For the first seven years of his illustrious career, Mike Trout had just one manager. Heck, for the first 19 years of this century, the Los Angeles Angels had just one manager - Mike Scioscia. But after that run of stability at manager, the Angels are headed for their third manager in as many seasons.
ESPN's Buster Olney is among those to report that the Angels are firing manager Brad Ausmus after just one season. The Angels went 72-90 in 2019, finishing 35 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West. The Angels haven't had a winning season since 2015, and the last time that they reached the postseason was in 2014.
The Angels lack of recent team success comes despite center fielder Mike Trout having one of the greatest peaks in baseball history. Despite being limited to just 134 games, Trout led all major leaguers with a 8.6 fWAR in 2019, while hitting a career-high 45 home runs. He's finished in the top five in American League MVP voting every season since 2012, and may very well win his third MVP in 2019.
2014 was the only time that the Angels have reached the postseason since Trout broke into the league in 2011, and they were swept by the eventual American League Champion Kansas City Royals. So despite already having a resume worthy of Hall of Fame induction, Trout has yet to win a playoff game in his career, let alone a playoff series.
The 28-year-old isn't going anywhere, of course, as he signed to a $430 million deal through 2030. The Angels, though, would like to make up for lost time and compete as quickly as possible with Trout, something they don't appear especially close to during currently.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand says that general manager Billy Eppler will return in 2020. Meanwhile, RADIO.COM MLB Insider Bob Nightengale, writing for USA Today, says that recently dismissed Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is a candidate, as is RADIO.COM MLB Insider Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter, Ron Washington and John Farrell.
Prior to becoming the manager of the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006, Maddon spent three decades in the Angels organization, including being a part of the major league staff from 1994 to 2005.