Facts and Information: Joe was named the 54th manager in Cubs history, Nov. 3, 2014, replacing Rick Renteria ... the 2015 campaign marks his 41st season in professional baseball, his 22nd at the major league level and 10th as a Major League manager...Joins Chicago following nine seasons (2006-14) at the helm of the Tampa Bay Rays ... led Tampa Bay four post-season appearances (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013) ... helped the Rays to the American League pennant in 2008...Is a two-time BBWAA Manager of the Year award winner, having earned the honor in both 2008 and 2011...Is one of four active managers to be named BBWAA Manager of the Year two or more times, joining Mike Scoscia, Buck Showalter and Bob Melvin...Is one of only four managers in major league history to go to the postseason four or more times and not play in the Major Leagues, joining Hall of Famers Joe McCarthy (nine times) and Earl Weaver (six), as well as Jim Leyland (eight)...Created Thanksmas in 2006, a program that has turned into a week-long event in which Joe and numerous volunteers serve meals and provide gifts to needy citizens throughout the Tampa Bay area...The Tampa Bay Sports Commission in June of 2012 named him the Tampa Bay area philanthropic player or coach of the year...In Nov. 2012, he received the Ted Williams Award from the Pediatric Cancer Foundation for making a difference in the community...In Dec. 2011, Maddon introduced his Hazleton Integration Project (HIP), created to help develop and maintain an atmosphere that will serve to unify the varied cultures of his Hazleton, Pa., hometown...In June 2013, HIP opened its Hazleton Community One Center ...since then, more than 1,000 people (mostly children) from the Hazleton area signed up for a variety of classes and activities ... the center features over 30 programs as diverse as basketball camps, archery lessons, arts and crafts, guitar instruction and family yoga ... Joe has worked closely with the Board of Directors of HIP to ensure the Center will be able to serve the needs of the economically disadvantaged ... Received his honorary degree from Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.), September 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. Joe is in his first season as manager of the Cubs after guiding the Tampa Bay Rays to four postseason appearances and a 754-705 (.517) record in nine seasons from 2006-14 ... all told, owns a 781-729 (.517) managerial record, including two interim stints with the Angels in 1996 and 1999...Guided the Rays to five 90-win seasons, all coming in his final seven campaigns as Tampa Bay's manager ... that included four-straight 90-win seasons from 2010-13 ... the only other active manager who has won 90 games in four-straight seasons is the Yankees Joe Girardi (2009-12)...Prior to joining the Rays as manager in 2006, he spent all 31 years of his professional career in the Angels organization, including the final 12 on the Major League coaching staff...Served as the Angels bench coach for most of his final 10 seasons in Anaheim, including the final six (2000-05) under manager Mike Scioscia - the team went 520-452 (.535) in that stretch ... 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, June 2 at Kansas City ... 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 Single-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.
Playing Career: Joe batted .267 (137-for-514) with 27 doubles, two triples, five homers and 69 RBI in 170 Minor League games spanning four seasons after he was signed by the Angels as a free agent catcher in 1975...Hit .294 (48-for-163) in his first pro season with Class A Quad Cities in the Midwest League...Played for Class A Salinas in 1977-78 and Santa Clara in 1979 before moving to scouting and managing.