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12-game skid costs Joe Maddon his job with the Angels

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

For the second time in the past week, a Major League Baseball team has fired its manager. The Los Angeles Angels have fired manager Joe Maddon.

This comes five days after the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi on Friday. These two teams played a weekend series.

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Under interim manager Rob Thomson, the Phillies swept the Angels. And in Thomson’s first game as interim manager, the Phillies beat the Angels 10-0.

The Phillies outscored the Angels 26-7 in the three-game series. The Angels lost 12 straight games before Maddon was fired.

“A little bit,” Maddon said to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal after his departure. “Actually, a lot. You always rely on people in charge to read the tea leaves properly. This time, they did not. You didn’t even have to ask me. You can ask any of the players or coaches. They’re the ones who really know.

“Perry (Minasian) was in a tough spot. I understand that. Let me just put it that way. I would really rely on the sentiments of the coaches and the players.”

Minasian is the Angels’ General Manager. He has named Phil Nevin as the interim manager for the rest of the season.

Nevin was in his first season as the Angels’ third base coach. Before being hired by the Angels, he was the New York Yankees’ third base coach for four seasons.

This will be Nevin’s first managerial position at the MLB level. He was previously a Triple-A manager.

His first opportunity with the Angels as their manager will be on Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox.

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Maddon came to the Angels in 2020. He previously managed the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Cubs. He managed the Cubs to the 2016 World Series.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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