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Tampa Bay Rays Manager
By Rays Writer
Joe Maddon is currently the manager of 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. Maddon attended Lafayette College, where he played baseball and football. 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. He served in the Angels organization for 31 years.
On November 15, 2005, he was hired to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In 2008, Maddon led the Tampa Bay Rays to their first American League Eastern Division Title. He held a steady hand over a team of young players that were excited to win a division title over the heavily favored New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Maddon lead 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 thrilling 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, but the Rays had gained the respect of many baseball fans. 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.
In 2010, Joe Maddon guided the Tampa Bay Rays with another American League East Championship, going 96-66.