While looking for something else, we came across an ESPN.com story we had somehow missed back in August (we feel like we have let you down). In this piece by Arash Markazi, Maddon is asked what he misses most about Southern California…
“Outside of seeing my wife?” he said, raising his eyebrows slightly above his sunglasses. “Let’s start with that first”…When Maddon says his heart still lives in the Southland, he’s not only talking about his home in Long Beach — which rests three short blocks away from the beach — but his wife, Jaye. They were married at St. Juliana Church in Fullerton, Calif., less than two weeks after Maddon’s Rays came up short in the 2008 World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies. They held their wedding reception on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. While they own a home in South Tampa, they spend most of the offseason in Long Beach, where Jaye is raising her two sons…”We’re bicoastal,” Maddon said. “We have a home here in Long Beach and in Tampa. Jaye comes on the road once in a while. She was just in Detroit. So we try to mix it up. She’s got two sons so she can’t just take off.”
If that doesn’t scare you, it should. That sure sounds like Jaye prefers to spend most of her time in Southern California. And JoeMa sure sounds like he misses her during the season.
The obvious cure for that would be for Maddon to take a managerial job back in “Southland.” That limits him to the Dodgers, Angels and Padres.
The Padres manager, Bud Black, another Mike Scioscia disciple, and leading candidate for the NL Manager of the Year award, is signed through 2015. Scioscia is signed through 2018, although he does have an option to opt-out after the 2015 season.
That leaves the Dodgers (and possibly the Diamondbacks) as a future home for Maddon. LA just promoted Don Mattingly to replace Joe Torre, giving Donnie Baseball a three-year deal. So Mattingly will have at least two seasons to prove his worth.
And if Mattingly fails? Look for Maddon to be named manager of the Dodgers after the 2012 season.
In other words, as Rays fans, we better not get too comfortable with Maddon as the Rays manager. His loyalties lay elsewhere.