Per Marc Topkin, Rays baseball president Matt Silverman says there is no scenario where Joe Maddon doesn’t manage Tampa Bay in 2015, “Joe’s our manager,” Silverman was quoted as saying. “I see him here this year, and I see him here for many more years.’
I wrote earlier about the move of Andrew Friedman to the Los Angeles Dodgers: http://tampabayrays.co/breaking-andrew-friedman-leaving-the-rays-for-the-los-angeles-dodgers/
Below are a handful of updates following the 5:30 press conference. All of the hyphenated items come courtesy of Marc Topkin. We’re working hard to find audio of the press conference.
—Sternberg said he has always considered Silverman the top choice to take over if Friedman ever left, that he is “absolutely the right person.”
—Silverman said they will maintain the same basic philosophy, but there will be some new ideas they will incorporate as well.
—Sternberg said Friedman won’t be taking anyone from baseball ops with him.
—Silverman said it was “a very difficult day” for him in seeing Friedman leave, but he was confident they would return to their winning ways.
—Silverman said he has no plans to hire a GM or a senior adviser, and also that he doesn’t expect to be in the job for 10 years, as Friedman nearly was. Expect expanded roles for assistants Chaim Bloom and Erik Neader.
—Sternberg said Auld will get involved in stadium talks “when and if they progress.”
—While there has been considerable speculation about the future of Rays manager Joe Maddon, who is under team control through the 2015 season.
Per Marc Topkin, Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times he isn’t looking to go anywhere and is “positive” there will be talks on an extension.
I’m a Ray, I’ve said it all along, I want to continue to be one,” Maddon said. “I still believe … it’s the best place in all of baseball to work but I also stand by fact that ballpark needs to be improved.”
Maddon mentioned that there is “no rush” to get an extension done, and he wants to give the revised front office time to get comfortable.
President and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Stan Kasten told Los Angeles media that he expects Don Mattingly to remain their manager for the upcoming season.