Maddon named Angels manager

Los Angeles (AFP) –


Former Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was named as the new manager of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, returning to the franchise where he started his career.

Maddon beat off competition from Buck Showalter, John Farrell and Johnny Washington following a round of interviews last week, the Angels said.

No details of the contract were revealed but US media reports said Maddon had agreed terms on a three-year deal.

Maddon's return to California is a homecoming of sorts for the experienced 65-year-old, who spent 31 years with the Angels in a variety of roles before leaving to join the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006 prior to his stint with the Cubs.

"We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans," Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement.

"Every stop he has made throughout his managerial career, he has built a culture that is focused on winning while also allowing his players to thrive.

"We believe Joe will be a great asset for our club and look forward to him leading the team to another World Series championship."

Maddon was released by the Cubs last month, three years after leading the franchise to victory in the World Series in 2016, ending the team's 108-year wait for a championship.

Maddon, who served as Angels interim manager during 1996 and 1999, also has a World Series ring from 2002 when he acted as a bench coach under then Angels boss Mike Scioscia.

The Cubs opted not to renew Maddon's contract after they failed to reach the playoffs this year following an 84-78 regular season.

The Angels meanwhile will attempt to rebuild after a dismal 72-90 season, their worst regular record since 1999.