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Rays manager is officially now Dr. Joe Maddon

Sep 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

Joe Maddon received his honorary “doctor of letters” degree from Lafayette College yesterday, meaning the Rays’ manager is officially now a doctor.
Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times notes that approximately 200 people attended the ceremony at the college Maddon dropped out of 35 years ago. Or as he joked: “I was on the 38-year-old plan.”
Best of all he wore one of those ridiculous-looking “BRaysers” that the Rays have been sporting lately, although unfortunately he’d changed back into a less hilarious jacket by the time that photo was snapped.

  1. JimmyY - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Lafayette’s a good school but a “Doctor of Letters?” Hell, I know how to say, A, B, C, D….is that all it takes?

  2. Lans Downe - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Alumunus here. Lafayette College doesn’t offer any post-graduate programs, so that must be the best they could come up with… pretty weak, I agree.

  3. Jonny5 - Sep 3, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    These honorary doctorate degrees do nothing but water down what it takes to actually get one. The right way. What is a doctorate of letters? Ok Wiki says in the US it’s a bunch of BS. In other countries you have to work for it. “awarded to candidates whose record of published work and research shows conspicuous ability and originality and constitutes a distinguished and sustained achievement. University committee and board approval is required, and candidates must provide documented mastery of a particular area or field.”

  4. Quack Mr Ducksworth - Sep 3, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Joe Maddon really looks like Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State.

  5. JBerardi - Sep 3, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Oh, whatever. Let the guy have his fake degree. No one takes those things seriously.

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