Joe Maddon, Fire Director of Angels

In Nevin, who Minasian said would handle the rest of the season, the Angels are going with a man who played 12 seasons at the majors and spent the last four summers coaching third base for the Yankees. Nevin played more than 1,000 games in seven seasons in the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks minor league systems, compiling an overall record of 481-525.

“Very rarely do you see someone with the career path that he’s had, having a major league career and making enough money like he did, to be quite frank and go manage in the minor leagues as many games as he has, he doesn’t happen too often,” Minasian said. “I think we’re going to be in good hands going forward.”

Angels reliever Archie Bradley, who played for Nevin in 2014 and 2015 at Class AAA Reno, noted the Angels were right in Philadelphia when the Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi on Friday.

“We’ve downplayed this thing a bit, but 12 in a row is a lot,” Bradley said of the losing streak and the guilt over a manager being fired. “We have to do something different. We kept a good attitude, but when people started losing their jobs and going home because of it, from a player’s perspective, you never get used to it.

In 19 seasons as a manager or interim manager with the Tampa Bay Rays, Cubs and Angels, Maddon compiled a record of 1,382-1,216.

Maddon, via text message, declined to speak late Tuesday afternoon, writing that he had “talked all day” and it was time to eat Mexican. He said to come back tomorrow.

Lance B. Holton