Joe Maddon

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The 2013 Major League Baseball season will be Joe Maddon’s 39th in professional baseball.

This past offseason, Maddon signed a three-year contract extension that will have him managing the Rays through 2015. Prior to joining the Rays on November 15, 2005, Maddon had spent his entire professional baseball career in the Los Angeles Angels organization.

In 2011, Maddon was named the American League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA for the second time. He had previously earned the honor in 2008 when he led the Rays to the AL pennant and the organization’s first ever winning season (97-65).

Maddon has managed more games than any other manager in Rays history and has a 368-280 (.568) record since the start of 2008.

Off the field, Maddon has hosted his annual Thanksmas event for the past six years at Salvation Army Shelters in the Tampa Bay area. Each year, Maddon prepares a traditional Italian/Polish holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens in the Tampa Bay region. The event has served approximately 5,000 individuals in need and provided many of them with clothing and shoes. Last December, Maddon also introduced his Hazleton Integration Project (HIP), created to help develop and maintain an atmosphere that will serve to unify the varied cultures of his hometown Hazleton, Pa.

You can follow Maddon on Twitter at @RaysJoeMaddon.