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Maddon returns to the organization where he played, scouted, and coached for 31 years.
The Angels have hired former Cubs and Rays skipper Joe Maddon as their new manager, the team announced Wednesday morning. This news has seemed like an all-but-certain possibility since Los Angeles fired Brad Ausmus the day after the regular season, clearing the way for a reunion with Maddon — and doing so in virtually the same way the Cubs did when they poached Maddon from Tampa Bay in 2015, firing incumbent manager Rick Renteria after one season just to open up the spot:
OFFICIAL: The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to terms with manager Joe Maddon. pic.twitter.com/PKZHBaljl8
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) October 16, 2019
USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale is reporting that Maddon’s deal is for three years. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers had previously reported that the contract was expected to be for three years and between $12-15 million.
While the 65-year-old Maddon has drawn some ire in recent years for an inability to relate to younger players and some questionable bullpen moves, he has an extremely strong résumé, especially for someone who didn’t get a full-time managerial opportunity until he was 52 years old. Including stints as the Angels’ interim manager in 1996 and ‘99, Maddon has a lifetime 1,252-1,068 record. The Cubs’ 84-78 record this season — still a rather respectable finish — marked the first time that Maddon’s Cubs had finished with less than 92 wins and without a playoff spot in this five years on the job. Prior to heading to Chicago, he became the winningest manager in Rays history, leading the team to its first winning season (and first and only World Series berth) in 2008. They finished with a total of six straight winning seasons under Maddon from 2008-13, including five with 90 or more victories.