Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Maddon AL Manager of the Year

By JC De La Torre

Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon has won the American League Manager of the Year award given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Maddon earned 27 of 28 1st place votes (the other vote went to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire). Maddon, of course, led Tampa Bay to their first American League pennant, winning the rugged American League East in the process and proving to the community, the players, and the rest of baseball that the Rays can compete in the American League East with the likes of the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays.

Maddon is on his honeymoon in Rome, but took a moment to comment on the award, "It's truly an honor," he said on a conference call with the national media, "To me it means that we did a pretty good job obviously, that things are definitely moving in the right direction. Getting to the playoffs, getting to the World Series - my goodness, nobody thought we'd get to the World Series. To accomplish what we did, for me, personally - the award caps it all off."

The Tampa Bay Sports Blog extends our congrats to Joe Maddon.

JC De La Torre is an author of Science Fiction/Fantasy and other realms of Speculative Fiction - check out his latest works at JC

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