Joe Maddon was introduced as the manager of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday afternoon, and during his introductory press conference he shared a new dream that he’ll be looking to achieve with his new club.
Maddon, who managed the Chicago Cubs for five seasons and won the 2016 World Series with the club, was allowed to leave after the season ended, and he is now dead set on one goal with his new team.
“My ultimate goal, my ultimate pipe dream, would be to play the Cubs in the World Series and beat them,” he said. “That’s my pipe dream right there.”
The Angels have not won a World Series title since 2002 and finished with just 72 wins during the 2019 season, but Maddon is hoping to turn around a young team that has stars like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani on its roster.
Even after his comments about trying to beat the Cubs in the Fall Classic, Maddon had nothing but fond things to say about his former employer, and the players he used to manage.
“I’ve already had a lot of outreach from my guys in Chicago, and I could not be more proud of that group,” he said. “I wish them nothing but the best. We had a great five years. I have nothing but warm fuzzies about five years in Chicago.”
The Cubs have also named their replacement for Maddon, announcing that David Ross will take over as the team’s skipper for the 2020 campaign.