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206 Things We Like About Joe Maddon: A Tribute To The Winningest Manager In Devil Rays History

Move over, Vince Lombardi! Suck it, Red Auerbach!

Saturday night, Devil Ray skipper Joe Maddon surpassed Larry Rothschild to become the winningest manager in Tampa Bay Devil Ray history with his 206th victory!

Obviously this momentous occasion needs commemorating, and with the cooperation of many of the most respected Devil Ray writers the internets have to offer, Bugs & Cranks proudly presents…. 206 Things We Like About Joe Maddon:

  1. Economics major (R.J. Anderson, Senior Editor: DRaysBay | Beyond the Boxscore)
  2. His arguing-with-umpires technique basically consists of yelling “F*** YOU!” over and over and is never orchestrated for effect. (Cork Gaines, Rays Index | MLB Trade Rumors)
  3. The three things Maddon has that Yankees interim manager Joe Girardi doesn’t: a World Series ring from this millennium, and testicles
  4. He doesn’t chew. He doesn’t smoke. He doesn’t dip. And he cares. (Tommy Rancel, Executive Editor: Outs Per Swing)
  5. Performance wise I judge my opinion of Joe on how often I yell at my TV. This year I have only really screamed one time. (Jessica, Her Rays!)
  6. His glasses are hip
    Rays win and he is happy
    Now open the wine (Erik Hahmann, Outs Per Swing)
  7. He is always calm
    Maybe he is a wino
    That would explain it (Erik)
  8. He didn’t even get that pissed when Jeff tricked him into trying a Ménage à Trois
  9. He used the term meatloaf to describe winning two out of three games in a series (Tommy R)
  10. Knows how to handle large quantities of meat
  11. I sure like Maddon’s patience (non-panic) with all aspects of the game, players, and personnel. (Tommy Duncan, Sticks of Fire)
  12. I love the Doctor Seuss quote he keeps above his desk: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” I think that quote pretty well sums up this team this year: the haters in the press have been forced to eat their words all year long, because this team just continues to be who they are and who they are is a successful, talented, young, amazing team. (Sara, The Universe Is Shaped Exactly Like The Earth)
  13. Is Joe grabbing Longoria’s ass in this picture?
  14. Tony LaRussa could never stare down an angry Troy Percival (Anarchist Accountant, B&C Comment Leaver)
  15. I love how he stuck up for BJ the other night in the first game of the Angels series (Jessica)
  16. Doesn’t bunt (R.J.)
  17. I love that he never bunts and runs all the time. (Cork)
  18. He says the two coolest things he has ever seen are the roof of the Sistine Chapel and a Rolling Stones concert.
  19. He’s just such a damn likable guy. (Sara)
  20. He looks like a baseball manager. (Jessica)
  21. He has the mandatory pot belly and gray hair. (Jessica)
  22. Yet he spices it up a little with the black glasses. I often wear my black glasses in order to look smarter. I wonder if Joe does the same. (Jessica)
  23. He is a very proud Lafayette Leopard
  24. I love how much he looked like Pete Rose in college. (Cork)
  25. And yet he was also a college quarterback. (Cork)
  26. In his final game he completed 14 of 17 passes (including 13 in a row) and threw for four touchdowns in a win over Lehigh.
  27. He was recruited by Lafayette as a shortstop and pitcher but switched to catcher mid-way through the season when he volunteered having never caught before
  28. He will say things like “It is a good baseball play if you get away with it.”
  29. As in Tuesday’s Angel game, he can tell the umpires they blow in an intellectual way without having to go all Lee Elia on them (AA)
  30. I don’t think we could ask for a better manager. (Sara)
  31. Anyone who can stay positive when Ruddy Lugo, Chad Orvella and Seth McClank are in the bullpen is a good egg. (AA)
  32. The following quote which shows his eternal optimism in the first two seasons and the curmudgeon we see this season was all part of his master plan. How many managers are willing to adjust their managerial style for the state of the rebuilding process?…“My role has shifted,” Maddon said, “from being the eternal optimist to being the more pragmatic one. And I recognized both goals in advance. When I first came here, I knew it was going to be necessary to prop things up, and now I know it’s going to be necessary to somehow curb the enthusiasm.” (Cork)
  33. Understands sabermetrics (R.J.)
  34. I think Matt Garza’s performance on the mound and Bartlett’s defense is evidence that Maddon knows what he’s doing. (Sara)
  35. Joe is from Pennsylvania…anyone from Eastern PA coal country can’t be bad (AA)
  36. In Hazelton, he’s still known as Joey Maddon
  37. The baseball field at Hazleton (PA) High School was re-named “Joe Maddon Field” in 2003.
  38. He requested there not be a dedication ceremony for the renaming.
  39. His Chernoff Face (Cork)
  40. He doesn’t need to be a cartoonish buffoon like the previous one (AA)
  41. Yet, he looks good in cartoon form
  42. Read Blink (R.J.)
  43. Read Blink because former Devil Rays catcher Josh Paul recommended it
  44. The word amorphous (Tommy R)
  45. It’s rare, as a baseball fan, to have a manager that you trust. I trust Joe Maddon, he has yet to let me down badly. I’m sure that day will eventually come, but I’m hoping it will be after he adds another (or another few) World Series rings to his jewelry collection. (Sara)
  46. Quirky (R.J.)
  47. How much he loves his bicycle
  48. His reaction to the first time somebody tried to give him the “Fist Bump (Cork)
  49. He uses the fist bump because he doesn’t trust people to wash their hands after using the bathroom. (Tommy R)
  50. He’s classy (Sara)
  51. I love that he always gets tossed in front of his old boss (Jessica)
  52. 5 of his 10 career ejections have come against his former team, the Angels. That’s 5 in 27 matchups (1 every 5.4 games). Against the rest of baseball he has 5 in 449 games (1 every 89.8) (Cork)
  53. His emo glasses (but not during night games). (Cork)
  54. The specs…it’s all about the specs (AA)
  55. How many times can we say we like his “hip” glasses? (Erik)
  56. His girlfriend, Jaye Sousoures chose the eyewear. “I told him no wire, store-bought stuff,” Jaye said. “I wanted him to have a more retro look.”
  57. They’re Hugo Boss model 11064
  58. He nicknames people by simply adding a Y to their last name. You are now known as Chalky. (Tommy R) [Actually, I prefer the -ie spelling, Chalkie, but the winningest manager in Devil Ray history can call me whatever he wants and spell it however he wants. I’m not paying any D-word fines though.]
  59. Teaches the young kids
    Needs to get B.J. to run
    Nicknamed Papa Joe (Erik)
  60. Smart (Sara)
  61. For keeping it real after franchise-record-tying 70th win
  62. Turning our team from a losing franchise to a lock for the playoffs in a span of only a few years (Sara)
  63. His family’s name was Maddonini in the old country
  64. One of the moves that has made me like Maddon more than ever is that he isn’t afraid to punish BJ Upton for playing like a douchebag. Yes, we’re a weaker team without him in the lineup and out in center field, but Maddon isn’t willing to make concessions if BJ isn’t willing to display the all-out style of play that Maddon has set as a core value of his squad. (Sara)
  65. Was publicly on record as open to signing The G-POPE Barry Bonds in spring training
  66. Getting rid of Dukes and Young in the offseason is another example of how Maddon isn’t willing to put up with any bullshit (Sara)
  67. Gives great wine recommendations
  68. I might even be able to overlook the wine thing, if someone can find out if Maddon enjoys a Sam Adams now and then. (AA)
  69. Owns a ’69 Impala convertible
  70. As a minor league manager, he was once thrown out of seven of 70 games
  71. He keeps the game in perspective (AA)
  72. Took time to contact and meet up with the late John Challis, a teenager battling cancer he saw on ESPN
  73. Will fine anybody, even the aforementioned high schooler with cancer
  74. He has his foibles, like back in 1990 as a minor league instructor, he thought Troy Percival shouldn’t try to switch from catching to pitching
  75. Won the 1975 National Baseball Congress championship as a member of the Boulder, Colorado team
  76. Called managing the Devil Rays “a dream job”
  77. Batted .267 with five home runs in his Minor League career
  78. Was a candidate to replace Grady Little as Red Sox manager, they stupidly picked Terry Francona instead
  79. His mother, Albina “Beanie” is still a waitress at the Third Base Dugout restaurant in Hazleton
  80. His mom goes to his dad’s grave every day
  81. The only coach that Mike Scioscia retained after taking over control of the Angels in 2001
  82. Northwest League Manager of the Year in 1982 when he guided the Salem Angels (A) to the league championship
  83. “His personality is like a spider. It goes in all different directions. He wants to be a complete man, which is something maybe we should all want.” (Trever Miller)
  84. “He’s one of the coolest guys I’ve ever been around.” (Trever Miller)
  85. “I was impressed by how intelligent and well-spoken he is. He’s knowledgeable about a lot of different areas, not just baseball.” (Trever Miller)
  86. “He’s genuinely concerned about you and your family.” (Trever Miller
  87. He was once an interim interim manager for the Angels, taking over for an ailing John McNamara, who’d taken over for Marcel Lachemann.
  88. Loves his dad
  89. Remembers watching Gillette’s Friday Night Fights with his father, while eating the fried pepperoni his dad made to go along with the Cheez-Its
  90. He’s a gourmet cook
  91. His dad was a plumber
  92. Endorsed by Marlon Byrd as 2008 AL Manager Of The Year
  93. Some Sporting News writer also thinks Joe has the MOY award wrapped up
  94. Talks to wrestlers
  95. He can almost pull off this sweater
  96. He’s “not afraid, and that’s the thing I love about watching him manage.” (Brian Anderson)
  97. He’s not Joe Torre
  98. He’s not Joe Girardi
  99. Childhood nickname: Broad Street Joe in reference to Broadway Joe Namath
  100. Has a friend who’s a founding member of the B-Street Band, the world’s longest running Springsteen tribute band
  101. Once drove cross-country to personally deliver a new car he bought for his mother
  102. His Baseball Reference page is sponsored by Casamato’s, a Hazelton restaurant
  103. All of these likeable points are so likeable, we’ll just repeat them again here and see if anyone notices. That seems better than just trailing off like I did with that one long Bonds list
  104. Economics major (R.J. Anderson, Senior Editor: DRaysBay | Beyond the Boxscore)
  105. His arguing-with-umpires technique basically consists of yelling “F*** YOU!” over and over and is never orchestrated for effect. (Cork Gaines, Rays Index | MLB Trade Rumors)
  106. The three things Maddon has that Yankees interim manager Joe Girardi doesn’t: a World Series ring from this millennium, and testicles
  107. He doesn’t chew. He doesn’t smoke. He doesn’t dip. And he cares. (Tommy Rancel, Executive Editor: Outs Per Swing)
  108. Performance wise I judge my opinion of Joe on how often I yell at my TV. This year I have only really screamed one time. (Jessica, Her Rays!)
  109. His glasses are hip
    Rays win and he is happy
    Now open the wine (Erik Hahmann, Outs Per Swing)
  110. He is always calm
    Maybe he is a wino
    That would explain it (Erik)
  111. He didn’t even get that pissed when Jeff tricked him into trying a Ménage à Trois
  112. He used the term meatloaf to describe winning two out of three games in a series (Tommy R)
  113. Knows how to handle large quantities of meat
  114. I sure like Maddon’s patience (non-panic) with all aspects of the game, players, and personnel. (Tommy Duncan, Sticks of Fire)
  115. I love the Doctor Seuss quote he keeps above his desk: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” I think that quote pretty well sums up this team this year: the haters in the press have been forced to eat their words all year long, because this team just continues to be who they are and who they are is a successful, talented, young, amazing team. (Sara, The Universe Is Shaped Exactly Like The Earth)
  116. Is Joe grabbing Longoria’s ass in this picture?
  117. Tony LaRussa could never stare down an angry Troy Percival (Anarchist Accountant, B&C Comment Leaver)
  118. I love how he stuck up for BJ the other night in the first game of the Angels series (Jessica)
  119. Doesn’t bunt (R.J.)
  120. I love that he never bunts and runs all the time. (Cork)
  121. He says the two coolest things he has ever seen are the roof of the Sistine Chapel and a Rolling Stones concert.
  122. He’s just such a damn likable guy. (Sara)
  123. He looks like a baseball manager. (Jessica)
  124. He has the mandatory pot belly and gray hair. (Jessica)
  125. Yet he spices it up a little with the black glasses. I often wear my black glasses in order to look smarter. I wonder if Joe does the same. (Jessica)
  126. He is a very proud Lafayette Leopard
  127. I love how much he looked like Pete Rose in college. (Cork)
  128. And yet he was also a college quarterback. (Cork)
  129. In his final game he completed 14 of 17 passes (including 13 in a row) and threw for four touchdowns in a win over Lehigh.
  130. He was recruited by Lafayette as a shortstop and pitcher but switched to catcher mid-way through the season when he volunteered having never caught before
  131. He will say things like “It is a good baseball play if you get away with it.”
  132. As in Tuesday’s Angel game, he can tell the umpires they blow in an intellectual way without having to go all Lee Elia on them (AA)
  133. I don’t think we could ask for a better manager. (Sara)
  134. Anyone who can stay positive when Ruddy Lugo, Chad Orvella and Seth McClank are in the bullpen is a good egg. (AA)
  135. The following quote which shows his eternal optimism in the first two seasons and the curmudgeon we see this season was all part of his master plan. How many managers are willing to adjust their managerial style for the state of the rebuilding process?…“My role has shifted,” Maddon said, “from being the eternal optimist to being the more pragmatic one. And I recognized both goals in advance. When I first came here, I knew it was going to be necessary to prop things up, and now I know it’s going to be necessary to somehow curb the enthusiasm.” (Cork)
  136. Understands sabermetrics (R.J.)
  137. I think Matt Garza’s performance on the mound and Bartlett’s defense is evidence that Maddon knows what he’s doing. (Sara)
  138. Joe is from Pennsylvania…anyone from Eastern PA coal country can’t be bad (AA)
  139. In Hazelton, he’s still known as Joey Maddon
  140. The baseball field at Hazleton (PA) High School was re-named “Joe Maddon Field” in 2003.
  141. He requested there not be a dedication ceremony for the renaming.
  142. His Chernoff Face (Cork)
  143. He doesn’t need to be a cartoonish buffoon like the previous one (AA)
  144. Yet, he looks good in cartoon form
  145. Read Blink (R.J.)
  146. Read Blink because former Devil Rays catcher Josh Paul recommended it
  147. The word amorphous (Tommy R)
  148. It’s rare, as a baseball fan, to have a manager that you trust. I trust Joe Maddon, he has yet to let me down badly. I’m sure that day will eventually come, but I’m hoping it will be after he adds another (or another few) World Series rings to his jewelry collection. (Sara)
  149. Quirky (R.J.)
  150. How much he loves his bicycle
  151. His reaction to the first time somebody tried to give him the “Fist Bump (Cork)
  152. He uses the fist bump because he doesn’t trust people to wash their hands after using the bathroom. (Tommy R)
  153. He’s classy (Sara)
  154. I love that he always gets tossed in front of his old boss (Jessica)
  155. 5 of his 10 career ejections have come against his former team, the Angels. That’s 5 in 27 matchups (1 every 5.4 games). Against the rest of baseball he has 5 in 449 games (1 every 89.8) (Cork)
  156. His emo glasses (but not during night games). (Cork)
  157. The specs…it’s all about the specs (AA)
  158. How many times can we say we like his “hip” glasses? (Erik)
  159. His girlfriend, Jaye Sousoures chose the eyewear. “I told him no wire, store-bought stuff,” Jaye said. “I wanted him to have a more retro look.”
  160. They’re Hugo Boss model 11064
  161. He nicknames people by simply adding a Y to their last name. You are now known as Chalky. (Tommy R) [Actually, I prefer the -ie spelling, Chalkie, but the winningest manager in Devil Ray history can call me whatever he wants and spell it however he wants. I’m not paying any D-word fines though.]
  162. Teaches the young kids
    Needs to get B.J. to run
    Nicknamed Papa Joe (Erik)
  163. Smart (Sara)
  164. For keeping it real after franchise-record-tying 70th win
  165. Turning our team from a losing franchise to a lock for the playoffs in a span of only a few years (Sara)
  166. His family’s name was Maddonini in the old country
  167. One of the moves that has made me like Maddon more than ever is that he isn’t afraid to punish BJ Upton for playing like a douchebag. Yes, we’re a weaker team without him in the lineup and out in center field, but Maddon isn’t willing to make concessions if BJ isn’t willing to display the all-out style of play that Maddon has set as a core value of his squad. (Sara)
  168. Was publicly on record as open to signing The G-POPE Barry Bonds in spring training
  169. Getting rid of Dukes and Young in the offseason is another example of how Maddon isn’t willing to put up with any bullshit (Sara)
  170. Gives great wine recommendations
  171. I might even be able to overlook the wine thing, if someone can find out if Maddon enjoys a Sam Adams now and then. (AA)
  172. Owns a ’69 Impala convertible
  173. As a minor league manager, he was once thrown out of seven of 70 games
  174. He keeps the game in perspective (AA)
  175. Took time to contact and meet up with the late John Challis, a teenager battling cancer he saw on ESPN
  176. Will fine anybody, even the aforementioned high schooler with cancer
  177. He has his foibles, like back in 1990 as a minor league instructor, he thought Troy Percival shouldn’t try to switch from catching to pitching
  178. Won the 1975 National Baseball Congress championship as a member of the Boulder, Colorado team
  179. Called managing the Devil Rays “a dream job”
  180. Batted .267 with five home runs in his Minor League career
  181. Was a candidate to replace Grady Little as Red Sox manager, they stupidly picked Terry Francona instead
  182. His mother, Albina “Beanie” is still a waitress at the Third Base Dugout restaurant in Hazleton
  183. His mom goes to his dad’s grave every day
  184. The only coach that Mike Scioscia retained after taking over control of the Angels in 2001
  185. Northwest League Manager of the Year in 1982 when he guided the Salem Angels (A) to the league championship
  186. “His personality is like a spider. It goes in all different directions. He wants to be a complete man, which is something maybe we should all want.” (Trever Miller)
  187. “He’s one of the coolest guys I’ve ever been around.” (Trever Miller)
  188. “I was impressed by how intelligent and well-spoken he is. He’s knowledgeable about a lot of different areas, not just baseball.” (Trever Miller)
  189. “He’s genuinely concerned about you and your family.” (Trever Miller
  190. He was once an interim interim manager for the Angels, taking over for an ailing John McNamara, who’d taken over for Marcel Lachemann.
  191. Loves his dad
  192. Remembers watching Gillette’s Friday Night Fights with his father, while eating the fried pepperoni his dad made to go along with the Cheez-Its
  193. He’s a gourmet cook
  194. His dad was a plumber
  195. Endorsed by Marlon Byrd as 2008 AL Manager Of The Year
  196. Some Sporting News writer also thinks Joe has the MOY award wrapped up
  197. Talks to wrestlers
  198. He can almost pull off this sweater
  199. He’s “not afraid, and that’s the thing I love about watching him manage.” (Brian Anderson)
  200. He’s not Joe Torre
  201. He’s not Joe Girardi
  202. Childhood nickname: Broad Street Joe in reference to Broadway Joe Namath
  203. Has a friend who’s a founding member of the B-Street Band, the world’s longest running Springsteen tribute band
  204. Once drove cross-country to personally deliver a new car he bought for his mother
  205. His Baseball Reference page is sponsored by Casamato’s, a Hazelton restaurant
  206. Joe Maddon is the greatest manager ever, and there will be many more wins and many more things we like about him in the coming weeks, months and years. Thank you Joe!

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12 Responses to “206 Things We Like About Joe Maddon: A Tribute To The Winningest Manager In Devil Rays History”
  1. Anarchist Accountant says:

    Great post, Chalk. Glad to be of assistance. Also happy that someone remembered to bring up the Meatloaf comment, don’t understand how I forgot that one. And to add to how good a job Joe is doing, I’m a Lehigh grad and I don’t consider him just another Lafayette loser…

    Cheers!!

  2. Larry says:

    Epic Post….nice list

  3. Orlando Rays says:

    I have to call #2 in question, he doesn’t just use “F*** YOU!” I’ve seen and heard him use “BULLS***!” too.

  4. Sara says:

    I’m happy to know that I am respected on the internets. :)

  5. Adam C says:

    207. Makes for a great story.

    “Former assistant finally gets his shot to manage after 31 years in the majors (damn affirmative action). In only his 3rd year as manager, takes worst team in history to its first winning season.”

    *Please pay no attention to the 10 years of high first round picks. Everybody knows God, aka Maddon, could have done it with the players from the Hawaiian team that won the LLWS.

  6. Matt says:

    #102 and #205 are the same thing.

  7. KC says:

    I know you’re probably kidding, but I take offense to #181. Terry Francona is the best manager the Sox have had in decades. Two WS titles in four years is all I have to say to back that up.

    How do I think the Rays will do the rest of the year? They’ll be in the playoffs. But are they really contenders? Read on to find out…

    http://www.sportsofboston.com/.....fs-week-2/

  8. Dirty Water says:

    Miss the Playoffs, then golf (7%, 1 Votes)

    Just in case you’re curious..

    They’re going to lose their lead by Sept 17th, fall apart soon thereafter. Division to Sox, WC to Minny. Following the game on Sept 28th, Yankee Stadium collapses, crushing Arod underneath tons of ‘Babe’stone. In 2009 NY contends again.

    You heard it here.

  9. David Chalk David Chalk says:

    KC — Maddon would’ve won four straight and you still would’ve had Manny. BUT Maddon was quoted in the LA Times recently saying the Devil Rays were his dream job because he could truly demonstrate his greatness. Any shlub could step in and take a team that was in the ALCS the year before over the hump.

  10. Dirty Water says:

    I have a hard believing a person loyal to the same organization for 31 years believed his dream job to be elsewhere. Laying it on kinda thick, aren’t you Chalk?

    And that hump was a rather large one, I’d say. Could it had been done by another? yeah. But would it have been done by another? doubtful. Not in 2004, anyway.

  11. X-Factor says:

    Awesome. Incredibly good post. I really want to see this everywhere, hype it up!

  12. X-Factor says:

    Devil Rays FTW

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