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11/29/11 7:40 PM EST
Rangers hire Greg Maddux as special assistant
Four-time Cy Young winner had filled similar role with Cubs
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- When Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux was a candidate for the Cubs' managerial job, he was intrigued about the possibility of working with his brother. At the time, Greg Maddux was a special assistant in the Cubs' front office.
Mike did not get to be the Cubs manager but he is going to be working with his brother. The Rangers have hired Greg to be a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels. His main duties will be helping Mike work with the Rangers' pitchers, both at the Major League level and in the Minors.
"What I expect to be doing is helping the players and the coaches as much as possible," Greg said Tuesday. "I'll be another set of eyes and use the experience I've learned and pass that along, and help out as much as possible.
"The first thing I've noticed about the Rangers is they have tremendous arms. They've got guys in the rotation and the bullpen that throw extremely hard and pitch up as well as any team in baseball. If the pitchers realize that if their pitch selection is good and they can control their emotions, they can have a lot of success. They have been successful. It would be nice if they can win one more series."
Mike first approached his brother a few weeks ago about the possibility of coming to Texas if the Cubs' job didn't come through. Greg was more than receptive, he was eager to grab the opportunity.
"He planted the seed and it sounded like a great idea," Greg said. "I had the chance to play winter ball with him 20 years ago and when we were still in the game together, every chance we'd get we would talk about pitching and talking about the hitters we would face. I'm looking forward to working with him, seeing how he runs his camp and how he runs his pitching staff."
Greg and club president Nolan Ryan combined to pitch 50 years in the big leagues with 679 victories between them. Ryan was elected to the Hall of Fame and Maddux will almost assuredly join him as early as 2014.
"We're excited to add Greg to our group and look forward to him contributing to the development of our young pitchers," Daniels said. "He is considered by many to be an all-around bright baseball mind and should fit in well with our existing staff."
Greg, who was born in San Angelo, Texas, spent 23 seasons in the big leagues and won 355 games, seventh-most in Major League history. He was a Cy Young winner for the Cubs in 1992 and with the Braves from 1993-95. He also won 18 Gold Glove Awards for his defense, the most by any player at any position in Major League history.
"It means a lot," Mike said. "No. 1, when people see him, they see his credentials. They see he has 355 wins, 3,000 strikeouts, four Cy Young Awards and 18 Gold Gloves. He's a well-decorated baseball player, one of the best of our era, one of the best of all time. That's an attention-getter. My No. 1 attention-getter is he's my brother and it will be a lot of fun to work with my brother."
Greg, following his retirement, spent the past two years with the Cubs working under general manager Jim Hendry in a part-time capacity. His family lives in Las Vegas and he is not interested in a full-time position at this point in his life. But he does like being involved in a part-time capacity.
"I just like helping out," Greg said. "I like baseball and I like being around the game and around at the highest levels. Certainly the Rangers play at the highest level. I like the atmosphere, I like talking to players, I like being in the clubhouse, I like looking at game film. I like talking baseball."
In addition to his individual credentials, Greg started 30 playoff games and relieved in five others. He was with the Braves in 1995 when they won the World Series and again in 1996 and 1999 when they lost to the Yankees.
"He knows what winning is about," Mike said. "And he knows what coming up short is all about. Those are things he can share about how to get over the hump. He played in the big leagues for 23 years. That's a lot of experience. There are a lot of things that he can pass on. I will be all ears to see what he can pass on. I'm sure everybody in the organization and every player will be all ears."