Joe Maddon’s Rays are off to a slow start, but is his seat starting to warm up?
The American League East this season is the total opposite of what was expected after a flurry of impact moves made by the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays and Rays, both of whom were considered favorites to win the division, are off to very slow starts. The Rays are off to a 6-10 start to the season. An interesting thought brought up amongst some of the MLB Hot Corner writers was the thought that Joe Maddon’s job seat as manager could start to be warming up if the Rays do not improve soon, as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have gotten off to fast starts. Is Joe Maddon’s seat warming up, after this slow start, especially if it continues? I certainly do not think so, and that won’t change no matter how the Rays finish this season. Here are some reasons for the Rays slow start:
1. Departure of James Shields
When the Rays dealt James Shields in the off-season, many “baseball exp...