The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have officially named Joe Maddon as the team’s latest skipper. Maddon and the Angels organization have agreed to a three-year deal expected to be around $12 million to $15 million according to Sportscenter.
The agreement comes shortly after former manager Brad Ausmus was let go in September following a 72-90 season and finishing fourth in the American League West division.
Angels’ general manager Billy Eppler expressed his excitement in bringing Maddon back into the organization.
“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,” Eppler said.
Maddon is no stranger to Anaheim as he spent 31 years with the team, which included catching, scouting, managing and coaching positions. Maddon served as Mike Scioscia’s bench coach from 2000-2005, which included their lone World Series victory in 2002.
Following the 2005 season, Maddon earned a managing opportunity with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His time in Tampa included their only World Series appearance in 2008 and two division titles. Maddon managed the club from 2006-2014 before packing his bags and heading north to Chicago.
No stranger to success, Maddon led the Chicago Cubs from 2015-2019 and brought home a World Series title in 2016 for the first time after a 108-year championship drought.
In his four seasons with the Cubs, the team finished over .500 every season. Failing to win a wildcard playoff position for the 2019 campaign, Maddon decided to opt out of his contract and leave Chicago.
Maddon will have his work cut out as the team comes off a season recording 90 losses for the first time since 1999. The Angels have not made a postseason appearance since 2014.
The Angels’ organization and fans are hopeful Maddon will get the team back on track and lead them to another postseason run.