Rays Extend Joe Maddon

WEDNESDAY, 10:00am: The Rays officially announced Maddon's three-year extension.

TUESDAY, 4:04pm: Maddon will earn approximately $2MM per season under his new contract, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweets.

11:13am: The Rays have agreed to a three-year contract extension with manager Joe Maddon, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. Maddon's contract had been set to expire after 2012, and the sides had been working on an extended agreement over the course of the offseason. An announcement is expected tomorrow, according to Topkin.

Maddon, the 2011 American League Manager of the Year, has managed the Rays to three playoff berths in the past four seasons, including an AL pennant in 2008. In six years under the 57-year-old Maddon, the Rays have a 495-477 record.


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50 Comments on "Rays Extend Joe Maddon"


3 years 6 months ago

One of the best managers in the game results-wise.  Plus a pretty cool dude.

alan104
3 years 6 months ago

Joe Maddon is a great guy, does alot for the community. He rides his bike around Tampa and is a very approachable. I don’t always agree with the way he manages but he does some really astonshing and unorthodox stuff. He thinks outside the box.
He gets the most out of his players and knows when to put his foot down. Congrats Joe on a much deserved extension. The Rays and MLB are lucky to have you. 

alan104
3 years 6 months ago

Go tell that to Lou Pinella

alan104
3 years 6 months ago

The most absurd comment I’ve ever heard.

alan104
3 years 6 months ago

Above 2 comments addresed tp Willingham

MrSativa
3 years 6 months ago

The absolute King of the Matchups – almost overdoes it sometimes. With his defensive shifts to shut down streak hitters to his infamous reverse pitch count methodology – the guy simply has brought a new style to the game that others are now trying to mimic.

If he managed the Yankees I’m not sure he would be that successful – teams like Tampa Bay are where he has to be creative which his his strength.

And fundamentals, go early to a ST game or go watch them work out. These guys are drilled to death.

j6takish
3 years 6 months ago

Joe Maddon actually looks at pitcher splits, instead of batter handedness. He knows what a spray chart is and is mostly responsible for Mark Teixieras disappearing batting average. Joe Maddon > Your favorite manager

skoods
3 years 6 months ago

That’s tough because even though I’m a Phillies fan, Joe Maddon is my favorite manager. He or Leyland.

cano24
3 years 6 months ago

Please.  Texeira’s batting average was higher vs the Rays than overall on the season, and higher than vs Toronto and Boston.

Maddon is a good manager but don’t be ridiculous.

Michael Moses
3 years 6 months ago

He is the quintessential people manager.  He is a motivator, a leader, a communicator, an outside-the-box thinker.  That’s what you want out of a “manager”.  When a corporation is successful, do people say that the CEO or COO doesn’t do anything and deserves no credit because he didn’t actually DO the work but simply oversaw it (Occupiers aside of course)?  While some teams win in spite of their manager, Maddon gets the most out of his people.  And he is perfect for a generally young team as well.

RedSx799
3 years 6 months ago

as a Sox fan I am happy for him. he is a great manager, and a great guy.

lefty177
3 years 6 months ago

has anyone ever watched Storage Wars? The 1 guy on there, Barry, I swear I thought Joe Maddon was on it for a while. Sorry, irrelevant, this guy is a great manager and I don’t think the Rays would be where they are today without him.

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

Also, Brandi is hot.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

not only is she hot, but every season she keeps getting hotter. 

jeffmaz
3 years 6 months ago

Joe deserves more that $2 mil a year

vikray
3 years 6 months ago

Glad to see that both Maddon & Friedman will be returning. That’s a second to none duo when it comes to acquiring and developing young talent. 

Steve_in_MA
3 years 6 months ago

Love Maddon’s easy-going attitude and great baseball instincts.  And yes, I know he loves living and working in Tampa.  But the guy is a fool to leave at least a million per year on the table.  No way I take $2MM per season if I am him.  He easily could have gotten $3MM per season if he simply held out for it.  That’s the million that pays your taxes on the other two million.  The going rate in Boston and New York is $4-5MM per season.  Fire your agent now.

3 years 6 months ago

…maybe he’s the Jared Weaver of Tampa Bay. It gets to a point where it doesn’t really matter. Regardless of whether it’s $2MM, $3MM, or $5MM, he  makes enough money to do what he loves to do for the city he loves to do it for. There’s no pressure on him in Tampa Bay. Sure he could make double the income in Boston, but when the Red Sox fail to win a World Series in the three or so year contract he signs, he’s back where he started. In Tampa Bay, he can continue to surprise and always have a solid year, whatever teh standings say. He seems to enjoy himself and the players seem to enjoy him. Carlos Pena took a contract from the Rays to go play for Maddon that was less than another offer he had in hand. Let the man be.

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

If you are a Red Sox fan or a fan of any other AL East team (other than Baltimore and Tampa) would you be thrilled to have this guy around longer in the division? The man knows how to win, plain and simple…

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

 There’s no way they would win with Jerry Manuel or Manny Acta…

Onetimeaccount
3 years 6 months ago

You musn’t watch Joe Maddon.

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed.

Sincerely,
Grady Little

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

“outside of managing the bullpen”

Does pinch hitting with Dan Johnson have anything to do with the bullpen?

3 years 6 months ago

How many managers would have had the balls to start Matt Moore in the playoffs?

Onetimeaccount
3 years 6 months ago

Joe Maddon can’t make mistakes. He replaced Evan Longoria with Andy Sonnanstine for the first six innings in a game. Sonnanstine drove in 2 runs and the Rays won.

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

I was also hoping the Sox would get him after a small dose of Bobby V.

Crucisnh
3 years 6 months ago

Well, one less controversial thing that I’ve heard they do as a team thing is that they do themes for how they dress when on the road (I think).  I don’t remember any of the details, but I’ve heard it mentioned by the Red Sox broadcasters and it sounded kind of funny… but I could see it as some sort of team building thing.

I’m kind of glad to see the Rays extend Maddon.  Part of me wishes that the Rays would return to their stinky ways to make it easier for the Sox.  But another part of me is glad for Rays fans (however few there are) that they’re a competitive team, and Maddon is a big part of that.

Hodor
3 years 6 months ago

 maybe if Reid Brignac would light up before the game he could actually hit the ball out of the infield.

Crucisnh
3 years 6 months ago

They might still win now that they’re a good team, but I doubt that the Rays would have turned it around in the first place around without Joe Maddon at the helm.

Crucisnh
3 years 6 months ago

Wasn’t that the time when Maddon made a mistake on the scorecard that he gave to the umps at the start of a game, and had to bat a pitcher something like 3rd or 4th in the lineup because he’d listed 2 DH’s on the scorecard?

j6takish
3 years 6 months ago

 He went 1 for 3 with an RBI double, but the point still stands

diesel2410
3 years 6 months ago

Maddon used Dan Johnson as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 9th, 2 outs. We ALL know how that turned out.

Maddon wins again.

j6takish
3 years 6 months ago

Google “Rays Pajama Party” and you come up with some articles written about his costume themed road trips. Price is looking real slick in his argyle PJ’s

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

They have done NHL jersey day. That was pretty cool.

Onetimeaccount
3 years 6 months ago

It may seem like a mistake to us, but he knew.

Onetimeaccount
3 years 6 months ago

It’s always better in the fan’s mind than in reality.

diesel2410
3 years 6 months ago

The duo of Maddon and Friedman is the best in the game, no doubt about it

KB
3 years 6 months ago

you must be a redsox or yankee fan.

as a jays fan I’m glad hes back with the rays, sure its tough on my team to win vs him but I’m glad he stays with a team he has success in a small market then make the change to a large one just because they offered him more money. i have respect for people that like challenges and don’t take short cuts.

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

That is why he is booing. As AL East fans we all respect and admire him and what he has done. The combo of him, Friedman and The Unibomber(I really hope Dave Martinez grows his beard back) is without a doubt the best in the Major Leagues.

Onetimeaccount
3 years 6 months ago

 haha that’s how I intended it to be read. It just happened to be a fact.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Does that include Don Zimmer? Every time I see that dolt as an “honorary coach” for the Rays, can’t help but remember all of the totally (insert words that will get one banned here) things that bum would do and cost one of the best teams of the 70’s multiple pennants, all because he had -0- clue how to use a pitching staff and ruined the arms of several pitchers because of it.

vikray
3 years 6 months ago

 Just like having the highest payroll in baseball for 15 years has nothing to do with the Yankees wins eh? I could actually care less how much money they spend, it’s just funny to see someone with a NY logo criticize a team for building through the draft and scouting. Look, I can build a team like the Yankees too, now wait while I turn on my Nintendo.

NiceGamePrettyBoy
3 years 6 months ago

If you think having high draft picks for 15 years guarantees success talk to a Pirates fan.

buddaley
3 years 6 months ago

Leaving aside your hyperbole, the answer is that it had something to do with the Rays success, but much less than you suggest. The point has been made over and over, so I won’t belabor it with all the details. But just look at the rosters of the 2008-2011 teams, and you will see that there were only 3 or 4 1st round picks on any team, a couple providing only marginal or complementary value.

The rest of those rosters were comprised of dumpster diving signees, later round draftees, reclamation projects, traded players and some lesser free agents. It was Maddon who integrated them into a team and provided the motivation and strategies to win pennants and post-season berths. 

GrayhawkAZ
3 years 6 months ago

Not many

vikray
3 years 6 months ago

 Aww snap, he’s busting out the list. Somebody’s sensitive! Sorry about that then, I thought you were speaking with witty sarcasm – and it turns out you were being serious… awkward. While we’re pointing our errors: The Rays have had the first overall pick 4 times in their history. Oh and your icon is a Yankees logo professor. Since intelligence is being criticized here, implying Maddon has nothing to do with the Ray’s success clearly shows yours. You’re 100% right then, it’s due to every first round draft choice they have ever had working out perfectly (that was sarcasm by the way). Please keep posting… I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next! Maybe use bullets instead of numbers? Oh man, I can’t wait!

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

pfft.. i bet you think jarrod is cute tho!

FunkyTime
3 years 6 months ago

Seems like Leyland is much more popular nationally than he is in Detroit.

He’s great at managing the clubhouse, but the guy is awful at making a lineup.  He had guys like Don Kelly, Magglio Ordonez, and Delmon Young batting ahead of Cabrera all year last year.  (All had a OBP below 30% for almost the whole season)

mypoorbuccos
3 years 6 months ago

 Gardenhire is awful.

He simply can’t manage a bullpen, he babies the superstars, and has irrational favorites. Gardy didn’t like Hardy, so he’s gone. His preference for “scrappy gamers” has seen the Twins give too many at bats to the Matt Tolberts and Nick Puntos of the world (though it was great to see Nicky play well last season and get a ring).

buddaley
3 years 6 months ago

 Correct. You would think by now the notion that the Rays won simply because they had so many high 1st round picks would have been fully debunked by now. It is simply an indefensible statement based on lazy “feelings” rather than looking at the data.

 I said I wouldn’t go into details again, but can’t resist. Take the 2008 World Series team:

Navarro: trade
Pena: Dumpster diving (major contributor)
Iwamura: Free agent
Bartlett: trade: This involved a 1st round pick (Delmon) but would not have happened without the inclusion of Brendan Harris who had been acquired via trade.) (important contributor)
Longoria: 1st round pick (major contributor)
Crawford: 2nd round pick (poor year)
Upton: 1st round pick (so-so year)
Gross: trade
Floyd: Free agent
Bench: basically the same distribution but no 1st round picks

Shields: 16th round pick
Sonnanstine: 13th round pick
Garza: trade (with Bartlett)
Jackson: trade
Kazmir: trade
Bullpen: Price and Niemann were 1st round picks who provided 14 and 16 innings pitched. The rest were miscellaneous pick-ups.

So there were 2 regulars who were 1st rounders, one of whom was a major contributor that year.