An­gels dis­miss Aus­mus af­ter just 1 sea­son

The Morning Call - - SPORTS -

Man­ager Brad Aus­mus was fired by the An­gels af­ter just one dif­fi­cult sea­son in charge.

GM Billy Ep­pler an­nounced the de­ci­sion to move on swiftly from Aus­mus on Mon­day, a day af­ter they fin­ished 72-90 for the fran­chise’s worst record since 1999.

The dis­missal of Aus­mus im­me­di­ately sparked spec­u­la­tion that for­mer An­gels bench coach Joe Mad­don, who parted ways with the Cubs one day ear­lier, will re­turn to the fran­chise where he spent three decades of his ca­reer.

A can­di­date of Mad­don’s mag­ni­tude would be an ob­vi­ous rea­son for such an abrupt change of plan by the An­gels, who have had four con­sec­u­tive los­ing sea­sons for the first time since 1993-96. Mad­don was with the An­gels when Arte Moreno bought the ball­club in 2003, and the two have a cor­dial re­la­tion­ship.

Aus­mus, 50, got a three-year con­tract last Oc­to­ber as the An­gels’ hand-picked re­place­ment for Mike Scios­cia, who spent 19 years on the An­gels bench and won their only World Se­ries ti­tle in 2002.

What a blast: Ma­jor league bat­ters fin­ished with 6,776 home runs, shat­ter­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 6,105 set two years ago.

Do­minic Smith hit the fi­nal long ball of the sea­son, a three-run drive in the 11th in­ning Sun­day off the Braves’ Grant Day­ton that lifted the Mets over the NL East champs 7-6.

The A’s Steven Pis­cotty started the bar­rage March 20 in Tokyo against the Mariners’ Marco Gon­za­les.

This year’s to­tal was 11% above the old record and 21% higher than last year’s 5,585.

The twins hit three home runs Sun­day to es­tab­lish the big league team record with 307, one more than the Yan­kees. The pre­vi­ous mark of 267 was set last year. This year’s Yan­kees be­came the first team with 14 play­ers reach­ing dou­ble-dig­its in home runs.

Strike­outs set a record for the 12th con­sec­u­tive sea­son at 42,823, up 4% from 41,207 last year and 33% from 32,189 in 2007.

A year af­ter strike­outs ex­ceeded hits for the time, by 189 (41,018 hits), the gap grew to 783 (42,040 hits).

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