Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon '76 Returns to Campus

Go Leopards! Tampa Bay Rays manager and Lafayette alum Joe Maddon speaks to the Lafayette baseball team.
Tampa Bay Rays manager and Lafayette alum Joe Maddon speaks to the Lafayette baseball team.

Dec. 15, 2009

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EASTON, Pa. - Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon '76 returned to campus Dec. 11, after his recent induction into the Lafayette Maroon Club Hall of Fame. A reception was held in the Pfenning Alumni Center to honor Maddon, who was joined by many former Lafayette baseball teammates, as well as other Lafayette baseball alums. Maddon was presented with a framed picture of his playing days at Lafayette and a framed jersey. He also took time to speak to the current Lafayette baseball team.

A baseball standout and catcher at Lafayette, Maddon played three years of baseball under Norm Gigon and helped the Leopards to a 49-28 record during that span. Initially recruited to play football, Maddon played one season as a quarterback on the team. In his final game, he completed 14 of 17 passes for four touchdowns in a win over Lehigh. Following his tenure at Lafayette, Maddon spent four seasons as a catcher in the Anaheim Angels' minor league system. After his playing career ended, he remained with the organization in several roles, including minor league manager and bench coach for the Angels, who advanced to the postseason three times and captured the 2002 World Series title.

His greatest success came after being named the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2005. He led his 2008 Rays squad to their first-ever postseason and World Series appearances en route to being named the unanimous selection for American League Manager of the Year. Maddon recently had his contract extended through the 2012 season.

 

 

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