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Published February 22, 2013
MODEL FRANCHISE: MLB Network’s Peter Gammons said during the offseason, “at least a half-dozen times ... I had general managers or managers say they’re modeling themselves on the Rays." Gammons said to Rays Exec VP/Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon, "It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it, what you two started in 2006 that you can be looking a few years later and won 90 games four out of five years.” Friedman said, “It’s going to be really neat one day to step back, but right now we’re so focused, have our foot on the pedal to try to continue it.” MLB Network's Greg Amsinger said there have to be “owners out there that watch” the Rays and the “dollars-per-win, if you go that way, it’s incredible." Amsinger: "They’re the best run organization right now based on wins” (“MLB Tonight,” MLB Network, 2/21).