By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: October 24th, 2014 at 12:52 pm EST
The Tampa Bay Rays continue to take a hit to their baseball team. First, General Manager Andrew Friedman left to take over the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball operations.
Now, manager Joe Maddon has decided to leave, as well, via his opt-out clause in his contract. With this news, he will immediately become the top managerial candidate available on the market.
A little over a week ago, Maddon said that he would stay after Friedman left. He had to have a change of heart once his contract extension talks fell apart with the team.
There’s already speculation that Maddon will become the Los Angeles Dodgers manager. However, Friedman said once he took over, said that Don Mattingly will be the team’s manager next season.
With Rays now looking for a replacement, the team is expected to have Dave Martinez as their top candidate. He has been the team’s bench coach since being hired in October 2007.
The 60-year-old Maddon has been the Rays manager since 2006. In the 9-years with the team, he had a 754-705 record for a .517 win percentage. He had a 2.9 finish in the American League East.
He also had a 13-17 record. In 2008, the Rays won the American League Pennant, before losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.
As the Rays manager, he received the American League Manager of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
Prior to becoming the Rays manager, he served two short-lived tenured with the California/Anaheim Angels team in 1996 and 1999. He went 27-24 with a .529 win percentage.