Barry Bonds in 1998.

Maddon was the opposing manager when he opted to intentionally walk Hamilton with the bases loaded on Aug. 17, 2008.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2022 at 10:32 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joe maddon

 

 

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