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Report: Joe Maddon to interview for 2 MLB manager jobs

Joe Maddon in sunglasses

Mar 10, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon looks on prior to facing the Seattle Mariners in a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Maddon may not even need to take a gap year after being fired by the Los Angeles Angels a few months ago.

Chicago MLB insider Mike Rodriguez reported this week that the veteran manager Maddon will interview with both the Chicago White Sox and the Miami Marlins for their managerial vacancies.

The 68-year-old Maddon, a three-time Manager of the Year who guided the Chicago Cubs to a World Series victory in 2016, is looking for work after the Angels fired him in June. Maddon proved a scapegoat of sorts in Anaheim, as the team was 27-29 before firing Maddon and 46-60 afterward. Maddon also recently opened up about some of his issues with Angels management.

The Marlins mutually parted with manager Don Mattingly after the 2022 campaign, Mattingly’s seventh season in charge. Meanwhile, the White Sox are searching for a successor to Tony La Russa, who officially stepped down earlier this month due to health issues. Recent reports stated that Chicago is also eyeing another ex-World Series champion as a potential replacement.

Joe Maddon told Angels GM not to ever f—ing call down to dugout

Joe Maddon in sunglasses

Mar 10, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon looks on prior to facing the Seattle Mariners in a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels fired Joe Maddon on June 7 amid a lengthy losing streak. The team replaced Maddon with Phil Nevin, and they performed much worse after Maddon was canned.

Since losing his job, Maddon, 68, has collaborated with Tom Verducci on a new book called “The Book of Joe.” SI on Thursday published an excerpt from the book.

The excerpt illustrates Maddon’s view on the struggle between managers and front offices. According to Maddon, managers no longer think or act too independently. Rather, he says front offices control many roster decisions, including which relief pitchers are available on a day-to-day basis.

The micromanaging by the front office has made Maddon feel less and less valuable, and more and more like his territory — and what has made him successful — is being encroached upon.

The former Angels manager even shared a story of a conflict he had with Angels GM Perry Minasian.

According to Maddon, Minasian called down to the dugout after the Angels had broken open a May 9 game against the Rays. Once the Angels extended their lead from 6-3 to 11-3, Minasian called down to the dugout and told Maddon to remove Mike Trout from the game since Trout had complained of a groin issue prior to the game.

Trout played and later told Maddon the groin soreness had dissipated, but that didn’t matter to Minasian.

The next day, Maddon had a not-so-friendly message for Minasian when the two met in the manager’s office.

“Listen, don’t you ever f—— call down to the dugout again!” Maddon told Minasian.

A month later, Maddon was fired.

The Angels were in the middle of a 12-game losing streak when Maddon was fired. Still, the team had been so successful over the first two months under Maddon that even the big losing streak only made them 27-29.

The Angels lost two more games even after firing Maddon before ending their losing streak. They proceeded to go a much worse 46-60 under Nevin, completely tanking and even becoming trade-deadline sellers.

Minasian and Maddon might not have seen eye-to-eye, and Minasian might have felt the Angels needed a big change amid their losing streak. But the results showed that firing Maddon was a bad idea. Had they stayed the course, their fortunes likely would have turned, and they would have had a good shot at getting back over .500 rather than backsliding and going further in the wrong direction as they ended up doing.

H/T Barstool Sports

Joe Maddon has brutal quote about Angels after firing

Joe Maddon at a press conference

Joe Maddon was fired as manager of the Los Angeles Angels on June 7, ending a longtime association with the franchise. In a new interview, Maddon suggests that association is over for good.

Maddon played in the Angels organization from 1975 to 1979, then coached within the organization through 2005, totaling 31 years with the team. He returned as manager in 2020, which lasted until June. Those ties, according to Maddon, are broken now that he has been fired.

“It’s like, once that happened, I dissolved my affiliation with them,” Maddon told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. “There’s no emotion anymore. There’s no anything. It’s like to me they don’t even exist, organizationally.”

Maddon said he is still on excellent terms with some members of the team and coaching staff. However, the 68-year-old hinted at issues he sees in how the organization is run.

“The infrastructure needs to be improved. There’s a lot of things that need to be improved there,” Maddon said of the Angels. “… It’s the non-sexy stuff that has to get better. It’s not just bright, shiny objects — they have that.

“They need to do the infrastructure better in order to get to where we had been in the past. That was my goal, to get the Angels back to where we had been in the past. That was it. Nothing but pure intentions. I was an Angel. They had every ounce of me. And now that’s done.”

Maddon sounds a bit frustrated and bitter over his ouster. That is understandable in some ways. He spent a major portion of his baseball life with the team and it came to an incredibly abrupt end two months ago.

On the other hand, the Angels were not performing under Maddon. They have performed worse under interim manager Phil Nevin though. Perhaps Maddon could have fixed things given time, but the organization never looked completely devoted to him anyway.

Brutal anecdote emerges about Angels’ Joe Maddon firing

Joe Maddon in sunglasses

Mar 10, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon looks on prior to facing the Seattle Mariners in a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels fired manager Joe Maddon in the midst of a long losing streak. That much is understandable, but the exact timing of the firing wound up being pretty awkward and brutal for the manager.

ESPN aired a video essay on the state of the Angels prior to the team’s appearance on “Sunday Night Baseball.” In it, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian shared a pretty harsh story. With the Angels’ losing streak at 12 games, Maddon got a mohawk haircut in a bid to shake things up and break the streak. Angels players never even got to see the look, however, because Maddon was fired before he could even manage the next game.

Obviously, the Angels were not going to change their decision because of Maddon’s hairstyle. That’s still a pretty ridiculous visual to imagine the team’s brass informing Maddon of his dismissal right after he got a ridiculous haircut in a bid to reverse the team’s fortunes.

Maddon was not the only one trying anything possible to reverse the team’s fortunes. Ultimately, the streak extended to 14 games before it finally ended Thursday.

Angels never had much confidence in Joe Maddon entering season

Joe Maddon at a press conference

2022 was a make-or-break year for Joe Maddon as manager of the Los Angeles Angels. The team’s recent 12-game losing streak turned into a breaking point.

The Angels on Tuesday fired Maddon amid their losing streak in hopes that a new voice will help turn things around. They never really had much confidence in him this year anyway.

Maddon signed a 3-year deal with the Angels when he was hired to manage them prior to the 2020 season. He entered this season as a lame-duck manager; he had have a successful season to earn a contract extension.

The team started off strong. They were 27-17 and looked to be in good shape to make the postseason for the first time since 2014. But then they started losing games and couldn’t stop.

A big postseason run would have triggered a $4 million vesting option for the manager. But Maddon also had a $1 million buyout. According to reporter Bob Nightengale, the Angels never engaged in contract extension talks with Maddon.

Maddon went 130-148 (.468) over two-plus seasons as the team’s manager.

While the team has the flashy names in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, they have had several other gaping holes; poorly used funds; and several injuries.

Ohtani did not pitch in 2020; Trout was injured most of 2021; and Anthony Rendon has been injured for much of 2021 and 2021. The Angels gave out bad contracts to Albert Pujols, Justin Upton and Rendon, all of which hampered their ability to build well otherwise.

Maddon just wasn’t given a chance this year in what was his first full season with a reasonable roster and few injuries. Now it will be interim manager Phil Nevin’s turn to see what he can do.

Joe Maddon fired as manager of Angels

Joe Maddon in sunglasses

Mar 10, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon looks on prior to facing the Seattle Mariners in a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels are making a drastic change amid their horrific losing streak of late.

The Angels announced Tuesday that manager Joe Maddon has been fired. Third base coach Phil Nevin will be taking over as interim manager.

The former World Series champion Maddon was in his third season leading the Angels. He had gone 130-148 (.468) over that span and failed to reach the postseason with the team, despite having Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani (who won AL MVP in 2021) on the roster.

While the firing of Maddon is a massive shake-up, it is also not really that surprising. The Angels, after starting the season 27-17, are nursing a ghastly 12-game losing streak that is still active. If the playoffs were to start today, they would once again fail to qualify, even with an added third Wild Card spot this season.

It felt like somebody had to take the fall for the Angels’ catastrophic last couple of weeks. In the end, that guy ends up being Maddon, who was drawing scrutiny even when the Angels were winning.

Joe Maddon has theory about Yankees hitting Shohei Ohtani so well

Shohei Ohtani in the dugout

Aug 21, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani in the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani struggled against the New York Yankees on Thursday, but manager Joe Maddon thinks he knows the solution to the issues.

Ohtani lasted just three innings as the Los Angeles Angels lost 6-1 to the Yankees in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheaders. The Angels ace gave up eight hits, including three home runs, and got just three swings and misses in 75 pitches.

Maddon revealed after the game that he believed Ohtani had been tipping his pitches, and it was something the Yankees were able to pick up on without cheating.

Ohtani did not give much of an answer when asked if he felt the Yankees had something on him, and instead suggested asking hitters.

There is certainly the possibility that Ohtani was somehow tipping pitches, and some on Twitter had raised the point as well. Some pointed to a 101 mph fastball he threw to Matt Carpenter, a pitch Carpenter managed to be early on despite the velocity and its location.

The Yankees have faced accusations of stealing signs before, though Maddon was not suggesting that was happening here. If anything, the Angels manager seemed to be suggesting that the Angels needed to do a better job keeping their intentions secret. We may know more assuming Ohtani tries to make some corrections ahead of his next start.

Joe Maddon explains his controversial strategy against Rangers

Joe Maddon in sunglasses

Mar 10, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon looks on prior to facing the Seattle Mariners in a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels skipper Joe Maddon is no stranger to controversial managerial decisions, and we were all reminded of that on Friday night.

With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning of his team’s game against the Texas Rangers, Maddon made a decision. He concluded that the best course of action was to intentionally walk Corey Seager and put Texas up 4-2, much to the dismay of pitcher Austin Warren.

The decision to walk Seager added to the Rangers’ lead. And from there, things only got worse.

Following Seager’s walk, the Rangers cashed in on a sacrifice fly and then a balk by Warren. When the inning finally came to a close, Texas had a 6-2 lead.

After the game, Maddon explained his line of thinking.

“I thought by walking Seager, it would avoid the big blow. And just to stir up the group, quite frankly. It’s not something you normally do. I thought by going up there and doing something like that, the team might respond to something like that,” Maddon told reporters, via MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger.

Maddon is known for using interesting strategies when it comes to handling his players mentally.

As unconventional as the decision was, it did rally the team. The Angels stormed back with a five-run fifth inning before adding another two runs in the seventh. Raisel Iglesias then pitched a scoreless frame in the ninth to close out a 9-6 Los Angeles victory.

Maddon’s decision to intentionally walk a batter with the bases loaded was only the third such instance over the past 70 years. Coincidentally, he was also the last manager to issue a bases loaded intentional walk. The last time he did it came in 2008 when Tampa Bay Rays reliever Grant Balfour issued a walk to Josh Hamilton.

In 1998, the Arizona Diamondbacks also intentionally walked Barry Bonds with the bases loaded.

Angels manager clarifies surprising Mike Trout rumor

Mike Trout looks on

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon is setting the record straight after creating a bit of a snowstorm about Mike Trout’s status for 2022.

Over the weekend, Maddon sparked some rumors about the three-time MVP Trout potentially moving from center field to a corner spot following the calf strain that cost him most of last season.

“To play center field every day in the big leagues coming off a severe injury, that’s not gonna be easy,” said Maddon, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. “No conclusions have been made, but I’d be disingenuous if I didn’t tell you that this hasn’t been part of the conversation, because it has.”

Those comments created a bit of a stir. Thus, Maddon clarified the rumors Monday, saying that Trout will, in fact, be playing center field this season.

Trout himself also met with reporters on Monday. The 30-year-old said that he was surprised by the talk of him moving to a corner spot and added that he wants to remain in center field.

Center field is a tougher position with more ground to cover than a corner outfield spot. The Angels also have an excellent defender in Brandon Marsh who can play center field full-time instead. But Trout is the Angels’ franchise player and has been in center field for his entire career. As such, they would be wise to leave any such decision on a position change to Trout alone.

It sounds like Trout is content to stay in center field, so that figures to be the end of that conversation. It also means that we can probably look forward to more moments like this from Trout in the outfield.

Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Maddon: Anyone other than Shohei Ohtani getting MVP vote is ‘ridiculous’

Shohei Ohtani

Joe Maddon got to witness Shohei Ohtani’s incredible season up close. The Los Angeles Angels manager oversaw the team as Ohtani pitched and hit at All-Star levels. And he believes Ohtani should be the unanimous AL MVP.

Maddon spoke with AM 830’s Roger Lodge for an interview on Monday and did not hold back about his star player.

Maddon said that Ohtani “absolutely” had the best season in MLB history.

“To indicate or even suggest that he is not the MVP is ridiculous,” Maddon told ‘The SportsLodge with Roger Lodge.’ “How do you not reward somebody that’s had the best year in the history of Major League Baseball with the ultimate reward for individual achievement, which would be the AL MVP?

“It’s staggering to watch every day. And he does it with a lot of joy for the game,” Maddon said.

Maddon believes that Ohtani can repeat the huge season and even get better. He said that Ohtani could play more innings next season. He added that Ohtani might have more success at the plate if he has more protection in the batting order (top Angels hitters Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon were hurt most of the year).

“He is the AL MVP. Anybody else should not get a first-place vote. You’re talking about the best year in the history of our game,” Maddon said on Lodge’s show.

Ohtani smashed 46 home runs, drove in 100, scored 103 runs and had a .965 OPS. He also stole 26 bases and tied for the league lead with eight triples. As a pitcher, he was 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 130.1 innings. The question of who deserves AL MVP should be an open and shut case, but some people want to turn it into a debate. Maddon has a definitive response to those people.