On Wednesday, Joe Maddon was hired as the next manager of the Los Angeles Angels baseball franchise. The World Series-winning coach is expected to receive a three-year deal in the $12 to $15 Million range, per sources reported via ESPN.
Maddon, 65, spent the first three decades of his career in the Angels organization. His most recent stint with the club was as a bench coach under Mike Scioscia during the 2002 championship run.
According to ESPN, Angels general manager Billy Eppler says, “We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans. Every stop he has made throughout his managerial career, he has built a culture that is focused on winning while also allowing his players to thrive. We believe Joe will be a great asset for our club and look forward to him leading the team to another World Series championship.”
Hired as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006, he spent nine seasons as the team’s manager and led the ball club to their only World Series appearance in 2008. In 2015, he left the organization for a job leading the Chicago Cubs. In 2016, the three-time manager of the year ended the team’s 108 year title drought after beating the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.
Maddon inherits a solid lineup including stars Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani from recently-fired manager Brad Ausmus. He will be expected to return the team to prominence, as they haven’t made the playoffs since 2014.
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