February 27, 2015

Sports - Florida Newsmakers of the Year

Mike Vogel | 1/1/2011

• MATT SILVERMAN - President, Tampa Bay Rays
• ANDREW FRIEDMAN - Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations
• JOE MADDON - Manager, Tampa Bay Rays

Matt Silverman, President

Andrew Friedman, Executive Vice President
A Solid Triple

With a 2010 payroll of $72 million, President Matt Silverman and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman made some crafty moves in the off-season — picking up pitcher Joaquin Benoit, who became one of the top middle relievers in baseball, for $750,000 in base salary and Rafael Soriano, the American League saves leaders last season. While attendance is not what management would like, it's also not a barometer of the team's standing in the community, which has come a long way since the young executives took over. Manager Joe Maddon — a big believer in crunching stats and tweaking his lineup according to how each player matches up against an opponent — took the team to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons in a division where the Yankees' payroll is $207 million and the Red Sox's is $161 million.

— John Annunziata

Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays manager [Photo: St. Petersburg Times]

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Wilbur Ross Jr.
Lola Gonzalez
John Textor
Robert Clements
Thomas Gaffney
Hugh Green
R.J. Scaringe
Foreclosure Fighters
Julian MacQueen

Mel Martinez & The Dominoes

Florida's Fallen Soldiers

Frank Brogan
Maryellen Elia

Win Phillips & David Day
Ian MacDonald & William Hogarth

Extreme Temperatures

Mystery Monkey

Tampa Bay Rays' Top Brass
Pat Riley

Barth Green

New World Symphony
Pamela Tuscany

Dubious Achievers
Scott Rothstein
David Brooks

Jim Greer
Wayne McLeod
Lewis Freeman
Pawl Hawks
Lee Farkas

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