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October 16, 2008 | By Robyn Norwood FOR THE INQUIRER
Dodgers manager Joe Torre is an admirer of the Tampa Bay Rays, who have three games to get the one victory they need to reach the World Series. "I'm pretty impressed with what Joe Maddon has done down there," Torre said yesterday, referring to the Tampa Bay manager. The Rays' potential crystallized for Torre after he watched them take an extra-innings victory in September against the Boston Red Sox, who trail the Rays in the American League Championship Series, three games to one. "At that point, they made me believers that they're for real and that they could look them right in the eye and not back away.
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June 11, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES ARE in an awful slump, have dropped 11 games below .500 and have the worst record in the National League. The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-41 and have the worst record in the majors. So what are the teams doing about it? The Phillies appear to be standing pat, waiting for a hot streak, waiting for their .210, .220 and .230 hitters to catch fire and for their starting pitchers to find the strike zone. The Rays have a different approach, which is nothing new for Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
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October 22, 2008 | By Gerry Fraley FOR THE INQUIRER
The Tampa Bay Rays are in the World Series because of . . . Bruce Springsteen? On Sunday morning, hours before the most important game in Rays' history, manager Joe Maddon took a long ride on his mountain bike with the Rolling Stones and the Four Tops blaring on the iPod. At Tropicana Field, Maddon made a bold choice. He switched the music to the Boss while filling out the lineup card for Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. The Rays, who had never won more than 70 games in their 11-year history before this season, crashed into the World Series with a 3-1 victory against Boston.
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October 21, 2008 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO For the Daily News
He's still "Joey" around here. That hasn't changed. Nothing much seems to change in Hazleton, a blue-collar community built on the shoulders of Italian and Polish immigrant coal miners. It's a small-town place, a nexus of tiny neighborhoods, where almost everyone knows everyone else on a first-name basis. It's why Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon always will be "Joey" to the people who know him and watched him play as a two-sport star at Hazleton High in the early 1970s. Sure, things are different for Maddon today.
NEWS
October 22, 2008 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon admits that this postseason has been a coming-out party of sorts for centerfielder B.J. Upton. Besides tracking down balls in the outfield and making it look easy with his smooth glide, Upton has been a much different offensive player than during the regular season. After hitting .273 with nine home runs and 67 RBIs in 531 regular-season at-bats, Upton has been a power machine in the Rays' two playoff series. He is hitting .304 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs.
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April 30, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Boys in the hoods It's official - Joe Maddon is the new picture boy for hoodies. Maddon's cold-weather mode of dress was briefly banned by Major League Baseball, which relented in a day or two under an avalache of laughter. The Tampa Bay manager got a new hooded sweat shirt Wednesday - a personalized Patriots hoodie in the mail from New England coach Bill Belichick, America's most famous hoodie wearer. The jacket he sent Maddon has "J.M. " on the front. "Very cool," said Maddon, before heading off for an Eminem concert.
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November 13, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Joe Maddon had a good reason for interrupting his honeymoon. About an hour after he landed in Rome, Maddon easily won the American League Manager of the Year award yesterday for guiding Tampa Bay from baseball's basement to the World Series in one astonishing season. Lou Piniella took the NL honor after leading the Chicago Cubs to the league's best record. Maddon, who succeeded Piniella as Tampa Bay manager in 2006, was a runaway winner in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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October 24, 2008 | By RICH HOFMANN, hofmanr@phillynews.com
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: When the Phillies went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position in Game 1, that was the most fruitless at-bats with RISP for any team in any World Series game. Ever. And the Phillies still won. All of this has left Rays manager Joe Maddon impressed with the red team - because of the other, little things they did to win. Maddon comes across as a guy who loves to see the game played correctly, who just loves this whole deal.
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June 21, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Wow. Don't invite Davey Johnson and Joe Maddon to the same Fourth of July picnic. The Nationals' Johnson called out the Rays' Joel Peralta on Tuesday night, asking umpires to inspect the pitcher's glove. When they found "a significant amount of pine tar," according to umpire Tim Tschida, Peralta was thumbed. In most circumstances, that would be regarded as cagey managing by a veteran skipper. But Peralta had played last season with Washington, and to Maddon using such insider info crossed the line.
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July 2, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things got testy at Tampa Bay on Sunday during the Rays' 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers - and even the real rays that live at Tropicana Field got involved. Both benches were warned by umpire Vic Carapazza after Detroit's Rick Porcello plunked Ben Zobrist in the first inning. It was a spillover from Saturday's 4-3 Rays extra-inning win over the Tigers, in which Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after striking out in the 10th inning. Seems he didn't take kindly to a high-and-tight Fernando Rodney fastball.
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November 11, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE NEW YORK Mets made baseball's first splash of the offseason, agreeing yesterday to a 2-year contract with two-time All-Star outfielder Michael Cuddyer worth about $21 million. Cuddyer became the first top free agent to switch teams since the World Series. Cuddyer, who turns 36 in March, had until later in the day to decide whether to accept a $15.3 million qualifying offer from Colorado. Cuddyer hit .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI this year in a season interrupted by injuries.
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June 11, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES ARE in an awful slump, have dropped 11 games below .500 and have the worst record in the National League. The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-41 and have the worst record in the majors. So what are the teams doing about it? The Phillies appear to be standing pat, waiting for a hot streak, waiting for their .210, .220 and .230 hitters to catch fire and for their starting pitchers to find the strike zone. The Rays have a different approach, which is nothing new for Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
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July 2, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things got testy at Tampa Bay on Sunday during the Rays' 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers - and even the real rays that live at Tropicana Field got involved. Both benches were warned by umpire Vic Carapazza after Detroit's Rick Porcello plunked Ben Zobrist in the first inning. It was a spillover from Saturday's 4-3 Rays extra-inning win over the Tigers, in which Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after striking out in the 10th inning. Seems he didn't take kindly to a high-and-tight Fernando Rodney fastball.
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June 16, 2013
Tampa Bay righthander Alex Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a line drive clocked at 102 m.p.h. off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of Saturday's game. Cobb put a hand on his head after being struck, and trainers from both teams and other medical staff ran onto the field. He could be seen kicking his legs while being examined on the mound. Players on both teams had hands on their heads as a stunned silence overtook the crowd at Tropicana Field.
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June 12, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon went to the tape after the Rays' 14-inning, rugbyesque 10-8 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. He's still convinced that Boston's John Lackey hit Rays leadoff hitter Matt Joyce intentionally in the center of the back in the sixth inning. It touched off a bench-clearing scrum. "I saw the replay and absolutely validated my thoughts," Maddon said before Tuesday night's game with the Red Sox. Joyce had homered earlier and lined a 3-0 pitch foul into the right-field stands.
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August 16, 2012
AS THE Phillies play out 2 months worth of games that are more about pride than playoff implications, the discussion of Charlie Manuel's future crops up almost daily. Even in the best of times, and that includes a 102-victory season and two consecutive World Series appearances, Manuel has received constant criticism for game management, lineup decisions and his unwavering faith in veterans like Jimmy Rollins - even as that faith seems, at times, to go unappreciated and unrewarded. Now, though, amid a season sabotaged by injuries, faulty roster construction and a traded-out minor league system, there is a daily drumbeat that sounds something like this: He is too easy on players; his in-game decisions cost his team games; he is not as smart as the managers he goes up against, particularly in the playoffs.
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June 26, 2012
It was a #badloss, and the line of questioning afterward appealed to Charlie Manuel about as much as his late-inning bullpen bridge to closer Jonathan Papelbon. Already grumpy after watching Antonio Bastardo turn seven shutout innings from Cole Hamels into a 3-1 deficit in the top of the eighth inning, Manuel also had to answer for his own handling of the bench Sunday as the Phillies tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth in the first game of a doubleheader. "You guys ought to sit in the dugout with me and give me all the scenarios if you don't think I know them," the manager told reporters, mixing his Southern drawl with biting sarcasm.
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June 21, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Wow. Don't invite Davey Johnson and Joe Maddon to the same Fourth of July picnic. The Nationals' Johnson called out the Rays' Joel Peralta on Tuesday night, asking umpires to inspect the pitcher's glove. When they found "a significant amount of pine tar," according to umpire Tim Tschida, Peralta was thumbed. In most circumstances, that would be regarded as cagey managing by a veteran skipper. But Peralta had played last season with Washington, and to Maddon using such insider info crossed the line.
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November 17, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
KIRK GIBSON and Joe Maddon won Manager of the Year Awards yesterday - one for overseeing a worst-to-first turnaround that lasted all season, the other after a frantic playoff push in the final month. Gibson was a clear choice in the NL for guiding the Arizona Diamondbacks to the West title. A former MVP as a rough-and-tumble outfielder, Gibson was honored in his first full season as a big-league manager. "I certainly had a vision," Gibson said on a conference call during a vacation in northern Michigan, adding, "It's certainly not all because of me. " Maddon won the AL award for the second time.
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November 17, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Kirk Gibson and Joe Maddon won manager of the year awards Wednesday - one for overseeing a worst-to-first turnaround that lasted all season, the other after a frantic playoff push in the final month. Gibson was a clear choice in the National League for guiding the Arizona Diamondbacks to the West title. A former MVP as a rough-and-tumble outfielder, Gibson was honored in his first full season as a big-league manager. Maddon won the American League award for the second time.
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