ANAHEIM, Calif. If ever a man was born and bred to successfully run a pro baseball team, it's Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon.
Hired from the Angels prior to the 2006 season, Mike Scioscia's former bench coach has taken the Rays from a terrible expansion franchise to one of the best teams in the game.
By 2008, Maddon had guided Tampa Bay to its first winning season and first World Series appearance. The Rays have won at least 84 games every season since 2008 and have been to the playoffs three times. And while Maddon is recognized as one of MLB's brightest leaders, it isn't his ability to maneuver the X's and O's that has made him a hot commodity every time there's a managerial opening.
The skipper joined The Joe McDonnell Podcast to discuss all matters Maddon, while also talking about his good friend Scioscia and the rough season the Angels and Rays have endured.
"What it is," said Scioscia prior to Sunday afternoon's game with Tex...