Former Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon was unceremoniously fired from his position earlier this season after a 12-game losing streak brought the team’s record to 27-29. Maddon spent 33 years with the organization before he was fired, but don’t expect him to spend much time around the team after his departure.
“It’s like, once that happened, I dissolved my affiliation with them,” Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times. “There’s no emotion anymore. There’s no anything. It’s like to me they don’t even exist, organizationally.”
Shortly after his firing, Maddon chose not to attend the reunion of the Angels 2002 World Series team.
Though he has no ties to the organization, Maddon said that he does keep in contact with several of the players.
“I still text with a lot of the players, I text with a lot of the staff,” Maddon said. “One of them called me (Friday). So we’re staying in touch.”
While the Angels likely hoped that firing Maddon would lead to team improvements, but it hasn’t – at least this season. Los Angeles currently has a 52-68 record and is on pace for its seventh consecutive losing season. But Maddon said the team’s struggles have no impact on him.
“It doesn’t make me feel better, it doesn’t make me feel worse,” Maddon said. “Organizationally, I’m kind of numb to the whole thing. Because when you wish them badly, I’m wishing really good friends badly — and I can’t do that.”