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Maybe the key moment in the Rays game three loss was the two-out, two-run single by Josh Hamilton off of JP Howell in the seventh inning. The hit made the score 4-1 and the Rays would eventually lose the game by one run, 4-3.
At the time, a lot of fans questioned the move by Joe Maddon to Howell, who had struggled this season with a 6.16 ERA. However, Howell was better in the final two months of the season, allowing just three runs in 12 innings (2.25 ERA).
And whether it was anger towards Howell, or annoyance with Maddon, or just frustration with the situation, some fans booed as Howell was removed from the game. Whatever the reason, Maddon made it clear that booing Howell is completely unacceptable.
“It’s really wrong. I don’t understand why the folks would have gone there on him…It’s inappropriate. Here’s a guy who was a big part of our World Series run, is coming off a severe injury and has done some really good work this year, particularly against left-handers. He’s given up a ...
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Why put him in when it seems he is throwing b.p.?
Of all of the pitchers in the game, of all of the alternate choices in the employ of the Tampa Bay Rays from the Instructional League to the Alumni Game, why J.P. Howell? And, for crying out loud, why in the seventh inning of a close game?
In a defeat that put the offseason one game away, there is no question...
Rays executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon wrapped up their memorable 2011 season with a press conference this afternoon. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has the highlights, including a look ahead to 2012 (all links go to Twitter):
Friedman says he hopes to add one or two relievers this offseason, as opposed to revamping it completely...
Obviously, Game 3 is pivotal for both teams. The team that wins will have a 2-1 advantage, putting the other team on the brink of elimination. Rays manager Joe Maddon discussed the significance of winning Game 3.
The Rangers base stealing impressed Joe Maddon:
The Rangers ran on Tampa Bay’s pitchers as much as the catchers, Rays manager Joe Maddon said. He said the Rangers had a good idea when each pitcher was more likely to use a breaking pitch, which improves the base runner’s chances of success.
“They do their homework,” Maddon said. “They game-plan well. That’s part of their...
ROGER MOONEY ST. PETERSBURG Manager Joe Maddon was not pleased with the fans at Monday’s game who booed J.P. Howell as the reliever was removed from the game after allowing a two-run single to Josh Hamilton for what turned out to be the winning run in the Rangers 4-3…
After a full year of writing nonsense, the Baseball Blogger Alliance has yet to kick us out and still encourages us to vote on stuff. And not just things we know like "how awesome does that dog look wearing a hat." Which, of course, the answer is always "very." First up is the Connie Mack award for manager of the year. 1. Joe Maddon, Tampa BayI think Maddon is...
Rangers 4, Rays 3 (Rangers win series 3-1)
The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
THE GOOD: Joe Maddon. He can finally get that haircut…Attendance. The Rays had better attendance in October than 22 teams, including the Red Sox.
THE BAD: Swiss Cheese Lineup. There are holes all over the place. The biggest...
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By Martin Fennelly
ST. PETERSBURG -- Look at it this way:
They were nine games back. Now they're only one game back.
"This is nothing," Rays reliever J.P. Howell said, an authority on that subject Monday. "This is nothing. You've just got to get on a two-game winning streak. It's one at a time, one pitch at a time."
Their last act as a team took place inside the clubhouse, not long after the final out was recorded in the game that ended their season. Manager Joe Maddon gathered the squad, and with a glass of scotch he offered a toast to the 2011 Tampa Bay Rays.
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After the charge they made in September, especially the dramatic way they finished the regular season, it was quite a surprise when the Rays lost their Divisional Series matchup to the Rangers. After all, they had the hotter hitters, the hotter pitching staff, and seemingly the mentality to go up against anyone in the league and believe they would come out on top.
With no Yankees playoff action tonight, I thought it would be a good time to start working on my ballots for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) End of Season Awards. First up: The Connie Mack Award for Top Manager.As a Yankee blogger I am only required to put together a ballot for the American League winner, along with a second and third place finisher. So, here is my ballot...
ROGER MOONEY ST. PETERSBURG Manager Joe Maddon said he’s “anticipating” closer Kyle Farnsworth to be available for today’s ALDS Game 3 against the Rangers. “If he says he’s right, he’s been pretty good about it, so I…
Dave Martinez's apprenticeship as bench coach under Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has made him a strong candidate to succeed Ozzie Guillen with the Chicago White Sox. But former New York Mets general manager Steve Phillips has reservations about whether Martinez is ready.