Hendry lauds Maddux's impact on Cubs
March, 23, 2010
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com
Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry talked at length on Tuesday about the impact of special assistant Greg Maddux and his contribution during spring training.
AP Photo/Ross D. FranklinCubs special assistant Greg Maddux has been "exactly what I wanted him to be," said general manager Jim Hendry.
"When Greg is on your team you're better," Hendry said. "He's exactly what I wanted him to be, and I have no doubt that he has helped a lot of people in this camp. He'd be the last guy to take any credit for that or talk about himself."
Hendry was pretty right-on about his commentary about Maddux. I asked the 355-game winner what spring training has been like for him.
"This has been a fun spring training, one I've enjoyed and learned a lot," Maddux said. "I enjoy being around the players and exchanging ideas. I hope to continue to keep learning at this level."
Hendry went on to talk about the impact Maddux has had during his first spring training as a front office executive.
"I'm thrilled he's here," Hendry said. "It's been a positive in every capacity. He's going to be capable of doing a lot of important jobs down the road, if he chooses. He's about as smart a player as we've ever seen."
Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Silva, Tom Gorzelanny, and Sean Marshall are just a few of the pitchers who have given Maddux credit for technical and psychological support.
"He's the most successful non-promoting person I've ever met," Hendry said of Maddux.
Maddux will be with the Cubs' minor-league affiliates the first couple months of the season. He will also spend time with assistant general manager Randy Bush and super scout Gary Hughes, learning how to break down games from a scouting perspective. Maddux will also spend time with the Cubs' big-league team as well as have some flexibility to go back to Las Vegas and California for family time.