The Los Angeles Angels, who were 27-17 a couple of weeks ago, have lost 12 games in a row and are mess at the moment.
The ugly streak has resulted in the second manager losing his job in the 2022 season: the Angels have fired Joe Maddon, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
“The Los Angeles Angels have fired manager Joe Maddon in the midst of a 12-game losing streak,” Passan tweeted.
The Los Angeles Angels have fired manager Joe Maddon in the midst of a 12-game losing streak.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 7, 2022
The club named Phil Nevin as the interim manager for the moment, and it’s unclear if they are going to try and find a replacement to take over or leave Nevin to finish out the season.
Maddon Was Never Able To Turn The Angels Into Contenders
Maddon finishes his two-plus year stint with Los Angeles with a mediocre 157-172 record: much more was expected from the man that took the Tampa Bay Rays to a World Series in 2008 and delivered a trophy to the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
The Angels’ issues as a franchise go well beyond who is in charge of the dugout.
Just in the last couple of years, they decided to seriously address an organizational lack of impact pitching, prioritizing the acquisition of talent through the draft, in free agency, and via trade.
But fans, players, and especially, the front office probably expected more from Maddon.
The losing streak was certainly untimely, and it ended up costing Maddon his job.