The Major League Baseball coaching carousel has made its first major stop today. Former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been hired the Los Angeles Angels.
Los Angeles officially announced that they have agreed to terms with Maddon to be their new manager. Former manager Brad Ausmus was fired on September 30 after one year on the job and a 72–90 record.
The hire marks Maddon’s return to the Angels for the first time in over 15 years. He previously managed the team in short stints back in 1996 and 1999.
Maddon’s overall tenure with the Angels was significantly longer, running from 1975 until 2005 in a variety of roles.
OFFICIAL: The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to terms with manager Joe Maddon. pic.twitter.com/PKZHBaljl8
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) October 16, 2019
In 2006, Maddon was hired as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, leading them to an AL pennant in 2008. He opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay in 2014 after accumulating a 754-705 record.
Maddon then signed with the Chicago Cubs, and quickly turned the team from perennial losers into one of the best franchises in baseball.
In 2015, Maddon’s first year in charge, the Cubs made the NLCS for the first time since 2003 but were quickly swept by the New York Mets.
But in 2016, Maddon managed the team on a historic run that ended their decades-long streak of World Series failures by beating the Cleveland Indians to win the title.
Chicago would make the NLCS the next year and the NL Wild Card Game the year after that.
Unfortunately, the Cubs missed the playoffs this past year with a 84-78 record and the two sides decided not to renew his contract.
He now heads to Los Angeles, where the Angels have not made the playoffs in five years.
Can Maddon replicate the same magic he created in Chicago?