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Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:38:03 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays RP Jake McGee's velocity has been down this spring, yet neither he nor manager Joe Maddon is concerned. The lack of pop is attributed to McGee holding back on his fastball and throwing more sliders. "I'm kind of breaking it in. I don't usually see how hard I'm throwing in spring training. It's more feel," McGee said. "I threw my slider or cutter a lot more than I would in the season."
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:19:11 -0800
Updating a previous item, Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria did not attend the Thursday, Feb. 21, workout, and manager Joe Maddon said he wasn't sure when Longoria would return to the team. Longoria's girlfriend, Jaime Edmondson, gave birth to the couple's first child the night before. "Just wanted to know that he was well, obviously, that she was well and the baby was well and everything was fine," Maddon said. "That's all I wrote. I didn't say when he needed to be back. I didn't ask him when he will be back. I just told him take care of what he has to do and let us know. He told me everything was great."
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:38:18 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he liked the ease of delivery of SP Jake Odorizzi and that SP Chris Archer also caught his eye Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:12:01 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he sees SS Yunel Escobar as a potential Gold Glove and All-Star shortstop. Maddon said Escobar is fitting in well on the team.
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:09:29 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon feels recently traded 2B Elliot Johnson, now with the Kansas City Royals, and SS Reid Brignac, now with the Colorado Rockies, are major league players. "Reid, of course, the biggest thing there is to get the offensive side of the game working some more," Maddon said. "Elliot, I think is already there. As a utility player on a good team, he is very valuable - switch-hitter with some pop, runs really well, can steal a bag, (plays) multiple positions. He plays the game hard. I'm a big fan."
Sun, 23 Dec 2012 00:33:19 -0800
Consensus among team sources is that Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers will not be rushed to the major leagues immediately, in part to delay the start of his service-time clock. "I've always felt that it should be easier for a young player to make the team season in progress as opposed to out of spring training," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It's not an easy place to be, because you go from spring training when people are getting ready to the season, when they turn it up a notch."
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:22:56 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon met with SP Matt Moore recently and gave him a vote of confidence heading into his next start against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 29. "I wanted to reinforce the confidence I have in him now and in the future," Maddon said. "I think he's going to be an excellent major league pitcher."
Sun, 06 May 2012 06:19:59 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon managed his 1,000th game with the club Saturday, May 5, against the Oakland Athletics. He is 514-486 in seven seasons with Tampa Bay; the Rays had only 518 victories prior to his arrival. Maddon joined Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia (1,972 games), Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire (1,647 games) and Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel (1,162 games) as the only active skippers to manage at least 1,000 games with their current team. Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland will also join this group Sunday, May 6.
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:48:01 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon does plan to use 2B Jeff Keppinger at first base in more games this spring, so he can add to the flexibility Keppinger has on the roster.
Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:24:52 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, fresh off signing a new three-year contract extension, is happy with his deal and expressed that he really wants to be with the organization. "You can't underestimate the freedom that I have here, all the crazy stuff I do is supported, I think," Maddon said.