ANAHEIM, CA – Today, the Los Angeles Angels agreed to terms with three-time Manager of the Year Joe Maddon to become the Club’s new Field Manager in an announcement by General Manager Billy Eppler.
“We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans,” General Manager Billy Eppler said. “Every stop he has made throughout his managerial career he has built a culture that is focused on winning while also allowing his players to thrive. We believe Joe will be a great asset for our Club and look forward to him leading the team to another World Series Championship.”
Maddon, 65, spent the first 30 seasons of his professional baseball career as a member of the Angels organization. After departing the Halos prior to the 2006 season to manage Tampa Bay, Maddon has amassed a 1,252-1,068 (.540) managerial record with eight postseason berths, capturing two pennants (2008 and 2016) and one World Series title (2016). Additionally, he has been named Manager of the Year on three different occasions, earning the honors with Tampa Bay in 2008 and 2011 and in 2015 with the Cubs.
Maddon spent the last five years (2015-19) at the helm of the Chicago Cubs. He compiled a 471-339 (.581) record with four postseason appearances (2015-18), culminating with a World Series championship in 2016, the franchise’s first title in 108 years. Maddon became the first manager in Cubs history to lead the Club to four straight postseason appearances and his 471 wins rank fifth in club annals.
Prior to his time in Chicago, Maddon was tabbed as the fourth manager in Tampa Bay Rays history after taking over for Lou Piniella prior to the 2006 season. Under Maddon’s nine-year tutelage, the Rays went 754-705 (.517) and made four different trips to the playoffs (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013). In 2008, Maddon led the franchise to their first ever postseason appearance and guided the Rays to a World Series appearance against the Philadelphia Phillies. Following the season, Maddon would receive the first of his three Manager of the Year honors.
The Hazelton, PA native spent the first 30 years of his professional baseball career playing and working in various capacities of the Angel organization. Maddon initially signed with the Angels as a free agent catcher and he went on to play parts of four seasons (1976-1979) in the minor league system before moving to a scouting role. From 1981-1986, he managed at three different levels of the Halos farm system and then transitioned to the franchise’s roving hitting instructor from 1987-93. Maddon’s first stint on a big league coaching staff came in 1994. After starting the year as the Club’s player development manager, he was named the Angels’ bullpen coach in May. Maddon was then elevated to first base coach on manager Marcel Lachemann’s staff in 1995. He would serve as bench coach for most of the final 10 years (1996-2005) of his Angels career, including six seasons (2000-05) under Mike Scioscia. Additionally, Maddon made two different stints as interim manager for the Halos in 1996 and 1999, posting a 27-24 record (.529).