Yesterday, we linked to a report from Bill Madden of the New York Daily News that said among other things, that many in the Rays organization had a problem with Rafael Soriano and referenced a “hissy fit” Soriano allegedly threw during game 5 of the ALDS.

Roger Mooney spoke with Joe Maddon who denies he ever had a problem with Soriano, and says he is unaware of Soriano getting upset during the ALDS.

Of course, we wouldn’t expect JoeMa to say any different, but we also have no reason to think he is lying. So we have a he-said, tabloid-said situation. Who you got?

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  1. Geesh... I go out of town for a couple of days only to find out MFIKY's throwing hissy fits during playoff games. Wow.. welcome to NY, MFIKY.. you're going to have to earn your jack. LOL

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  2. Deadeye says:

    I never believed the story. It was old news anyways.

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  3. Mike says:

    I was at the game, and didn't see Soriano do anything that would indicate he had a problem. I remember watching the pen to see who would be coming in because I didn't know if they would use MFIKY or not. When he got up he looked the same as always.

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  4. Don says:

    Well at least the NY media has enough imagination to make up good conversation material, the duds we have only report "sure things",
    which makes baseball reporting close to car racing....no wrecks....so now what?

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    • Razzlegator says:

      I called Topper out on his site to comment on that hacks story. As usual there was no comment. I give Mooney credit for at least addressing the subject. Topper is afraid his hot dog source will be cut off if he oversteps his bounds.

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  5. Greg says:

    The Soriano story has the air of coming from a low-level employee that blew it out of proportion. Soriano doesn't seem like a very friendly sort, so it could have been as simple as alienating a clubhouse gopher who took a minor event and made it out to be bigger than it was. With the media coverage in the playoffs, I think this would have been caught if it was anything big. I imagine Soriano was as upset as anyone when we were on the verge on losing the series to Texas, being down in the 5th game.

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  6. James says:

    Yeah, from what I remember reading during the season, they actually had a pretty good relationship. Maddon always shared his post-game wine with Soriano. This is just a load of crap.

    http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/tampa-bay-rays-closer-rafael-soriano-is-all-business-on-the-mound/1102337

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