Joe Madon sacked by Angels: Manager, knocked out amid a 12-game losing streak, says he was surprised by the decision

Steeped in the longest losing streak in a single season in franchise history, the Los Angeles Angels made a change of manager on Tuesday afternoon. The team announced that Joe Maddon had been relieved of his duties, and that third base coach Phil Nevin would serve as interim manager. Madon’s release comes on the heels of the Angels’ 12th consecutive loss on Monday night, a 1-0 home defeat to the Boston Red Sox.

This is tied for the longest losing streak in a single season in franchise history and the second longest losing streak overall, behind the 13-game losing streak that spanned the last 12 games in 1988 and the first game in 1989. It is after.

Angels are 6-18 years old since their debut at 21-11, and FanGraphs put their post-season odds at 29.9 percent. It was 81.4 percent as of May 15. The Hallos were 1 1/2 games behind sixth and last in the MLS, despite having two teams ahead of them in the standings and three teams in 1 1/2 games. they.

The 12-game losing streak was a losing streak of Murphy’s Law where anything goes wrong. Anthony Rendon and Taylor Ward are out due to injuries, which means the squad is very weak behind Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, and the rotation is back on the ground after a cheering April and the first half of May. The bulls blew many strings as well.

Points are scored for each game

5.06

3.54

4.41 (12 in MLB)

Per game allowed

3.59

4.67

4.23 (16 in MLB)

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plus-10 (15 in MLB)

The Angels run a salary record of $188.6 million this season, and with long-term Trout and Rendon signing big bucks and Ohtani set to become a free agent after next season, the club have no choice but to move forward and hope to make it happen. Run in a postseason spot this year. The organization’s sense of urgency is evident in the decision to replace Madon.

Maddon was hired ahead of the 2020 pandemic season, going 130-148 (.467) in parts of three seasons in what was technically his third stint as the Angels manager. He managed the team briefly on a temporary basis in 1996 (8-14) and 1999 (19-10). Madonne played for the Angels Ranch system before beginning his coaching career with the organization in the 1980s, gradually climbing the ladder.

Madonne is the second coach sacked this season and the second manager sacked last week Philadelphia Phillies fired Joe Girardi last Friday. In their first streak under interim manager Rob Thompson, the Philis family swept the Madonne Angels this past weekend. Girardi and Maddon are the first managers to be fired mid-season since St. Louis Cardinals fired Mike Matheny in July 2018.

Similar to Phillies and Girardi, Angels gave Maddon a star-studded yet heavyweight roster that was short on depth. Both teams have obvious problems with creating the roster, but, like Girardi, Madonne doesn’t seem to be doing his best with the staff at his disposal. His squad decisions and decisions have left a lot to be desired, especially in recent times, during his 12-game losing streak.

The Angels haven’t made a postseason under Maddon and the team has made postseason only once in 10 full seasons for Trout. That was a three-game sweep by the Kansas City Royals at the 2014 ALDS. The Angels haven’t won a post-season tour (or even a post-season game) since 2009.

Prior to his return to the Angels in 2020, Maddon enjoyed very successful managerial stints with the Tampa Bay Rays (2006-2014) and Chicago Cubs (2015-19). He led the Rays to their first-ever MLS logo in 2008, and of course led the Cubs to their first World Championship in 108 years in 2016.

Madon spoke to Ken Rosenthal shortly after he learned of his termination and said this when asked if he was surprised by the decision:

“A little. Actually, a lot. You always depend on the people in charge to read the tea leaves properly. This time, they didn’t. You didn’t even have to ask me. You can ask any of the players or coaches they really know.”

“Perry (Minassian) was in a difficult situation. I understand that. Let me just put it that way. I will really rely on the feelings of the coaches and the players.”

Madon also said he wants to continue managing. “Of course I want to run,” he told Rosenthal. “I’m really good at it.”

Nevin, 51, is in his first season as the Angels’ head coach after spending the previous four seasons with the New York Yankees in the same role. This is his first management job in MLB, although he has extensive management experience at the Triple-A level, and has interviewed for several management positions in the major leagues in recent years.

Madonne, 68, was on the last guaranteed year of his contract, which included a club option for 2023. With a career record of 1,382-1,216 (.532), Maddon ranks 31st of all time in managerial wins and 31st of all time in Games managed.

The Angels will play the second game of their four-game series at home with the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

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