Joe Maddon is the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and a two-time American League Manager of the Year. A former minor-league catcher, he worked in the Angels' organization for 31 years before the Rays named him their manager before the 2006 season. In 2008, Maddon led the Rays to their first division title, playoff wins and World Series appearance. He was honored as Manager of the Year following the 2008 and 2011 seasons. He won a World Series as the Angels' bench coach in 2002. Recognizable by his thick-rimmed glasses and outgoing personality, he has earned a reputation as a players' manager, wine connoisseur, cycling enthusiast and avid reader.
The All-Star break comes late this year, and the Rays have to be wishing at this point they could just skip it. After a slow start, injuries to several key players and a couple of months of maddeningly inconsistent play, the Rays rolled toward the break playing their absolute best baseball of the season. Here's a look …
Rightfield is a riddle. Left is a mystery. Second base is a free-for-all.
Who's on first?
Everybody, that's who.
Ralphie wanted a Red Ryder BB gun. Many dream of a white Christmas. And some little boys and girls want only their two front teeth.
NASHVILLE — Even if the Rays don't do anything else before the winter meetings end today, they still will have had a successful trip.
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays opted to keep Ryan Roberts as part of their infield mix and Burke Badenhop in their bullpen, but they declined to tender a contract to outfielder Ben Francisco by Friday's midnight deadline.
Joe Maddon has been chilling out in California recently, which has worked out even better given the Jill Kelley circus playing out near his Tampa house.
Rays ace David Price picked up one of the greatest honors in sports on Wednesday, winning the American League Cy Young Award, handed out annually to the league's best pitcher.