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Maddon voted most popular manager

Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:06 pm
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By Matt Snyder

As long as you aren't an umpire drawing his ire, Rays manager Joe Maddon seems like a pretty likable guy. A poll by SI.com of 291 major-league players backs up such an assertion as well, as Maddon was voted the most popular manager in baseball. He reportedly received roughly 14 percent of the vote, which comes to 41 votes.

In typical Maddon fashion, he tried to avoid taking much of the credit.

"My first response is it's really a humbling thought," he said (TampaBay.com). "The second one is that it means we're doing a lot of things right here … and I want to emphasize the word we there."

Red Sox skipper Terry Francona was a very close second with 12 percent of the vote. SI.com listed the top 15 (of 30 total teams), and here they are, in order:

3. Jim Leyland, Tigers
4. Mike Scioscia, Angels
5. Dusty Baker, Reds
6. Ozzie Guillen, White Sox
7. Joe Girardi, Yankees
8. Tony La Russa, Cardinals
9. Ron Gardenhire, Twins
10. Bud Black, Padres
11. Charlie Manuel, Phillies
12. Ron Washington, Rangers
13. Jim Tracy, Rockies
14. Bruce Bochy, Giants
15. Don Mattingly, Dodgers

Keep in mind, the players weren't asked to rank the managers, just to pick one. So some managers could have been the second most liked by many players and not gotten many votes.

Hat-Tip: Hardball Talk

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Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:54 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Maddon voted most popular manager

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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Maddon voted most popular manager

he called for 5 infielders during a World Series game against the Phillies, one of the dumbest, unorthodox managerial decisions in baseball history
Actually it was exactly what he should have done. It was a tie ball game in the bottom of the 9th and Philly had a man on 3rd. Whether he had 2 or 3 or 20 outfielders would not have mattered a bit. If the ball went into the outfield the game was over. A 5-man infield reduces the chance that the ball squeeks through on a line drive. It just so happened that it was a grounder to Longoria who then threw the ball over the head of Navarro. Did the 5-man infield work? No. Did it hurt them? No. Did it give them a better chance of preventing the run... Yes.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:59 am
 

Maddon voted most popular manager

We are talking Baseball. So my 2 W.S. rings(Blue Jays) to your 0. Crawl back down the stairs to your moms basement and try to come up with something else.



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:16 am
 

Maddon voted most popular manager

What shocks me is Jim Leyland being that high. The year he spent in Colorado seemed like an eternity. He admitted his heart wasn't in it but how fair was that to the players or the fans? That was the worst year I have ever spent watching baseball if you can imagine having a manager who didn't care what he did. The owners were so excited when they landed him but the only thing tangible he left here was the stench of his cigars.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:01 pm
 

Maddon voted most popular manager

where is Quade!! 




Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Maddon voted most popular manager

I'm a sports fan that lives in Tampa, I usto be a sports fan that lived in NY... the biggest difference between a Yankees game and a Rays game is the amount of corporate attendence. If you go through shear numbers of single family fans at games, i bet you all markets are relatively the same. over 75% of people at yankees games are there in conducting business, from bankers to stock brokers.




Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Maddon voted most popular manager

come on, tampa is a joke of a baseball town, your attendance is embarrassing. 



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Maddon voted most popular manager

A dumb a** Falcons fan taking a poke at the Rays. How many Super Bowls have the shi**ybirds won??


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