Former Peoria Chiefs skipper Joe Maddon has agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal as manager of the Chicago Cubs.
In nine years as skipper of the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon compiled a 754-705 record, led the team to the World Series in 2008, and was named the American League manager of the year twice (2008 and 2011). He left the Rays via an opt-out clause in his contract after Tampa Bay’s longtime general manager Andrew Friedman left the team to become director of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Maddon got his managerial start in the Angels organization, including a one-year stint as skipper of the Peoria Chiefs. In 1984, he led the Chiefs to a 66-73 record. Although four players (Kent Anderson, Doug Davis, Ty Van Burkleo and Ray Chadwick) eventually reached the major-league level, none of them were notable big-leaguers.
Maddon had a four-year playing career in the minor leagues, also with the Angels organization. He was a catcher for the 1976 Quad City Angels, batting .294 with 22 RBI in 50 games. His teammates included Carney Lansford (.287, 14 HR, 86 RBI, 26 SB in 121 games) and Dickie Thon (.276, 1 HR, 32 RBI, 19 SB in 69 games).
The 1976 Quad City Angels lost to the Waterloo Royals in the Midwest League Championship Series. That Waterloo team included Dan Quisenberry (2-1, 0.64 ERA, 11 saves, 19 Ks in 42 IP), Ken Phelps (.264, 1 HR, 10 RBI in 24 games), and current Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who was named the Midwest League Prospect of the Year after hitting .235 with 19 HR, 89 RBI, 118 walks and 112 strikeouts in 127 games.