Oh boy, here we go.
With the news last week of the Dodgers stealing Andrew Friedman, Joe Maddon has also decided to jump the Tampa Bay Rays ship and opt out of his current contract that ran through 2015. Which, according to Jon Heyman, was his right. Yes, I did just link a tweet by Jon Heyman. That's how serious this is.
Here is the official statement coming out of the Rays camp on Maddon's sudden departure from St. Petersburg:
Here's what Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg had to say regarding Joe Maddon's departure from the #Rays: pic.twitter.com/klaNMgX4w0
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 24, 2014
Well done, Tampa Bay. It is probably best that you don't sound like a jilted lover who is ready to key a car and slash some tires at this moment.
So, what does this mean? Joe Maddon opting out that is. It means that endless, wild and completely unadulterated shit losing is happening on Twitter. Dodgers fans are losing their mind because they are Dodgers fans and that's what they do. But, it is hard to not jump to that conclusion with the recent hiring of Friedman. However, the Dodgers brain trust has said over and over at least two and a half times that they are committed to Don Mattingly.
The Cubs are another name that are popping up repeatedly today as well. And it is a sentiment that Buster Olney of ESPN has echoed as well on Twitter today. And, to be fair, it is a solid guess. A rebuilding team that is finally starting to get its young up-and-coming prospects to the big leagues, sounds kind of familiar, doesn't it.
My personal guess would have been the Astros, but they don't have foresight and inexplicably hired A.J. Hinch last month. At the same time, details shmetails, amirite? I mean, this is the kind of thing that can be worked around if the Astros are savvy about it. Here's a how I envision that they could do it:
Astros: A.J.? Hey, buddy. How's it going?
Hinch: All is well here. What can I do for you guys? And why am I on speaker?
Astros: Well, um, there's been a bit of a mix up. You see, the thing is, we lost your contract. Tommy was reorganizing the files and he didn't recognize your name so he threw away your contract.
Hinch: That's fine. I have a copy here, and my agent has one as well. This isn't that big of a deal.
Astros: No, you don't. And your agent doesn't either.
Hinch: So, what is it you are trying to say?
Astros: What we are trying to say is that we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Hinch: Now wait a minute. We had a...
Astros: /hangs up phone
See? Simple. All the Astros need to do now is to hire some Navy SEALs as mercenaries. And then it is smooth sailing towards hiring Joe Maddon as their manager for 2015 and beyond. What? You mean to tell me that it can't work that way? Sure it can. I'm probably already being looked into for even suggesting this. Hey? What's that red dot on my chest? Did I spill ketch