Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays
WASHINGTON -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract with the club and will not manage the team in 2015, the Rays confirmed Friday.
Maddon led Tampa Bay to multiple postseason appearances, including the World Series in 2008, but leaves shortly after the surprise departure of his former general manager, Andrew Friedman, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in October.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, despite Maddon’s opt-out clause being triggered by Friedman’s departure, he is not considering Los Angeles an option.
Caps unveil ‘Honest Abe’ award
WASHINGTON -- Move over, Racing Presidents. The Washington Capitals have a new way of honoring the one of our nation’s most revered Commanders in Chief: The “Honest Abe Players’ Player of the Game.
Each time the Caps win under new head coach Barry Trotz, instead of doling out a puck, or stick, or some other symbolic artifact, they instead award a black top hat and fake beard. Brooks Laich earned the first-ever HAPPOTG, thanks to his work on the penalty kill, which was a perfect 5-for-5 in a 4-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.