By GREG BEACHAM and JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writers
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels’ free fall from having one of the best records in the American League to a disastrous losing streak cost Joe Maddon his job Tuesday.
General manager Perry Minasian recommended making the move to owner Arte Moreno, then drove to Maddon’s house to give him the news.
Third base coach Phil Nevin will be the interim manager for the rest of the season. The Angels tied a club record with their 13th straight loss Tuesday night, falling 6-5 to the Boston Red Sox in 10 innings.
The Angels — who are 27-30 — lost 13 straight during the 1988-89 seasons. The defeat surpasses the 1988 mark for longest single-season skid in club history.
The 68-year-old Maddon went 130-148 with the Angels, who hired him before the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season for his self-described dream job. Maddon spent three decades of his career as a player and coach for the Angels before going on to an impressive managerial career that has included three Manager of the Year awards.
“The last two weeks have been really tough. There hasn’t been one phase of the game where we’ve been good,” Minasian said.
The Angels are in a 3-17 skid overall since May 15, when they were 24-13 and tied for first place in the AL West.
The streak forced a dismal end to what Maddon hoped would be a storybook conclusion to his career back in the Pennsylvania native’s adopted home in Orange County. The genial, talkative bench boss excelled as a manager for nine seasons in Tampa Bay and five more with the Chicago Cubs, who famously ended their 108-year World Series championship drought during his tenure in 2016.
Maddon is the second manager to be fired this season. Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was dismissed last week, and the Phillies promptly swept the Angels.