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Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi react to Joe Maddon's departure

Published Oct. 24, 2014

If you were surprised by Friday's news that Rays manager Joe Maddon is leaving the club, you're in good company.

"It was one of those things that came out of nowhere," right-hander Jake Odorizzi said Friday afternoon, a few hours after learning about the news on TV.

While Odorizzi was shocked, teammate Chris Archer had a feeling that Maddon could be leaving. Archer said he came to that realization soon after executive vice president Andrew Friedman departed for the Dodgers earlier this month.

"Just knowing that Andrew left, I had a feeling that either this year or the end of next year, Joe wouldn't be back," Archer said.

Archer isn't upset. He said he's happy for Maddon and for anyone else who leaves for a better opportunity for himself or his family.

But he said it will be a little weird when he shows up for spring training and won't see Friedman or Maddon.

"Joe and Andrew have been here for a long time," Archer said. "They're the only thing that I know. It's not necessarily the end of the world for anybody that they left. …

"I have hope and faith in the Rays organization, Matt Silverman…all the way up. I have faith that they'll make the right choice, because up to this point, they've done that."

Odorizzi said he expects bench coach Dave Martinez to be considered for the position after being considered for other openings. Other than that, Odorizzi doesn't have any expectations for who might be next in the clubhouse – or what sort of managerial style the Rays are seeking.

"Joe's been the only manager here I've seen," Odorizzi said. "He's a different style of manager. It'll be interesting to see what a new face brings to the table."

If you were surprised by Friday's news that Rays manager Joe Maddon is leaving the club, you're in good company.

"It was one of those things that came out of nowhere," right-hander Jake Odorizzi said Friday afternoon, a few hours after learning about the news on TV.

While Odorizzi was shocked, teammate Chris Archer had a feeling that Maddon could be leaving. Archer said he came to that realization soon after executive vice president Andrew Friedman departed for the Dodgers earlier this month.

"Just knowing that Andrew left, I had a feeling that either this year or the end of next year, Joe wouldn't be back," Archer said.

Archer isn't upset. He said he's happy for Maddon and for anyone else who leaves for a better opportunity for himself or his family.

But he said it will be a little weird when he shows up for spring training and won't see Friedman or Maddon.

"Joe and Andrew have been here for a long time," Archer said. "They're the only thing that I know. It's not necessarily the end of the world for anybody that they left. …

"I have hope and faith in the Rays organization, Matt Silverman…all the way up. I have faith that they'll make the right choice, because up to this point, they've done that."

Odorizzi said he expects bench coach Dave Martinez to be considered for the position after being considered for other openings. Other than that, Odorizzi doesn't have any expectations for who might be next in the clubhouse – or what sort of managerial style the Rays are seeking.

"Joe's been the only manager here I've seen," Odorizzi said. "He's a different style of manager. It'll be interesting to see what a new face brings to the table."

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