The New York Mets are next on the Angels’ schedule. The Dodgers follow.
The Angels didn’t put Phil Nevin in a good position to succeed, at least not right away. But they had lost 12 straight games and believed a season was at stake.
Do something? They did that on Tuesday. When the Mets and Dodgers beat the Angels, you might be wondering why they did it.
Joe Maddon is out. Nevin is in. The clubhouse can breathe easy.
Believe Angels General Manager Perry Minasian Appreciation. He didn’t make a scapegoat for a hitting coach or pitching coach. He received approval from Angels owner Arte Moreno to fire self-employed manager Moreno. He didn’t wait for a more lenient part of the schedule.
Eventually that day came, and everyone knew it since Minasian hadn’t even discussed a new contract for Maddon, who was in the third year of a deal that guaranteed him three years. Over the winter, Minasian replaced some of Maddon’s handpicked coaches.
In a win-now organization, the pressure now rests solely on Minasian. Moreno has blessed him with autonomy that he did not grant to all of his general managers.
Jerry Dipoto was never able to hire his own manager. Billy Eppler had to wait until Mike Scioscia’s contract expired before hiring one. Minasian is now allowed to hire his own man.
This is how a modern major league organization should work. For the angels, better late than never. For Minasian, a first-time general manager working with a first-time major league manager, the results are on him, in an organization that doesn’t have long patience.
The Angels were 27-17 two weeks ago, with visions of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in the playoffs dancing in the minds of their fans. They are 27-29 today, still only 1 1/2 games away from a postseason spot.
They’re also just half a game ahead of the Texas Rangers. The Rangers shouldn’t be competitors.
During the 12-game losing streak, Trout hit .114 with a -0.3 WAR. Trout, Ohtani, Brandon Marsh and Andrew Velazquez all hit under .200. Anthony Rendon, Taylor Ward and David Fletcher are all on the injured list.
There are no prominent throwers on the injured list. The Angels earned run average over those 12 games: 6.40, the worst in the American League. Minasian’s impressive and expensive back end of a bullpen – Raisel Iglesias, Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera – imploded. It didn’t help when Maddon didn’t use Iglesias for eight days and then summoned him on day nine when he delivered a game-winning grand slam to Bryce Harper.
Maddon is 69. He wasn’t a long-term solution.
Now we’re finding out if it’s Minasian and if it could be Nevin or bench coach Ray Montgomery. Maddon’s firing may be warranted, and yet the Angels appear to be slipping back into the dysfunction that existed prior to the 2002 World Series Championship that is so prominent in Angels 2022 marketing.
The architects of this championship: Scioscia as manager, Bill Stoneman as general manager.
The Angels have had four general managers in 15 years since Stoneman retired from his position.
The Angels have had three managers in five years since Scioscia retired from his position.
The last Angels manager to last three full seasons alongside Scioscia: Gene Mauch. That was 35 years ago.
Ohtani joined the Angels in 2018. Nevin is his fourth manager in five seasons, and Nevin is not guaranteed in 2023.
This is the final season in which Ohtani is under the control of the angels. Going into free agency with his Angels tenure defined by five managers and zero postseason appearances, it was fun while it lasted.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-06-07/angels-joe-maddon-fired-perry-minasian-phil-nevin Joe Maddon firing puts pressure on Angels GM Perry Minasian