01. Players

  • Joe Maddon and the Departure of a Franchise Face

    Joe Maddon and the Departure of a Franchise Face

    October 28, 2014 at 9:12 am 10 comments

    Very few franchises are defined by their manager. Managers are more or less second-guessed dugout dwellers whose job it is to write the lineup card and push the right bullpen buttons. Joe Maddon was more than that. Like Casey Stengel for the 1962 Mets, Maddon was the face of the […]

     
  • Theo Epstein Meets With Joe Maddon And Other Rumors

    Theo Epstein Meets With Joe Maddon And Other Rumors

    October 27, 2014 at 11:51 am 14 comments

    Joe Maddon is in a unique situation rarely seen in sports in which a coach or manager has become a free agent on his own terms. In almost every other situation, a coach or manager remains with his team until something bad happens and he is fired. Early on, it […]

     
  • The Rays Told Joe Maddon About The Opt-Out Clause Which May Have Been A Genius Move

    The Rays Told Joe Maddon About The Opt-Out Clause Which May Have Been A Genius Move

    October 25, 2014 at 11:01 am 26 comments

    When news of Joe Maddon exercising his opt-out clause and leaving the Rays first broke, it seemed pretty clear what happened and that it was Maddon pulling the levers. The scenario may have played out something like this: The two sides talked about a new contract. Maddon wanted $5-6 million […]

     
  • Why Dave Martinez May Not Be The Manager Of The Rays In 2015

    Why Dave Martinez May Not Be The Manager Of The Rays In 2015

    October 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm 13 comments

    Back in September when we discussed the possibility of Joe Maddon not managing the Rays in 2015, the uneasiness of the thought was muted a bit because we knew the Rays have Dave Martinez waiting in the wings and nobody knows the ways of Maddon better than Martinez. But while […]

     
  • Joe Maddon Is Not Going To Dodgers, Is Expecting ’4-5 Legit Suitors’

    Joe Maddon Is Not Going To Dodgers, Is Expecting ’4-5 Legit Suitors’

    October 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm 6 comments

    Joe Maddon is no longer the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. It will take a while for that to sink in especially because it appears that Maddon doesn’t have a job lined up. The obvious speculation at first was the Los Angeles Dodgers where Andrew Friedman recently became the […]

     
  • Andrew Friedman Got A Record Contract And His First Taste Of How Things Will Be Different In LA

    Andrew Friedman Got A Record Contract And His First Taste Of How Things Will Be Different In LA

    October 24, 2014 at 9:40 am 1 comment

    Well, we knew the Los Angeles Dodgers threw a lot of money at Andrew Friedman to entice him to leave the Rays. Now we know exactly how much and it is a record. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Friedman’s contract with the Dodgers is 5-years and he will make […]

     
  • Odds And Ends: The Most Worrisome Aspect Of Andrew Friedman’s Departure

    Odds And Ends: The Most Worrisome Aspect Of Andrew Friedman’s Departure

    October 21, 2014 at 10:57 am 6 comments

    Before we get to the rest of the links, the Rays have announced that Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander have been promoted to Vice President, Baseball Operations thus presumably completing the front office shake-up following the departure of Andrew Friedman. The most important aspect of these moves is that the […]

     
  • Andrew Friedman Says Don Mattingly Will ‘Definitely’ Manage The Dodgers In 2015

    Andrew Friedman Says Don Mattingly Will ‘Definitely’ Manage The Dodgers In 2015

    October 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm 1 comment

    Andrew Friedman was introduced to the media today as the Dodgers president of baseball operations. During the press conference, Friedman was asked about the future of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Friedman’s answer put to rest the idea that Joe Maddon will follow Friedman to the Dodgers, at least for now. […]

     
  • There Is Hope That Joe Maddon Won’t Follow Andrew Friedman To The Dodgers

    There Is Hope That Joe Maddon Won’t Follow Andrew Friedman To The Dodgers

    October 15, 2014 at 11:17 am 11 comments

    It’s the next day and it wasn’t a bad dream. Andrew Friedman is now the president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now Rays fans are worried that Joe Maddon will join him and there are plenty of reasons why we should not be surprised if it does […]

     
  • Andrew Friedman Leaves Rays To Join The Dodgers

    Andrew Friedman Leaves Rays To Join The Dodgers

    October 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm 19 comments

    In a move that will come as a shock to many, the Rays have announced that Andrew Friedman is leaving the Tampa Bay Rays. He will join the Los Angeles Dodgers as head of baseball operations according to several reports. Matt Silverman will take over as the head of baseball […]