Joe Maddon

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Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon 2014.jpg
Chicago Cubs
Born: (1954-02-08) February 8, 1954 (age 60)
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Games managed 1,510
Win–loss record 781–729
Winning % .517

As Manager

As Coach

Career highlights and awards

Joseph John Maddon (born February 8, 1954) is a Major League Baseball manager for the Chicago Cubs.

Maddon began his coaching career with the California Angels in 1993 and served under managers Buck Rodgers, Marcel Lachemann, John McNamara, Terry Collins, and Mike Scioscia. He served as interim manager in 1996, after McNamara stepped aside following Lachemann's firing, and in 1999, after Collins was forced to resign. Maddon was most recently the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, whom he served from his hiring in 2006 until the end of the 2014 season. He opted out of his contract shortly after the 2014 season ended, and on October 31st, the Chicago Cubs issued a press release indicating he would be introduced as their Manager on Monday, November 3rd.

Early life and career

The son of an Italian father, Joe (who shortened the family name from Maddonini), and a Polish mother, Albina (Beanie), Maddon grew up in an apartment over his father's plumbing shop. His father, Joe, Sr. died in 2002. His mother is still a waitress at the Third Base Luncheonette restaurant in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.[1]

Maddon attended Lafayette College (Class of 1976), where he played baseball and football. He is a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Lafayette College on September 2, 2010.[citation needed]

He is a former minor league catcher, having signed with the Angels as a free agent catcher in 1975,[2] but never advanced higher than A ball, which he played for four seasons. In his four seasons, he never had more than 180 at bats, and the most home runs he ever hit were three for Salinas in 1977.[3]

He worked in the Angels organization for 31 years, including time as a minor league manager, scout, roving minor league hitting instructor, and coach for the major league team.[citation needed]

Managerial career

As a minor league manager, he had a 279-339 record in six seasons.[4]

He managed each of the six years from 1981–86 in the minor leagues, but managed his team to a losing record each season.

Maddon was considered a candidate for the Boston Red Sox manager job in 2004, which went to Terry Francona.[5] On November 15, 2005, he was hired to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His signature thick-rimmed glasses have led to giveaways featuring mock pairs, and tributes from Angels players wearing the glasses when playing against the Rays.

Maddon with the Rays

In 2008, Maddon led the Tampa Bay Rays to their first American League Eastern Division Title. He led a team of young players that won a division title over the heavily favored New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Maddon led the team to the franchise's first playoff win in the American League Division Series ALDS vs the Chicago White Sox by 3–1 and a 4 games to 3 triumph over the rival Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series ALCS. This was the first World Series appearance for the Rays, in which Tampa Bay held home-field advantage against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies won the World Series in five games. It completed a full-circle turnaround for the Rays, who had the worst record in Major League Baseball in 2007. Because of this, on November 12 of that year, he was given the American League Manager of the Year Award.[6] He also received the Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award.[7]

On May 25, 2009, the Tampa Bay Rays and Maddon agreed to a contract extension that would keep him manager of the Rays through 2012. He had been in the final year of the initial contract he signed when he first became manager of the team. The Rays stated that there was "never a question" on whether to keep Maddon or not after the conclusion of the 2009 season. Maddon was quoted as saying, "This is where I belong. This is where I want to be. I really have to use the word love when I talk about this organization."[8]

On July 14, 2009, Maddon managed the American League All Star team to a 4–3 victory. Controversy accompanied his failure to pick second baseman Ian Kinsler as a reserve, despite Kinsler having narrowly come in second in the fan voting, the player voting, and the Sprint Final Vote competition. Instead to replace fellow second baseman Pedroia, Maddon went with one of his own, choosing Tampa Bay's first baseman Carlos Peña.[9][10][11][12][13][14] Simlarly, to replace Longoria, Maddon (a former Angels coach) chose Figgins of the Angels as a replacement.[14]

When Major League Baseball ordered in April 2010 that managers and coaches can only wear the official team jacket or approved Majestic pullover over their jersey, and not "hoodies", Maddon complained that "It's almost like a security blanket for me. Managing without a hoodie on a cool night could be very disconcerting. Furthermore, I think it's wrong."[15] MLB reversed their decision a few days later.[16]

In 2011, the Rays made a second consecutive playoff appearance despite an 0–6 start to the season and a 9-game deficit in the wild card race in September. After the end of the season it was announced that Maddon had been named the American League Manager of the Year for the second time in his career.[17] On February 13, 2012 the Rays signed Maddon to a three-year extension.[18]

On April 16, 2012, in a game against the Boston Red Sox, Maddon won his 500th career game as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.[19] Maddon earned his 600th win on May 8, 2013 with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.[20] Maddon earned his 700th win on May 25, 2014 with a victory over the Boston Red Sox.[21]

On October 24, 2014, he exercised an opt out clause in his contract and resigned as manager of the Rays.[22]

Uniform number

Maddon wears the unusual uniform #70. He has said that his preferred number used to be #20, but that he lost that number when future Hall-of-Famer Don Sutton came to the Angels. He was then randomly assigned #70 and declared that he would never change it so that his number would never be taken from him again.[23]

Personal life

Maddon has two children with his first wife, from whom he was divorced: a daughter, Sarah; and a son, Joey.[24] He became engaged to his girlfriend of four years, Western State University College of Law graduate Jaye Sousoures, in June 2007 in Boulder, Colorado, on a side trip during a Rays road trip to the Colorado Rockies. He married her in November 2008.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Joe Maddon #70". 
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  3. ^ " / Sports / Baseball / Red Sox". The Boston Globe. 
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  6. ^ Joe Smith (November 12, 2008). "Tampa Bay Rays' Maddon named AL manager of the year". Retrieved November 12, 2008. [dead link]
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  8. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon's new three-year deal official: "This is where I belong"". May 25, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ Doug Miller (June 30, 2009). "Red Sox duo locked in close All-Star votes: Youkilis pulls ahead, Pedroia very near in balloting's final days". Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ Wilson, Jeff (7/12/09). "Rangers will extend off days for Kevin Millwood after All-Star break". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 8/7/09.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ T.R. Sullivan (July 5, 2009). "Kinsler's All-Star status up to Final Vote: Second baseman one of five candidates for last AL spot". Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rays Third-Bagger Longoria Sits With Sore Hammy; Trip To Disabled List Unlikely". June 3, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ Porter, Suzette (July 9, 2009). "Maddon, 4 Rays headed to All-Star game". Tampa Bay Newspapers. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b T.R Sullivan (July 14, 2009). "Speedy Figgins dashes to St. Louis: Third baseman a late addition, but neither Angel gets in game". Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  15. ^ "MLB bans favorite hoodie of Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon – St. Petersburg Times". Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  16. ^ In Dramatic Reversal, MLB Allows Joe Maddon's Hoodie AOL News
  17. ^ Smith, Joe (November 16, 2011). "Rays' manager Joe Maddon named AL Manager of the Year". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  18. ^ Rays sign Maddon to three-year extension
  19. ^ "Timeline: Joe Maddon's career with the Tampa Bay Rays". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Rays Beat Jays for Maddon’s 600th Win". GETREALBASEBALL.COM. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ STATS Hosted Solution | Game Recap – MLB – Baseball
  22. ^ Madden, Bill (October 24, 2014). "Rays rocked! Frustrated Joe Maddon follows GM Andrew Friedman out the door in Tampa". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  23. ^ Dorsey, David (March 13, 2014). "Uniforms: Numerologist digs behind the numbers". The News-Press. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  24. ^ [5]

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