The Tampa Bay Rays and Manager Joe Maddon agreed today on a three-year contract extension. The contract extends through the 2012 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Joe’s approach and demeanor are exemplary,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg. “He is a key member of our organization’s leadership, and I expect that together, we will continue to build upon what we have achieved thus far.”
Rays Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman added: “Joe Maddon is a leader on and off the field, and he sets the tone for our clubhouse. Just as we have focused on keeping our on-field talent here long term, it is no different with our on-field leadership. Our continued success will come from stability both on and off the field, and having Joe here long-term is an important part of that stability.”
“This is where I want to be, with the Rays organization. I can’t imagine being anywhere else or working alongside anyone else," Maddon said. “On the personal side, it’s very gratifying in terms of what it means for my family and me.”
Maddon was named 2008 American League Manager of the Year after he guided Tampa Bay to the American League championship in his third season with the team. The Rays’ 97-65 record shattered the club record for wins by 27 and represented a 31-game improvement over 2007, the third-greatest increase in A.L. history.
Maddon joined Atlanta’s Bobby Cox as the only managers in major league history to advance to the postseason the year after finishing with the majors’ worst record. Cox steered the Braves to the 1991 National League Pennant after they finished in the cellar in 1990.
Maddon was also named 2008 Manager of the Year by The Sporting News, USA Today and the Negro League Baseball Museum.
The Rays improved their win total in each of Maddon’s three years as manager, improving from 61 wins in 2006 to 66 in 2007 to 97 last season. Maddon’s 247-285 (.464) managerial record and his 146-118 (.551) mark at Tropicana Field are best among Rays managers all-time. On April 21, Maddon became the first to manage 500 games for the Rays. Among the 30 current major league managers, he is tied with Detroit’s Jim Leyland as the 10th-longest tenured.
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 manager Mike Scioscia’s bench coach.
During the offseason, the charitable-minded Maddon has established an annual week-long event in which he purchases, cooks and serves holiday meals to needy individuals throughout the Tampa Bay area. Maddon served more than 1,000 meals at "Thanksmas" in 2008, the third year of the program.
Source: Tampa Bay Rays
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