df Joe Maddon will not return as manager of the Rays after nine seasons in Tampa. Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately.

“We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision,” Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement after ESPN’s Buster Olney broke the story. “As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout Major League Baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015.”

Maddon, a two-time American League Manager of the Year, compiled a 754-705 record with the Rays. He previously managed parts of two seasons with the Angels.

Earlier this month, the Rays lost a key front office piece as executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman left to become a senior adviser to Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten. Friedman had been with the Rays for 10 years.

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Jerry Spar
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.

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Not everyone was pleased with golfer Ian Poulter‘€™s latest negative comments of fellow PGA members.

In the British golfer’€™s new book “No Limits,” which was released last week, Poulter criticized both Tom Watson and Nick Faldo. Watson captained the United States team during this year’€™s Ryder Cup loss to the European squad. Eight major wins and a 10-3-1 career record in Ryder Cup play wasn’t enough to keep Watson away from the criticism.

Faldo, who has won six majors during his career, also came under fire for his poor performance as Europe’€™s captain during a 2008 loss at the Ryder Cup.

PGA President of America Ted Bishop took exception to Poulter’€™s comments, and he used to social media to call out the golfer’€™s recent book.

Tweeted Bishop: Faldo’s record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl.

Soon after he tweeted this and posted another critical thought on Facebook, Bishop called his own actions “inappropriate,” and he then deleted the tweet.

Poutler said he was more than displeased about the comments, especially since they came from a place of authority in the golf world.

“Is being called a ‘lil girl’ meant to be derogatory or a put-down?” Poulter said in a statement to Golf Channel. “That’s pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America.”

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Andrew Battifarano
The guys give their initial reaction to Zdeno Chara hurting his knees and how scared the Patriots should be after watching the Broncos dominate the Chargers.

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Matt Forte, Jay Cutler, and the disease of losing.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
The guys opened the show discussing Chara's injury.

Here are the highlights from Friday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– A New York City doctor who treated on Ebola patients in West Africa returned to the United States and tested positive for the virus. Dr. Craig Spencer is the fourth person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with Ebola. Once doctors realized Spencer had Ebola, he was quarantined at Bellevue Hospital.

“It’s frightening,” said Callahan. “You don’€™t agree that this is frightening? This idiot comes back from Africa when he was treating Ebola patients, and instead of just laying low for a while, decides to take the subway to the bowling alley.”

Continued Callahan: “First of all, what self-respecting physician bowls?”

Replied Minihane: “I wouldn’t mind bowling a little bit more — it’€™s fun.”

“Would you be happy if your doctor was giving you a checkup, looking at his watch saying, ‘I’m going to leave,’?” said Callahan. ‘€œShouldn’t this doctor be arrested? Quarantined, arrested and charged.”

Said Minihane: “I think if you go West Africa, that’€™s great. You want to treat these people, that’€™s wonderful. If you do come back, you can’€™t come out for like two months.”

– Former Boston mayor Thomas Menino stopped his chemotherapy treatment and suspended his book tour during his battle with cancer. Menino said he wants to spend time with his family during the difficult time.

Said Dennis: “It doesn’t sound good. Good luck to him.”

Replied Callahan: “He wants to spend more time with his family, and God bless him, I’€™m sure he will, do you think he wishes he did that earlier? Because he worked 20 years, seven days a week, 24/7. Do you think there’€™s that regret saying, ‘Why didn’t I do this?’ ”

“I think he enjoyed what he did,” said Dennis. “I think he enjoyed running the city.”

– Zach Galifianakis for the past few years has hosted a parody talk show called “Between Two Ferns,” interviewing people ranging from President Barack Obama to actress Jennifer Lawrence. On his newest episode, he held an awkward interview with actor Brad Pitt.

Minihane ran a sound clip of the odd interview and while he enjoyed it, the other hosts did not think it was as funny.

“I guess Brad Pitt didn’t really have much to say, but he played along and he got annoyed,” said Callahan.

“You play like you’€™re annoyed,” replied Minihane. “Some people thought it was real.”

Asked Callahan: “Is that the trick for this show? Some people think it’€™s real?”

“Sounds like Brad wasn’t buying it,” Callahan said.

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano