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Joseph John Maddon

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[edit] Biographical Information

Joe Maddon has managed the Los Angeles Angels and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, most notably in 2008 when the Rays won the American League pennant.

He was converted to a catcher while at Lafayette College by Norm Gigon. Maddon was signed by the California Angels as a free agent and played for the Quad Cities Angels (1976), Salinas Angels (1977-1978), and Santa Clara Padres (1979). He scouted for a time, signing Kirk McCaskill and Tim Salmon for the team.

Maddon managed in the Angels farm system for six years, from 1981 to 1986. He served as the Angels' minor league roving hitting instructor from 1987 to 1993.

Maddon was a coach with the Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 1994 to 2005. He also served as the club's interim manager on two occasions. Maddon was named skipper of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beginning with the 2006 season. He led the re-named Rays to their first winning record and postseason appearance in 2008, taking the young team all the way to the 2008 World Series, where they were beaten ion five games by the Philadelphia Phillies. He was named American League Manager of the Year for his performance that season. In 2009, the Rays had another winning season, but finished third behind the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the AL East, missing the postseason, but in 2010, they had the best record in the American League. However, they lost a tightly-fought five-game series with the Texas Rangers in the ALDS and after the season, the team was re-shaped after fixtures Carlos Lee, Rafael Soriano, Joaquin Benoit and Carl Crawford left via free agency while Matt Garza was traded. Maddon did another tremendous job in 2011, rebuilding his bullpen from scratch and working around the early retirement of slugger Manny Ramirez after he failed a drug test in early April, to lead the Rays into the postseason for the third time. He was able to coax a lot of production out of unheralded players such as Sam Fuld and Sean Rodriguez, around a trademark very strong group of starting pitchers, keeping his team within sight of the leaders, and then leading them on a charge in September when the Boston Red Sox began to falter. The Rays caught and passed the Sox on the season's last day, then upset the Rangers in the first game of the ALDS before finally running out of magic tricks.

As a manager, Maddon is known for maintaining an unusually tight bond with his players. A good example was when the Rays first made the postseason in 2008, many players decided to sport a mohawk haircut for luck - and Maddon joined in. He also started the practice of "theme" road trips, where all members of the team will do something unusual, such as wear specially tailored loud sports jackets in the team colors, or dress as if heading to a slumber party. He has also been known for making unusual choices in putting together his line-up. In 2010, he had catcher John Jaso leading off for a good portion of the year, and in 2012 he handed in a few line-up cards with slugging 1B Carlos Pena batting lead-off and unheralded middle infielder Jeff Keppinger in the clean-up spot. In an interleague game in 2011, he had OF Sam Fuld, who had just pinch hit for his pitcher, take warm-up tosses on the mound the following inning, in order to buy more time to allow the reliever he really wanted to see pitch come into the game; MLB had to change the relevant rule after the season to prevent imitators. He is so unpredictable that when he was forced to bat pitcher Andy Sonnanstine third during a game in 2009, because of an incorrectly filled line-up card, many observers thought that it was, once again, some sort of deliberate move. That is because there is usually method to his madness, as many of his seemingly strange decisions are in fact based on studying computer printouts of batter and pitcher tendencies and match-ups. As a result, he was the first manager to systematically use defensive shifts against opposite batters, when their use had been sporadic before; he was soon imitated by many of his peers. Part of his way of thinking is that he likes to keep the opposing manager wondering what he will come up with next, something which was characteristic of managers such as Earl Weaver and Gene Mauch in an earlier era. However, if those two were high-strung and intense personalities, Maddon is quite laid-back and knows how to keep things in perspective, making him extremely well-liked by his players.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time AL Manager of the Year Award (2008 & 2011)
  • Division Titles: 2 (2008 & 2010)
  • Other Postseason Appearances: 2 (2011 & 2013 - wild card)
  • AL Pennants: 1 (2008)


Preceded by
John McNamara
California Angels Manager
1996
Succeeded by
Terry Collins
Preceded by
Terry Collins
Anaheim Angels Manager
1999
Succeeded by
Mike Scioscia
Preceded by
Lou Piniella
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Manager
2006-
Succeeded by
current

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1981 Idaho Falls Angels Pioneer League 27-43 7th California Angels
1982 Salem Angels Northwest League 34-36 2nd California Angels League Champs
1983 Salem Angels Northwest League 31-39 7th California Angels
1984 Peoria Chiefs Midwest League 66-73 8th California Angels
1985 Midland Angels Texas League 59-77 8th California Angels
1986 Midland Angels Texas League 62-71 6th California Angels
1996 California Angels American League 8-14 -- California Angels replaced Marcel Lachemann (52-59) and John McNamara (5-9) on August 21 /
replaced by John McNamara on September 13
1999 Anaheim Angels American League 19-10 4th Anaheim Angels replaced Terry Collins on September 3
2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays American League 61-101 5th Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays American League 66-96 5th Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2008 Tampa Bay Rays American League 97-65 1st Tampa Bay Rays Lost World Series
2009 Tampa Bay Rays American League 84-78 3rd Tampa Bay Rays
2010 Tampa Bay Rays American League 96-66 1st Tampa Bay Rays Lost ALDS
2011 Tampa Bay Rays American League 91-71 2nd Tampa Bay Rays Lost ALDS
2012 Tampa Bay Rays American League 90-72 3rd Tampa Bay Rays
2013 Tampa Bay Rays American League 92-71 2nd Tampa Bay Rays Lost ALDS
2014 Tampa Bay Rays American League Tampa Bay Rays

[edit] Further Reading

  • Bob Nightengale: "Rays manager marches to a different beat", USA Today Sports, June 11, 2013. [1]

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