Maddon is always ahead of the curve, never behind it. The classic example is how he position his fielders. It’s changed the game, and he was the leader on that front.
Detroit, of course, already has a manager in Brad Ausmus, a longtime major league catcher who now has one year of managing under his belt.
On the surface Leyland and Maddon would be hard-pressed to appear more different, but the records of Detroit (31-26) and Tampa Bay (32-26) are nearly identical.
It’s no secret that Rays skipper Joe Maddon is out there.