Joe Maddon-to-LA has been a move that most people expected would happen, and it looks like it is on the verge of becoming official.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Los Angeles Angels are close to hiring Maddon as the team’s new manager. The Angels previously fired Brad Ausmus after one season as skipper.
Maddon spent the last five seasons with the Chicago Cubs, where he was highly successful. He led the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title and also reached the NLCS in 2015 and 2017.
Maddon has a long history with the Angels, which is why his hiring in SoCal seemed like a foregone conclusion. Starting in 1975, he spent three decades with the organization as a minor league player and manager and major league coach.
He also served as the team’s interim manager for portions of the 1996 and 1999 seasons.
Joe Maddon and #LAAngels are close to a deal to make him their next manager
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 16, 2019
Maddon owns an overall regular season managerial record of 1,252-1,068 with the Angels, Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays. He is 32-35 all-time in the postseason.
With Maddon off the board, there are still several managing vacancies that need to be filled, including major ones in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. San Diego, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Kansas City are also looking for new stewards.