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Kevin Towers wants to hire Greg Maddux as Diamondbacks' new pitching coach

Sep 23, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Kevin Towers said a whole bunch of interesting stuff during his introductory press conference as Diamondbacks’ general manager yesterday, including that he wants to bring in Greg Maddux as pitching coach or bench coach next season
“I told Greg two years ago as soon as you want to be on the field please make me the first call,” Towers said.
Throughout his Hall of Fame playing career Maddux was billed as “the smartest pitcher in baseball” and he was frequently spotted giving pitching lessons in the dugout, so if he’s interested in the job it certainly seems like a potentially excellent fit.
His brother, Mike Maddux, has been a pitching coach in Texas and Milwaukee, although according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today “the last Hall of Fame pitcher to be a pitching coach was Ferguson Jenkins for the Cubs in 1996.”
Mel Stottlemyre Jr. is currently in his second season as Arizona’s pitching coach and has spent the past nine years in the organization in some capacity, so he’s probably not thrilled to hear Maddux’s name come up for his job.

  1. birdmancometh - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    No offense to Darren Balsely, but Maddux was pretty much the guy Padres pitchers went to during his years in SD.

  2. Trevor B - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    This would be awesome, Gibson managing and Maddux managing the pitchers! Wouldn’t it be something if they brought in somebody like Jeff Kent to be the batting coach?

  3. Old Gator - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Luis Gonzalez for batting coach and team pharmacologist. I’d make Jeff Kent their dirt bike coach.

  4. birdmancometh - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Wasn’t Jeff Kent a royal A$$?

  5. Kiwicricket - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Randy Johnson P.R and Photography. Kent as on-site Chevy Truck salesman.

  6. drodd - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Cubs better not let Maddux leave again like they did in the 90s.

  7. BC - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Jeff Kent needs to be locked in a closet with Justin Bieber and a rabid, starved jaguar. He was DESPISED everywhere he went. Even Barry Bonds hated him. To think we traded David Cone for him….

  8. Trevor B - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Didn’t Jeff Kent really know how to hit even in old age?

  9. Old Gator - Sep 23, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Got your hands on Beyond a Boundary yet, antipodean one?

  10. D-Luxxx - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Even Barry Bonds hated him. LOL. Bonds hates everyone, including himself…

  11. Steve C - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3336514
    Nice little story in there about Maddux calling a game for Brad Penny, and helping him get 7 scoreless and walkless innings.

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