The Rays must begin life without Joe Maddon. For the first time since Maddon was hired before the 2006 season, Tampa Bay must search for a new leader. Andrew Astleford takes a look at five names worth tracking in the days ahead.
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The Rays' bench coach has received interviews with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros. He has served in his current role since October 2007, but he considers himself ready for a managerial job. Because of his close working relationship with Maddon, he may be viewed as an option to preserve the Rays' methods.
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He's the longest-tenured pitching coach in team history, and Rays' pitchers became a centerpiece of Tampa Bay's success under Maddon. He began his current role in November 2006, and he could be considered for advancement within the franchise. He has mentored pitchers like James Shields, David Price and Matt Garza.
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He was fired in September after 13 seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He won 1,068 games in Minneapolis, but if he's interested in a fresh start, then the Rays might view his veteran eyes as valuable. Maddon values his friendship with Gardenhire.
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Bogar was Ron Washington's bench coach with the Texas Rangers and served as Texas' interim manager late in the season. The Rangers went 14-8 under him, but he decided to leave the franchise when Texas passed over him in its managerial search. He made the most of a tough situation with Texas after Washington's departure, and his performance there shouldn't be overlooked.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks fired him in September, but he won 353 games in five seasons with them. He was named the National League Manager of the Year in 2011. His tenure in the desert ended with a disappointing 2014 season, but he won at least 81 games in three of his campaigns there.