Became the fourth manager in Rays history on Nov 15, 2005...has managed 1,134 games, 635 more games than any manager in Rays history and has the best record at 585-549 (.516)...the Rays were 518-775 (.401) prior to Maddon's arrival...he also led the AL to a 4-3 win in the 80th All-Star Game at St. Louis on July 14, 2009...overall is 604-559 (.519) in his career, including an interim stint with the Angels in 1999 (19-10). Joe signed a three-year contract extension on Feb 15, 2012 that runs through the 2015 season...at that time, Joe will be the longest tenured manager/head coach in Tampa Bay sports history, surpassing the Bucs' John McKay (1976-84)...Joe now resides in McKay's former residence in Tampa. Maddon won the BBWAA award in 2008 and 2011 with two of the top three highest vote totals in the history of the AL Manager of the Year voting...received 26 of 28 first place votes on the AL ballot in 2011 and garnered 27 first place votes in 2008, tying the record set by MIN Tom Kelly in 1991...was one vote shy of becoming the first AL or NL manager to win the award unanimously since the BBWAA first presented the award in 1983...became just the fourth manager to finish one vote shy of being a unanimous choice, joining Kelly, CHC Don Zimmer in 1989 (23 of 24) and MTL Felipe Alou in 1994 (27 of 28)...Maddon was first on 27 ballots and second on one for a total of 138 points. Is one of seven active managers to be named BBWAA Manager of the Year two or more times joining Mike Scioscia, Buck Showalter, Bob Melvin, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland and Dusty Baker...he and Baker are the only two to win the award twice in their first six seasons of managing. Only three managers in the modern era have skippered more games (1,134) with one team without ever playing in the majors: BAL Earl Weaver (2,541), NYY Joe McCarthy (2,348) and Jim Leyland with two teams (1,716 with Pittsburgh and 1,135 with Detroit). In August 2011, Sports Illustrated released a poll of 291 major leaguers who voted Maddon as the manager they would most like to play for. Finished 3rd in the BBWAA balloting for 2010 AL Manager of the Year with 44 points...trailed MIN Ron Gardenhire (108) and TEX Ron Washington (81)...led the Rays to an AL-high 96 wins and their second AL East championship. Led the Rays to the 2008 AL pennant and their first-ever winning season (97-65)...shattered the club record for wins by 27...Rays previous club high was 70 in 2004...Rays improved 31 games over 2007, which remains the 3rd-largest improvement in AL history...the Rays became the 2nd team in major league history, joining the 1991 Braves, to go to the postseason the year after finishing with the majors' worst record. On Aug 17, 2008 at TEX, he became the first AL manager in 107 years to order an intentional walk with the bases loaded when he had Grant Balfour walk Josh Hamilton with two outs in the 9th inning and the Rays leading 7-3...the strategy worked as Dan Wheeler came on to retire Marlon Byrd and preserve the win...the last AL manager to do it was CWS Clark Griffith as pitcher-manager on May 23, 1901.
Prior to joining the Rays he spent all 31 years of his professional baseball career in the Angels org., including the last 12 on the ML staff. Served as the Angels bench coach for most of his final 10 seasons in Anaheim including the last six (2000-05) under Manager Mike Scioscia while the team went 520-452 (.535)...the Angels went to the postseason three times and won the World Series in 2002. Spent 12 years at the minor league level as a manager or instructor before his promotion to the Angels major league staff as bullpen coach on May 17, 1994...began that season as the Angels director of player development and was in his third year as the club's minor league field coordinator before the promotion. Moved to first base coach in 1995 and in 1996 served as bench coach, first base coach and interim manager when John McNamara, then interim skipper, was sidelined with deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) in his right calf...posted an 8-14 record. Replaced Terry Collins as skipper in 1999 after Collins resigned on Sep 3...posted a 19-10 record as the interim manager...also replaced Collins in 1998 when the Angels manager was suspended eight games due to bench-clearing incidents on June 2 at KC. Began his managerial career with Class-A Idaho Falls in 1981...earned Northwest League Manager of the Year the following season when he guided the Class-A Salem Angels to the league championship...returned to Salem in 1983 before moving on to Class-A Peoria in 1984...managed the next two seasons (1985-86) at Double-A Midland of the Texas League...served as the organization's roving hitting instructor from 1987-93.
Was signed by the Angels as a free agent catcher in 1975. Played for Class-A affiliates in Quad Cities (1976), Salinas (1977-78) and Santa Clara before moving to scouting and managing.
Received his honorary degree from Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.) on Sep 2, 2010...was inducted into Lafayette's Hall of Fame in November 2009...played three years of varsity baseball and one season of freshman football...was recruited by Lafayette as a shortstop and pitcher but switched to catcher midway through his freshman season when he volunteered despite having never caught before. On May 12, 2009 was honored at the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives... the House unanimously voted in favor of H.R. 303 highlighting Maddon's accomplishments on the baseball diamond and his continued ties to his hometown of Hazleton, Pa. ...Hazleton (population: 25,000) is located approximately 80 miles north of Philadelphia. A lifelong St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals fan, one of Joe's most prized possessions is a framed Maddon No. 70 Cardinals football jersey hanging in his office...he also has a Jackie Robinson framed poster in his office that hung in the visiting manager's office at old Yankee Stadium for many years. An avid cyclist, Joe bikes anywhere from 60 to 100 miles per week. The son of an Italian dad, Joe (who shortened the family name from Maddoni), and a Polish mom, Albina (Beanie), Maddon grew up in an apartment over his dad's plumbing shop. Joe Sr. passed away in 2002, six months before the Angels won the World Series with Maddon as bench coach. Beanie, 79, is still a waitress at the Third Base Dugout restaurant in Hazleton. Has two grown children, Sarah and Joey, and two grandchildren, Tyler (12) and Coral Ray (8). Cooks, gardens and his musical tastes range from Pavarotti to Bruce Springsteen...he is also a connoisseur of fine wines, favoring the Spanish reds. Joe married Jaye Sousoures on Nov 8, 2008, 10 days after the World Series ended. Wears a bracelet from the John Challis Courage for Life Foundation...a native of Beaver County, Pa., John was 18 years old when he passed away from cancer in August 2008...the two formed a bond when they met at Pittsburgh's PNC Park prior to a Rays-Pirates game three months earlier.