The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to hire 2016 World Series winner Joe Maddon as their next manager, the team announced Wednesday.
“OFFICIAL: The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to terms with manager Joe Maddon,” the Angels tweeted Wednesday morning.
Maddon’s hiring seemed assured when, upon being let go by the Cubs, the Angels soon parted company with manager Brad Ausmus after just one season.
Maddon spent 31 years with the Angels organization. From 1975 to 2005, Maddon was a player, minor league coach and manager and major league coach and interim manager with the team. The fact that Maddon has a long history with the team, the fact that he is considered to have one of the brightest minds in the game, and the fact that he has a personality that has been described as laid back, makes it a natural fit.
Also making him a natural fit is the fact that Maddon has maintained a home in Long Beach not only when he was with the Angels but throughout his multiple stops since leaving the organization.
The fact that Maddon lives in Long Beach will no doubt reignite speculation about whether the Angels will entertain relocating to the city that has openly pursued the franchise, as first reported by the Long Beach Post.
Considered one of the most innovative managers in the game, he guided the long dreadful Tampa Bay Rays to the World Series in 2008 and then, after signing on with the Cubs, delivered that team to the 2016 World Series where it won its first championship in 108 years.
The Angels signing of Maddon points out how motivated the team is to win. Though Mike Trout—seen as the game’s greatest player who has been on the team since 2011—acknowledged the Angels have managed to get to just one postseason series, which they lost.
Maddon’s deal with the Angels was reported to be for three years, but no details were immediately released.
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