What’s not to like about Joe Maddon, the friendly, patient, optimistic, witty, successful manager of the Tampa Bay Rays? Given his temperament, he was the perfect choice for a small-market, struggling franchise with talented young players that had never known success, let alone the worst-to-first variety.
But with success comes increased scrutiny. Including this: There is a thin line between playing the percentages and (pitcher-batter) match-ups – and over-managing. Arguably, Maddon has crossed that line this season.