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Maddon back for 2 years
Rays will pick up option on perpetually positive manager.
By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer
Published September 8, 2007
Manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays watches the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
ST. PETERSBURG - Joe Maddon will remain manager of the Devil Rays.
Team officials are expected to make official today what they have been hinting for weeks, that they will pick up a two-year option that keeps Maddon under contract through 2009.
Maddon, 53, has a two-year record of 119-183 (.394, going into play Friday), but Rays officials have said they are pleased with direction of the team and the progress players have made.
"Depending on where we are in the time line, wins and losses are still the ultimate barometer, but it wasn't the ultimate barometer when Joe started this, and while it's still paramount in what we're trying to do, it's about the preparation for the success that we expect to have happen in the near future," principal owner Stuart Sternberg said earlier this month.
The Rays had until Sept. 30 to make the announcement but will do so today so the players know their plans. Some changes are expected on the coaching staff.