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The Angels have fired Joe Maddon

The team’s 12-game losing streak likely did him in.

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Joe Maddon helped bring the Cubs what we had all been waiting for, for 108 years.

He and the team moved on after 2019 and he signed a three-year deal to manage the Angels, the organization where he’d started his career and spent 31 years, including a couple of stints as interim manager in 1996 and 1999.

Maddon’s first two Angels teams were underachievers, in part due to injuries. But they got off to a great 27-17 start this year, and hopes were high in Anaheim.

Like last year’s Cubs, the Angels are in freefall, currently on a 12-game losing streak in which they’ve been outscored 78-35.

And so:

Maddon is 68 and I suspect his managerial career is over. It’s too bad he has to go out on a note like this, but... when teams do what the Angels are doing, the manager is often a scapegoat.

If this is it for Maddon, he finishes with 1,383 wins, 1,216 losses, the Cubs World Series title and another WS appearance for the Rays in 2008. Personally, I think being the manager who finally broke the drought should be enough for Maddon to get into the Hall of Fame in a few years. I certainly wish him well and have nothing but great memories of his five years as Cubs manager.


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