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Division Series - Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Three Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Times has an article on Joe Maddon’s second year in Chicago. While his exit from the Rays was fairly frustrating for fans, his tenure here was one of the most successful in Tampa/St Pete sports history.

Maddon’s role in building a new culture and a new era for Tampa Bay baseball will always be something worth remembering fondly. This year’s managing shenanigans has only made me long for the days of Merlot Joe’s much more fun shenanigans.