No. 4 with Ohtani…Angels finally fire manager, seek fifth manager in seven years
The Los Angeles Angels are making another managerial change. This will be the fifth manager in seven years, from 2018 to 2024.
The Angels announced on Wednesday that they will not exercise the 2024 team option for manager Phil Nevin, 52. The organization has decided to part ways with Nevin and begin a search for a new manager.
Nevin was named interim head coach last June after Joe Maddon was fired during the season and was promoted to full-time head coach at the end of the season. It was a one-year guaranteed contract with an option, and he was let go after one season. In two years, Nevin is 119-149 (.444 winning percentage), including a 46-60 record as acting manager and a 73-79 record as full-time manager this year.
Despite the two-hit performance of Shohei Ohtani, who won 10 games and was named American League (AL) MVP this year, the Angels finished fourth in the AL West with a 73-89 record (.448 winning percentage). They were in first place through May 6, but injuries to Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and other high-priced players were a factor.
Ohtani struggled at the plate, but the bullpen struggled, resulting in a series of blowout losses. Nevin’s leadership has been called into question this year, as the team has 46 blown leads. With Ohtani out for the season with elbow and obliques injuries, the Angels went 28-43 (.394 winning percentage) in the second half of the season. 토토사이트
The Angels have had three short-lived managers since Mike Scioscia’s 19-year reign from 2000 to 2018. In 2018, Brad Asmus signed a three-year deal but resigned after just one year, and World Series champion Maddon was fired midseason in the final year of his three-year contract. Maddon was also relieved of his duties shortly after the end of his one-year guaranteed contract.
MLB.com reported, “General manager Perry Minasian, who signed a four-year contract through the 2021 season, will meet with the media on Thursday. While there could be other changes to the coaching staff, Minasian’s job appears to be secure.” “The Angels will be on their fifth manager in seven seasons after Soria steadied the ship from 2000 to 2018.
“Nevin was popular with players for his personal ability and trustworthiness, but the Angels didn’t win enough games under him. This year, the Angels had high hopes for two-hit superstar Ohtani entering the final year of his contract, but ended up with their eighth consecutive losing season, the most in franchise history. Despite injuries to key players, the Angels remained in contention through late July and added veteran talent at the trade deadline in an effort to reach the postseason for the first time since 2014, but a slump in early August quickly knocked them out of contention.
MLB.com reports, “It’s unclear whether the Angels will look for an experienced manager or hire from within. Internal candidates include bench coach Ray Montgomery and infield coach Benji Gill. Minasian is expected to reveal which managerial candidate he is looking for in a media interview on Thursday.