Joe Maddon Leaving Tampa Bay Rays: Latest Details, Reaction and Analysis

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2014

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Manager Joe Maddon has led the Tampa Bay Rays to unprecedented success during his nine years at the helm, but his tenure has reached a surprising conclusion.

According to the Rays' official Twitter account, the 60-year-old skipper decided to opt out of his contract with one year remaining:

In addition to being a two-time American League Manager of the Year, Maddon led the Rays to their only four playoff appearances in franchise history, including a run to the World Series in 2008.

Owner Stuart Sternberg released a statement on Maddon's departure:

Maddon shared some insight into his decision to leave with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

Rays pitcher Chris Archer commented on the news via his Twitter account:

Although it remains to be seen if Maddon intends to go elsewhere, there is bound to be talk regarding the Los Angeles Dodgers due to the fact that former Rays vice president Andrew Friedman was recently hired by L.A.

Friedman, now Dodgers president of baseball operations, has attempted to quell any rumors surrounding his team, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register also provided the current landscape of open managerial positions:

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports weighed in on where Maddon may land after leaving Tampa Bay:

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reveals another team that will contact Maddon:

Maddon will certainly land on his feet somewhere if he intends to continue managing, but he will always be heralded for the job he did in Tampa Bay.

He has been synonymous with the Rays for many years, so it is unfortunate to see the partnership come to such an abrupt end.

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