Joe Maddon prepared to sit out the 2015 season to find the right opportunity

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Manager Joe Maddon’s agent Alan Nero, appearing on 670 The Score in Chicago on Saturday morning, said that the former Rays skipper is prepared to sit out the entire 2015 season to look for the right managerial opportunity, as Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

Nero said, “Joe’s looking for a big challenge. He’s looking for an organization that’s committed to win. If those elements are together and the talent for them is quick, we’ll make it quick. If not, he’s prepared to take a year off.”

Maddon opted out of the final year of his contract with the Rays on Friday. Nero said nearly half of the 30 general managers around baseball got in touch to potentially bring Maddon aboard. The front offices of the Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies, Angels, and Mets have come out and publicly supported their current managers, squelching rampant rumors. The Twins have baseball’s only current managerial opening, but the Cubs are considered the frontrunners for Maddon’s services.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”