Joe Girardi Says Rays Pitchers Aren't Good Enough To Safely Pitch Inside

The race for third place in the AL East is a snippy one, with the Ray's honoring Derek Jeter before last night's game, then clipping him with a fastball in on the hands. Afterward Joe Girardi blasted the Rays for hitting so many Yankees batters recently, but with a twist: instead of accusing them of doing it… » 9/17/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

Joe Maddon Calls In Medicine Man To Fix The Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have the worst record in a professional sports league that includes the New York Mets, The Chicago Cubs, and the Houston Astros. Forget outside the box, they need to get as far away from it as humanly possible to think themselves out of this mess. Joe Maddon bringing in a Seminole medicine man is a… » 6/09/14 7:59pm 6/09/14 7:59pm

What The Heck Was Joe Maddon Doing Last Night?

If he were anyone else (and the box score looks like a Tony La Russa special), the Rays manager would be getting flayed this morning. But everybody loves Joe Maddon, and his magnum opus of overmanaging in the Rays' 5-4 win over Boston somehow came back around to directly stave off elimination. That doesn't mean we… » 10/08/13 9:20am 10/08/13 9:20am

"My Pitcher Is Terrible, My Bullpen Can't Get Anybody Out": What…

For a sport with so many supposed "unwritten rules," baseball sure has a lot of written ones. But the official rulebook is much like the U.S. Constitution: remarkably broad, and designed to allow arbiters to interpret what's in there. One instance that allows for wide latitude is what constitutes an ejectable offense.… » 12/17/12 12:40pm 12/17/12 12:40pm

Joe Maddon Vs. Davey Johnson Is A Great Old Man Fight

"The most boring ejection in baseball history?" No way, man. Davey Johnson and Joe Maddon, two feisty and erudite managers representing the oldest of old and newest of new schools, have moved into their second day of sniping after Johnson alerted the umps to some pine tar on Joel Peralta's glove. These are angry men,… » 6/20/12 7:10pm 6/20/12 7:10pm

Here's The Rays' 1979 "Throwback" Jersey

Joe Maddon, you're a damn good sport. (Except when you're calling out the Nationals for a "pussy move" when they bring attention to Joel Peralta's sticky, dripping glove.) Any one of your players could have been the model for the 1979 Rays jersey that never was, but you stepped up and threw on that powder blue like a… » 6/20/12 4:25pm 6/20/12 4:25pm

The Rays Need To Upgrade Their Bullpen Phone Plan

Joe Maddon had some instructions for his bullpen, but the landline call at Marlins Park just wouldn't go through. He couldn't use a carrier pigeon, and he couldn't send a telegram, so Maddon improvised as best he could: He dispatched infielder Will Rhymes to deliver the message. The human element beats the 19th… » 6/11/12 10:35am 6/11/12 10:35am