The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are expected to announce Joe Maddon as their next manager, per the Angels Twitter account.
OFFICIAL: The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to terms with manager Joe Maddon. pic.twitter.com/PKZHBaljl8
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) October 16, 2019
The 65-year-old veteran manager had previously spent 31 years with the Angels organization when he first signed as an undrafted free-agent catcher in 1975. Before leaving for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006 Maddon had served as a minor league manager, scout, roving hitting instructor, and a major league coach. Maddon led the Rays to a World Series appearance after they had suffered back-to-back 90 loss seasons. He won his second Manager of the Year award in 2011 if you remember that was the magical game 162 season that clinched the Rays a playoff berth.
Maddon left the Rays in 2015 to manage for the Chicago Cubs. In his first season, Maddon won the Cubs’ first World Series title in 108 years. During Maddon’s four years with the Cubs, they reached the playoffs three out of the four years reaching the NLCS in 2017 and the NL Wild Card game in 2018.
The team he inherits in the Angels won just 72 games in 2019 and fired Brad Asmus after just one season. That leads one to believe that Maddon was their target the whole time and they needed to wait until he became a free agent. Anticipate Maddon to have a long leash with the Angels organization as he seems to have been their managerial target for a while.