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Sport Joe Maddon: Angels are no sure thing to land former Cubs manager

01:15  01 october  2019
01:15  01 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein sipped a couple of cold ones, shot the breeze about baseball and wondered what they might be able to accomplish together if Maddon became the next manager of the Cubs . A blink of an eye later, Maddon and wife Jaye were in their RV somewhere in Texas.

Would anyone be surprised if Brad Ausmus, shoved out the door Monday by the Los Angeles Angels, actually tripped over the red carpet rolled out for Joe Maddon while leaving the team parking lot Monday afternoon?

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Within minutes, well, maybe seconds of Ausmus' ousting, the speculation started that Maddon, fired Sunday by the Chicago Cubs, will be the next Angels’ manager.

This is where Maddon started his career in 1975, working as a player, coach, scout and minor-league manager for 31 years, and still has a home in Long Beach, Calif.

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Former Cubs catcher David Ross is seen as the favorite to replace Maddon in the Wrigley Field dugout. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein's decision to let Maddon go is no surprise, as the front office had seemed to sour on Maddon even before a September collapse that saw the Cubs

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Yet, a high-ranking team executive told USA TODAY Sports on Monday that there is no front-runner to replace Ausmus, and that the decision to fire him was made before the Cubs announced Maddon would not be back.

The person requested anonymity because the team's plans are private.

So the Angels, who had one manager for 19 years, will be looking for their second manager in 12 months after firing Ausmus one year into his three-year contract.

If this all sounds familiar, that's because it is. In 2014, the Cubs fired manager Rick Renteria after one season when Maddon became available after exercising an escape clause in his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Except Ausmus, after enduring the Angels’ worst record (72-90) in 20 years, was out no matter what happened to Maddon.

Maddon will be brought in for an interview, but so will Joe Girardi, who worked with Angels GM Billy Eppler with the New York Yankees. Buck Showalter, John Farrell and Ron Washington also are among the candidates. The Angels want a manager with major-league experience, meaning that John Farrell, Ozzie Guillen and Bo Porter could be in the mix, too.

Still, Maddon is the prize of the free-agent manager class. Angels owner Arte Moreno calls the shots. And he loves his stars.

He spent $430 million to retain Mike Trout, paid $240 million for Albert Pujols and $125 million on Josh Hamilton.

So just because Maddon earned $28 million over the past five years with the Cubs, and would like to remain the highest-paid manager in the game, won’t stop Moreno now.

Maddon, 65, is going to have a plethora of choices. The New York Mets are expected to fire manager Mickey Callaway this week. The Philadelphia Phillies have yet to decide on manager Gabe Kapler’s fate. The San Diego Padres already have a vacancy and list Maddon among their leading candidates.

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First Joe Maddon suitor emerges with Cubs split possible. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced Sunday, with Maddon by his side, that Maddon wouldn’t be returning to the franchise after a five-year run which included ending the team’s 108-year World Series drought by

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"There’s going to be a bidding war for his services, and there should be,’’ Cubs president Theo Epstein said. ‘‘He’s in a great position."

f the contract offers are similar, with Maddon seeking a three- to five-year deal, where does he decide to go?

The Mets, where he can become a star like Joe Torre was with the Yankees, and inherit a team poised to win now with Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, home-run king Pete Alonso and a clubhouse of All-Stars.

Does he go home to Philadelphia where a star-studded lineup awaits, with an aggressive owner in John Middleton willing to spend to win a World Series?

Does he go to Anaheim, where he spent three decades of his life, following the footsteps of his close friend and mentor, Mike Scioscia, but knowing the team is flawed even with the game’s greatest player in Trout.

Does he want to replicate what he did in Tampa, head to San Diego where the Padres have one of the deepest collections of young talent in the game, and prove that small-market teams can overcome all odds, even in a division with the powerful Dodgers?

“Wherever I go, I’m going to believe we’re going to win,’’ Maddon said, “so I’m not always concerned about that. My criteria involves going where somebody really wants you. That’s No. 1.’’

And, yes, he may be the oldest manager in the game, but he’s not ready to stop until he’s at least 70.

“I think I have a solid three-to-five minimum,’’ he said. “Mick Jagger rocked Soldier (Field) at 75 or 76, so all those things are pertinent to me, and they all serve as motivation to me.”

Let the bidding begin.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Joe Maddon: Angels are no sure thing to land former Cubs manager

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The Angels’ high level of interest in Joe Maddon is understandable.Washington is the sole member of the above quartet who has never managed in the majors. A minor-league infielder with the Rangers and Dodgers from 2003-09, Washington has garnered quite a bit of experience as an assistant since his playing career ended. Washington was a coach in the Dodgers’ minor-league system from 2009-15 before joining the Padres, with whom he got his first big league job as a first base coach in 2017. He began working with their batters (as an assistant hitting coach) the next season.

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