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Angels fire manager Joe Maddon

L.a. angeles and Maddon part ways with club mired in 12-game losing streak


ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Los Angeles Angels fired manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday with the team mired in a 12-game losing streak.

Third base coach Phil Nevin will now serve as the interim manager for Los Angeles.

The 68-year-old Maddon went 130-148 with the Angels, who hired him before the coronaviru­s-shortened 2020 season for his self-described dream job. Maddon spent three decades of his career as a player and coach for the Angels before going on to an impressive managerial career that has included three Manager of the Year awards.

After finishing with losing records in Maddon’s first two seasons, the Angels were off to a strong 27-17 start this year before the losing streak began. Heading into Tuesday’s contest with Boston, the Angels were one loss shy of tying the longest skid in franchise history, and the slump has dropped them 8 1/2 games behind Houston for the AL West lead after being in first place on May 15.

The Angels were shut out

1-0 in Maddon’s final game by the Boston Red Sox and journeyman starter Michael Wacha, who threw a three-hitter against the Halos’ star-studded lineup Monday night.

Maddon departs with the Angels in a 3-16 skid overall since May 15, when they were 24-13.

Los Angeles’ offense, which was among the majors’ best in the first six weeks, has scored only 35 runs during its 12-game losing

streak with a minus-43 run differenti­al. The Halos’ pitching staff has devolved into the ineffectiv­eness that has plagued the franchise’s last several seasons, posting an AL-worst 6.31 ERA during the streak.

Owner Arte Moreno’s big-budget club has finished with six consecutiv­e losing records in the longest active skid in the majors despite a roster headlined by former AL MVPs Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, who have both never

won a playoff game.

The Angels’ seven-year playoff drought is also tied for the third-longest in baseball, yet they appeared to be well on their way to making the expanded field this fall before their confoundin­g current skid.

The streak forced a dismal end to what Maddon hoped would be a storybook conclusion to his career back in the Pennsylvan­ia native’s adopted home in Orange County. The genial, talkative bench boss excelled as a manager for nine seasons in Tampa Bay and five more with the Chicago Cubs, who famously ended their 108-year World Series championsh­ip drought during his tenure in 2016.

Maddon is 1,382-1,216 in parts of 19 seasons as a manager.

Nevin is the Angels’ third manager in just over four seasons since Moreno cut ties with Mike Scioscia, who ran the Angels’ dugout for 19 years and won their only World Series championsh­ip. Maddon was Scioscia’s bench coach during that title season.

The Halos dismissed manager Brad Ausmus after just one terrible season in late 2019, and the move appeared to be made because Maddon had just come on the market after parting ways with the Cubs. Moreno then fired general manager Billy Eppler and hired Perry Minasian after the 2020 season, but the first-time GM appeared to get along splendidly with Maddon.

The 51-year-old Nevin is the first Orange County native to manage the Angels. He played 12 major league seasons for six teams, including the Angels in 1998. He has never been a manager above the Triple-A level, but he spent four seasons as the New York Yankees’ third base coach before joining Maddon’s staff this season.

Maddon is the second manager to be fired this season. Philadelph­ia’s Joe Girardi was dismissed last week, and the Phillies promptly swept the Angels.

 ?? ASHLEY LANDIS/AP ?? LOS ANGELES ANGELS’ MANAGER JOE MADDON, left, disputes a stolen base call during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim on Monday.
ASHLEY LANDIS/AP LOS ANGELES ANGELS’ MANAGER JOE MADDON, left, disputes a stolen base call during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim on Monday.

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