ANAHEIM, Calif. (CBS/AP) – After Joe Maddon became the man to win the Cubs World Series trophy for the first time in 108 years, many fans were sad to see him go three years later after the Cubs missed the playoffs for the first time since.
Maddon joined the Los Angeles Angels after the 2019 season. On Tuesday, the Angels fired Maddon after a 12-game losing streak.
Third baseman coach Phil Nevin will serve as interim manager when the Angels (27-29) host Boston on Tuesday night.
Maddon, 68, went 130-148 with the Angels, who signed him ahead of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season for his self-proclaimed dream job. Maddon spent three decades of his career playing and coaching the Angels before going on to an impressive managerial career that included three Manager of the Year awards.
After finishing with losing records in Maddon’s first two seasons, the Angels got off to a strong 27-17 start this year before their current losing streak began. They are one loss away from tying the longest slippage in franchise history, and the crunch dropped them 8½ games behind Houston for the AL West lead after being in first place on May 15.
The Angels were shut out 1-0 in Maddon’s last game by the Boston Red Sox and fellow starter Michael Wacha, who threw a three-hitter against the star-studded Halos on Monday night.
The Angels have been on a 3-16 slip overall since May 15, when they went 24-13.
The Los Angeles offense, which was among the best in the majors through the first six weeks, scored just 35 points during its 12-game losing streak with a minus-43 point differential. The pitching staff of the Halos turned into the inefficiency that has plagued the franchise’s past seasons, posting an AL-worst 6.31 ERA during the streak.
Owner Arte Moreno’s big-money club finished with six consecutive losing streaks in the longest active skid in the majors despite a roster led by former AL MVPs Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, both of whom have no never won a playoff game.
The Angels’ seven-year playoff drought is also tied for third-longest in baseball, but they appeared to be on track to make the field wide this fall before their current confusing skid.
The streak forced a dismal end to what Maddon hoped would be a storybook conclusion to his career at the Pennsylvania native’s adopted home in Orange County. The genial, talkative bench boss excelled as a manager for nine seasons at Tampa Bay and five with the Cubs — including that enchanting 2016 season.
Maddon is 1,382-1,216 in 19 seasons as a manager.