Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon Signs Three-Year Extension

By Michael Terrill

According to ESPN, the Tampa Bay Rays and 2011 American League Manager of the Year Joe Maddon have agreed upon a three-year contract extension that will keep him as the manager through 2015.

The 58-year-old has led the Rays to the playoffs three of the past four seasons, including an American League pennant and World Series berth in 2008. Maddon is joyful the Rays have decided to sign him long-term and is confident the team will be able to win a World Series in the next few years.

Maddon deserves a lot of credit for being one of the best coaches in all of baseball. In a league without a salary cap where the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels buy up everyone they can, Maddon accomplishes everything they have and sometimes more with less. The past four seasons, Tampa Bay has ranked 30th, 27th, 19th and 30th in MLB payroll while having winning percentages of 3rd, 15th, 2nd and 7th. That’s right, the Rays made it to the World Series with a payroll that ranked dead last in baseball.

In six years as the manager of the Rays, Maddon is 495-477 with a winning percentage of 50.9 percent.

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