After an extremely disappointing 2019 season, the Los Angeles Angels have decided to cut ties with manager Brad Ausmus after just one season.
The veteran manager will not return to the Angels’ bench after his only season in charge of the AL West franchise. Things didn’t quite go as expected for LA, as they limped to a 72-90 record and found themselves out of playoff contention for most of the year.
Ausmus signed a three-year contract with the Angels last summer after being chosen by general manager Billy Eppler as the voice to lead the team. He joined the Angels franchise before the 2018 as a special assistant and convinced the team’s front office that he would be a good replacement for former manager Mike Scoscia.
However, Ausmus found himself out of luck and without a job after only one disappointing season leading the team on the field.
Speculation has built since Sunday’s announcement of Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs splitting ways that he could be Eppler’s next choice to manage the team. The former Cubs and Rays manager has spent time with the organization in the past and is said to be highly-regarded by owner Arte Moreno.
What’s already sure is that the Angels will have a new voice leading them in the 2020 season.