1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Angels’ situation fits the definition of “Somethin’ More Goin’ on There,” especially after former manager Joe Maddon came out this week to detail some additional friction that went beyond an early-summer losing streak.
Thought to be an April contender once again (14-8 in the month!), the Maddon Angels quickly fell off a cliff in May, which became a 14-game losing streak between May 25 and June 8. Maddon was jettisoned during this stretch, and the reins were turned over to familiar friend Phil Nevin, though the change wasn’t enough to vault the Angels back towards .500.
Emulating the Arte Moreno Angels isn’t usually a wise decision. They spend heavily on top-tier free agents, but never seem to pick the right ones (Anthony Rendon, Noah Syndergaard). When they do hit on a move (Shohei Ohtani), they fail to comprehend how to build a team around their best assets. And when they crater, they hit the panic button and spiral.
If Boone had led the Angels into dysfunction (like what the Yankees just experienced in August), they would’ve sent him packing. But the Angels front office and ownership are rarely aligned, and neither one seems to have a concrete plan. Disagree with the Yankees’ plan all you want, but there was no chance they were going to knee-jerk dismiss Boone based on the team’s recent 4-14 stretch. The Angels would’ve had him out of there after Sunday Night Baseball in Fenway.