JOE JOSEPH JOHN MADDON
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Nickname:   Jo-Jo or J-Madd Position:   MANAGER
Home: Hazleton, PA Team:   CUBS
Height: N/A Bats:   N/A
Weight: 185 Throws:   N/A
DOB: 2/8/1954 Agent: Alan Nero
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: Hazelton, PA
Draft: 1975 - Angels - Free agent
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
Personal
  • Maddon was born and raised in Hazelton, a Pennsylvania coal town 95 miles northwest of Philadelphia. He was a decent basketball player and standout shortstop and pitcher. But it was as a quarterback that he shined.

    He was known as Broad Street Joey, a reference to one of Hazleton's main drags; his teammates also called him Monsignor because, no matter how much they egged him on, they couldn't get him to curse.

    Joe was recruited by Princeton and Penn and received a ltter from Roger Staubach trying to lure him to Navy. But in 1973, he accepted a football scholarship from a college closer to home: Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He became an economics major. Even though he was penciled in as quarterback his freshman year, Maddon quit the team to concentrate on baseball.

    In 1975, after his junior year, Joe left school to sign with the Angels as a free agent.

  • Joe grew up in an apartment over hid dad's plumbing shop on a block that teemed with aunts, uncles and cousins. His upbringing was steeped in the importance of family, respect for others and the value of hard work.

    "Joe Sr. worked his ass off every day, but every evening he'd play catch with me, or throw a football with me through this tired he hung in the basement, or shoot hoops with me," the younger Joe recalled.

    "He taught me that you could work hard and have a good time, and he was always there for me.

  • Maddon's Dad died on April 15, 2002, six months before the Angels won the World Series, with his son as bench coach.

    "But not before he saw me manage the Angels in Camden Yards when I was the intern," Joe said.

  • Joe says the best Christmas present he ever got was, "the Flexible Flyer sled I got when I was 8 years old. It was the coolest sled I had ever seen, had a chrome bumper so I could run into things—which I did. "
  • Joe grew up a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Born in Pennsylvania, Maddon said his connection with the Cardinals began in a unique way in 1962, when his father took him to a game at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees played the White Sox, and after it was over, Maddon exited through the centerfield wall and picked a Cardinals hat from a merchandise stand.

    "A blue hat with the red S-T-L on it," he said. "I fell in love." (Joe Smith-St. Petersburg Times-5/16/08)

  • Maddon graduated from Lafayette University in Easton, Pennsylvania (1972-1976). He has a degree in economics. Joe played three years on the varsity football and baseball teams. He was the quarterback and in his final game at Lafayette he completed 14 of 17 passes, including 13 in a row, throwing four touchdowns in a win over Lehigh.

    He says his biggest influence in baseball was Norm Gigon, his coach at Lafayette.

    "Norm Gigon had a cup of coffee as a utility player for the Cubs (yes, the Cubs) and he taught me how to play and convinced me I could be a catcher."

    Joe recalled, "Lafayette was only 50 miles from Hazleton, but it seemed a world away. After a couple of days I called my mother, Albina (Beanie to everyone in Hazleton) and said, 'Mom, I want to come home. I want to be a plummer like dad.' And she says, 'You're not coming home. Don't even think about it.'

    "Well, freshman fotball started, then classes, and I did stop thinking about it. Lafayette gave me so much—socially, academically, athletically. I went there for football, but it was in baseball that I found myself." (Steve Wulf - ESPN the Magazine - 12/22/2014)

  • Joe was a member of Boulder, Colorado collegiate team that won the 1975 National Baseball Congress championship in Wichita, Kansas.
  • In 1972, Maddon graduated from Hazelton High in Pennsylvania. He lettered three years in football and baseball.

    In 2003, the school named its baseball field Joe Maddon Field.

  • Maddon's grandparents were coal miners.

  • Joe's father was a plumber. His name was Joe also. And he shortened the Italian family name from Maddoninni. 

    His Mom is Polish. She is 75 years of age in 2009. At that time, she was still working as a waitress at the "Third Base Dugout" in Hazelton, Pennsylvania.

  • Joe's Mom still works at the the restaurant in Hazleton, Pa., a business that has been in his family since it opened in 1949. The counters are the original ones. So are the stools, all 20 of them. The rotary phone on the wall still works, at GLadstone 5-0631. Beanie works the 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. shift during the week, dishing out eggs and coffee and good-natured grief to customers of all ages. Her real name is Albina, but everyone calls her Beanie.

    Dave Mishinski runs the place now. He is Joey's cousin. (Maddon is Joey in this town. No one calls him Joe here.) They also serve the best hoagie in town. It is packed with salami, ham, cheese, and onions.

  • Joe is personable and popular with the players and coaches. He has an engaging personality. "I like to treat people the way I like to be treated; I think we all do. Philosophically, it's about being yourself. When you try to be pretentious or try to be something you're not, it shows through very quickly and easily," Maddon said.
  • He is divorced with two children from his previous marriage: Sarah, born in 1983, and Joey, born in 1985. And Maddon also has two grandchildren, Tyler and Coral Ray.
  • Joe bought an 1889 Victorian home in his hometown of Hazleton, Pa. in 2004.
  • Maddon did regular spots on the Angels' pregame radio show and occasionally wrote a diary for MLB.com.
  • Joe wears uniform #70. The story goes that Maddon was wearing No. 20 when he was coaching in the Minors when Don Sutton was coming up through the organization. And Sutton wanted No. 20, so Maddon just happened to find a uniform with No. 70 on it and has worn that number ever since, including with the D'Rays as manager.

    HOBBIES

  • Maddon rides a bicycle for both exercise and enjoyment. He even takes it on the road with him and will ride it four or five days a week, for 15 to 20 miles. In 2005, his bike was a Track 77 FX.

    For example, when the Angels are in Boston, Joe said, "I go along the Charles River, past MIT, past Harvard, over to Boston College and back. It's a ritualistic thing. I like to go by all those colleges and see if I get more intelligent by the time I get back."

  • Joe likes gardening. And he likes to cook. And he knows the difference between a good glass of red wine and a bad one.
  • Maddon listens to Pavarotti. He says the two coolest things he has ever seen are the roof of the Sistine Chapel and a Rolling Stones concert. He reads Pat Conroy. His favorite baseball movie is Bull Durham, but no, he isn't the manager in that one. He's the catcher.
  • He loves Bruce Springsteen, which seems to be a job requirement these days. It's good to listen to The Boss if the boss loves The Boss. And he likes the Goo Goo Dolls and Coldplay.

    Maddon has the personality of a teenager, according to Scott Kazmir, the ace of the Rays' pitching staff. "He fits in well with us," the pitcher says.

  • Joe is a voracious reader who keeps a wine rack  in his Tropicana Field office. He bikes 5 to 10 miles most days and can hold forth on a seemingly endless array of topics: James Michener novels, gardening, self-help psychology, and the best bicycling routes in every American League city.  (Stephen Cannella-Sports Illustrated-10/06/08)

  • Maddon owns a truck and a Corvette. He likes flowers. He likes the Arizona Cardinals, for goodness' sake. His Ipod is only 20 gigs, but he wants a new one. Once, he tried to listen to 50 Cent, but he couldn't appreciate it. Given the team payroll of the Devil Rays, that's a shame.

    He also downloads music, emails people, and reads. (Gary Shelton-St. Petersburg Times-11/16/05)

  • The black-rimmed retro glasses Joe wears were a gift from his girlfriend, Jaye Sousoures, who simply thinks they look good on him. He has been dating her since 2004. She owns a business consulting firm and went to law school at night, until she graduated from Western State Law School in Fullerton, California in 2006.

    "She wanted me to go unconventional," Maddon said of the glasses. "I got no support from anyone in the Angels' locker room when I first wore them in 2005. Really, no one likes them. But I do."

  • Joe is as computer savvy as a geek. He was one of the first people in baseball to use a computer—back in the early 1990s.
  • June 14, 2007: While on their West Coast road swing, Maddon proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Jaye Sousoures. The site, Boulder, Colorado.

    "We went to one of my old haunts up there, a real cheesy place," said Maddon, who reported she said yes. "I thought the timing was right and the place was right."

    And they were married on November 8, 2008 in California, followed by a honeymoon in Europe, spending much of their time in Rome.

    "I'm looking forward, hopefully, to successfully concluding this whole thing and get on a plane and getting over to Rome, getting off there and just putting a backpack on and hitting the trains and just having a good time," Joe said in October 2008, as his Rays were battling the Red Sox to go to the World Series and face the Phillies.

  • Asked what a perfect night at home with his wife, Jaye would involve, as far as music, food and drink, Joe said, "The music—she's into Springsteen as much as I am. I would make some kind of Italian dish, a real good pasta with the homemade meatballs and sausage, and she loves the Caprese salad with the mozzarella cheese and such. The perfect bottle of wine? She's either going to say Silver Oak or Merryvale Profile."

    Joe said his favorite restaurant is Casamato's in Hazelton, Pennsylvania.

    His favorite movies: "The Godfather" and "The Deer Hunter."

    How about heroes. Maddon said, "My father, former Angels coach Bob Clear, Branch Rickey, James Michener, who got me interested in reading." (Ryan Fagan-The Sporting News-4/27/09)

  • During the first half of the 2009 season, Joe's wife, Jaye, searched for, picked out, negotiated and closed on, cleaned up and readied and moved them into—all while he was hanging out in the dugout.

    "I have a lot of faith in her," Maddon said. "And she's good."

    The house is in Long Beach, a Tampa suburb. It's an old four-bedroom with space for a wine cellar (of course!), 3½ blocks from the ocean, with a price that ran into seven figures. The couple had talked over the 6-7 years they've known each other about what they'd like, but this was all Jaye. Joe has seen a few photos and looked quickly at a short video Jaye posted online, but he has no worries.

    "Not only from the taste and quality what she would choose, but her ability to work the finances … so it was easy," Maddon said before he saw it for the first time on August 10, 2009. "I told her, 'Hey, babe, just get what you like. Of course I trust you. I don't want to hear about it. Just tell me where to show up.' " (Marc Topkin-St. Petersburg Times-8/10/09)

  • Joe showed up at 2011 spring training driving his 1972 "candy apple blue" (?) Chevelle Malibu.

  • Maddon is noted for his ability to made players relax before game by bringing in entertainers such as DJ's and magicians for shows leading up to games. One time Maddon paraded around the clubhouse with the bird, who came to the park from nearby Sunken Gardens, on his left shoulder prior to going outside to conduct his pregame meeting with the media, also with the bird perched on his shoulder. Then he brought in penguins the next day.

  • Rays manager Joe Maddon has gained acclaim with an unconventional style, so it's only fitting that an unconventional promotion bearing his likeness is gaining attention.

    On April 24, 2013 in a game against the Yankees, the Rays gave away Joe Maddon gnomes to the first 10,000 fans at Tropicana Field.

    The gnome features Maddon's likeness wearing a hoodie and a pointed gnome-style hat. Maddon got such a kick out of the promotion that he brought one on the trip, dubbing it "Joe Gnome."

  • In 2013, Joe partnered with 717 South owner to open a new restaurant called Ava, which means" breath of life." It is an upscale Italian eatery in Tampa.

  • On July 26, 2013, Maddon's fourth grandchild, and second grandson, was born. Giuseppe Ennio Maddon was born in Mesa, Arizona to his son, Joey and his wife.

    Maddon explained that "Ennio" means predestined.

    "My son [Joey] does all kinds of research," Maddon said. "Just wanted to hold onto the Italian heritage, so he threw it out there and I thought that was fantastic."

  • September 25, 2015: When Maddon was hired in November 2014, he talked about getting the Cubs to the postseason, which seemed premature at the time.

    "I would say that every year anyways," Maddon said. "Sitting over there [at his introductory news conference], I think you guys know me by now to know I really believed it. I don't understand how you approach a season any other way."

    And Maddon's vow was finally realized after the Giants fell to the A's, helping Chicago clinch its first postseason berth since 2008.

    "There are so many wonderful items already in place here that I was fortunate to lock in on—the leadership at the top, players on the field, what's going on in the Minor League system," Maddon said. "I was fortunate. The eventual signing of John Lester and the ascension of [Jake] Arrieta this year make it all more possible. I did believe it when I said it.

    "I love playing in what is perceived to be the best division in baseball," Maddon said. "It's about the end of the season and the last game of the season, and getting to that particular moment. Sometimes it takes a different route to get there.

    "I really respect what both [the Cardinals and Pirates] have done. I like to believe we've pushed them a little bit, too, in this particular season ... I think it's aided us in getting better quicker." (C Muskat - MLB.com - September 26, 2015)

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PLAYING CAREER NOTES

  • From 1976 to 1979, Maddon was a catcher in the minor leagues with the Angels. He played at Quad Cities (1976) and Salinas (1977 and 1978).

    "I did hit .294 for Quad Cities my first year. But I also broke my hand and didn't have much power," Joe said. "So one day Loyd Christoper, a scout who also had been a Cub, says to me, 'Joe, you might have a better future as a manager.'

    "So there I am in 1981, 27 years old, managing a rookie league team in Idaho Falls."

  • He had soft hands and a fairly good arm. And he hit .267 with 5 home runs, so he wasn't a real slouch at the plate. But he never made it out of Single-A.
  • Mike Port, who was then the California Angels' director of personnel, was the one who called Maddon (the player) and released him. During the 2008 World Series, Port was Major League Baseball's V.P. of umpiring. He vividly remembers Joe as a catcher who called a great game.

    Port says he remembers how sincere Maddon was about wanting to coach or scout after his playing career ended. Port said he recalled that Maddon handled the news somewhat fatalistically, but could not remember if the release was delivered in person or over the phone.

    Maddon remembered.

    “He didn’t even do me the courtesy of getting himself to the park,” Maddon said with a smile before Game 1 of the World Series. He said he harbored no hard feelings but also considered whether Port might have some residual guilt.

    “Who knows,” he joked. “If anything, now it might come in handy.” (Alan Schwarz-NY Times-10/27/08)

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           MANAGERIAL/COACHING TRAITS

  • Joe has seen the game of baseball from many angles: playing, coaching, administration, scouting, and managing.
  • Maddon is able to handle intensity. He has the personality to be comfortable in any situation.

    "You just have to bring yourself," Maddon said. "I tell that to coaches and players all the time. You don't have to be anybody else or manufacture someone that you're not. Just bring you. Be yourself. You wouldn't be there in the first place if somebody didn't think you could contribute."

  • Maddon is organized. He is disciplined about his work. He says it enables him to relay information better—because it is organized.

    Asked where he learned that organization and you get far from a cliche of an answer. "I think it began in parochial school when I was organized by nuns," said Maddon, who hails from Hazelton, Pennsylvania.

    "Either you get organized or you're in trouble. Above all, I really like to know where my stuff is. I like to know where A is, where B is," Maddon said. "I'm really visual when it comes to learning. When you're organized and visual, it interacts really well. I have to have my working order so I can see it."

  • Joe is skilled at scheduling. He organized spring training when he was withy the Angels. He communicates facts and schedules so that people understand.

  • During the season, he works the computer to plot strategies for situational hitting, positioning in the outfield, pitching matchups, and anything else that could come up (and often does) in the course of a game.

    He also advised Mike Scioscia's Dodgers staff—hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, pitching coach Bud Black, first base coach Alfredo Griffin and third base coach Ron Roenicke.

    "I'm the organizer," Maddon says. "I organize the day and make sure information gets in the right hands. And I try to just listen. All of these guys are good. The best thing I can do is listen to them. I learn a lot from it."

  • Maddon has a sharp baseball mind, a gregarious personality, and a willingness to embrace new ideas. He is a people person. He is a strong communicator and leader.

  • Joe likes to maintain the same lineup almost every day.

    "I don't like to move people around that often," Maddon said. "I like guys knowing whose hitting in front and behind them on a consistent basis. If you really like a motion game, it has something to do with people being comfortable. It's almost like in basketball, running a fast-break offense—everybody gets in the right lanes at the right time so you know where to feed the ball. It's the same way in this game.

    "If you're familiar with the same people in front and behind you, you know how you're going to be pitched. Take a pitch, let a guy run—you know if you take a pitch when the guy is going to run. There are so many reasons why I like a static lineup."

  • Maddon has been in the game professionally since 1975, so he has heard all the same baseball cliches and terms thrown around for years and years, and he tires of it. Joe Maddon is all about original thoughts. In 2007, his team motto was, "Tell me what you think; not what you've heard." He developed his 2008 concoction while on a bike ride during the winter in California and passed out new T-shirts that say on the back in large letters: "9 = 8."

    At its most basic level, it means if his Rays have nine players playing hard for nine innings every night, they'll be one of the eight teams to earn a postseason playoff berth. But that's not all.

    "It's the artichoke theory—it only comes in layers," Maddon said. "As we keep going on, I'll bring  up the next portion of it. I haven't decided exactly the appropriate time it's going to be."

    Well, for one thing, the "9" has another meaning. Maddon knew the Rays would probably need 93 victories to get into the playoffs. Since they only had 66 wins in 2007, the club had to come up with 27 more wins. And 3 x 9 = 27, which is 9 more wins from the pitching staff, 9 more by the offense, and 9 more from the defense.

  • Joe probably has fewer manager-to-team meetings than any other manager in the game. And he has fewer rules, too.

  • What Maddon practices on his team preparing for an opponent are an extension of a philosophy he adopted after reading and talking with legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

    "For years they were pretty good, and one of the things he talks about is their practice," Maddon said. "A lot of times different teams focus on scouting reports and other teams and what they're doing, and he would to a certain extent, but he was always about focusing on what they did best and did well, and that's what you should focus on.

    "When I read that … you're trying to simplify things. That made all the sense in the world to me. As opposed to us being worried about what the Red Sox may think or do, I would much prefer that we focus on our game plan and our planning, etc."  (Marc Topkin-St. Petersburg Time-10/16/08)

  • In 2008, while skippering the Rays to become A.L. Champs, Maddon never wavered from his relentlessly positive approach. No matter the latest injury or crisis, he did not give off a hint of worry. In the rare instances when he had reason to be upset, he was methodical about it.

    "He never showed any emotion, he never got flustered," center fielder B.J. Upton said. "There were times when s- - - could have gotten out of hand, and I can't remember one time when he showed us he was panicking."

    Closer Troy Percival talks about Maddon's "confidence and his calm demeanor," how "when he says, 'I know this is going to work,' everyone's like, 'Okay.'" Nelson is struck by the rare ego-less way Maddon teaches, how "he wants you to feel like you kind of figured it out, and that's a rare quality in this game."

    And to think in Maddon's first two seasons, some Rays, like some media and some fans, didn't know what to make of him. He didn't rant nor rave, didn't point fingers nor assign blame. He not only spoke of better days but insisted steadfastly they were coming soon, prefacing responses with phrases like, "When we're playing in October . . ."  (Marc Topkin-St. Petersburg Times-3/29/09)

  • In 2013, Maddon had T-shirts made for his players that said "Be Present."

    "Be present—just concentrate on the moment. Don't let any thoughts of the past, or any concerns about what might occur in the next few minutes or days. If you filter those out, you get your chance to do your best work," Joe says.

  • Though Joe believes in working hard on the field, he also believes in working smart.

    "I won't be there for a 7 o'clock game at 2 o'clock or 1 o'clock in the afternoon. I promise I won't," Maddon said. "I have a life outside of baseball. I don't like sitting in concrete bunkers and drinking coffee and watching TV. I'm not into that.

    "The players don't have to be the first one there and the last one to leave to impress me. Not at all. That has nothing to do with winning. Nothing. As the season is in progress, I like our guys to work less and not more. I'd like you to take less batting practice. I think a big part of the dearth in hitting right now is that guys swing too much," Maddon said.

    "I think, in general, in life, people perform better at work when they're happy," Cubs President Theo Epstein said. "People perform better at work when they can be themselves. People perform better when they can be comfortable. People perform better at work when they like the people they're around, and that's exactly the environment Joe creates.

    "People like him. He makes people comfortable. He makes them feel good about themselves. He kind of makes the clubhouse their home."

    Maddon says, "I have to earn the trust of the players on the field. Once you establish the trust, and they believe we know what we're talking about, and they know that we think they're good, some really special things can occur." (Phil Barnes - Vine Line - Dec. 2014)

  • Joe has no appetite for coddling or enabling kids who struggle and are unwilling to bend.

    “I do not like the entitlement program whatsoever,” Maddon said. “You’ve got young players coming up and all of a sudden because they’ve done well in (Triple-A), and have some nice headlines, they come to the big leagues and they expect that it’s just going to happen there. It’s a tough place to earn a living in the Major Leagues.

    “We talk about young players, and I’m really excited about them, yes, and you should be also. But there’s also the accountability factor.”

  • April 29, 2015: The Cubs were cleared of tampering charges in connection with the hiring of manager Joe Maddon.

    Major League Baseball issued a statement saying it had concluded its tampering investigation regarding Maddon's departure from the Rays and his subsequent hiring as manager of the Cubs. MLB said the investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on tampering.

    "We're glad the process is over," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "The entire time, we encouraged them to be thorough. Obviously, there was no wrongdoing."

    The only real question is why the process took so long, but Hoyer said the investigators had a lot of data to sort through and people to interview.

    "This is the result we expected because there wasn't any wrongdoing," Hoyer said. "We're glad it's behind us."

    So is Maddon.

    "We're all glad that's in the rear-view mirror right now," Maddon said. "I'm very grateful it turned out the way it did, and let's move on and play baseball."

    When Andrew Friedman, the Rays' former executive vice president of baseball operations, left Tampa Bay to take a job with the Dodgers, Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract with the Rays, and he was named the Cubs' 54th manager in franchise history on Nov. 3, 2014.

    Theo Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations, detailed the events that led to Maddon's hiring at that time, saying they received an email from Maddon's agent, Alan Nero, announcing his client's free-agent status. Epstein had contacted MLB to confirm that Maddon had opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay before responding to Nero.

    Maddon had a two-week window in which to make a decision, and he and the Rays did discuss a contract extension, but he instead decided to see what else was available, and eventually signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Cubs.

  • Joe likes to maintain the status quo.

    "Stay with the tried and true; do simple better—just simplify what you're doing and go out there and repeat it consistently well," Maddon said. "That's it.

    "I'm not a big believer, especially with guys who have been successful, in trying to even attempt to give them new thoughts or different things to think about. What have you done in the past? How did you do it? OK, let's make a game plan to try to do that this next time out and fulfill the game plan.

    "Simplicity is the main cornerstone of doing that properly," Maddon said.

  • Maddon is known for his "themed road trips" with the Rays, and now the Cubs.

    Among others, he has done a Western Wear roadtrip and a 1970s theme week. He does several every season.

    One such trip with the Cubs in 2015, was "American Legion week." Joe procured a flag and banner from Billy Caldwell Post 806 American Legion and prohibited player from entering the clubhouse before 3:00 p.m. for night games. If players arrived before 3:00, they had to wait in the concourse.

    The idea was to get the Cubs to approach the game the way they did when they were playing Legion ball. In other words: just show up and play. That helped allow the players to be fresher for the September playoff push. A few days after that, the clubhouse whiteboard greeted players with this instruction for arriving at the park the next day: "Game time 1:05 p.m. Use your own discretion. Be ready to play."

    “Everyone knows we do a few off-the-beaten-path things, because this isn’t life-or-death; these are human beings who need to have fun, to be normal, and differentiate between down time and being in the moment. But in reality,” Maddon said, “these guys are all human beings. And 80 percent of managing is people. They’re not numbers. They’re not making the world safe for democracy. They’re people.”

  • Maddon knows his players inside and out.

    "With Joe  it is all about people," catcher David Ross said as the 2016 season opened. "He spends time getting to know everyone, and how they think, how they deal with all the human insecurities we all deal with beneath the surface. He makes baseball fun the way it was when we were kids. He makes you believe that when he makes a decision, it’s never personal. It’s for the team, it’s professional.”

    The Cubs' Theo Epstein observed: "He’s really an old school baseball guy, like Gene Mauch,” Epstein said.

    An example—the road trip dress codes.

    “What is the difference between a shirt with a collar and a shirt without a collar when you’re sleeping on a charter flight and you get to and from the plane on a team bus?” Maddon said. (March 2016)

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         POST-PLAYING CAREER POSITIONS

  • In 1979, the Angels released Maddon as a player in 1979. But in 1980, they offered him a scouting job, which he filled for one year.
  • 1981: Joe's minor league managerial career began at Idaho Falls (PIO-Angels).
  • 1982-1983: He was the manager for Salem, Oregon (NWL-Angels).
  • 1984: Manager for Peoria (MWL-Angels).
  • 1985-1986: Manager for the Midland Angels (TL).
  • As a minor league manager, Maddon was once thrown out of a game 7 times in 70 games.
  • 1987-1993: Maddon served as the Angels' roving minor league hitting instructor. He also coordinated the Arizona Instructional League team for prospects.
  • 1994: He moved up to Anaheim as the Bullpen Coach.

  • 1995: He became First Base Coach, then Bench Coach.

  • November 14, 2005: Maddon became Manager of the Devil Rays. (He replaced Lou Piniella, who negotiated a deal to leave with a year left on his contract).

    His two-year contract is likely for about $500,000 to $600,000 per season.

  • June 5, 2006: Maddon was ejected for the first time in his Major League managerial career, arguing a check swing called strike vs the Angels.
  • September 8, 2007: The Devil Rays picked up the two-year option on Maddon's contract, keeping Joe the skipper through the 2009 season.
  • In 2008, Joe was named the American League Manager of the Year while with the Rays.
  • May 25, 2009: The Rays rewarded Maddon with a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2012 season.
  • In 2011, Maddon won the American League Manager of the Year award after helping Tampa overcome  a nine-game deficit to beat out Boston for the wild-card spot on the last day of the regular season. It was the biggest rally any team had made in September to claim a playoff berth.
  • February 14, 2012: The Rays and Joe agreed on a three-year contract extension after the manager led the Rays to the playoffs three of the past four seasons. It takes Maddon through the 2015 season.
  • October 24, 2014: Joe decided not to manage the Rays in 2015 and opted out of his contract. Six days later . . .

    October 30, 2014: Maddon and the Cubs agreed to a deal making Joe their manager. The deal was reportedly for five years at $25 million. There are also bonuses attached to the post-season.

    It took more than money for the Cubs to get Maddon. It took a Godwink. This Godwink came in the form of a hanging curveball by Clayton Kershaw in October.

    The Dodgers lefty took a 2-0 lead against St. Louis into the 7th inning of Game 4 of the NL Division Series. With two runners on, Kershaw threw a curveball to Matt Adams. Kershaw had thrown 503 curveballs to lefthanded batters over his seven-year career without ever giving up a home run.

    When Kershaw hung his curveball to Adams, he started a chain that Cubs fans like to believe will connect all the way back to the franchise's first championship in more than a century.

    Because Kershaw hung the curve, Adams hit a home run. And because Adams hit a home run, the Cardinals eliminated the Dodgers, the team with the most expensive payroll in baseball. And because the Dodgers were eliminated, they reassigned general manager Ned Colletti and replaced him by poaching Andrew Friedman from the Rays, where Friedman had been working without a contract.

    As a result, Maddon could exercise an opt-out clause in his contract that kicked in if Friedman left—a clause Maddon knew nothing about until Rays president of baseball operations Matthew Silverman called Maddon's agent, Alan Nero, and asked, "So, what will you do about the opt-out?" (Tom Verducci - Sports Illustrated - 2/08/2015)

  • In 2015, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was named NL Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.  

  • Cubs manager Joe Maddon reminisces about his time with the Santa Clara Padres

     -- Sixty-five miles each way. That's how far Joe Maddon was willing to drive to play part-time for the Santa Clara Padres in 1979, his last chance to make it as a catcher.Maddon was getting paid $200 a month, he remembers. He says he lived "in a closet'' in Salinas, Calif., and was able to survive financially only because he drove a Volkswagen that got good mileage. He did it because baseball was his passion. Catcher David Ross, the 15-year veteran who is retiring after this season, raves about the "freedom'' that Maddon gives to players while finding little ways to make them better."There's a power in letting the guys be free and play kind of without any restraints and thinking [about] things,'' Ross said. "He wants you to kind of just play the game, almost like in Little League. When you make mistakes, which we have done all year, you learn from them, try to teach and move on. These guys continue to grow. … There's a continual growth, and that stems from Joe.''

    While the Cubs were the winningest team in the Major Leagues this season, they were also one of the youngest. Their postseason roster includes six players who have made their debuts since Maddon left the Rays to join the Cubs two years ago.That list includes Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Willson Contreras. It doesn't include 23-year-old Javier Baez, the Game 1 hero who had hit .169 with a 41-percent strikeout rate as a rookie in 2014; Kyle Schwarber, the '14 first-round pick who hit five postseason homers last year but spent this season recovering from knee surgery; or Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler.Maddon has helped those players transition to the Major Leagues, just as he once did Evan Longoria, David Price, Chris Archer and Kevin Kiermaier with the Rays. He insists on an attention to detail in Spring Training, finding fun ways to instill the fundamentals he learned from a variety of instructors, coaches and sages while he was a player and then a young coach and instructor, and he then does a remarkable job to keep players fresh during the regular season.Maddon is a firm believer that less can be more in such a time-intensive sport, selling players on the value of balanced lives over 12-hour days in the clubhouse. His teams have generally finished strong, with his two in Chicago going a combined 82-35 after July.The Cubs clinched the National League Central on Sept. 15 and had four idle days before meeting the Giants, but Maddon didn't complain about the chance his club would lose its edge. Instead, he encouraged players to treat the unusual situation like a second Spring Training, using it to work on areas where they can improve, like contact hitting or aggressive bunt defenses.That paid off in Game 1 when Ross fired to Baez to catch Conor Gillaspie after Gillaspie had strayed too far from first base in an attempt to beat a possible force at second.When Maddon unexpectedly became a managerial free agent two years ago because of a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave the Rays if general manager Andrew Friedman departed, it was a no-brainer for Theo Epstein to pursue him.

    Maddon learned long ago to take nothing for granted. He vows to "control the controllables.'' If you've paid attention to Maddon's decade as a Major League manager, you know his team will be both prepared and fearless.Consider this: From 2008-13, Maddon's Rays averaged 91.7 wins, second only to the Yankees in the Major Leagues. They did that while ranking 28th in spending, with an average Opening Day payroll of $57,900,000 ahead of only the Pirates and Padres.Maddon could see what Epstein was building with the resources and autonomy he was being provided by chairman Tom Ricketts, and he wanted to be part of not only winning the franchise's first championship since 1908 but sustaining that success for a long run, perhaps even one like the Yankees enjoyed in the Derek Jeter years."Why would you not want to accept this challenge?'' Maddon said after signing a five-year deal. "In this city, in that ballpark, under these circumstances, with this talent, it's an extraordinary moment. Not just in Cubs history but in baseball, today's game, this confluence of all these items coming together at the same time, it's pretty impressive.''impressive.''Maddon explained on his first day in the organization how he would bring out the best in his players, gaining their trust and putting them in spots to succeed."When you have talented players, which we do, you put them in the right situations, where they're not afraid of making mistakes,'' Maddon said. "Any player who plays for me, or us, can never be afraid of making a mistake. That's the worst thing you can do -- to coach aggressiveness out of a player, to coach fear into a player.''Maddon has led his teams to a 19-22 record in the postseason, including 6-5 as manager of the Cubs. His Rays shocked baseball by advancing to the World Series in 2008 but lost to the Phillies. He's worked patiently to get another chance at winning a championship, approaching every day with the determination and optimism that put him on U.S. 101 in that Volkswagen driving to games when everybody except him knew he was washed up as a player."Listen, I just wanted to put on a uniform,'' Maddon said. "I thought I could still do it.''Only a tiny percentage of players have a gift to perform at the highest level. Maddon's gift, as we've learned since Friedman gave him a shot with the Rays, is to teach both the art and science of baseball and to put players in a position to succeed.Epstein called Maddon "a real difference-maker for us'' when the Cubs hired him. It has been the perfect marriage between an organization and a manager.(Phil Rogers / MLB.com. /October 2016)

  • November 2, 2016 (Game 7/World Series) After Maddon was asked if he noticed any omens before the game, this was his response:

    “Omens, I don’t know. I did see my dad’s hat in my bag today. I carry my dad’s hat with me. He passed away in 2002, we won the World Series, and I’ve had his old Angel hat in my bag since then. So it goes everywhere. So the one thing I’m relying on today is my dad. I held onto his hat a little bit this morning, and that’s probably the omen in a sense going into this game.”

    Call it an omen, call it a superstition, but no matter what you call it, you can’t deny it’s something that works for Maddon considering it was there when the Angels won the World Series in 2002 while he was bench coach for the team. Not to mention, it was there for the Cubs Game 6 win over the Cleveland Indians.

    And, at a time like this, if you were Maddon, that hat better be at arm’s reach.(Courtney Schellin)