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Former Rays and Cubs manager Joe Maddon hired by Angels

Maddon gets a reported three-year deal to return to his original organization, and one that could use his help.
Joe Maddon had successful runs with the Rays and Cubs, and now heads back to the Angels. [Tampa Bay Times]
Published Oct. 16
Updated Oct. 17

Joe Maddon is a proud Pennsylvanian by birth, and he enjoyed considerable success in the Tampa Bay area with the Rays and in Chicago with the Cubs. But his baseball roots always have been in Southern California with the Angels organization, and now he is heading home.

Maddon and the Angels formally agreed Wednesday on a three-year deal worth a reported $12 million to take over as manager, a move that was widely expected after he was not retained by the Cubs and the Angels created an opening by dismissing Brad Ausmus after one season.

“We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement. “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.”

Maddon, 65, thanked Angels officials for allowing him to “add another chapter” to his Angels career.

“I could not be more excited to come back home and manage this great organization,’’ he said in a statement released by the team. “I was lucky enough to be a part of the first Angels team to win a World Series title (as a coach in 2002), and I look forward to the opportunity to bring Angel fans their second championship.’’

Maddon spent 30 years in the Angels organization, starting as a not-very-good minor-league catcher, then moving into scouting, managing and coaching in the minors, then joining the major-league staff in 1994. He served in different jobs through the 2005 season, primarily as bench coach and two stints as interim manager.

He was hired by the Rays for the 2006 season and, under the new ownership of Stuart Sternberg and management team led by Andrew Friedman, helped guide them to great success, with a 2008 breakthrough trip to the World Series and four playoff appearances in a six-year window.

Maddon left the Rays after the 2014 season and went to the Cubs, where they made the playoffs in his first four seasons and ended the 108-year drought by winning the 2016 World Series.

In 14 seasons with the Rays and Cubs, Maddon compiled a 1,225-1,044 record while making the playoffs eight times, winning two pennants and the one World Series. He has been named manager of the year three times, with the Rays in 2008 and 2011 and the Cubs in 2015.

The Angels, who visit the Trop June 29-July 2, have a number of issues on and off the field, most recently reports of team employee involvement in drug issues that might have led to the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Despite one of the higher payrolls and a roster that includes arguably the game’s best player in Mike Trout, the Angels have not made the playoffs since 2014 and have not won a playoff game since 2009.

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