Joe Maddon

Joseph John Maddon Jr. (born February 8, 1954) is an American professional baseball manager for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Maddon began his coaching career in MLB with the California Angels in 1993 and served under managers Buck Rodgers, Marcel Lachemann, John McNamara, Terry Collins, and Mike Scioscia. He served two stints as interim manager during this time. He managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 through 2014, winning the 2008 American League pennant. After opting out of his contract following the 2014 season, he joined the Cubs, led them to the 2015 National League Championship Series and was named the 2015 National League Manager of the Year. In 2016, Maddon managed the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

Joe Maddon
2016-10-20 Joe Maddon before NLCS Game 5 at Dodger Stadium
Maddon with the Chicago Cubs in 2016
Chicago Cubs – No. 70
Born: February 8, 1954 (age 65)
West Hazleton, Pennsylvania
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Managerial record1,167–990
Winning %.541
As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Early life and career

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

Maddon attended Lafayette College, where he played baseball and football. He graduated in 1976. He is a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. He received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Lafayette College on September 2, 2010.[2]

Maddon began his professional career playing in Minor League Baseball as a catcher, signing with the California Angels organization as a free agent in 1975. [3] Maddon never advanced higher than Class A, which he played for four seasons. He began his career for the Quad Cities Angels in 1976, hitting .294 in 50 games and 163 at bats. He followed up with two seasons for the Salinas Angels and a final with the Santa Clara Padres. In his four seasons, he never had more than 180 at bats in a season, and the most home runs he ever hit was three for the Salinas Angels in 1977. Overall, he hit .267 with 5 home runs in 514 at bats.[4][5]

Overall, Maddon 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.[6]

Coaching/managerial career

California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1975–2005)

In 1979, after spending four seasons trying to make it as a catcher in the Angels organization, Maddon decided to give up his playing career and become a coach.[7] He started as a scout and would continue on to such positions as manager in the Angels farm system and Minor League roving hitting instructor.[8]

As a minor league manager, he had a 279–339 record in six seasons.[3] He managed in the minors from 1981 to 1986, each team having a losing record. His stops included managing the Idaho Falls Angels of the Rookie League (1981);the Class A Salem Angels (1982-1983); Class A Peoria Chiefs (1984) and the Class AA Midland Angels (1985-1986). After serving as Minor League roving instructor from 1987 to 1993, Maddon was promoted to the big league club as a coach.[9][10]

Maddon served as a Major League coach for the Angels from 1994 to 2005. He held such positions as first base coach, bench coach, and interim manager on three occasions following the departures of John McNamara in 1996, the suspension of Terry Collins in 1998, and Collins' eventual departure in 1999. He finished with a combined record of 27 wins and 24 losses as interim manager.[11] He also served under Marcel Lachemann from 1993 to 1994. While he served as bench coach under McNamara and Collins, he rotated positions often. He finally found stability when the Angels hired Mike Scioscia in 1999. He served as Scioscia's bench coach from 2000 to 2005, winning a World Series ring in 2002. By the time Maddon left Anaheim, he had spent 31 years overall with the Angels organization.[12]

Tampa Bay Rays (2006–2014)

Maddon was considered a candidate for the Boston Red Sox manager job in 2004, which went to Terry Francona.[13] On November 15, 2005, Maddon was hired to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His signature thick-rimmed glasses led to giveaways featuring mock pairs, and tributes from Angels players wearing the glasses when playing against the Rays.

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Maddon with the Rays


The Rays went 121-197 in Maddon's first two seasons.[14] The Rays were in yet another re-building phase, this time under the management of General Manager Andrew Friedman. Tampa Bay held the lowest payroll in baseball at $44 million. They had yet to have a winning season but were hopeful due to the development of young homegrown stars David Price, Evan Longoria, James Shields and BJ Upton. Unlike his predecessor, Lou Piniella, Maddon preached patience in developing a young core of players while enduring back to back 90+ game losing seasons.[15]

2008 season

In 2008, Maddon guided the 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.[16] Maddon's team recorded the franchise's first playoff series victory in the 2008 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 2008 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. Maddon won the American League Manager of the Year Award.[17] He also received the Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award.[18]

2009 season

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 his initial contract when he first became manager of the team. The Rays stated that there was "never a question" on whether to keep Maddon after the conclusion of the 2009 season.[19]

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. To replace fellow second baseman Dustin Pedroia, Maddon instead chose Tampa Bay's first baseman Carlos Peña.[20][21][22][23][24][25] Similarly, to replace Longoria, Maddon chose Chone Figgins of the Angels.[25]

2010 season

When MLB ordered in April 2010 that managers and coaches 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."[26] MLB reversed their decision a few days later.[27]

On September 28, 2010, the Rays clinched their second playoff berth in team history. This was their second playoff appearance in three years. They finished the year at 96-66.[28] The Rays won their second AL East championship, but lost to the Texas Rangers 3-2 in the 2010 ALDS.[29]

2011 season

In 2011, the Rays made a second consecutive playoff appearance, clinching the American League Wild Card on the final day of the season, despite an 0–6 start to the season and a nine-game deficit in the wild card race in September. The Rays lost in the 2011 ALDS to the Rangers 3 games to 1. After the end of the season Maddon was named the AL Manager of the Year for the second time in his career.[30] On February 13, 2012, the Rays signed Maddon to a three-year extension.[31]

2012 season

On April 16, 2012, in a game against the Red Sox, Maddon won his 500th career game as manager.[32] The Rays finished the season at 90-72, good for third place in the AL East and third in the AL Wild Card.[33]

2013 season

Joe Maddon in 2013 (9553142672)
Maddon in 2013.

Maddon earned his 600th win on May 8, 2013, with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.[34] Maddon earned his 700th win on May 25, 2014 with a victory over the Boston Red Sox.[35] The Rays finished the season with a 92-71 record, clinching the American League Wild Card. They lost the 2013 ALDS to the Boston Red Sox, 3-games-to-1.[36]

2014 season

The Rays finished with their worst record in seven years, at 77-85.[11] They lost Matt Moore to Tommy John surgery and dealt with constant trade rumors regarding such stars as David Price and Ben Zobrist. Price would end up being traded to the Detroit Tigers, while Zobrist finished the season in St. Petersburg. The Rays dealt with a flurry of injuries, and never recovered. They were eliminated from postseason contention on September 19.[37]

On October 14, 2014, Rays' General Manager Andrew Friedman left Tampa Bay to assume the role of President of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.[38] When Friedman departed, an opt-out clause in Maddon's contract was activated, stating that if Friedman left at any point in the duration of Maddon's contract, Maddon could opt out as well, as long as he did so within a period of two weeks. The Rays tried "aggressively" to re-sign Maddon, during that period, but Maddon opted out of his contract.[39] Maddon finished his tenure with a record of 754 wins and 705 losses.[11]

Chicago Cubs (2015–present)

2015 season

Almost immediately after news broke of Maddon's departure from St. Petersburg, rumors started linking him to the Chicago Cubs' managerial position; which, at the time was held by Rick Renteria. Cubs management had promised Renteria he would indeed be returning to manage the club in 2015 following the completion of the 2014 season.[40] On November 2, 2014, the Cubs announced that they had fired Renteria and hired Maddon.[41] While the situation was controversial around baseball, Cubs President Theo Epstein asserted that the move was in the best interests of the organization. Renteria was offered a variety of other positions with the Cubs, which he declined.[42] After being fired by the Cubs, Renteria signed on as the Chicago White Sox bench coach for the 2016 season, and became the team manager in 2017.[43]

Almost immediately following Maddon's decision to sign with the Cubs, the Rays filed tampering charges with MLB. They claimed that the only reason Maddon opted out in Tampa Bay was due to his becoming aware that the Cubs would offer him a deal that would make him the highest paid manager in the game. Cubs President Theo Epstein claimed that he had sent an e-mail to MLB to be certain that Maddon was indeed a free agent before contacting him about their managerial position.[44] On April 29, 2015, MLB cleared the Cubs of any tampering charges.[45]

On May 14, Maddon logged his 800th managerial win in a 6–5 home victory over the New York Mets, placing him eighth among active managers.[46] In June, on a road trip to play the Mets, Maddon brought in a magician to perform in the Cubs clubhouse. The Cubs had lost five straight games and it was something Maddon had done before with the Rays.[47] At the conclusion of the first half of the season, the Cubs held a record of 47-40, good for third place in the highly contested National League Central division. The Cubs had finished in last place for three consecutive seasons.[48]

After coming out sluggishly after the All Star Break, Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies no-hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25.[49] Following a sweep by the Phillies, the team with the worst record in baseball, the Cubs went on a nine-game winning streak, and at the time held the best road record in the Majors.[50] The Cubs continued their hot streak throughout the second half of the season, which included a no-hitter by Jake Arrieta on August 30 in Los Angeles.[51] On September 26, following a San Francisco Giants loss to the Oakland Athletics, the Cubs clinched their first postseason berth since 2008.[52] They finished the season with 97 wins, an improvement of 24 over 2014 and their first 97-win season since 2008.[53]

In the National League Wild Card Game, the Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 4–0 at PNC Park on a complete game shutout from Arrieta, advancing to the National League Division Series (NLDS) to face the St. Louis Cardinals. The win marked the Cubs' first postseason victory since the 2003 National League Championship Series (NLCS).[54] After losing game 1 in St. Louis, the Cubs went on to win three straight, winning the NLDS at Wrigley Field. This was the Cubs' first ever postseason clinch at Wrigley Field.[55] The Cubs played the Mets in the NLCS, but lost in four games.[56] After the season, Maddon won the National League Manager of the Year Award.[57]

2016 season

Maddon's young Cubs team entered the 2016 season as the bookmakers' favorite to win the World Series.[58] They started the season on a tear, taking over first place in the NL Central on April 11, a lead they never relinquished.[59] By May 10, the Cubs had a record of 25-6 (0.806 win percentage) with a commanding 8.5 game lead in their division.[60] The team would go on to post a 103-58 regular season record, their first 100-win season in over 80 years, and led their division by as many as 19 games. They entered the postseason as heavy favorites, and dispatched the Giants in four games with an amazing four-run 9th inning comeback in the clincher at AT&T Park. On October 22, 2016, the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, earning their first pennant since 1945, also allowing Maddon to join the small list of managers who won pennants in both leagues. Their streak of not winning a pennant was the longest in MLB history, lasting 71 years.[61] They beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series, for their first World Series title in 108 years.[62]

Managerial record

As of games played on June 25, 2019
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
California Angels 1996 1996 22 8 14 .364 DNQ
Anaheim Angels 1999 1999 29 19 10 .655
Tampa Bay Rays 2006 2014 1459 754 705 .517 30 13 17 .433
Chicago Cubs 2015 Present 727 429 298 .590 37 19 18 .514
Total 2238 1209 1027 .541 67 32 35 .478

Coaching tree

Former players and coaches under Joe Maddon who became MLB managers:

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.[63]

Charitable organizations

Maddon's organization, Respect 90 Foundation, hosts a charity golf tournament annually in his hometown of Hazleton, Pennsylvania.[64] Respect 90 and Maddon also sponsor a charity boxing event in Chicago annually. The Respect 90 Foundation raises funds to benefit inner city youth.[65]

Personal life

Maddon has two children, daughter Sarah born in 1983,[66] and son Joseph Maddon III from his first marriage to Betty Maddon (Stanton) whom he was married to from 1981 to 1999. He and his second wife, Jaye Sousoures,[67] were married in 2008. He met Jaye first in 1995 at the Rossmoor Athletic Club in Seal Beach California, where she worked as an accountant, They began dating in 2004. Maddon has five grandchildren.

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1999 Anaheim Angels season

The Anaheim Angels 1999 season involved the Angels finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 70 wins and 92 losses.

2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

The 2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their ninth since the franchise was created. They finished last in the AL East division, posting a league-worst record of 61–101. Their manager was Joe Maddon, who entered his first season with the Devil Rays. The Devil Rays' offense had the fewest runs (689), hits (1,395) and RBI (650) in Major League Baseball, as well as the joint-lowest batting average (.255) and lowest on-base percentage (.314).

2008 Tampa Bay Rays season

The 2008 Tampa Bay Rays season, was the 11th season in franchise history, and the first season in which they were known as the Tampa Bay Rays, formerly being known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This was the third season with Joe Maddon managing the club. After being plagued by futility as the Devil Rays, amassing just a .399 winning percentage over their first 11 years as a franchise, the team finished their first season as the Rays with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses, and won their first of two division titles to date, after having finished higher than last place in the AL East just once in their first 11 seasons (2004). In the postseason, they handily beat the Chicago White Sox 3 games to 1, and beat the defending World-Series champion Boston Red Sox in 7 games in the ALCS to advance to their first world-series in franchise history. They would go on to lose to the Philidelphia Phillies in 5 games. To date, the 2008 season remains the last time the Rays have advanced past the Division Series, losing in the first round to the Texas Rangers in 2010 and 2011, and losing to the Boston Red Sox in 2013.

2013 American League Wild Card Game

The 2013 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2013 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays (the latter winners of a one-game tie-breaker against the Texas Rangers). It was held at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 2, 2013. The Rays won by a 4–0 score and advanced to the AL Division Series to face the Boston Red Sox, who went on to become the World Series champion of that year. The game was televised on TBS.

American League Division Series

In Major League Baseball, the American League Division Series (ALDS) determines which two teams from the American League will advance to the American League Championship Series. The Division Series consists of two best-of-five series, featuring the three division winners and the winner of the wild-card play-off.

Charlie Reliford

Charles Harold Reliford (born September 19, 1956) is an American former umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB). After working in the National League (NL) from 1989 to 1999, he worked throughout both leagues from 2000 to 2009. He wore uniform number 18. Reliford retired from umpiring following the 2009 season, taking a job as a supervisor of umpires.

Reliford began umpiring in the minor leagues in 1982, eventually reaching the Triple-A American Association. He made his NL debut on May 29, 1989.Reliford officiated in the World Series in 2000 and 2004, and in the All-Star Game in 1996 and 2007. He has also umpired in three League Championship Series (1999, 2001, 2002) and in four Division Series (1995, 1997, 2000, 2004).

In Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, Reliford was the home plate umpire when Mike Piazza of the New York Mets had his bat shatter and fly towards the pitcher's mound on a foul ball. Roger Clemens of the New York Yankees fired the sawed-off piece of the bat toward Piazza, causing both benches to empty and reigniting the controversy that had begun the previous July, when Clemens had hit Piazza in the head with a pitch during an interleague game at Yankee Stadium.

On September 3, 2008, Reliford was the crew chief for the first major league game in history to use instant replay on a boundary home run call. Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees had hit a ball near the left field foul pole at Tropicana Field that was ruled a home run by third-base umpire Brian Runge. Although all the umpires agreed with the call, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon argued the ball was foul and asked for a review; however, by rule, the decision to review was solely Reliford's to make as the crew chief. After a conversation with the other umpires, Reliford agreed to the replay and after a brief review upheld the initial home run call.

Dave Martinez

David Martinez (born September 26, 1964) is an American professional baseball coach and former outfielder who is the manager for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously served as the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs. He played in MLB for the Cubs, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Devil Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Atlanta Braves from 1986 to 2001. Martinez had a .276 career batting average, 1,599 hits, 91 home runs, 795 runs scored, and 580 runs batted in.

Martinez became the bench coach for the Rays in 2008. Since then he has been considered a candidate for several managerial positions in MLB. When Rays' manager Joe Maddon became manager of the Cubs after the 2014 season, Martinez joined the Cubs as their bench coach. The Washington Nationals hired him to a three-year contract after the 2017 season.

Defenders of the Game

Defenders of the Game is an original animated family adventure series that was developed by Onesum Agency in Montreal for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays during their 2007 season, as an in-game entertainment experience. The series portrayed several key Devil Ray players as super heroes, and featured the voices and likenesses of Carl Crawford, Scott Kazmir, Rocco Baldelli, Coach Joe Maddon, and Special Advisor Don Zimmer. In the fictional series, the superhero Defenders had to save the game of baseball from the machinations or the evil Umperor.

For the 2008 season, the renamed Tampa Bay Rays, ordered another season of entirely original animated episodes featuring the same characters as the previous season with the exception of Rocco Baldelli who was on the disabled list, as well as new players Carlos Peña, James Shields, and B. J. Upton. While the evil Umperor was mentioned during the second season, the Defenders battled new villains including the Dr. Stat and Ms. Vinta.

Félix Hernández's perfect game

On August 15, 2012, Seattle Mariners pitcher Félix Hernández pitched the 23rd and most recent perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the first in Mariners' franchise history. Pitching against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, Hernández retired all 27 batters that he faced and tallied 12 strikeouts in a 1–0 victory.This was the third perfect game of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, following perfect games thrown by Philip Humber and Matt Cain, marking the first time that three perfect games were thrown in one MLB season. Also, as the Mariners were the losing team in Humber's perfect game, this was the first time that a team was on the losing and winning end of a perfect game in the same season. As Philip Humber's perfect game took place when the White Sox were visiting Safeco Field, this marked the first time two perfect games were thrown in the same park in the same season. It was also the second time in 2012 that the Mariners had pitched a no-hitter at Safeco Field; they pitched a combined no-hitter on June 8, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, also 1–0, making it the first time that a team pitched a combined no-hitter and complete game no-hitter in the same season. It also marked the third time the Tampa Bay Rays had been on the receiving end of a perfect game in four seasons, having previously failed to reach first base against Dallas Braden in 2010 and Mark Buehrle in 2009. Evan Longoria, Carlos Peña, Melvin Upton, Jr. and Ben Zobrist all played for the Rays in all three games, tying Alfredo Griffin's dubious mark for most losing perfect games played in.

Gary Jones (manager)

Gary Wayne Jones (born November 11, 1960) is an American minor league baseball manager and a former coach in Major League Baseball. Jones was the third base coach of the Chicago Cubs from 2014 to 2017. In 2018, he returned to managing as the skipper of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A International League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.Prior to his appointment to the 2014 coaching staff of then-Cub manager Rick Renteria, Jones spent seven years as the roving minor league infield instructor for the San Diego Padres, where Renteria had been a Major League coach. He was retained when Joe Maddon replaced Renteria as the Cubs' manager in October 2014 for the 2015 season, and in 2017 entered his fourth season as the Cubs' third-base coach, including service on 2016's National League and World Series championship team.

Until he became the Cubs' third base coach, Jones had spent one season in a Major League uniform out of his 32 years in professional baseball—1998, as the first-base coach of the Oakland Athletics.

In joining the Cubs, Jones returned to his first MLB organization. Chicago originally signed him as a 21-year-old free agent infielder in 1982 out of the University of Arkansas. Jones played for seven years in the Cubs and Athletics farm systems, including two seasons with the Triple-A Tacoma Tigers, and batted .283 with nine home runs in 899 minor league games between 1982 and 1989. He batted left-handed, threw right-handed, stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 162 pounds (73 kg).

After retiring as a player, he was a manager in the Oakland, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego organizations. From 1990–97, 1999–2001 and 2003–06, Jones led teams in the International League, Pacific Coast League, Southern League, Midwest League, and Arizona Fall League. He managed the Madison Muskies, Huntsville Stars, Edmonton Trappers, Pawtucket Red Sox, Fort Wayne Wizards and Mobile BayBears. He served the Red Sox as coordinator of minor league instruction in 2002.

Jones led the Stars to the Southern League championship in 1994 and the Trappers to back-to-back Pacific Coast League championships in 1996 and 1997. He also won Manager-of-the-Year Awards in 1991 (Madison), 1994 (Huntsville), 1996 and 1997 (both with Edmonton). In his first season with Lehigh Valley, he led the 2018 IronPigs to an 84–56 win–loss record and the International League North Division championship, although his team was eliminated in the opening round of the Governors' Cup playoffs. Through 2018, his career mark as a minor league manager was 1,124–1,028 (.522).

Lafayette Leopards baseball

The Lafayette Leopards baseball team represents Lafayette College in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the Patriot League. They are currently coached by Joe Kinney and assistant coaches Tim Reilly, Andrew Dickson, Ben Flanary and Gregg Durrah. They play home games in Hilton Rahn '51 Field at Kamine Stadium. The Leopards have advanced to the College World Series four times. Lafayette has also qualified for the NCAA tournament ten times, but only twice since 1966.

Lester Strode

James Lester Strode (born June 17, 1958 in McMinnville, Tennessee) is the bullpen coach for the Chicago Cubs.

He was born and raised in McMinnville, Tennessee, often crediting McMinnville as his home. After attending Kentucky State University, Strode was selected as a pitcher by the Kansas City Royals in the 4th round of the 1980 amateur draft and played in the minors from 1980 to 1988.After his playing career ended, he was a longtime pitching coach in the Chicago Cubs farm system. Strode was the pitching coach for the Rookie League Wytheville Cubs in 1989, the Single-A Peoria Chiefs from 1990 to 1991, the Winston-Salem Spirits in 1992, and the Daytona Cubs in 1993. He was then the Cubs' minor league pitching coordinator from 1996 to 2006. Following the 2006 season, he became the Cubs' bullpen coach. Strode is currently the longest tenured Cubs coach, having served as bullpen coach since 2007, under managers Lou Piniella, Mike Quade, Dale Sveum, Rick Rentería, and Joe Maddon. He was a member of the 2016 coaching staff for the Cubs that led the team winning the World Series.In December 2006, Strode was chosen as a member of the Warren County (TN) Sports Hall of Fame.

List of Los Angeles Angels managers

There have been 21 managers in the history of the Los Angeles Angels Major League Baseball franchise. The Angels are based in Anaheim, California. They are members of the American League West division of the American League (AL) in Major League Baseball (MLB). The Angels franchise was formed in 1961 as a member of the American League. The team was formerly called the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, before settling with the Los Angeles Angels.

Bill Rigney became the first manager of the then Los Angeles Angels in 1961, serving for just over eight seasons before being fired by Angels owner Gene Autry during the 1969 season. In terms of tenure, Mike Scioscia has managed more games and seasons than any other coach in franchise history. He managed the Angels to six playoff berths (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009) led the team to a World Series championship in 2002, and won the Manager of the Year award in 2002 and 2009. With the Angels' 2009 Playoff appearance, Mike Scioscia became the first Major League Baseball manager "to guide his team to playoffs six times in [his] first 10 seasons." None of Scioscia's predecessors made it to the World Series. Dick Williams and Whitey Herzog, who served as an interim manager immediately before Williams, are the only Angels managers to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

There have been 16 interim managers in Angels history. In 1969, manager Bill Rigney was fired and replaced by Lefty Phillips. In 1974, manager Whitey Herzog replaced Bobby Winkles. After four games with Herzog at the helm, Dick Williams took over the managerial job and was then replaced with Norm Sherry. A year later, Sherry was replaced by Dave Garcia. Garcia didn't last a full season either, as Jim Fregosi took over as manager in 1978. In 1981, Fregosi was replaced in the mid-season by Gene Mauch. In 1988, manager Cookie Rojas was replaced eight games before the end of the season. After a start of 61 wins and 63 losses in 1991, manager Doug Rader was fired and was replaced by Buck Rodgers. A season later, Rodgers was replaced by Marcel Lachemann, who took the position for four games. He was then succeeded by John Wathan. Rodgers returned as manager in 1993, but he was soon replaced by Lachemann. In 1996, Lachemann was replaced by John McNamara, who in turn was replaced by Joe Maddon. In 1999, Terry Collins resigned as manager in mid-season. Joe Maddon finished the season. Mauch, Rodgers, Lachemann, McNamara, and Maddon have had two stints as manager.

As of 2019, Brad Ausmus replaced Mike Scioscia as manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

List of Tampa Bay Rays managers

The Tampa Bay Rays are a professional baseball franchise based in St. Petersburg, Florida. They are a member of the American League (AL) East in Major League Baseball (MLB). The team joined MLB in 1998 as an expansion team with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In November 2007, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg renamed his team from the "Tampa Bay Devil Rays" to the "Tampa Bay Rays", which he described as "A beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida." The Rays won their first AL championship in 2008. The Rays have played their home games at Tropicana Field since their inaugural season. Andrew Friedman is the Vice President of Baseball operations, in essence the general manager.There have been five managers for the Rays franchise. The team's first manager was Larry Rothschild, the only manager who have spent his entire MLB managing career with the Devil Rays and managed the team for four seasons. Through the end of the 2014 season, Joe Maddon is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games managed with 1,459, the most regular-season game wins with 754, and the highest regular-season winning percentage with .517. Maddon is the only manager to have been to the playoffs with the Rays. In 2008, he took them all the way to the World Series, losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games. Maddon is also the only manager to have won the Manager of the Year Award with the Rays, first winning it in 2008, and again in 2011. Maddon became the manager of the then-Devil Rays in 2006. On February 15, 2012 the Rays extended his contract through the 2015 season, however he opted out of his contract at the end of the 2014 season. Kevin Cash has been the team's manager since the 2015 season.

Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award

In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually since 1983 to the best managers in the American League (AL) and the National League (NL). The winner is voted on by 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). Each places a vote for first, second, and third place among the managers of each league. The manager with the highest score in each league wins the award.Several managers have won the award in a season when they led their team to 100 or more wins. Lou Piniella won 116 games with the Seattle Mariners in 2001, the most by a winning manager, and Joe Torre won 114 with the New York Yankees in 1998. Sparky Anderson and Tony La Russa finished with identical 104–58 records in 1984 and 1988, respectively. Three National League managers, including Dusty Baker, Whitey Herzog, and Larry Dierker, have exceeded the century mark as well. Baker's San Francisco Giants won 103 games in 1993; Dierker's 1998 Houston Astros won 102 and Herzog led the Cardinals to 101 wins in the award's third season.In 1991, Bobby Cox became the first manager to win the award in both leagues, winning with the Atlanta Braves and having previously won with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1985. La Russa, Piniella, Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin, Davey Johnson, and Joe Maddon have since won the award in both leagues. Cox and La Russa have won the most awards, with four. Baker, Leyland, Piniella, Showalter and Maddon have won three times. In 2005, Cox became the first manager to win the award in consecutive years. Bob Melvin and Brian Snitker are the most recent winners.

Because of the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike cut the season short and cancelled the post-season, the BBWAA writers effectively created a de facto mythical national championship (similar to college football) by naming managers of the unofficial league champions (lead the leagues in winning percentage) (Buck Showalter and Felipe Alou) as Managers of the Year. Two franchises, the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers, have not had a manager win the award.

Only six managers have won the award while leading a team that finished outside the top two spots in its division. Ted Williams was the first, after leading the "expansion" Washington Senators to a third-place finish (and, at 86-76, their only winning season) in the American League East, in 1969. Buck Rodgers won the award in 1987 with the third-place Expos. Tony Peña and Showalter won the award with third-place teams in back-to-back years: Peña with the Royals in 2003, and Showalter with the Rangers in 2004. Joe Girardi is the only manager to win the award with a fourth-place team (2006 Florida Marlins); he is also the only manager to win the award after fielding a team with a losing record.

National League Division Series

In Major League Baseball, the National League Division Series (NLDS) determines which two teams from the National League will advance to the National League Championship Series. The Division Series consists of two best-of-five series, featuring the three division winners and the winner of the wild-card play-off.

Ortiz Shift

The Ortiz Shift is an infield shift tactic used in baseball. It was created in 2006 by then Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon. It is named after former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz, the original batter it was designed to counter.

Tampa Bay Rays award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Tampa Bay Rays professional baseball team.

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