Maddon labels Anderson 'irresponsible' for Trout pitch

USA Today

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon wasn't happy to see Giants pitcher Shaun Anderson face Mike Trout again.

Two days after Anderson nearly hit Trout in the head with two different pitches, both dugouts were warned after Anderson pitched up and in to the reigning AL MVP once again during San Francisco's 10-5 win over LA. Maddon implied that Anderson wasn't ready to pitch in the majors after Tuesday's close calls, and he doubled down on that assessment to reporters after Thursday's game.

"This is the major leagues," Maddon said (H/T Southern California News Group's Jeff Fletcher and The Athletic's Fabian Ardaya). "There's a level of accountability here also. I don't want to use the word irresponsible loosely, but in that situation, you pretty much knew it was going to happen again. I'm not accusing the guy of doing anything on purpose. I'm just saying he doesn't command his fastball enough in order to know where it's going."

Anderson made his big league debut in 2019, but he hasn't had the same command in 2020. He has walked 10 batters in 10 innings pitched this season, throwing a lower percentage of strikes (56 percent) than he did as a rookie (62 percent). Maddon said Thursday's pitch "wasn't an anomaly moment" for Anderson.


Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Tuesday that Anderson didn't intentionally throw at Trout. When asked about Anderson's pitch Thursday, Kapler deflected and said his answer would be a distraction.

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The Giants and Angels won't play again in 2020 unless they meet in the World Series. The teams are, however, tentatively scheduled to play again in 2021.

Anderson, Trout and Maddon should all be there. Anderson isn't arbitration-eligible until 2023, Trout won't become a free agent until the next decade and Maddon has two more seasons under contract after this one.