In the past two days, three MLB managers have been sacked: Joe Maddon of the Cubs, Clint Hurdle of the Pirates and today, Brad Ausmus of the Angels.
Saturday the Cubs announced, Joe Maddon was fired even before the final game of the season. GM Theo Epstein didn’t give a clear reason: “Sometimes it’s just time. We’re going through some transitions in various levels of the organization and think change will be good for this group.” The firing of Maddon is just the first step of a series of changes that is expected in the Cubs’ organization from the player-development department to the big-league coaching staff and roster. This season, the Cubs finished with an 84-78 record.
Also Clint Hurdle was fired by the Pittsburgh Pirates before the final game of the season. He was partially held accountable for a season of losing streaks, clubhouse fights and on-field brawls. But so far, he is the only one losing his job for it. According to Tim Benz of Trib Live, the firing of Hurdle, one game before the end of the season was typical of the 2019 Pirates. The Pirates finished the 2019 season with a 69-93 record.
A third manager heard today he has lost his job: Brad Ausmus of the Los Angeles Angels was fired after a 90-game losing season, their first season in twenty years in which they lost this many games. Under the helm of Mike Scioscia, the Angels never lost more than 88 games. With Joe Maddon without a job, there are strong rumors, the Angels might be interested in him. Maddon was a coach in the Angels’ organization for 31 years, including two stints as interim manager in 1996 and 1999.