It didn’t take long for Joe Maddon to find work. Shortly after it was announced he wouldn’t return as the manager of the Chicago Cubs, he has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels. This is not a surprising move. Maddon has a history with the Angels organization. He spent 30 years with the organization as a player, scout, minor-league manager, first base coach, bench coach, and on a few different occasions, the interim manager.
This deal is going to be for three seasons.
Joe Maddon Heading to Los Angeles
For a franchise that has been trying to find their way of late, this is a good move. Maddon has worn thin everywhere he’s been. However, when he first gets to a place he does a great job of changing the mentality and keeping things loose.
However, the front office still needs to do a better job of acquiring talent. Of course, Mike Trout is the face of the franchise. But outside of him, there’s not a ton on this roster.
With that being said, this is a franchise with resources. Everyone saw what Maddon did in Chicago with resources, being the manager for the franchise’s first World Series title since 1908.
That certainly doesn’t guarantee a World Series title is coming to Anaheim. However, if the front office can put something around Trout, paired with a quality manager, there’s no reason they can’t threaten for a postseason spot in the near future.
Maddon does a lot of good as the manager of a baseball team. With that being said, the front office still needs to step up. In the early 2000s, the Angels were a perennial playoff team. However, they’ve only made the playoffs once since 2009, and they were swept in that appearance.
There’s plenty of roster turnover that needs to happen. But the Angels have the best player in the league on their team. Now, they are pairing one of the more respected managers with him. That has to at least have fans excited as a starting point.
This leaves the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies as the top managerial openings needing to be filled.
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