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Theo Epstein seems surprised by Joe Maddon’s comments about Cubs departure

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Theo Epstein seems surprised by Joe Maddon’s comments about his departure from the Chicago Cubs.

Maddon talked about his Cubs departure as part of a feature by ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez that you should definitely read.

In the feature, Maddon, who is now the manager of the Angels, talked about why he left the Cubs and said it came down to philosophical differences.

“Philosophically, Theo needed to do what he needed to do separately. At some point, I began to interfere with his train of thought a little bit. And it’s not that I’m hardheaded. I’m inclusive. But when I started there — ’15, ’16, ’17 — it was pretty much my methods. And then all of a sudden, after ’18 going into ’19, they wanted to change everything,” Maddon told Gonzalez.

Maddon also said he knew during last season that he didn’t want to return as the Cubs’ manager.

Epstein, who has been with the Cubs since after the 2011 season, gave a response to reporters Tuesday. Epstein said he was surprised to hear that Maddon knew during the season that he wouldn’t return.

The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney also quoted Epstein as saying he would take the high road in response to Maddon.

There is nothing acrimonious between the two men; both sides probably knew it was best to move on. And maybe Maddon didn’t vocalize it, but perhaps he knew deep down that he was ready for a change.

Epstein spent much of last year threatening big changes, and those threats did not produce positive results for the team. Maybe things will be different this year.

Joe Maddon dreaming of beating Cubs in World Series

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Joe Maddon wishes his former team well but has a dream that involves beating them.

Maddon was introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a press conference in Anaheim on Thursday. The new team manager spoke about his time with the Cubs and said he has fond feelings for his former franchise. He also shared that his “pipe dream” is to play the Cubs in the World Series and beat them.

Maddon spent the past five seasons as the Cubs’ manager before they let his contract expire after failing to make the playoffs this season. He had a .581 winning percentage with the Cubs, took them to the NLCS three times, and finally broke the curse by winning the World Series in 2016.

The 65-year-old spent 31 years in the Angels’ organization as a player and a coach at multiple levels of the team’s system. He was the bench coach when the Angels won the World Series in 2002.

Joe Maddon already discussing implementing ‘Angels Method’

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It’s safe to say Joe Maddon has big plans for the Los Angeles Angels.

In his first conference call since being named Angels’ manager, Maddon said he intends to implement an “Angels Method” akin to what former managers emphasized.

This is probably what the Angels were hoping for when they hired Maddon given his deep ties to the organization. Before becoming manager of the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the 2006 season, Maddon had spent three decades in the Angels’ organization. He was deeply familiar with the coaches and system in place there, and given Scioscia’s success at the helm, it’s probably a worthwhile system.

Maddon’s return to the organization and the effort to get back to the old days may involve old coaches coming back to the organization as well.

Report: Mike Butcher could return to Angels as pitching coach under Maddon

The Los Angeles Angels have already officially brought back one familiar face to their coaching staff, and now another may soon be following suit.

In the wake of the team announcing Joe Maddon as their new manager on Wednesday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported that Mike Butcher is under consideration to return to his former position of Angels pitching coach.

Butcher, who was a former Angels reliever as well, was the team’s pitching coach from 2007 to 2015 before being let go. He had served as the pitching coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the last four seasons.

The Angels’ rotation is easily their weakest point, so perhaps hiring the last coach under which their pitching staff was fairly decent might make sense.

Angels officially name Joe Maddon their next manager

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Joe Maddon was considered the frontrunner to land the Los Angeles Angels manager job from the moment he parted ways with the Chicago Cubs, and the move has now been made official.

The Angels announced on Wednesday that Maddon has been named their next manager. Numerous reports indicated the sides agreed to a three-year deal.

Maddon has deep ties to the organization, as he was with the Angels for 31 years as a player and coach before he was named the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. There was a report about one other veteran manager being considered the favorite after meeting with LA’s ownership, but that was likely never the case.

The Angels fired Brad Ausmus after his lone 72-90 season with the team. They were apparently planning to part ways with him even before Maddon split with the Cubs, but it would be a surprise if Maddon’s availability played no role at all in their decision.

Joe Maddon, Angels close to announcing manager deal

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There has been some uncertainty about whether or not Joe Maddon will wind up with the Los Angeles Angels because of some of the high-profile managerial jobs that have opened up across Major League Baseball, but the two sides are close to finalizing a deal.

Jon Heyman of Fancred reported on Wednesday that Maddon and the Angels are expected to have an agreement in place in the very near future.

Maddon was viewed as the most logical fit for the Angels from the moment the Chicago Cubs decided to part ways with him. The 65-year-old has deep ties to the organization, as he was with the Angels for 31 years as a player and coach before he was named the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. There was a report about one other veteran manager being considered the frontrunner after meeting with LA’s ownership, but that was likely never the case.

The Angels fired Brad Ausmus after his lone 72-90 season with the team. They were apparently planning to part ways with him even before Maddon split with the Cubs, but it would be a surprise if Maddon’s availability played no role at all in their decision.

Joe Maddon still considered frontrunner for Angels job despite John Farrell report

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Joe Maddon has understandably been considered the frontrunner to become the next manager of the Los Angeles Angels from the moment the Chicago Cubs parted ways with him, and that has not changed despite the rumblings we have heard about the team’s interview process.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reported on Thursday that Angels owner Arte Moreno was so impressed with former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell when he interviewed him that Farrell has now emerged as the favorite to land the LA job. However, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com later dismissed that report as “not true” and said Maddon remains the frontrunner, though it is not a done deal.

If nothing else, it sounds like Maddon taking the Angels job may be less of a foregone conclusion than it was a few days ago. That could have something to do with the Philadelphia Phillies firing Gabe Kapler on Thursday, as Maddon may now want to hear what they have to say before he makes a decision.

Maddon will essentially have his pick of several jobs, but the Angels make the most sense for him. The 65-year-old was with the Angels organization for 31 years as a player and coach before he was named the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, so it would be a surprise if he ended up somewhere else.

Report: Joe Maddon expected to be announced as Angels manager this week

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All signs continue to point to Joe Maddon becoming the Los Angeles Angels’ next manager.

Earlier on Monday, a report said Maddon to the Angels was a “done deal.” Later in the evening, Bleacher Report MLB reporter Scott Miller said the Angels were expected to announce Maddon as their manager a day or two after interviewing him.

Maddon spent 31 years in the Angels’ organization as a player and a coach at multiple levels of the team’s system. He was the bench coach when the Angels won the World Series in 2002.

The Angels would be fortunate to have a manager who took the Cubs and Rays to World Series and won the Cubs’ first championship in over 100 years. The Cubs decided not to bring Maddon back after his contract expired following the season, one in which the Cubs collapsed late and missed the playoffs.

Report: Joe Maddon as Angels manager ‘basically a done deal’

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The long-awaited hiring of Joe Maddon as manager of the Los Angeles Angels appears to be moving forward.

According to various reports, Maddon interviewed with the Angels on Monday, and people close to Maddon believe the hiring will happen. That is according to Andy Martino of SNY, who reported that people close to Maddon view it as “basically a done deal.”

The Angels have other interviews to proceed with, but this has long looked like a likely scenario. Maddon spent 30 years in the Angels’ organization as a player and a coach at multiple levels of the team’s system, and was the bench coach when the Angels won the World Series in 2002. That was probably reason enough to draw him to the franchise once again. It looks like it’s going to happen.

Angels reportedly Joe Maddon’s first choice of manager job

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Multiple teams are interested in bringing in Joe Maddon as their manager, but one team seems to have a better shot than the rest.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Angels are Maddon’s top choice, and he is set to interview with them this week.

Maddon is said to have interest from another California team as well, but they don’t have the same organizational ties. Maddon spent decades in the Angels’ organization and they have always been regarded as a favorite. It may be that they’re the singular favorite to land him.