Named manager of the Tampa Bay Rays before the 2006 season, Joe Maddon's tenure with the team ended when he opted out of his contract on Oct. 24, 2014. A two-time American League Manager of the Year, he led the Rays to their first division title, playoff wins and World Series appearance in 2008. He was honored as Manager of the Year following the 2008 and 2011 seasons. A former minor-league catcher, he worked in the Angels' organization for 31 years before joining the Rays — he won a World Series as the Angels' bench coach in 2002. Recognizable by his thick-rimmed glasses and outgoing personality, he earned a reputation as a players' manager, wine conoisseur, cycling enthusiast and avid reader.
Dec. 23, 2011Stirring the melting pot
HAZLETON, Pa. — Earlier this month Joe Maddon stood in front of more than 500 people in a catering hall in his hometown and told them a story. Last year, he said, he came home for Chri …
Dec. 13, 2010Secret to Joe Maddon's sauce
ST. PETERSBURG — The manager is rolling the meatballs, quickly, tightly, uniformly. Bigger than a golf ball, but smaller than a baseball, for sure. One right after the othe …
March 30, 2014In a class by himself
ST. PETERSBURG — Joe Maddon didn't start out in the Tampa Bay dugout as such a good manager. The then-Devil Rays lost a major league-most 197 games his first two seasons, and there was some qu …
ST. PETERSBURG — First, the architect who built the team, Andrew Friedman bolted for big bucks with the Dodgers. Now, barely a week later, the man who managed so deftly for nine years, Joe Maddon, opted out of his contract without another job.
Joe Maddon's Rays record
Year W L Pct. GB Place
2014 77 85 .475 19 4th
2013 92 71 .564 5.5 2nd*
2012 90 72 .556 5 3rd
2011 91 71 .562 6 2nd*
2010 96 66 .593— 1st*
2009 84 …
Given Joe Maddon's unexpected departure, the Rays will need some time to come up with a list of candidates to replace him. Here are a few names you can expect to hear:
Wild, wacky stuff
To offset the pressure of playoff chases and losing streaks, former Rays manager Joe Maddon had a colorful history of themed dress-up road trips and, throughout the 2013 season, some rather unusual clubhouse guests. Here are some of his more memorable:
THEMED ATTIRE ROAD …
In 2006, the year after he became the Rays manager, Joe Maddon introduced Thanksmas to the greater Tampa Bay area.
Nov. 15: After 31 years in the Angels organization, Joe Maddon is hired as Devil Rays manager, replacing Lou Piniella.
It feels like a punch to the gut. • Joe Maddon is leaving the Rays. • It's still hard to believe. • When you think of the Rays, you think of Maddon. Behind those smart-guy glasses, Maddon waxes poetic about the game and life and music, using a vocabulary that you rarely hear …
Maybe it's the glasses. Maybe it's his easy smile or mischievous spirit or working-class coolness. Whatever it is, Rays fans loved their manager. Offered here are a few photos that may capture some of the traits that have helped make Joe Maddon such a beloved and well-known figure throughout Tampa Bay since 2006.
What started as negotiations to extend an amicable and mutually beneficial relationship into a second decade instead ended in a shocking divorce Friday as Joe Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and left the Tampa Bay Rays after a successful nine-year run as their manager.
TORONTO — C Buster Posey is a popular topic among Rays followers given the discussion over how much better the team would be had it drafted him rather than INF Tim Beckham with the top overall pick in 2008.