Angels fire brigade manager Joe Maddon in the team’s lost history
Last week, speaking to reporters on the road between the stadium and the stadium at Yankee Stadium, Angels Perry Minasian general manager confirmed that a major shock is needed for a team that has lost six straight games and is moving forward.
“Our goal in two months is to be integrated, and we are integrated,” Minasian said. “I’m not a person to do nothing after a week.”
The two-week loss, however, was a big enough example to spark interest that sounded amazing through the clubhouse and the game.
The Angels, after suffering a 12-game losing streak that hampered their good start, fired manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday and named third coach Phil Nevin as the permanent manager for the entire season. They then went out and lost their 13th game in a row, 6-5 in Boston in 10 innings.
“A difficult day,” said Minasian at a press conference. “This is not something I think will happen in the last three weeks, but I saw it would be useful for the team to change.”
Minasian, in his second year as GM, began considering the move a few days ago. The idea, which Minasian said he made without consulting players or coaches, appeared on his way to the stadium Tuesday morning. He phoned the owner Arte Moreno, who agreed to the move, and went to Maddon’s home in Long Beach to give a story.
“It was a time for new words,” Minasian said. “We haven’t played well in the last two weeks. There hasn’t been a single part of the game when we’ve been better. We have fought on the hill, on the plate, on the defense, on the subways. One thing I can say is that the effort has been great. ”
The Angels were 24-13 and tied for first place with Houston in the American League West on May 15. They lost 16 of their next 19 games to fall 27-29 and 8 masewera games behind the Astros to enter Tuesday night.
Mike Trout opened the game with a double-run homer, however he had to be eliminated in the third round with a “left groin wash” and Angelo fell to the Red Sox after failing to catch a late, losing streak. binding the longest in the history of patent.
The line-up has shown a downside with the bullpen, which has shot seven times or six times in 13 games, and a missed error that only got 12 games in seven games before Tuesday.
The most devastating blow was Sunday in Philadelphia, when nearby Raisel Iglesias handed a huge lead to Bryce Harper in the eighth inning and Jimmy Herget left the runway, a three-run run to No. 9th striker Bryson Stott in the ninth inning for a 9-7 loss.
“We did well in April, half of May, but three weeks ago to be honest, we didn’t play the kind of baseball we played for the first time,” Minasian said. “I’m not putting this on Joe. It’s not his fault. It’s all up to us.”
Maddon, in the final year of a three-year, $ 12-million deal that includes choosing $ 4 million next year, was shocked but not crushed by Tuesday’s news.
“I’m doing well,” Maddon said. “I mean honestly. Do not feel sorry for me. I am well. I went for a bike ride today. I play golf [Wednesday] morning at 9:15 p.m. I hope there are great opportunities in the future. “
The Angels have spent seven years without reaching the playoffs, but expectations were higher this year as they strengthened their circle with Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen and strengthened their bullpen by keeping Iglesias and adding veterans Aaron Loup, Ryan Tepera and Archie Bradley.
Six weeks into the season, Angels fans’ hopes grew. The rotation looked good, with the young Reid Detmers left-handed even throwing without a hit, and the relief work was difficult, especially.
Trout returned from a calf injury and regained form which made him an all-time three-time AL player, hitting .328 and 1,129 on base-plus-slugging percent, 12 homers and 26 RBIs in his first 39 games. Right-hand Taylor Ward was seen as a threat to the Three Crowns, hitting .375 and 1,209 OPS, nine homers and 23 RBIs in his first 29 games. several pains.
But Ward hit a wall on May 15, injuring his neck and shoulder, and has not been the same fighter since. Rendon injured his right arm and was placed on the May 28 injury list.
Trout entered the tailpin, advancing 26 at-bats without hitting. Shohei Ohtani could not repeat his 2021 MVP season, hitting .242 with .771 OPS, 11 homers and 32 RBIs.
“Several guys were injured, we lost the game late, and it was difficult,” Maddon said. “We didn’t fight, and we faced a lot of challenges on a difficult trip.
“It’s a baseball moment, part 162 you have to fight. But you don’t give up on them. I can’t stop hanging out with my guys, and they won’t let me down.”
The boys felt as if they had dropped Maddon.
“Joe is guilty, but it’s up to the players – we’re the ones who play the game,” Bradley said. “We will not lose 12 next, Joe Maddon is not fired. I take it upon myself. I take it as a wake-up call, and I think the team does too. We need to fix the man in the boat.”
He has tried to do so with the new captain at Nevin, the former Placentia El Dorado High School and Cal State Fullerton star. Nevin, 51, played 12 years in the major leagues before serving seven years as manager of the junior league and five as the third coach of the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees before joining the Angels.
“What Nev brings to the table – a different voice, a different style – will help the room, help us refresh and help us win games,” said Minasian before the game. “We are in 12 losing games, but we have 1 game left from the show. Bad as we played two weeks ago, there is a chance ahead of us.”
Although he was grateful for the opportunity to lead in the big leagues for the first time, Nevin admitted that the promotion was painful.
“I wanted this opportunity, but this is not how I think,” Nevin said. “I thought it would be a fun day to talk to the players, the media, the staff … but this is happening differently, and I don’t feel the same. I’m happy, absolutely, with the conversations I’ve had. [Maddon] calm me down. He told me to take this opportunity and run with it, and be the person I am, which I plan to do. “