Rays, Maddon agree on three-year extension

ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays and Manager Joe Maddon agreed today on a three-year contract extension.  The contract extends through the 2015 season.

In six seasons with the Rays, the two-time American League Manager of the Year has posted a 495-477 (.509) record and guided the Rays to the postseason three times in the last four seasons.  Prior to his arrival, Tampa Bay was 518-775 (.401).  The Rays have averaged 92 wins over the past four seasons and have been to the postseason more than any major league teams except the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

“As I have said before, I believe this is the best organization in Major League Baseball, and I feel fortunate knowing I will be a part of this for the next several years,” said Maddon.  “Our ownership group, front office staff and players make the Rays organization the place I want to be.”

“Joe has been a central component to our organization's development and success,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg.  “As we all enter our seventh season together, I am proud for what we have accomplished and excited about what lies ahead.”

“In 2005, we hired Joe to be the long-term manager of the Rays, and this extension reaffirms our commitment to him,” said Rays Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. “I have tremendous respect for Joe’s leadership and for his unwavering belief in our players and the entire Rays organization.”

Maddon, the reigning AL Manager of the Year, also won the award in 2008 when he steered the Rays to a World Series berth.  He is one of only four active managers to win the award multiple times, joining the Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers and the Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds.  Maddon received 26 of 28 first place votes in the 2011 Baseball Writers Association of America balloting and 27 of 28 in 2008, two of the highest BBWAA vote totals ever.

Only four managers have been at their current post as long as Maddon: Scioscia, Leyland, the Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins and Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies. Last August, Sports Illustrated released a poll of 291 current major league players who voted Maddon as the manager they would most like to play for.

The 58-year-old Maddon came to the Rays in 2006 after a 31-year career in the Angels organization, where he spent most of his last 10 seasons as Scioscia’s bench coach.  

During the offseason, the charitable-minded Maddon has hosted “Thanksmas” in the Tampa Bay area for the past six winters.  A week-long event held each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Maddon purchases, cooks and serves holiday meals to needy individuals throughout the Tampa Bay area.  To date, the program has served approximately 5,000 citizens in need and provided many of those with clothing and shoes.