Angels fire manager Joe Maddon amid 12-game losing streak

The Los Angeles Angels fired manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday and the team was stuck on a 12-game losing streak.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels fired manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday while the team was stuck on a 12-game losing streak.

Third base coach Phil Nevin will be interim manager when the Angels (27-29) host Boston on Tuesday night.

Maddon, 68, went 130-148 with the Angels, who hired him for his self-proclaimed dream job ahead of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season. Maddon spent three decades of his career as a player and coach for the Angels before embarking on an impressive managerial career that included three Manager of the Year awards.

After losing records in Maddon’s first two seasons, the Angels started this year strong with 27-17 before their current losing streak began. They’re one loss away from tying the longest skid in franchise history, and the slump has dropped them 8 1/2 games behind Houston for the AL West lead after they finished first on May 15 .

The Angels were shut out 1-0 in Maddon’s final game by the Boston Red Sox and journeyman starter Michael Wacha, who threw a three-pointer against the Halos’ star-studded lineup on Monday night.

The Angels have been in a 3-16 streak overall since May 15 when they were 24-13.

The Los Angeles offense, which has been among the best in the majors in its first six weeks, has only 35 runs on a 43-run deficit during its 12-game losing streak. The Halos’ pitching team has morphed into the ineffectiveness that has plagued the franchise’s recent seasons, posting an AL-worst 6.31 ERA during the Streak.

Owner Arte Moreno’s big-budget club has finished with six straight losing records in the majors’ longest active skid, despite a roster led by former AL MVPs Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, both of whom have never played a playoff game have won.

The Angels’ seven-year playoff drought is also baseball’s third-longest, yet they appeared on track to hit the extended field this fall ahead of their bewildering current blip.

The series forced a somber ending to what Maddon hoped would be a fairytale conclusion to his career in the Pennsylvania native’s adopted home of Orange County. The friendly, talkative bench chief excelled as a manager for nine seasons at Tampa Bay and five more with the Chicago Cubs, who ended their 108-year World Series drought during his tenure in 2016.

Maddon is 1,382-1,216 in splits over 19 seasons as manager.

Nevin is the Angels’ third manager in just over four seasons since Moreno severed ties with Mike Scioscia, who managed the Angels’ dugout for 19 years and won their only World Series championship. Maddon was Scioscia’s bench coach during that title season.

The Halos fired manager Brad Ausmus after just one dreadful season in late 2019, and the move appeared to be made because Maddon had just come on the market after parting ways with the Cubs. Moreno then fired general manager Billy Eppler and hired Perry Minasian after the 2020 season, but the first-time GM seemed to hit it off with Maddon.

Nevin, 51, is the first Orange County native to manage the Angels. He played 12 seasons in the major leagues for six teams, including the Angels in 1998. He has never been a manager above Triple-A level, but he spent four seasons as the New York Yankees’ third-base coach before breaking into this one Season moved to Maddon’s staff.

Maddon is the second coach to be fired this season. Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was fired last week, and the Phillies promptly swept the Angels.

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Emma Bowman

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