The Los Angeles Angels have parted ways with manager Brad Ausmus after just one year at the helm. Ausmus took over just a season ago, and after only one season the Angels have relieved him of his managerial duties with the team. Almost immediately after his release, the Angels have been tied to former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon who parted ways with his former organization recently.
Today, the Los Angeles Angels announced that Brad Ausmus will not return as manager in 2020. pic.twitter.com/XDGVCiG1gx
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 30, 2019
Brad Ausmus’ firing by the Los Angeles Angels, as @Buster_ESPN first reported, clears the way for Joe Maddon to return to the Angels, the team for whom he worked for 30 years. While it’s not a fait accompli, a number of sources believe Maddon to the Angels is likely to happen.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 30, 2019
The Los Angeles Angels did not have the season they were hoping for, with Japanese two-way phenom returning to the mound next season, and Mike Trout being healthy again there seems to be hope for a turn-around. The Angels had to deal with some adversity in the form of losing Mike Trout at the end of the season as well as the spirit-crushing tragedy of Tyler Skaggs passing. The team did plenty to honor their fallen hero including throw a combined no-hitter while all wearing number “45” Skaggs jerseys in his honor.
Ausmus’s reign of the Angels has come to an end as GM Billy Eppler stated, it was a tough decision. The rumors have already started and now it is time to see how this will unfold and see if the Angels will truly go all-in on trying to get Joe Maddon as their next bench boss.