The Tampa Bay Rays need to keep manager Joe Maddon in order to continue to succeed in the American League East. Maddon’s laid back approach to leadership helped develop a young Rays' team into a calm, cool and collected contender.
With the loss of many key players during the 2010-11 offseason, the Rays were picked by nearly every expert to flounder and miss the playoffs in 2011.
Maddon stated on Twitter that he toasted to his team in April, “The best 0-6 team ever."
Following the season, it looks like he was right.
He led a record setting resurgence in which his Rays usurped the wild card leading Red Sox after trailing by nine games at the onset of September. Clearly, Maddon is doing great things with little expectations, and the second smallest budget in Major League Baseball.
Read on to see why Joe Maddon has been so successful, and what it would mean if the Rays were to lose him.