Sam Blum (of the Athletic) has tweeted out that Phil Nevin will not be returning as the Angels manager.
Technically, Nevin’s contract expired after yesterday’s game, but the team announced today that it has declined to pick up the option year for next season. Blum added that there is no word on GM Perry Minasian’s status but Minasian is scheduled to host a press conference on Tuesday so it seems that the Former Ballboy of Arlington will get another stab at bringing this franchise into contention.
Originally drafted as the number one pick of the 1992 draft by the Astros ahead of Derek Jeter, he was brought on board by Minasian in 2022 to coach under Joe Maddon and took the reins of the team during a late-spring losing streak that season.
He finishes with a record of 112-149 in 268 games over two seasons in Anaheim. That .444 winning percentage is tied for fourth worst in franchise history with the Brad Ausmus whose loan season at the helm of the club featured a 72-90 record. The three worse managerial records are John Wathan’s .438 in 1992 covering for a post-bus-crash Buck Rodgers (whose .447 record remains fifth worse all time here), three seasons of Dick Williams netting a .431 record and the 0-8 season-ending turkey in 1988 by longtime bench coach Moose Stubing. The next Angels manager will be the club’s 23rd as the Angels compete in their 64th season.
Nevin will likely most be remembered for the benches-clearing headhunting incident in 2022 against the Mariners. After nineteen seasons of Mike “zero retaliation” Scioscia it was a new look for the club, although its effectiveness remains in question. Other than that he was dealt a cruddy hand with the ’23 season ending with fifteen players in the Injured List, ELEVEN of them on the sixty-day list. Perhaps he could be credited with being the manager of the Salt Lake Bees and Rocket City Trash Pandas considering how many players shuttled up to the big club because of injuries during his tenure.