Joe Maddon Named Angels New Manager
Shocking absolutely nobody, Joe Maddon has agreed to a contract with the Angels. I (and anyone that covers baseball) told you a few weeks ago that the Angels would end up with Maddon as their new manager when they fired Brad Ausmus.
Maddon and the Angels agreed to a three-year deal, reportedly in the $12-15 million range. He has some stats to backup his price-tag, with a managerial record of 1,252-1,068, an AL Championship with the Rays in 2016 and a World Series win with the Cubs in 2015. This won’t be his first stint with the Angels, as he served as their interim manager in 1996 and 1999, and served as bench coach under the beloved long-time manager Mike Scioscia in 2002.
The Angels are fresh off their first 90-loss season since 1999 – way back when Maddon was asked to take over when Terry Collins was
canned relieved of his managerial duties. This losing season saw the fourth-place Angels with tough break after tough break. Tyler Skaggs died in July, and then the very next game after his death, hot-hitting infielder Tommy La Stella broke his leg. The season just never was theirs to win, despite having sluggers like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on their massive payroll. The lowest ERA among their starting rotation was held by Skaggs at 4.29. The team’s relievers didn’t fair much better, either. The team ERA as a whole was a dreary 5.12.
The team is also about to get heavily investigated and may face sanctions related to Skaggs’s death. Until now, the team has denied any knowledge of Skaggs’s apparent opioid problem, despite Eric Kay telling investigators that he told at least two employees about it. One of those employees was Tim Mead, who at the time was the VP of communications for the team and is now the president of the Baseball Hall of Fame/Museum in Cooperstown. Aside from a hefty fine, there might be some heads rolling depending on who knew what and when. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that at least a player or two knew as well.
Best of luck to you, Joe Maddon. You’re going to need it going into 2020 for sure.