Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Greg Maddux to leave Cubs
Greg Maddux is leaving the Chicago Cubs again.
Maddux joined the Texas Rangers, where his brother Mike is the pitching coach, as a special assistant.
"Yeah, it's true. I'm going to go work with my brother in Texas," Maddux told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. "I really enjoyed my time with the Cubs, and I'm going to miss the people over there.
"But I can't pass on an opportunity to work with my brother and the Texas Rangers."
Maddux, 45, will work with the pitchers as he did with the Cubs. The team said that he will be in uniform during spring training as an extra instructor for minor league and major league players.
"We're excited to add Greg to our group and look forward to him contributing to the development of our young pitchers," said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels in a statement. "He is considered by many to be an all-around bright baseball mind and should fit in well with our existing staff."
Maddux said that he isn't in position to do more at the major league level right now.
"It's not a full-time thing. Right now I can't do anything full time," he said. "My kids are still the No. 1 priority for me and my wife. Once I get them out of the house, doing their thing, I might think a little different. For me, if you're going to do this thing, you have to be all in. But that means all in with all of your time."
Still, the Rangers' staff is excited to work with a legend.
"That's awesome that he's here," Derek Holland said. "That's somebody I looked up to. My favorite team was the Braves growing up and they had [John] Smoltz and [Tom] Glavine and Greg Maddux. It's neat to have him be a part of my future now and to have him and Mike there is a great combination."
Matt Harrison, who is from Durham, N.C., and also grew up a Braves fan and played in the Atlanta organization, was pleased to hear that Greg Maddux was joining the Rangers.
"I sure hope I can get him alone sometime and pick his brain," said Harrison, a 26-year-old who came to the Rangers as part of the Mark Teixeira trade with Atlanta in 2007. "I watched that guy growing up and it was amazing what he could do with the baseball. I'd like to ask some questions about what his key was to that control.
"It's only going to make us a better organization with him coming on board."
Maddux was hired by former general manager Jim Hendry, who was fired in August. Mike Maddux interviewed for the Cubs managerial spot a few weeks ago before the team hired Dale Sveum from Milwaukee (former Rangers assistant hitting coach Johnny Narron was named as Sveum's replacement on Monday).
Greg Maddux won four Cy Young Awards (one with the Cubs and three with the Braves) and helped Atlanta to the 1995 world championship. He finished his career with 355 wins and a 3.16 ERA. He's eligible for Hall of Fame induction in the summer of 2014.
"I appreciate the Cubs and how they treated me," Maddux said. "Now I'll hopefully help the Rangers out. I'm really not ready to take anything full time anyway because retirement is too good. Whoever said they don't like retirement probably isn't doing it right."
Information from ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine and ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett contributed to this report.