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Joe Maddon hired by Angels, officially off the board for Phillies manager opening

Joe Maddon hired by Angels, officially off the board for Phillies manager opening

The first of the eight manager jobs open across Major League Baseball to begin this offseason has been filled.

The Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday announced the hiring of Joe Maddon. Maddon's contract is reportedly for three years. A native of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Maddon has a long history in the Angels organization. Between 1975 and 2006, Maddon played and managed in the team's minor-league system, served as a coach with the Major League club and assumed the role of interim manager.

Maddon has a 1,251-1,068 record as a manager in the major leagues. He led the Tampa Bay Rays to an American League pennant in 2008 and skippered the Chicago Cubs to a World Series in 2016, their first championship since 1908. Maddon will take over an Angels team that finished 72-90 in 2019, led by two-time MVP Mike Trout.

Though Maddon might have appeared to be an attractive name for the Phillies job, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker are the only candidates known for the position at the moment, according to Jim Salisbury. Baker is meeting with Phillies officials Wednesday, and a hire could come quickly, per Salisbury (see story).

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports Showalter was the runner-up for the Angles job.



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Joe Maddon believes Gabe Kapler can win over 'the cheesesteak guys'

Joe Maddon believes Gabe Kapler can win over 'the cheesesteak guys'

When you think of unorthodox in baseball, Joe Maddon comes right to mind.

And, with time, it seems like Gabe Kapler won't be far behind.

In his first three games as a big-league manager, the Phillies' skipper has already turned some heads, but for the wrong reasons.

Like the Cubs' Maddon, a risk-taking manager who will breach conventional thinking more than anybody, Kapler very well could bring a similar vibe to the new Phillies.

That being an outside-of-the-box, analytical-driven approach, which may leave the old-school baseball fan scratching their head from time to time.

Can such peculiarity work in a city like Philadelphia?

Maddon, who managed Kapler, put things quite perfectly in a terrific piece by The New York Times' Tyler Kepner.

He's strong enough to absorb any blows he's going to get in the beginning, because definitely, the cheesesteak guys aren’t going to dig on that early on. Maybe the sushi people will be O.K., but not the cheesesteaks. So he's going to have to fight through that.

I know these folks, I’ve been there. But they have a nice team, and as they continue to blossom and his stuff works, the cheesesteak guys will start eating sushi.

Well, the cheesesteak guys won't start eating sushi — that might be a stretch.

But, hey, with some patience (and winning), maybe the cheesesteak guys can understand why sushi is good, too.

Kapler obviously has some convincing to do.

Nobody said going from cheesesteaks to sushi would be easy.