- LA has announced it is declining its 2024 contract option on Phil Nevin
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Phil Nevin will not return as manager of the Los Angeles Angels next season.
The Angels announced Monday that they are declining their 2024 contract option on Nevin, who has been in charge of the dugout for the past season and a half. Los Angeles gets its fourth manager in six seasons since the departure of Mike Scioscia, who held the job for 19 years.
Nevin went 119-149 in his first major league managerial job with both of his teams missing the playoffs. He managed this season on a one-year contract, while owner Arte Moreno explored a sale of the team but took it off the market.
Nevin was promoted to the Angels’ top job in June 2022 when Joe Maddon was fired in the middle of a 14-game losing streak. Nevin, who had only joined Maddon’s staff as his third base coach in November 2021, became the first Orange County native to manage the Angels.
As a former elite infielder and No. 1 overall pick who still acts like a baseball player, Nevin seemed well-liked by his players. But the Angels didn’t win for him, finishing 46-60 after he took over in 2022 and going 73-89 this season for the franchise’s eighth consecutive losing record.
Phil Nevin will not return as manager of the LA Angels next season, the team announced
The Angels failed to reach the playoffs this year, despite their star player Shohei Ohtani
“I know it didn’t go the way we wanted, but I’m proud of the way that room stayed together,” Nevin said Sunday. ‘It was not fun. It’s not nice to end up like we did, but it’s a great group in there. There’s a lot of great things on the horizon here as the young players and the guys come back. Good future.’
Nevin became the third major manager to be fired in four days, following San Francisco’s Gabe Kapler and New York Mets’ Buck Showalter.
Despite the presence of former AL MVPs Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout on his roster when healthy, Nevin also faced significant obstacles managing the Angels, who were forced to use a franchise-record 66 players due to injuries in each of his in charge for two seasons. .
The Angels have shown promise at times this season, and their 65-61 mark at the trade deadline prompted Moreno to spend money on several veterans. The Angels immediately plummeted, losing seven straight games after the deadline and ultimately finishing 17 games out of first place in the AL West.
The Halos went 17-38 in the final two months of the season while losing Ohtani, Trout, Anthony Rendon, Taylor Ward and more to injury for the year.
Nevin also had Angels star Mike Trout (pictured) healthy on his roster this season
Although the club has not formally confirmed it, general manager Perry Minasian will apparently remain with the Angels for a fourth season. In the press release announcing Nevin’s dismissal, the Angels also said Minasian will address the media on Tuesday.
The club is mired in streaks of eight consecutive losing seasons and nine consecutive non-playoff seasons, both the longest active skids in the majors. The Angels have never won more than 77 games under Minasian, though the first GM has made occasional strides in improving their once dismal prospect pool, which yielded a handful of Major League regulars this season.
If Minasian stays, the Angels will have front office continuity as they try to re-sign Ohtani, who is a free agent this winter after six seasons in Anaheim.
Ohtani, the heavy favorite to win his second AL MVP award, will play only as a design hitter in 2024 before attempting to return from elbow surgery to become a pitcher in 2025.