Joe Maddon has done one of the most remarkable managerial jobs in recent baseball history in his time with the Tampa Bay Rays. He's won AL Manager of the Year twice, been to one World Series, and has consistently put a 90-win club on the field despite having one of the league's lowest payrolls and some of the league's worst support.
In the process, he's staked his claim on the title of "greatest manager in baseball."
Now, he's a free agent after he suddenly decided on Friday to opt out of his contract and void an option for the 2015 season, a week after the Texas Rangers officially announced Jeff Banister as their new manager. With all due respect to Banister, it hurts to miss that one.
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Anyway, while the Rangers missed out on the golden opportunity, their former bench coach and interim manager might have a great chance of his own.
That's right, don't be shocked if Tim Bogar replaces his former mentor in Tampa Bay, where Bogar served as a coach on Maddon's staff before heading off to Boston. Bogar is still searching for a job, and you'd have to think he holds a high place in the heart of the Rays' front office, who knows what a great thing it had in Maddon.
Things didn't work out as planned for Bogar in Arlington, but they might end up well for him.