The Rays Confidence Graph is a look at how much confidence Rays fans have in the Tampa Bay Rays. The graph is designed to give us a look at how our emotional bias as Rays fans fluctuates through time. The “confidence” in the team is an inexact measure of how fans feel about the team’s current strength as well as how much confidence fans have in Joe Maddon and the franchise for the next 3-4 years…

Notes on the graph…

  • Just prior to the playoffs, confidence in the 2010 Rays was 9.0. As we now look towards 2011, confidence has fallen all the way to 6.8. The most common response was “7” at 32.0%.
  • Confidence in the future went from 7.3 to 8.1. The most common response was “8” at 33.8%.
  • Confidence in Joe Maddon went from 7.5 to 7.9. The most common response was “8” at 28.3%.
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  1. Indiana Rays Boy says:

    "Joe Maddon confidence level from 7.5 to 7.9." I don't get it. Even though the Rays have been to the playoffs 2 out of the last 3 seasons in spite of Joe Maddon being the manager. People don't realize that he was the main reason why they lost in the 1st round to the Rangers. Recap, .247 BA as a team with that ridiculous hitting coach with his "Get the Man In" T-Shirt make me want to throw up. Also, they got no-hit not once but twice in a one month span. Sabermatrics lineups and activate Baldelli instead of Aybar on the playoff roster, starting Jennings in the playoffs with minimal playing time in September and Shoppach starting Game 1,2 and Game 5 gives my confidence level of Maddon a 6. And nothing is worse than road trip themes that shamlessly promotes himself thinking that he is more important than the team.

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    • JMS says:

      Amen Indiana, Amen!

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      • Indiana Rays Boy says:

        Also, he sets team records (and MLB) which aren't good ones. Example, the offense got no-hit three times in a one year span. That is an embarrassment. The Cubs with their 102 years of futility, they have the longest streak without getting no-hit and the worse part, they had a lot of bad managers and they haven't witness an offense getting no-hit to the comaprsion under Maddon's tenure. I am sorry, I am one of the few die hard fans that don't like Maddon as a manager. One day, I hope I want to see Dave Martinez managing the Rays. If I hear any national media that says "Joe Maddon is one of the best managers in game because he is innovative and few creative ways to win", I am going to bash the TV set; I cringe when I hear that. My manager list is: 1. LaRussa 2. Scioscia 3. Francona 4. Gardenhire 5. Girardi 5. Leyland 6. Bochy 7. Guillen 8. C Manuel 9. Baker 10. Washington 11. Hurdle 12. Washington. Maddon belongs in the ranks of Ned Yost, Jim Tracy, Jim Riggleman, Manny Acta, Eric Wedge and Fredi Gonzalez; average to mediocre managers.

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        • Sarah says:

          Indiana, I have no dog in this fight (neither love nor hate Maddon), but to say that you are one of the few fans who doesn't like Maddon seems far from the truth. Most comments I read on this and other blogs are very critical of Maddon. You are hardly unique in this regard. Listen, maybe you are right...but on what basis can you conclude that Dave Martinez would be better? Are the few games or random innings he's managed in Maddon's absence really a large enough sample size to judge?

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          • Indiana Rays Boy says:

            Dave Martinez would be a good manager someday whether he manages the Rays or goes elsewhere. Plus, he played the game for 15 years and utilizes his knowledge of the game and brings a huge presence as a bench coach (same goes for Joey Cora in Chicago). Dave Martinez is well liked with his players and is a very good communicator with his fellow coaching staff. The national media praises him as one of the best managers of the games without a clear cut answer to support their case other than he brings the team together. It is like saying a state Senator would be great president because would change the country around.

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  2. Indiana Rays Boy says:

    Dave Martinez would be a good manager someday whether he manages the Rays or goes elsewhere. Plus, he played the game for 15 years and utilizes his knowledge of the game and brings a huge presence as a bench coach (same goes for Joey Cora in Chicago). Dave Martinez is well liked with his players and is a very good communicator with his fellow coaching staff. The national media praises Maddon as one of the best managers of the game without a clear cut answer to support their case other than he brings the team together; you can say that the same thing for any coach or manager whether he is great or horrible. It is like saying a state Senator would be great president because would change the country around.

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