Amidst their 13-game losing skid, the Angels chose to let Maddon go and give the manager job to Phil Nevin for the time being.
Nevin will fill the role in an interim capacity.
The Angels are now 27-30 and sit 9.5 games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West, and now tied for second with the Texas Rangers.
Following the decision to relieve Maddon of his duties, he had some interesting comments that might just raise a few eyebrows.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweeted what Maddon had to say yesterday after the decision was made to fire him.
Joe Maddon reaction to being fired by #Angels: "I’m doing really well. I mean that sincerely, don’t feel bad for me, I’m good." How so? "I went for bike ride, playing golf tomorrow morning at 9:15 a.m. … I told Perry (GM) he had to do what he has to do. Don't feel bad for me."
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) June 7, 2022
Is Maddon Content With Being Fired?
These are some interesting comments by Maddon, and they suggest that maybe he wasn’t fully invested in his team.
It’s kind of odd for him to be this upbeat after losing his job, unless of course he’s saying all of this to hide his true feelings on the matter, which is entirely possible.
Maddon is kind of a happy go lucky guy, but it’s weird to see him acting so upbeat after he was fired.
The fact that he also told the GM to do what he has to do suggests that he doesn’t really care about losing his job and that maybe he wasn’t happy managing this squad.
The way he talks about going for a bike ride and playing golf the next day makes it seem as if something else might have been going on behind the scenes.
What, if anything, was going on behind the scenes, we may not know for a while, but these are some really odd comments made by Maddon.