Los Angeles Angels Hire Joe Maddon

Emmet Carroll, Writer

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Welp. There it is. Everyone who was following Joe Maddon’s “free-agency” pretty much knew that he was going to sign with the Angels, and yesterday he signed a 3-year, $12 million deal with them. This comes after the Chicago Cubs fired him less than month ago–a move that was shocking but necessary. The Cubs were very successful throughout Maddon’s tenure on the North side, as he lead the team to its first World Series in 108 years. The Cubs also reached the NLCS in 2015 and 2017. The only time he missed the playoffs as the Cubs manager was this past year, as they had a disastrous last month that included a series of ninth inning collapses.

 

A big reason as to why Joe Maddon chose the Angels is his late father. Maddon’s father passed away in 2002, but his presence always stayed with Joe. His dad was a huge Angels fan and constantly wore an old-school team hat, which Joe carries in his bag at all times. He even brought it out during the rain delay in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, putting it in his back pocket and letting its magic help the team to a championship.

 

As a Cubs fan, I’m very sad about Joe Maddon’s firing because I loved him, but change was needed. Maddon will always hold a place in the hearts of Cubs fans, as he brought us something that no other manager had been able to do since 1908. I’m also very happy for him because the Angels are an organization close to his heart, and I’m sure he will bring success to them just as he did to the Cubs.