Angels Fire Joe Maddon After 12 Straight Losses

The Los Angeles Angels have lost 12 straight games for the first time since 2016 and are now firing manager Joe Maddon.

Boy, that hit the fan quick.

Just a few weeks back, the Angels were beneficiaries of a much-improved pitching staff and that offense couldn’t stop hitting.


Now, Mike Trout’s bat is ice cold and the team can’t win a ballgame. That happens from time to time, but given the Angels’ track record of disappointment, they don’t have time for slow starts. The Angels now sit 8.5 games of the first-place Astros in a season that looks eerily similar to years past.

And whether fans agree with this move or not, you don’t drop a dozen ballgames in a row and keep your job. Skids happen, but teams don’t just trip into a black hole of a losing streak without issues in the clubhouse. Either players are giving up or they weren’t inspired by Joe Maddon anymore.

“The Angels have received Joe Maddon of his duties as Angels manager today,” the team said in a statement. “Phil Nevin has been named interim manager.”

Nevin is the man that couldn’t coach third base worth a lick for the Yankees last year. Players respect him, though. Maybe that’s what this team needs? Or just a cigarette?

Maddon won two World Series, one coming with the Cubs to break the curse in 2016 and the other with the Angels back in 2002.

He won Manager Of The Year three times and none of these accolades could save his job. A quality manager that may retire from baseball after this one…he’s 68 years old. Maybe it’s time to call it a career?

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. I’ve never understood Joe Maddon. He has the numbers, the record, the win % on the same level as hall of famers. But when you watch some of his moves, they are head scratchers. Yes, he won the World Series with the Cubs. But the lasting memories I have of his actions in that series are him almost losing Game 7 after the Indians gifted them the series. Its like he wants to prove he is so unorthodox and so cool and so smart, he makes dumb decisions. He seems like the kind of guy who would hit on a 19 at the blackjack table, AFTER the dealer busted, just to prove he can

  2. “The Angels have received Joe Maddon of his duties as Angels manager today,” the team said in a statement. “Phil Nevin has been…”

    This is meant as advice, not criticism. You put a typo in a direct quote, which seems to happen to the reporters here enough to notice. Read what you write out loud before hitting send. Your ear will catch the mistake while if you read it to yourself, you read what you meant to write.

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