Joe Maddon (Lafayette College, Class of 1976)
From the California Angels minor-league complex, early April 1976, Joe Maddon told Craig Anderson, via phone, that «Hartzell is going to make the major-league club.» Maddon’s roots are in Hazleton, Pennsylvania—once a coal mining area—located between Williamsport and Easton. Lafayette College is in Easton, the hometown of ex-heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes. Seven famous «Maddonisms» were published in Lafayette College’s alumni blog: https://alumni.lafayette.edu/7-ways-joe-maddon-76-wins-at-baseball-and-life/ They include:
- «Try not to suck. «If you aim low, the concern is you might hit the mark. So aim higher.
- Do simple better (in baseball, winning is about fundamentals)
- The process is fearless.
- Communication creates collaboration.
- Embrace the target (keep your eyes on the «prize).
- Baseball is like a liberal arts education.
- Lafayette was the best thing that ever happened to me.»
Freshman Quarterback for Lafayette Leopards
Maddon wore #12 when he quarterbacked Lafayette’s freshman football team to a 1972 win over arch-rival Lehigh, completing 14 of 17 passes, with four touchdowns. The following spring, Maddon informed varsity football coach Neil Putnam he would leave the football program to focus on baseball. Putnam (2016) noted that Maddon demonstrated tremendous field vision, per Matt Fortuna, ESPN sportswriter, October 25, 2016, at https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/17883379/chicago-cubs-manager-joe-maddon-played-college-football-lafayette-college
Steve Schnall coached the 1972 Lafayette freshman team. The 5-foot-11 Maddon «reminded him of a taller, slightly less mobile version of Doug Flutie, who won the 1984 Heisman Trophy.» Schnall lauded Maddon’s IQ, whom he trusted to put «auto-calls» into him rather than strictly designed plays, «which gave him a freedom at the line of scrimmage that was unusual five decades ago,» equivalent to today’s quarterback run-pass option (RPOs). «Just by accident, we were running RPOs,» Schnall said. «This guy [Maddon] was way ahead of his time in terms of intellect and ability and great judgment. Great instincts in everything he did.»
Schnall recruited Maddon out of Hazleton High. Maddon’s mom waitressed at Third-Base Luncheonette, and his dad was a plumber. Schnall’s mantra was «zero defects» (ZD). He noted: «[Maddon] is a special person, and it ain’t a fluke what he’s done at Tampa Bay and Chicago. This guy’s got the ability to relate to players, but he also relates to the janitor just as well as the players and the owner just as well as he does to the janitor. He’s got a special knack of relationship relevancy. He’s an amazing guy, and [his success is] well-deserved.»
Coincidentally, Maddon was signed to manage the Cubs in November 2014, just before the 150th football game between Lafayette and Lehigh, the longest rivalry of its kind in college football.
Detours and Success in Angels Organization to Resurrecting Tampa Bay Rays
For three decades (1976-2005), in the Angels organization, Maddon did everything from:
- Catching in the minors (1976-79).
- Scouting (1980).
- Managing-minors, 279-339 W-L (1981-86).
- Roving instructor-minors (1983-1993).
- Coaching the big-league club (1994-2005).
- Serve as interim Angels manager, with 27-24 W-L record (1996 and 1999).
He was Mike Scioscia’s bench coach, 2000-2005, earning a 2002 World Series ring. Maddon returned to the Halos in 2020, as their skipper, with a 26-34 record (2020), followed by 77-85 in 2021. From 2006-2014, he was 754-705, managing Tampa Bay to two AL East crowns (2008 and 2010), and to their first World Series (2008), won by Philadelphia in five games.
Maddon’s Chicago Cubs Managing Legacy vis-à-vis Frank Chance
Maddon (471-339) is second, all-time, in W-L PCT, of Chicago Cubs managers, to Frank Chance, who managed (and played for) the club, 1905-1912, winning four pennants and 1907-1908 World Series (WS) titles. He was posthumously inducted in Cooperstown (1946) by the Veterans Committee, with Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers. The 1908 Cubs did their spring training in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Chance was superstitious, requesting berth #13 on trains, looking for four-leaf clovers before every game, among other habits. Starting pitcher Jack Pfeister got his thumb stuck in a bowling ball in Vicksburg. And Chance could not locate a four-leaf clover. http://www.justonebadcentury.com/this-week-in-1908-march-24-march-3v0/
Maddon managed the 2016 Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908 in his second year at the helm. From 2015-2019, he personified better «skills in handling Cubs players» than the authoritarian Chance, who intimidated players, and challenged them to fistfights. Chance was a tough amateur prizefighter in California, the 1890s, known and respected by world heavyweight champions John L. Sullivan and( Gentleman Jim Corbett. Table V lists Maddon behind Chance in Cubs history, 1900-2021, in managers’ win PCT.
Table V: Chicago Cubs All-Time Winning Managers, 1900-2021, Three+ Full Seasons
|Frank Chance||8||768-389||.664||1906-1908, 1910 pennants; 1907-1908 WS titles.|
|Joe Maddon||5||471-339||.581||2016 pennant and WS win over Cleveland.|
|Joe McCarthy||5||442-321||.579||1929 pennant; Hack Wilson 56 HR-191 RBI (1930).|
|Frank Selee||4||280-213||.568||Replaced by Frank Chance.|
|Charlie Grimm#||14||946-782||.547||1932 and 1945 pennants. 1945 goat episode.|
|Fred Mitchell||4||308-269||.534||1918 pennant.|
|Lou Piniella||4||316-293||.519||2008 NL Central title (97-64).|
|Don Zimmer||4||265-258||.507||1989 NL East title.|
|Bill Killefer||5||300-293||.506||A blank.|
|Leo Durocher||7||535-526||.504||2nd to 1969 Mets, NL East.|
|Dusty Baker||4||322-326||.497||Nearly won 2003 NLCS.|
|Herman Franks||3||238-241||.497||Managed Iván de Jesús and Jerry Morales.|
|Jim Riggleman||5||374-419||.472||Sammy Sosa’s power surge, 1995-1999.|
|Jimmy Wilson||4||213-258||.452||Comprised mostly World War II era.|
|Bob Scheffing||3||208-254||.450||Ernie Banks: 1958 and 1959 NL MVP.|
|Stan Hack||3||196-265||.425||Banks’ first three full seasons.|
#Grimm was replaced, as manager, by Gabby Hartnett, July 20, 1938. The Cubs won the pennant under player-manager Hartnett. Source: www.mlb.com/cubs/history/managers
Maddon Visits Javier Baez in Puerto Rico
Maddon spent a January 2015 weekend in San Juan, watching Javier Baez play for Santurce, in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (formerly Puerto Rico Winter League), versus Mayagüez, in the finals. Baez fanned 21 times in 43 at-bats the prior month. Under Maddon’s watch, he singled in game 4 (Saturday night) and had an RBI hit (Sunday). «Maddon talks to me as if I had known him all my life,» Baez told the El Nuevo Día reporter. «I like him, and he [Maddon] is a tremendous person.»
Andy MacPhail (Dickinson College Red Devils, Class of 1977)
Andy MacPhail, youngest son of Lee MacPhail Jr., was senior executive with four MLB clubs: Minnesota Twins GM (1985-1994); Chicago Cubs president/CEO (1994–2006); Baltimore Orioles president of baseball operations (2007–2011); Philadelphia Phillies president (2015–2020). He played the outfield for Dickinson, a liberal arts college in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in American History. Dickinson, chartered on September 9, 1783, six days after signing the Treaty of Paris, was the first [U.S.] college founded post-U.S. independence. Duane W. Ford—Paul Hartzell’s high school basketball coach—graduated from Dickinson in 1967. Ford took his daughter and two of his grandkids to Dickinson for 2021 Homecoming.
As Twins GM, he assembled 1987 and 1991 World Series champions. Chili Davis, Brian Harper, and Jack Morris were three vital cogs on the 1991 Twins, signed by MacPhail. He acquired Harper’s back-up, Junior Ortiz, April 4, 1990, with Orlando Lind, from Pittsburgh, for Twins minor-league hurler Mike Pomeranz. Harper’s signing and 1988-1993 Twins career were noted in: http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2018/11/willians-astrudillo-might-be-second.html «Harper was an intriguing guy. He hit .353/.403/.653 as a 28-year old in AAA Portland before the Twins brought him up to finish the season with the big club, hitting .295/.344/.428 with 10 walks and 12 strikeouts in 184 plate appearances. Harper became the Twins starting catcher in 1989 and held that post until 1993…a .381/.435/.476 slash line, 26 World Series plate appearances 1991.» MacPhail is the best GM in Twins history—that franchise’s first «legitimate» GM, after decades of owner-related decisions. https://www.twinkietown.com/2021/1/12/22225447/mlb-minnesota-twins-history-best-general-manager-andy-macphail-terry-ryan-bill-smith-levine-falvey
Harper played six winters: Dominican Republic (Estrellas Orientales, 1979-80 and Águilas Cibaeñas, 1984-85), Venezuela (LaGuaira, 1980-82) and Puerto Rico (Bayamón, 1982-83, San Juan, 1983-84). With LaGuaira, he caught all 60 regular-season games, 1980-81, and six Paul Hartzell starts. Harper posted a .263 batting average in 100 regular-season games in Venezuela, five homers, and 47 RBI. He played 77 Dominican Republic regular-season contests, logging a .274 batting average. With 1982-83 Bayamón (LF-DH), he won the batting crown over teammate Tony Gwynn, .378 to .368. «To be honest with you, Gwynn got hurt the final two weeks of 1982-83,» recalled Harper. «If he didn’t get injured, he probably would have won the batting title and hit .400. The next winter we had a real good lineup with Gwynn, Dickie Thon, Kevin McReynolds, Carmelo Martínez and Luis Aguayo.» Harper’s 53 RBIs led the [1982-83] league. His two Puerto Rico seasons featured a .336 batting average, 18 HR and 92 RBIs.
Paul Hartzell Remembers Harper with LaGuaira Sharks
On January 2, 2022, Hartzell noted: «We lived near Brian and often spent time at the pool of his building. He was a very good hitter, strong arm, good speed. When he was able to get to teams that gave him 110-to-130 games as a catcher, he blossomed as an MLB player. Until then, he played a number of outfield and DH positions. He used his time in Venezuela to keep his catching tools sharp and it paid off a few years later. I remember it was easy to throw to him and he was always looking to help his pitchers.»
Doug Glanville (Penn Quakers, Class of 1992)
Glanville earned his Penn degree in Systems Engineering, after being drafted in the first round, 1991 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs. After three fine collegiate seasons, he signed with the Cubs, completing degree requirements, Fall 1991 and 1992 semesters. https://pennathletics.com/sports/2016/7/11/_131485204463196359.aspx Penn, an Ivy League research institution, was chartered in 1740, in Philadelphia. Glanville accomplished this:
- First-team All-Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League (EIBL) selection (1991).
- Third-team All-America honors, American Baseball Coaches Association and first-team GTE Academic All-America.
- Honorable mention All-EIBL, 1990; most EIBL SB, 1989 and 1991.
- 29-11 W-L record by 1989 Quakers, school record, most single-season wins.
Mayagüez Indians, 1995-97 Turning Point
Tom Gamboa—with David Russell, in his 2018 book My Life in Baseball—covered managing Glanville (who wrote this book’s Foreword), with Mayagüez. Gamboa, Chicago Cubs’ 1995 minor-league field coordinator, reviewed Glanville’s four seasons in the minors, albeit as 12th overall draft pick in 1991, ahead of Manny Ramírez at #13. «Glanville was only there [Fall League] because he was a former number one pick. He wasn’t there on merit.»
Gamboa shared his «when in doubt, be aggressive» philosophy with Glanville, who was penciled in to play 1995-96 winter ball in Mexico, with Culiacán Tomato Growers. Glanville knew some Stateside teammates were going to Mayagüez, but did not know, then, that Puerto Rico was not about developing players—it was about winning, which Gamboa did in Mayagüez, and would do so, again, 1996-97. Darrell Sherman, who went to Mexico, was Gamboa’s initial #1 choice to play CF for Mayagüez.
Gamboa knew that Glanville was «very gifted, mentally and physically.» (The outfielder’s dad was a psychiatrist; his mother was a teacher.) Gamboa witnessed managers and coaches treating college-educated players like Glanville in a «derogatory way.» When Gamboa coached the Kansas City Royals (early 2000’s), manager Tony Muser referred to three Stanford-educated Royals (pitcher Jeff Austin, catcher A.J. Hinch, 1B Dave McCarty) as «Joe College.»
Paul Hartzell Experienced «Joe College»
Hartzell recalled going 5-1 for Muser, at Vancouver, in 1984, post-1980 spring training «Joe College» episode with Minnesota. «That theme was carried through many times in my career including being publicly referred to by Gene Mauch as ‘college boy’—not smart enough to cover first in a spring training game. Gene’s solution was to send all the pitchers to an auxiliary field and cover first until the coach (Cal Ermer) hitting the balls was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion.» Mauch retained pitcher Terry Felton (with a high school diploma), 0-16 W-L for the Twins in parts of four seasons, in lieu of Hartzell.
Glanville’s 1995-96 MVP Season
Glanville complimented Puerto Rico’s baseball fans; got valuable experience playing for Mayagüez; and treasured his 1995-96 League MVP Award. His two-year batting average was .307 https://www.beisbol101.com/doug-glanville/ He led the (1995-96) league with 33 runs and 66 hits, in posting a .325 batting average and stealing 16 bases—second to Arecibo’s Ricky Otero (17). Arecibo bested Mayagüez, five games-to-three, in the finals. Glanville led off and played CF. Some teammates were Wil Cordero, José Hernández and Tony Valentín. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3kwG87ShjA Arecibo’s line-up included Bernie Williams (CF), Mike Matheny (C), and Oreste Marrero (1B). Marrero shared views of Glanville, with the author, via Facebook Messenger, December 28, 2021.
«Extremely intelligent and exemplary gentleman—tranquil, calm, quick and diamond-smart contact hitter who rarely hit a foul ball and perfect complement to Alex Díaz—both were tough to defend due to outstanding bunting skills. Doug was deeply respected due to his grace and cultural fit in Puerto Rico; truly earned respect from us—opposing players. Without a doubt, he was one of the best imports [Stateside players] of my era. We were roommates at Ponce’s Holiday Inn, for a [Island: Arecibo-Mayagüez-Ponce versus Metro: Caguas-San Juan-Santurce] League All-Star Game. Years later we met in Cooperstown.»
Mike García shared this Glanville-written article from the December 22, 2008 New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/opinion/23glanville.html Glanville called winter ball «baseball’s equivalent of continuing education,” noting: “The culture embraced me like family and I played the best baseball of my professional career to that point, leading the league in many categories all while finding the most wonderful personal peace I had ever experienced.” More details on Glanville are at: https://espnpressroom.com/us/bios/doug-glanville/ His first  big-league manager was Jim Riggleman, Mayagüez’s 1987-88 skipper. Glanville’s best MLB season was with the 1999 Phillies—.325 batting average, 34 SB and two CS https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/glanvdo01.shtml.
In 2018, Andy MacPhail represented his father when Lee MacPhail Jr. was inducted posthumously into Swarthmore’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Craig Anderson resides in Dunnellon, Florida, and is an original (1962) New York Met. Paul Hartzell lives in Hailey, Idaho. An avid reader, he stays busy with business projects, including Game Plan, an innovative effort to prepare former players for other post-playing career opportunities. https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-game-plan-announce-joint-venture-c255386450
Thanks to Tom Gamboa, Mike García and Oreste Marrero, for input on Doug Glanville with Mayagüez. Thank you, Craig Anderson (Lehigh-1960), Duane W Ford (Dickinson-1967), Dick Hall (Swarthmore-1952), Paul Hartzell (Lehigh-1975), Lee MacPhail Jr. (Swarthmore-1939), and Paula Van Hyning (Swarthmore-1939), for insights. Thanks to Luis “Tite” Arroyo, Gary Ashwill (Negro Leagues database), Jorge S. Figueredo, Brian Harper, John Holway, Ralph Houk, Pat Kelly, Mike Lynch (Seamheads website), Brendan Macgranachan (2009 blog on Christy Mathewson pitching in Havana, Cuba, November-December 2011), Jack McKeon and Vic Power. Jorge Colón Delgado edited this series and did photo placements.