Former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon didn’t forget how to manage once he left Tropicana Field.
In his first year with the Chicago Cubs, Maddon was named National League Manager of the Year. It was Maddon’s third Manager of the Year award, but his first in the National League.
Maddon won the American League Manager of the Year with the Rays in 2008 and 2011.
Maddon is the seventh manager to win the award three times, and the seventh to win it both leagues. A year ago, Maddon slumped to 77-85 with the Rays. After general manager Andrew Friedman left for the Dodgers, Maddon used a clause in his contract that allowed his release and went to the Cubs.
The Cubs won their Wild Card game against the Pirates this season and the division series against the Cardinals, but lost the National League championship series against the New York Mets.