Angels dismiss Ausmus after just 1 season
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).