On March 11, 1988, longtime manager Gene Mauch takes a leave of absence from the California Angels because of health reasons. He is replaced by Cookie Rojas. Mauch will officially announce his retirement on March 27. Mauch leaves managing with 1,902 wins and 2,037 losses. Seven years after his retirement as a manager, Mauch returned in 1995 as bench coach with the Kansas City Royals to assist Bob Boone, who was in his first year as a big-league skipper.

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