Angels expected to hire Maddon as manager

As Cubs go 'full speed ahead' in search to replace Joe Maddon, Joe Espada is another name on the list

Report: Joe Maddon expected to be announced as Angels manager soon after his interview

The Angels also fired their manager, Brad Ausmus, a few days after the conclusion of the 2019 season.

In late September the Cubs announced that they would not be renewing Maddon's contract and on Monday - a little over a week later - Scott Miller of Bleacher Report reported that the Angels are expected to announce Maddon as manager as soon as a day or two after his interview, making it a mere formality at this point. The report cites one source as saying, "It's a fait accompli, isn't it?"

MLB Network reported Maddon's interview went "very well".

The move would make sense considering Maddon spent a collective 31 years with the organization as a player and a coach, most recently as its bench coach from 2000-05.

To the end, Joe Maddon graciously handled all the speculation about his job security, never snapping at a reporter for asking an uncomfortable question during his two-a-day news conferences or shifting blame in other directions for why the Cubs missed the playoffs for the first time in five years. He managed nine years in Tampa, winning the American League pennant in 2008 before falling to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.

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