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September 30, 2019
The Angels have decided to fire Brad Ausmus less than a year after naming him manager, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (via Twitter). The report comes just one day after MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that the Angels were “contemplating” Ausmus’ job status. The Angels have a press conference scheduled for this afternoon.
Given the sudden nature of the move and the fact that the Cubs parted ways with Joe Maddon over the weekend, speculation will surely abound that Maddon is now the Angels’ top target. The 65-year-old Maddon spent more than a decade as a coach on the Angels’ Major League staff and even served as interim manager for the Halos in two different seasons, totaling 51 games at the helm.
The Angels lost 90 games, their worst season in 20 years, and Ausmus is paying the price despite having two years left in his contract. The Angels plan to hire an experienced major-league manager to replace Ausmus, with Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon, Buck Showalter, John Farrell and Ron Washington the leading candidates.