- Joe hosted Thanksmas for the eighth consecutive year this past Dec. 16-18 at Salvation Army Shelters in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton and the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater…as he does for every Thanksmas, Maddon prepared a traditional Italian/Polish holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens in the Tampa Bay region…Maddon purchases the food and with the help of Rays coaches and employees, cooks and serves the meals…over the eight years, Maddon's Thanksmas has served approximately 7,000 individuals in need and provided many with clothing, shoes and in 2013, scarves…this winter each of the shelters received $4,000…for more info visit joesthanksmas.com.
- In June, Joe and local restaurateur Michael Stewart will open Ava, a South Tampa restaurant of Italian-inspired cuisine.
- In Dec. 2011, Maddon introduced his Hazleton Integration Project (HIP), created to help develop and maintain an atmosphere that will serve to unify the varied cultures of his Hazleton, Pa., hometown…in June 2013, HIP opened its Hazleton Community One Center… since then more than 1,000 people (mostly children) from the Hazleton area signed up for a variety of classes and activities…the center features over 30 programs as diverse as basketball camps, archery lessons, arts and crafts, guitar instruction and family yoga…Joe has worked closely with the Board of Directors of HIP to ensure the Center will be able to serve the needs of the economically disadvantaged children while promoting respect and acceptance for all the area's ethnic populations.
- Joe has more than 140,000 followers on his active Twitter account…during the 2013 season Joe gave away "Friend-o-Rays" T-shirts to fans who sent him the best inspirational messages via Twitter.
- Joe purchased a 40-foot RV in 2013 and plans to spend the seven weeks of 2014 spring training living in it.
- Maddon has instituted themed dress trips when the Rays go on the road…they have had 28 such trips in eight years, including five in 2013.
- With Maddon taking the lead, Rays players, coaches and front office staff have shaved their heads during each of the last two springs as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation…they will do so again on March 16.
- For the second consecutive year, Maddon held "American Legion Week," Aug. 26-29, 2013 during the Angels series at Tropicana Field…said Joe: "We call it 'American Legion' to keep things loose. Most of us played Legion ball at some point, when we showed up 10 minutes before game time. We didn't need BP back then, just stretch and go. I wanted to give the guys a rest and get them off their feet." …the Rays hung the banner from Tampa Post 182 in the clubhouse during the series and the Rays treated members of the post to a night of free beer, pickled eggs and bar sausages.
- In his eighth season, the two-time AL Manager of the Year led the Rays to the postseason for the third time in the last four seasons and the fourth time in the last six…only one other active manager has advanced to the postseason four times in the last six seasons: NYY Joe Girardi.
- Became one of only four managers in major league history to go to the postseason four or more times and not play in the major leagues, joining Hall of Famers Joe McCarthy (nine times) and Earl Weaver (six) and recently retired Jim Leyland (eight).
- Also led the Rays to their sixth consecutive winning season, the only six such seasons in club history…is one of only two managers to post winning records in each of the last six seasons, joining NYY Joe Girardi…only three other active managers have ever had six straight winning seasons: Girardi, Terry Francona and Mike Scioscia.
- Among the three major sports franchises in Tampa Bay history -- the Rays, NFL's Buccaneers and NHL's Lightning -- Maddon is the only coach/manager to record more than four consecutive winning seasons.
- The Rays reached 90 wins for the fifth time in the last six years and for the fourth straight season…the only other major league team to win 90 games in each of the past four seasons is the Rangers…only two other active managers have ever won 90 games in four straight seasons: Girardi with NYY and Ron Washington with TEX.
- Only two current major league managers have been at their posts longer: Mike Scioscia (14 seasons with LAA) and Ron Gardenhire (12 with MIN).
- Finished fifth in the BBWAA balloting for 2013 AL Manager of the Year…it was the fifth time in the last six years he has finished in the top five in the Manager of the Year balloting…no other manager in either league can make that claim…has also received more combined voting points in the balloting than any other major league manager over the last six years…has amassed 331 combined points in the 5-3-1 tabulation system…won the award in 2008 and 2011, finished third in 2010 and fourth in 2012…is one of 14 managers all-time and four active to be named BBWAA Manager of the Year two or more times, joining Mike Scioscia, Buck Showalter and Bob Melvin.
- Has been ejected a franchise-record 32 times in his career, including five times in 2013.
- Used nine pitchers in the Rays 3-1 loss to Boston in Game 4 of the 2013 ALDS, a major league record for a nine-inning postseason game.
- Became the fourth manager in Rays history on Nov 15, 2005 and has a record of 677-620 (.522)…the Rays were 518-775 (.401) prior to Maddon's arrival…he also led the AL to a 4-3 win in the 80th All-Star Game at St. Louis on July 14, 2009…overall is 696-630 (.525) in his career, including an interim stint with the Angels in 1999 (19-10).
- Joe signed a three-year contract extension on Feb. 15, 2012 that runs through the 2015 season…at that time, Joe will be the longest-tenured manager/head coach in Tampa Bay sports history, surpassing the Bucs' John McKay (1976-84)…Joe now resides in McKay's former residence in Tampa.
- Won the BBWAA Manager of the Year in 2008 and 2011 with two of the top three highest vote totals in the history of the AL Manager of the Year voting…received 26 of 28 first-place votes on the AL ballot in 2011 and garnered 27 first-place votes in 2008, tying the record set by MIN Tom Kelly in 1991…was one vote shy of becoming the first AL or NL manager to win the award unanimously since the BBWAA first presented the award in 1983…became just the fourth manager to finish one vote shy of being a unanimous choice, joining Kelly, CHC Don Zimmer in 1989 (23 of 24) and MTL Felipe Alou in 1994 (27 of 28)…Maddon was first on 27 ballots and second on one for a total of 138 points.
- In June 2012, was voted as the smartest manager in baseball in a poll of 100 major league managers conducted by Men's Journal.
- Was the overwhelming choice as the majors' most underrated manager in Sports Illustrated's 2012 poll of big leaguers.
- In 2012, ESPN's Ultimate Team Rankings selected the Rays No. 5 in Coaching (strength of on-field leadership) among the 122 MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA teams and No. 1 in baseball…only the San Antonio Spurs, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Boston Celtics rated higher.
- In June 2012, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission named him the Tampa Bay area philanthropic player or coach of the year.
- In Nov. 2012, he received the Ted Williams Award from the Pediatric Cancer Foundation for making a difference in the community.
- In Aug. 2011, Sports Illustrated released a poll of 291 major leaguers who voted Maddon as the manager they would most like to play for.
- In 2010, led the Rays to an AL-high 96 wins and their second AL East championship.
- Led the Rays to the 2008 AL pennant and their first-ever winning season (97-65)…shattered the club record for wins by 27…Rays previous club high was 70 in 2004…Rays improved 31 games over 2007, which remains the third-largest improvement in AL history…the Rays became the second team in major league history, joining the 1991 Braves, to go to the postseason the year after finishing with the majors' worst record.
- On Aug. 17, 2008 at TEX, he became the first AL manager in 107 years to order an intentional walk with the bases loaded when he had Grant Balfour walk Josh Hamilton with two outs in the ninth inning and the Rays leading 7-3…the strategy worked as Dan Wheeler came on to retire Marlon Byrd and preserve the 7-4 win…the last AL manager to do it was CWS Clark Griffith as pitcher-manager on May 23, 1901.
- In three straight wins vs. the Tigers, July 27-29, 2010, Maddon walked Miguel Cabrera to load the bases with two out in the seventh inning and the Rays holding a one-run lead…and in all three games, the Rays retired Brennan Boesch to end the inning.
- Prior to joining the Rays he spent all 31 years of his professional baseball career in the Angels org., including the last 12 on the ML staff.
- Served as the Angels bench coach for most of his final 10 seasons in Anaheim including the last six (2000-05) under Manager Mike Scioscia while the team went 520-452 (.535)…the Angels went to the postseason three times and won the World Series in 2002.
- Spent 12 years at the minor league level as a manager or instructor before his promotion to the Angels major league staff as bullpen coach on May 17, 1994…began that season as the Angels director of player development and was in his third year as the club's minor league field coordinator before the promotion.
- Moved to first base coach in 1995 and in 1996 served as bench coach, first base coach and interim manager when John McNamara, then interim skipper, was sidelined with deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) in his right calf…posted an 8-14 record.
- Replaced Terry Collins as skipper in 1999 after Collins resigned on Sept. 3…posted a 19-10 record as the interim manager…also replaced Collins in 1998 when the Angels manager was suspended eight games due to bench-clearing incidents on June 2 at KC.
- Began his managerial career with Class A Idaho Falls in 1981…earned Northwest League Manager of the Year the following season when he guided the Class A Salem Angels to the league championship…returned to Salem in 1983 before moving on to Class A Peoria in 1984…managed the next two seasons (1985-86) at Double-A Midland of the Texas League…served as the organization's roving hitting instructor from 1987-93.
- Was signed by the Angels as a free agent catcher in 1975.
- Played for Class A affiliates in Quad Cities (1976), Salinas (1977-78) and Santa Clara before moving to scouting and managing.
PERSONAL & MISC.
- Received his honorary degree from Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.) on Sept. 2, 2010…was inducted into Lafayette's Hall of Fame in Nov. 2009…played three years of varsity baseball and one season of freshman football…was recruited by Lafayette as a shortstop and pitcher but switched to catcher midway through his freshman season when he volunteered despite having never caught before.
- On May 12, 2009 was honored at the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives…the House unanimously voted in favor of H.R. 303 highlighting Maddon's accomplishments on the baseball diamond and his continued ties to his hometown of Hazleton, Pa. …Hazleton (population: 25,000) is located approximately 80 miles north of Philadelphia.
- A lifelong St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals fan, one of Joe's most prized possessions is a framed Maddon No. 70 Cardinals football jersey hanging in his office…he also has a Jackie Robinson framed poster in his office that hung in the visiting manager's office at old Yankee Stadium for many years.
- An avid cyclist, Joe bikes anywhere from 60 to 100 miles per week.
- The son of an Italian dad, Joe Sr. (who shortened the family name from Maddoni), and a Polish mom, Albina (Beanie), Maddon grew up in an apartment over his dad's plumbing shop.
- Joe Sr. passed away in 2002, six months before the Angels won the World Series with Maddon as bench coach.
- Beanie, 80, is still a waitress at the Third Base Dugout restaurant in Hazleton.
- Is also a connoisseur of fine wines…his favorites include Justin Isosceles from Paso Robles, Calif., Spring Valley Vineyards "Uriah" from Walla Walla, Wash., and Silver Oak from the Napa Valley.
- Has two grown children, Sarah and Joey, and four grandchildren, Tyler (13), Coral Ray (9), Tre (3) and Giuseppe Ennio (born in July 2013).
- Joe married Jaye Sousoures on Nov. 8, 2008, 10 days after the World Series ended.
- Wears a bracelet from the John Challis Courage for Life Foundation…a native of Beaver County, Pa., John was 18 years old when he passed away from cancer in Aug. 2008…the two formed a bond when they met at Pittsburgh's PNC Park prior to a Rays-Pirates game three months earlier.