By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Angels have hired Joe Maddon as the team’s next manager. He replaces Brad Ausmus to lead the team.
Ausmus was the team’s manager for one season before being fired. When Ausmus was fired, the speculation began immediately that Maddon was the team’s target.
Maddon’s deal is reportedly three-year deal. He will receive between $36-45 million over the lifetime of the deal.
The Angels hope that Maddon can bring the team back to the playoffs. The team has not made the playoffs since the 2014 season despite having arguably the best player in the league in Mike Trout.
Ausmus guided the team to a 72-90 record in his first season with the team.
In his final season with the Cubs, Maddon went 84-76. This was his worst record during his five-year tenure, as he won 90-plus games, including 103 wins during the 2016 season.
Maddon returns to the Angels, where he previously was employed. He served as a coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – the team’s former name – from 1994 through 2005.
The 65-year-old West Hazleton, Pennsylvania native also managed the California Angels and Anaheim Angels – two of its former names, as well – in 19996 and 1999.
He worked 31 years in total for the Angels franchise. He worked his way up from a roving minor league hitting instructor, scout, and minor league manager to being a coach for the team.
After leaving the Angels franchise, Maddon was the manager for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, before their transition to the Tampa Bay Rays. He managed the team from 2006 through 2014.
Under his leadership, Maddon guided the Rays to their first-ever World Series appearance. The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Rays in 2008.
Following his departure from the Rays, he was hired by the Chicago Cubs. He spent five years with the franchise.
Maddon broke the curse of the Billy Goat as he guided the Cubs to their first World Series in 108 years in 2016. This was Maddon’s second World Series Championship, as he was also a part of the 2002 Angels team that won it all.
In 16 years as an MLB manager, he has 1,252 wins and 1,068 losses. He also has one tie on his record that came in 2016.
As a playoff manager, he is 13-17, including his two World Series appearances.