Angels GM didn’t bother to speak with players

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The Los Angeles Angels controversially fired manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday afternoon.

The team had lost its 12th game in a row and lost a heartbreaking game on Sunday (it was leading 5-0 at one point).

Maddon goes with a losing record in just over two seasons with the club.

Phil Nevin was named interim manager, and he already had a losing first game on Tuesday: the Angels’ losing streak is 13 games.

Los Angeles Times reporter Mike DiGiovanna, who has covered the Angels for years, explained the front office decision-making process that led to Maddon’s firing.

He said the players were not consulted at any time.

“#Angels General manager Perry Minasian said he had “no interaction with players or coaches” before making the decision to fire general manager Joe Maddon. Only consulted owner Arte Moreno and prez team John Carpino,” DiGiovanna tweeted.

The Angels must step up their game to avoid being left behind again

In reality, a general manager doesn’t really have to ask players their opinion on baseball-related matters, but it’s not uncommon to see them approach some of the veterans on the team, or the captain, if he there is one.

But Minasian apparently made his decision without really knowing the clubhouse dynamics that may or may not have led to the recent slip-up.

It is certainly surprising that Mike Trout or Shohei Ohtani were not consulted on such an important decision for the future of the team.

The 27-30 Angels will see their slim playoff hopes vanish if they don’t start winning games in clusters.

With the playoffs expanded, they still have time to get in on the fun, but they’ll have to play much, much better baseball.

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