Sounds Like Joe Maddon Could Be the Angels' New Manager Any Day Now

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Sounds Like Joe Maddon Could Be the Angels’ New Manager Any Day Now

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Good for Joe Maddon. None of what happened was ever a reflection of the quality of his work with the Chicago Cubs, or of his capability to be the right manager elsewhere going forward. So I’m glad this is happening for him.

Maddon reportedly interviewed with his former organization yesterday, and could be named the top dog any moment now:

When the Cubs and Maddon decided to part ways after five years, the Angels fired their first-year manager Brad Ausmus almost immediately. Sure, they played all the right notes about wanting a different guy, lots of candidates, yada yada, but it was pretty transparent to everyone that they wanted Maddon. And, it certainly seemed logical that Maddon would want the Angels.

If it happens, it’ll be another great challenge for Maddon. Despite superstars and a healthy payroll, they haven’t had a winning record since 2015, and have made the playoffs just once in the last decade. With Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and maybe Gerrit Cole(?), Maddon would certainly have a group to work with.

Back to his old stomping grounds, where he made his bones as a bench coach in the early 2000s …

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.