Maddon agrees to 3-year deal, will return to Angels roots

Maddon agrees to 3-year deal, will return to Angels roots

© Jon Durr, USA TODAY Sports Joe Maddon managed the Cubs for five seasons.

Joe Maddon is a baseball lifer who spent the vast majority of his career in the Los Angeles Angels organization before managing in Tampa Bay and Chicago. 

Now, he’s returning to his roots. 

Maddon and the Angels agreed to a three-year deal to make him the club’s manager Wednesday, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, less than one month after he and the Chicago Cubs parted ways at the end of the regular season. The people requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

In 2016, the 65-year-old led the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years. He spent five seasons at the helm. Before that, he managed the Rays for nine years.

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But much of Maddon’s professional career is intertwined with the Angels. He spent 31 years, the first four as a player in the minor leagues, with the organization. Maddon transitioned to coaching in 1979 and managed in the minor league system during the 1980s and was promoted to big league coach before the 1994 season. He left in 2005 after five years as Mike Scioscia’s bench coach to manage Tampa Bay.

The Angels are on their third manager in two years. Scioscia’s 19-season run as skipper ended after 2018 and Los Angeles then brought in Brad Ausmus, who lasted one year on the job after going 72-90. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Angels finalizing deal to hire Joe Maddon as manager

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