Terry Collins resigned as manager of the Angels after the team compiled the worst record in baseball.
Collins, 50, was in his third season with the Angels, who entered play last night 51-82 and 28 games behind Texas in the AL West. He will be replaced for the rest of the season by bench coach Joe Maddon.
The move comes almost three months after Collins received a contract extension and ends what has been a turbulent season for both him and the team.
Anaheim has been beset by injuries, with Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon, Gary DiSarcina and Jim Edmonds among those who have spent time on the disabled list.
Then in early June, with Collins on the verge of signing his contract extension, several players met with GM Bill Bavasi to express concerns about his intense managerial style.
BOGGS OUT FOR SEASON: The Devil Rays' Wade Boggs, the newest member of the 3,000-hit club, will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI exam revealed torn cartilage in his right knee. The five-time AL batting champion was injured Aug. 2 sliding into a base at Seattle. Five days later, he became the first player to homer for his 3,000th career hit.
The Devil Rays also signed Fred McGriff to a two-year contract extension, keeping the team's cleanup hitter for at least two more seasons.
McGriff, 35, is having one of the best offensive years of his 14-year career, leading the team with a .314 batting average and 90 RBI. His 29 home runs rank second on the team behind Jose Canseco.