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Maddon 'gets a kick' out of being second-guessed

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Second-guessing the manager is a time-honored right for any baseball fan. Rays manager Joe Maddon welcomes the second-guessing, noting that he "gets a kick" out of it.

"I think it's great because I think people are paying attention," Maddon said. "If they're paying attention they're going to second-guess. That's part of the culture of baseball. And I think it's great. Honestly it does not bother me in the least to be second-guessed. I do kind of enjoy it because what we do here is really thought out well in advance.

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"Sometimes it doesn't work out, but it doesn't necessarily mean it was the wrong decision. It's part of the baseball culture. It's a good thing. It's a good thing for the manager to be second-guessed, because I think it talks somewhat about a rabid fan base, which we're always looking for. And then it does create conversation either in the bar or around the water cooler. I love all that stuff. And hopefully we're right more than wrong."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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