Joe Maddon, from Hazelton, Pennsylvania is now the former manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, sources reported early Friday afternoon.
Maddon unexpectedly opted out of his contract with the Rays to explore other management opportunities for the 2015 season, according to his agent Alan Nero. Maddon is the second asset to depart the Rays over the past few weeks, as the team lost long-time GM Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers on October 14th.
There has been speculation that Maddon would follow Friedman to the Dodgers organization, however, this rumor has been said to be “not true”. The question remains; where will Maddon end up for the 2015 season? Would Maddon bring some excitement to Philadelphia?