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Maddon: Technology key to attracting young fans

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon maintains technology and not shorter games is key to attracting young fans to baseball. Maddon's comments followed Monday night's 1-0 win over the New York Yankees, a game that lasted 3 hours, 28 minutes - the longest nine-inning, 1-0 game by time in major league history. ''I really think that if all we...
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Tampa Bay Rays Make Rookies Wear Crazy Costumes For Themed Road Trip

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is known for bringing some levity to the grueling 162-game Major League Baseball schedule by incorporating themed road trips for his players. The Rays most likely are not going anywhere this postseason, so Maddon’s themed road trips are a great way for the team to bond and develop chemistry. With roster expansion coming into play this month, the...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

No matter end result, it’s not good enough for Maddon

The Tampa Bay Rays were eliminated Thursday from the AL East race, though the chances of winning the division really didn’t exist before the 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees, because one more win by the Baltimore Orioles would have eliminated the Rays from their yearly goal. “We’re not going to do it this year, and I don’t like it. None of us do,” Rays manager Joe Maddon...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon’s Bunting Identity Crisis

Two facts, with which you as a FanGraphs reader are likely familiar: The Tampa Bay Rays are among the most sabermetrically-inclined organizations in major league baseball. Sabermetrically-inclined folk generally are against the decision to sacrifice bunt. One more fact, with which you are less likely to be familiar: The Tampa Bay Rays have attempted 58 […]
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays protest game after controversial replay decison

It’s safe to say Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon isn’t a fan of Major League Baseball’s replay system at the moment. Maddon protested Saturday afternoon’s Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays after a controversial replay challenge in the fourth inning. During the frame, first base umpire Bill Welke initially called Rays outfielder Will Myers safe after an attempted...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon disappointed with Rays fans

A capacity crowd at Tropicana Field is 31,042 and, as you would imagine, the fourth place Tampa Bay Rays haven’t come close to filling the place since Opening Day. That was, of course, until Derek Jeter came to town. You see, the New York are drawing crowds all across baseball…with fans hoping to get one last glimpse of their team captain and his retirement sideshow. Saturday...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays opt for formal wear for road trip, wacky shenanigans ensue (pics)

While many MLB teams do it from time to time, the Tampa Bay Rays have developed a reputation for frequently going with themed attire for road trips, sometimes to promote team unity, other times just to be silly. With the team about to embark on a lengthy road trip, the Rays opted for formal wear […] The post Tampa Bay Rays opt for formal wear for road trip, wacky shenanigans ensue...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays go formal for road trip, two guys go 'Dumber and Dumber'

Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays frequently like to attach fun themes to road trips and dress up as they travel throughout the season. After wrapping up a series against the Angels on Sunday, the team prepared for a 10-game road trip by dressing in their best formal wear before heading to the airport to fly to Oakland. As you can see in the team photo above, there were plenty of...
Via Next Impulse Sports
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays manager Joe Maddon uses 80s pop song to pick Thursday's lineup

DETROIT -- No one knows where Jenny might be Thursday night, but hopefully, she's watching Tampa Bay play the Tigers. In honor of Tommy Tutone's 1981 smash hit, Rays manager Joe Maddon went with an 867-5309 batting order in the series opener against Detroit. (Well, the lineup technically went 867-5309-24, but Maddon did the best he could.) It wasn't an accident, either...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Joe Maddon channels 80s pop hit when making lineup

Jenny, @RaysJoeMaddon's got your number. Tonight's #Rays batting order (by position) starts 867-5309: — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 3, 2014 Manager Joe Maddon then one-upped the ridiculousness of it all. Going with Tommy Tutone lineup today: 8-6-7-5-3-0-9. — Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) July 3, 2014
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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