Joe Maddon

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Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon.jpg
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 70
Manager
Born: (1954-02-08) February 8, 1954 (age 60)
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
1996 for the California Angels
Career statistics
(through April 9, 2014)
Games managed 1,358
Win–loss record 709–649
Winning % .522
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joseph John Maddon (born February 8, 1954) is the Major League Baseball manager for the Tampa Bay Rays.

He previously served as interim manager of the Anaheim Angels in both 1996 and 1999. He was also a long-time bench coach for the team.

Early life and career[edit]

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.

He is a former minor league catcher, who 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 was three for Salinas in 1977.[2]

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.

Managerial career[edit]

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 leading candidate for the Boston Red Sox manager job in 2004, which went to Terry Francona. 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 by a 4–1 game score. 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.[3] He also received the Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award.

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."[4]

On July 14, 2009, Maddon managed the American League All Star team to a 4–3 victory. Controversy arose after he failed to pick second baseman Ian Kinsler as a reserve on the team,when Dustin Pedroia and Evan Longoria bowed out.

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."[5] MLB reversed their decision a few days later.[6]

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.[7] On February 13, 2012 the Rays signed Maddon to a three-year extension.[8]

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.[citation needed] Maddon earned his 600th win on September 27, 2012 with a victory over the Chicago White Sox.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Maddon became engaged to his girlfriend of four years, law school 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. He has two children with his first wife: a daughter, Sarah; and a son, Joey. He also has two granddaughters, Tyler and Coral Ray.[citation needed]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Reuben Rodriguez
Idaho Falls Angels Manager
1981
Succeeded by
last manager
Preceded by
first manager
Salem Angels Manager
1982–1983
Succeeded by
Larry Patterson
Preceded by
Vern Hoscheit (Yankees affiliate)
Peoria Chiefs Manager
1984
Succeeded by
Pete Mackanin (Cubs affiliate)
Preceded by
first manager
Midland Angels Manager
1985–1986
Succeeded by
Max Oliveras
Preceded by
Chuck Hernandez
California Angels Bullpen Coach
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Bill Lachemann
Preceded by
John Wathan
Anaheim Angels Bench Coach
1995–2005
Succeeded by
Ron Roenicke