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Davey Johnson: Joe Maddon is a ‘weird wuss’

When Davey Johnson brought Joel Peralta’s cheating ways to the umpiring crew’s attention on Tuesday, Joe Maddon was not happy. Maddon’s argument was basically that everyone does it, and Peralta even used to pitch for the Nationals. Maddon went as far as to call the Nationals manager “cowardly” for making a big deal over it.

Johnson said there are small rule violations and then there is going overboard. As far as Maddon calling him a coward, Davey said he’s not too concerned.

“I didn’t know him that well, but I thought he was a weird wuss, anyway,” Johnson said Wednesday according to the Washington Post. “I understand where he’s coming from. His job as a manager is to protect the players. Striking out at who ever he thinks is causing your players any grievance. So I understand where he’s coming from. But he doesn’t know me from a hole in the hill. Or I him, for that matter. But I do know the rulebook, and I do try to follow it.

“I don’t want to get in a shouting match with Joe. I looked him up on the Internet and found out he has a Tweeter, so he can get to more people than me. And so I don’t want to get in a shouting match with him. He’s got a bigger following. But it was interesting reading. But you can tell him I have a doctorate of letters, too. Mine’s from Loyola, in humanities. And I’m proud of that, too.”

As we all know, you can’t fight Twitter. I must say I tend to side with Johnson on this one. If you see someone blatantly cheating and think that pointing it out gives your team a better chance to win, that’s exactly what you have to do. If it’s any consolation, he’s not the first person Maddon has called a coward this season.

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Joel Peralta ejected for pine tar on his glove, and Joe Maddon is ticked (Video)

Rays reliever Joel Peralta was ejected in the top of the 8th inning of the team’s game against the Nationals on Tuesday night after umpires found significant amounts of pine tar in his glove. The umpire inspection was requested by the Nationals, which knew of Peralta’s habits from his team with the team in 2010.

Even though Peralta was caught blatantly cheating, Rays manager Joe Maddon was ticked off after the game and called Washington’s decision to request a check “cowardly.”

“Insider trading, man. It’s bush,” Maddon said. “It’s bogus. That’s way too easy, right there.”

Maddon’s argument is that cheating is commonplace, and that managers shouldn’t bust opposing players for doing the same thing their guys are doing.

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Joe Maddon calls out Red Sox after brawl, calls it a ‘cowardly’ move

With the Red Sox having floated around a .500 record the entire season and yet to climb into the A.L. East race, Boston fans have been patiently waiting for a little excitement in their lives. Those who were in attendance at Fenway Park Friday night to watch the Red Sox take on the Rays got exactly that, as the division rivals cleared their benches in the ninth inning of Tampa’s 7-4 victory.

The beef started when Boston reliever Franklin Morales hit Rays DH Luke Scott with a pitch, after he had thrown behind him the pitch before. It seemed quite obvious that Morales was intentionally throwing at Scott considering his control was fine and he retired the first two batters of the inning. The benches cleared without any major fights breaking out, and after the game Joe Maddon was extremely frustrated with the way Boston handled the situation.

“Trust me, it’s not us (who initiated the altercation),” Maddon said according to the Boston Globe. “I have no idea on their side, but just watching the video, the people that were incensed, obviously they’re the ones that were probably behind the effort, the really weak, cowardly effort on their part.

“Did I say that strongly enough? Did I make my point?”

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Joe Maddon, Evan Longoria, other Rays shave heads for charity (Pictures)

When Joe Maddon announced last week that he would be shaving his head to pay tribute to children with cancer, he vowed to recruit as many of the Rays players and front office members as he could to participate with him. From the look of it, Maddon did a tremendous job. The head shaving commenced Thursday morning as several Tampa Bay players, coaches, and front office workers went under the buzzer, many of the sporting yellow t-shirts that read “Fortune favors the bald.”

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was in attendance while all the trimming and buzzing was going on and did an excellent job of documenting the entire event. Hats off — no pun intended — to the Rays who participated for a great cause. Here are some of the pictures Topkin posted on his Twitter account:

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Joe Maddon will shave his head for charity

Can you imagine Joe Maddon with a bald head? Next Thursday, you won’t have to. The Rays manager, who grew out quite the flow during the course of last season, will be chopping off his locks next week for charity. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Maddon is shaving his head for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital.

“‘Fortune favors the bald,’” he tweeted Friday morning. “Shaving our heads on 3/15 to pay tribute to children battling cancer: pcfcutforacure.org.”

As Eye on Baseball pointed out, Reds reliever Bill Bray will also be participating. Maddon is also encouraging all of his players, coaches, and team officials to partake. Bench coaches Dave Martinez and Tom Foley have already committed as well as executive VP Andrew Friedman. You do not have to go completely bald for the event if you don’t want to — a buzz cut will do.

Maddon and the others who are participating will be joining A.J. Hawk and Jose Reyes as sports figures who have recently decided to raise money for those in need by chopping off their locks.

Joe Maddon bought himself classic car as reward for new contract (Picture)

Joe Maddon enjoys some of the finer things in life. The Rays manager loves some good wine and he also is a fan of classic cars. To reward himself for the three-year contract extension agreed to with the Rays in February, he bought himself a nice love-me gift — a 1956 Chevy BelAir.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Maddon bought the car in Arizona, had it restored and updated, and delivered to the Charlotte Sports Park. Maddon plans to drive it when the season starts.

Marc Topkin of the Times says Maddon was looking for a Charger, Roadrunner or Barracuda, but couldn’t find one he liked, so he chose the BelAir.

“When I drive this it’s pretty quick when it starts up, and I love the color and I love the interior,” Maddon said.

It’s a pretty sick ride, and certainly one Maddon deserves. It also definitely fits his style.

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Joe Maddon Says Banning Beer in Clubhouses Would Be ‘Asinine’

Since the day the Boston Globe released its atom bomb of a story about the collapse of the 2011 Boston Red Sox, we have heard a number of different reactions to the idea of drinking in the clubhouse.  Some believe there is no place for beer during the game while others admit to having enjoyed a few rally beers at some point in their career.

Since the topic has picked up so much steam over the last month, MLB vice-president Joe Torre had no choice but to get together with the MLB and look into banning beer from clubhouses altogether.  They eventually ruled to allow teams to create their own policies, and Rays manager Joe Maddon thinks that is a very, very good idea.

“I’m not into knee-jerk reactions,” Maddon told WEEI.com on Thursday. “If somebody had all of these wonderful thoughts prior to this happening I may be more on board with it, or more empathetic to it. But all of this knee-jerk stuff that occurs in our game absolutely drives me crazy. If you want to be proactive about some thoughts, go ahead, be proactive and I’m all for that. But to say a grown-up can’t have a beer after a game? Give me a break. That is, I’m going to use the word, ‘asinine,’ because it is. Let’s bring the Volstead Act back, OK. Let’s go right back to prohibition and start legislating everything all over again. All that stuff pretty much annoys me, as you can tell.

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