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MLB - US Sports: Maddon fired by Angels

The Los Angeles Angels made a surprise decision to fire team manager Joe Maddon following a 12-game losing streak.

The Angels are 25/1 to win the World Series and following their loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night, they have now acquired a 14-game losing streak.

Nevin takse interim charge

The Angels named third base coach Phil Nevin as it's interim manager and general manager Perry Minasian said that Nevin would remain there until the end of the season.

Los Angeles still sits second in the American League West Division despite the losing run.

However, they are now 9.5 games behind leaders, Houston Astros and are 3.5 games back from a hotly contested Wild Card spot, which at the moment, includes the Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox.

Minasian said he made the decision while driving to work on Monday and called in to see Maddon at his home to talk to him. Maddon took the decision with good grace, but why had the Angels stopped scoring runs and stopped winning?

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Amicable split, Maddon keen to go again

Two weeks ago the Angels were 27-17 and looking good. With Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in the lineup, you would have expected them to be fighting for playoff contention. Injuries haven't helped.

Anthony Rendon is constantly off the field and with injuries to Trout last season, they acquired a sixth losing season, the owner, Arte Moreno, had enough.

Minansian spoke to the official Angels website and said : "It's tough. Disappointed it's come to this. I really like the man. It's somebody I'm gonna talk to the rest of my life."

In an interview with the Athletic, Maddon said: "Going through a tough time, like we were right now, it was just exacerbated. I want to manage, I'm really good at it."

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