Phil Nevin Returns as Angels Manager

Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Nevin, Los Angeles Angels’ previous third base coach and the 2022 interim manager agreed to a one-year contract to become the permanent manager next season.

Phil Nevin as a Player

He played mostly third base for Cal State Fullerton and helped win the 1992 College World Series. Also, Nevin won the 1992 College World Series Most Outstanding Player while going 10-19 with two home runs and 11 RBIs. Nevin was drafted first overall in 1992 by the Houston Astros. Throughout his 12-season career, he played for seven teams. These teams included the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins. Also, he coached with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees.

How Did Nevin Become Interim Manager?

Joe Maddon was the Angels manager opening this season. The Angels started this season with a no-hitter and looked like this was going to be their year to make playoffs. However, the season quickly changed as the Angels went on a 14-game losing streak. After 12 games of losing Perry Minasian, the Angels general manager fired Joe Maddon. With the majority of the season left they picked third base coach Phil Nevin to take over the rest of the 2022 season. The season didn’t seem to get better as the Angels still went 46-59 under Phil Nevin missing playoffs for eight years in a row.

Should the Angels Have Waited to Agree on this Contract?

Today is the end of the Angels season. Phil Nevin still has yet to prove he could help change the Angels’ fate. The Angels should have waited a little longer to agree to this deal. If they waited there could have been a chance to have someone new to the organization. Some possible new managers could have been Don Mattingly or Ron Washington. The Angels have two huge market players with Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. As a manager, it is important to know how to use these key players. However, year after year all the Angels managers seem to not utilize these players well. In addition, with Arte Moreno looking to sell the team this allows stability to stay within the organization.

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