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Joe Maddon      

Major League Baseball Manager for the Chicago Cubs

Joseph John Maddon Jr. is an American professional baseball manager for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Maddon began his coaching career in MLB with the California Angels in 1993 and served under managers Buck Rodgers, Marcel Lachemann, John McNamara, Terry Collins, and Mike Scioscia. He served two stints as interim manager during this time. He managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 through 2014, winning the 2008 American League pennant. After opting out of his contract following the 2014 season, he joined the Cubs, led them to the 2015 National League Championship Series and was named the 2015 National League Manager of the Year. In 2016, Maddon managed the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908, which they won against the Cleveland Indians.

On November 15, 2005, Maddon was hired to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His signature thick-rimmed glasses led to giveaways featuring mock pairs, and tributes from Angels players wearing the glasses when playing against the Rays.

Joe Maddon was named 2011 American League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA - it was his second AL Manager of the Year Award in a span of four seasons, after earning the same honor in 2008. Since the Manager of the Year awards began in 1983, Maddon is the 12th in either league-and 7th in the AL-to win the honor multiple times. In August 2012, Sports Illustrated released a poll of 291 major leaguers who voted Maddon as the manager they would most like to play for. The Rays have averaged 90-plus wins over the last 4 seasons (2008-11) after averaging 90- plus losses the 4 previous seasons.

Maddon Won his 500th game as a major league manager September 5, 2011 vs. Texas. Maddon has managed more games than any manager in Rays history and has the best record since the start of 2008. He also led the AL to a 4-3 win in the 80th All-Star Game at St. Louis on July 14, 2009. Led the Rays to the 2008 AL pennant and their first ever winning season (97-65) and shattered the club record for wins by 27. (The Rays previous club high was 70 in 2004.)

Prior to joining the Rays he spent all 31 years of his professional baseball career in the Angels organization, including the last 12 on the ML staff. He served as the Angels bench coach for most of his final 10 seasons in Anaheim including the last six (2000-05) under Manager Mike Scioscia while the team went 520-452 (.535). The Angels went to the postseason three times and won a world championship in 2002. Maddon spent 12 years at the minor league level as a manager or instructor before his promotion to the Angels major league staff as bullpen coach on May 17, 1994.

On October 14, 2014, Rays' General Manager Andrew Friedman left Tampa Bay to assume the role of President of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.[36] When Friedman departed, an opt-out clause in Maddon's contract was activated, stating that if Friedman left at any point in the duration of Maddon's contract, Maddon could opt out as well, as long as he did so within a period of two weeks. The Rays tried "aggressively" to re-sign Maddon, during that period, but Maddon opted out of his contract. On November 2, 2014, the Cubs announced that they had fired Renteria and hired Maddon.

Maddon received his honorary degree from Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.) on Sep 2, 2010 and was inducted into Lafayette's Hall of Fame in November 2009. On May 12, 2009 was honored at the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives. A lifelong St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals fan, one of Joe's most prized possessions is a framed Maddon No. 70 Cardinals football jersey hanging in his office.

An avid cyclist, Joe bikes anywhere from 60 to 100 miles per week. The son of an Italian dad, Joe (who shortened the family name from Maddoni), and a Polish mom, Albina (Beanie), Maddon grew up in an apartment over his dad's plumbing shop.

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