Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays @ Tigers: Maddon one win shy of 500 as Rays skipper
Posted Apr 12, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM
DETROIT Joe Maddon is one win shy of 500 victories as manager of the Rays.
“I don’t even pay attention to that stuff,” Maddon said before today’s game with the Tigers at Comerica Park. “It’s significant in the sense that it means we’ve gotten pretty good over the last couple of years. Managers’ records are really dependant upon how good your players are, and our players have gotten significantly better the last couple of years, and I just happen to be the steward at that time. It’s cool, it’s great but I really don’t think about things like that.”
Maddon said he wasn’t focused on win totals when he took over the hapless Rays in 2006. He was just looking for wins, period.
“I had no visual expectations, mental expectations about what that number would ever be,” he said. “I knew when I came here it would take a while to flip it, and then after that the goal would be to get to the World Series. We’ve gotten there. Now we got to get there and win it. I’m into numbers, yeah, and I really appreciate what other people do, but I’ve never been motivated by things like that. It just indicates that we’ve gotten a lot better.”
Maddon won his first game on April 3, 2006 in Baltimore. His 100th win game July 29, 2007 against Boston.
“Yeah, that was a tough time,” he said. “That was a tough time.”
Maddon will join Charlie Manuel of the Phillies, Mike Scioscia of the Angels, Ron Gardenhire of the Twins and Jim Leyland of the Tigers as the only current managers to win at least 500 games with their current clubs.
Here are today’s lineups:
Smyly LHP (major league debut)