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Joe Maddon improves to .500 as Rays manager

Sep 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

The Rays defeated the Orioles 4-1 on Friday night and remain 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East and seven games up on the Red Sox in the American League Wild Card. While the playoffs look like a virtual-lock, there was some extra significance to Friday’s win. As Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times points out, Joe Maddon improved to 391-391 (.500) as manager of the Rays.

“Five hundred — that’s like the old days when 70 wins was considered
high. C’mon, give me a break,” Maddon said. “Who want to be .500?”

Maddon was speaking in jest, but consider for a minute that the Rays were 127-197 (.391) over his first two seasons. This includes a 101-loss season in 2006. Since the start of the 2008 season, the Rays are 264-194 (.576) under his watch.

just grown as an organization, talent-wise, depth-wise. It really
speaks to the job the front office has done and the scouting and
development departments. That’s really where this transition’s come
from. I happen to be the manager.”

If the Rays defeat the Orioles tonight, Maddon will have his first winning record as Rays manager since the team was 7-6 over the first 13 games of the 2006 season. It might not happen tonight, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’ll get there eventually.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 4, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    It’s great to live close enough to Tampa Bay that Macondo’s local cable sports channel carries the Rays games as well as the Feesh. It’s great to be able to watch a team, even a designatedhitterball team, that can pitch, field and hit with approximately the same high level of competence. Although the occasional sweeping pans of the interior of the Tropicana Dump do make me slightly nauseous – I used to think it was vertigo but now I realize it’s just that the place is so damned ugly – you can count on the team to wear happytime uniforms often enough to just barely offset the ambiance.
    I hope for this race with the Borg to remain hot throughout August. I might just drive over to St. Puttersburg in my big, gas-guzzling hypocrisymobile, take some dramamine, take in a couple of Rays games and then go see “Destino” for the fiftieth time over at the Dali Museum.

  2. jojomama - Sep 4, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Aw, the Pit isn’t that bad. I’m originally from the northeast and a domed stadium seemed like heresy, but I grew to like the place over time, catwalks and all. A climate controlled 72-degrees dome when it is 97 degrees outside with 1000% humidity feels like heaven to me. Most of us Rays fans don’t mind the Trop; they mind the location, in the ‘burg. Anyhow, come on up and pay us a visit. We can certainly use some more bodies in the stadium.

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