Joe Maddon Fired After 12 Straight Losses Sealed Joe Maddon’s Fate
Had it been entirely up to the Los Angeles Angels GM Perry Minasian, coach Joe Maddon could have been fired over the winter, with Buck Showalter replacing him.
The Angels decided to wait instead, giving Maddon one more chance to turn the Angels’ fates and end their seven-year drought after their season.
Their patience officially ended on Tuesday.
The Angels’ 12-game losing streak sealed Maddon’s fate, as he was fired on Tuesday and replaced by third-base coach Phil Nevin, who will manage the team for the rest of the season. Nevin, drafted before Hall of Famer Derek Jeter in the 1992 draft, became the first person to choose the #1 master draft to curate in the majors.
Maddon, despite mounting losses, was optimistic early Tuesday morning that the Angels could still turn things around in a text to USA TODAY Sports. He believes they can easily have a 12-match winning streak.
“Working on positive vibes and fundamentals,’’ he said. “The guys aren’t happy, but are together.’’
Well, the Angels front office had different thoughts, and when Minasian awoke, he called owner Arte Moreno to ask for permission to make the change. He drove to his house and fired Maddon, who had lost some key support in the clubhouse.
“Waking up today, I felt it was the right thing to do,’’ Minasian said at the Angels’ press conference. “I just felt it was the best decision for the organization.’’
It was a year ago when Albert Pujols was released by the Angels that he informed Minasian and president John Carpino that they would never win as long as Maddon was the manager. Several veterans privately thanked Pujols for speaking out. The Angels finished with their second consecutive fourth-place finish, but they stuck with Maddon, believing he deserved one more chance.
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