Angels Fire Manager Brad Ausmus

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ANAHEIM (CNS) - The Los Angeles Angels fired manager Brad Ausmus today after his first season leading the team, which finished the season with a 72-90 record.

“I want to thank Brad for his hard work and dedication to this organization over the last two seasons as both a special assistant and field manager,” Angels General Manager Billy Eppler said in a statement. “He navigated this franchise through one of its most difficult seasons with class and professionalism.”

Ausmus, 50, took over the team this season, replacing Mike Scioscia. The Angels had a disappointing season, which was marred by the July death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs in a Texas hotel room.

Some media reports have suggested that Joe Maddon, who was fired over the weekend by the Chicago Cubs, could be a top candidate to replace Ausmus. Maddon once served as Angels bench coach under Scioscia.

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