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Second best manager in Angels history

Second best manager in Angels history  

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  1. 1. Second best manager in Angels history

    • Bill Rigney
    • Lefty Phillips
    • Del Rice
    • Bobby Winkles
    • Dick Williams
    • Norm Sherry
    • Dave Garcia
    • Jim Fregosi
    • Gene Mauch
    • John McNamara
    • Cookie Rojas
    • Doug Rader
    • Buck Rodgers
    • Marcel Lachemann
    • Terry Collins
    • Brad Ausmu
    • Joe Maddon

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In the end, Gene was a choke artist. Both with the Phillies and with the Angels.

Rig did more with less than anybody I can think of. The Angels in their first year were expected to show up like the Mets did one year later. Instead, they won 72 (same as Brad) and finished ahead of the new Senators and the old Senators. In Year 2, Rig's juggling of the relievers kept the Angels relevant into September in a 10-team "division." They were atop the AL 10 on the Fourth of July. With Fregosi and Dean Chance and some other one-year wonders, he had the Angels in the extremely tight chase into mid-September in Year 4. They had a winning record and a Cy. He helped give Angels fans a reason to consider Chavez Ravine a welcoming but rented home for the first half-decade. The Angels played well there and still do.

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