The Los Angeles Angels’ free fall from having one of the best records in the American League to a 12-game losing streak cost Joe Maddon his job Tuesday.
General manager Perry Minasian recommended making the move to Arte Moreno, then drove to Maddon’s house to give him the news
Third base coach Phil Nevin will be the interim manager for the rest of the season, beginning Tuesday night when the Angels (27-29) host Boston.
130-148 with the Angels, who hired him before the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season for his self-described dream job.
Maddon spent three decades of his career as a player and coach for the Angels before going on to an impressive managerial career that has included three Manager of the Year awards.
Los Angeles’ offense, which was among the majors’ best in the first six weeks, has scored only 35 runs during its 12-game losing streak with a minus-43 run differential.
AL MVPs Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have struggled. Trout has only one hit in his last 28 at-bats while Ohtani is batting .180 (7 for 39) during the losing streak.
Moreno’s big-budget club has finished with six consecutive losing records in the longest active skid in the majors despite a roster headlined by Trout and Ohtani, who have both never won a playoff game.
The Angels’ seven-year playoff drought is also tied for the third-longest in baseball, yet they appeared to be well on their way to making the expanded field this fall before their confounding current skid.