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The Cubs give Greg Maddux a job

Jan 11, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

Though he’s probably a better option than some of the guys the Royals and Mets will trot out to the mound this season, Greg Maddux has apparently decided that his retirement is going to stick.  Instead, he’s going to go work for the Cubs as a special assistant to Jim Hendry.

Maddux has long been thought of as a guy who could be brilliant a pitching coach. Unlike a lot of superstars who can’t readily translate what allows them to perform their craft to mere mortals, Maddux has a reputation as being an excellent teacher in the dugout.  Young pitchers in San Diego spoke particularly highly of his counsel.

One wonders if this your standard-issue spring training roving instructor assignment for Maddux or if he’s trying coaching on for size and will follow his brother into the biz one day himself.

  1. Tony A - Jan 11, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Hope so, really like and respect Maddux. Love to see him give coaching a try…

  2. Old Gator - Jan 11, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Wait a minute. Isn’t Maddux supposed to admit to using steroids before he takes a coaching job?
    And if he never took them, why doesn’t he just make it up? There’s no respect left for tradition in baseball anymore.

  3. Moses Green - Jan 12, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Hendry – Hey Maddog, great to hear from you – what’s up?
    Maddux – Uhh, well I’m getting kind of bored
    Hendry – Great, you throwing?
    Maddux – Well no, I was thinking about maybe doing some freelance pitching coaching like my big bro
    Hendry – (fighting back tears) r r r really? You’ll come coach these kids how to pitch like you used to? (breaks down, sobbing)

  4. smokehouse - Jan 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    The Cubs could do a lot worse than hiring Greg Maddux. There are 30 teams that could use him in some way or another.

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