Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Moreno was frustrated enough with the performance that he led the move to fire Ausmus, who had two years remaining on his contract, and replace him with Maddon.If the Angels are to make a quick turnaround in 2020, they will need more than just a new voice coming from the manager’s office. They will need plenty of starting pitching, which Maddon conceded.“If you look at it, there’s no getting around it, if the pitching gets better, the win-loss record is going to get better,” Maddon said.Free agents – most notably Orange County native Gerrit Cole – could certainly help push the Angels in the right direction, and Maddon seemed to be encouraged that the Angels would be players in that market.“Arte has never been worried about spending money,” Maddon said. “There are a lot of great plans in store.” By hiring a fan favorite, the Angels brought some good news to an organization that has been rocked lately by revelations about the details of Tyler Skaggs’ death. Angels media relations official Eric Kay reportedly told the Drug Enforcement Administration that he supplied opioids to Skaggs, possibly leaving the team open to legal liability and sanctions from Major League Baseball.Maddon was not asked about that situation during his radio interview.Against that backdrop, Maddon, 65, returns to an organization in which he spent three decades. He was a catcher in the minors for four seasons, and in 1979 began a coaching career.Maddon rose through the system and finally joined the major league staff in 1994. He twice served as an interim manager, including the end of the 1999 season after Terry Collins resigned.Maddon remained as the bench coach when Scioscia was hired as manager prior to the 2000 season. Maddon was part of the staff when the Angels won the World Series in 2002, and remained through 2005, when he left to manage the Tampa Bay Rays.The Rays had lost at least 90 games in the first eight years of their existence, and in the first two seasons under Maddon they lost 101 and 96. In his third year in 2008, Maddon led the Rays to a remarkable turnaround, as they won 97 games, a division title and an American League pennant. They lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.The Rays went to the playoffs four times in six seasons, from 2008-13. After a losing season in 2014, Maddon opted out of his Rays deal to explore other opportunities. He was quickly hired by the Cubs.Coming off a rebuilding plan that included four consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs brought in Maddon prior to the 2015 season and they won immediately. From 2015-18, the Cubs reached the postseason four years in a row, including their 2016 World Series title.The playoff streak ended this season, with a September collapse. The Cubs had been in a playoff spot for most of the season, either leading the NL Central division or holding a wild-card spot, until they fell out of it by losing 10 of their last 12 games.With Maddon’s contract set to the expire at the end of the season, the Cubs and Maddon announced on the final day of the regular season that he would not be back.A day later, the Angels fired Ausmus, which to many observers indicated they would go after Maddon.Ausmus had gone 72-90 in his only season as the Angels manager, losing more games than any Angels team had lost since 1999, before Scioscia.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Everyone wants to know strategies and hit and runs and bullpen management and lineups and all that stuff, but it starts with relationships,” said Maddon, who on Wednesday was in his hometown of Hazelton, Pa. “I already had that built. I loved the idea of working with Arte and John and Billy. And that’s where it began.”The Angels also interviewed former managers Buck Showalter and John Farrell and Padres hitting coach Johnny Washington.“We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans,” Eppler, the Angels’ general manager, said in a statement released by the team. “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 said he hopes to bring back the style of play that marked the organization’s play in earlier decades.“There’s a specific style of baseball, which I’m really into,” Maddon said, likely referring to an emphasis on fundamentals and aggressiveness on the bases. “We did it with (Mike Scioscia) and Marcel (Lachemann) and before that Gene Mauch. There definitely was an Angel method.” The Angels and Joe Maddon agreed Wednesday to bring the veteran manager back to the organization in which he spent his first 31 years in baseball.Maddon and the Angels agreed to a three-year deal, which ended three weeks of speculation about the seemingly inevitable reunion. Maddon’s deal is worth $12 million, according to a source.Maddon, who had led the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years and had come up as a coach in the Angels’ system, had been widely assumed to be the Angels’ next manager even before Brad Ausmus was fired following his only season at the helm.Maddon, who will be introduced to the media at a press conference next week in Anaheim, spoke to the Angels flagship radio station on Wednesday about how his relationships with owner Arte Moreno, president John Carpino and General Manager Billy Eppler led him back.