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Greg Maddux won't be joining Kevin Towers in Arizona

Sep 24, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

Yesterday new Arizona general manager Kevin Towers revealed that he’d like to bring in future Hall of Famer and current Cubs special assistant Greg Maddux as the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach or bench coach.
However, just a few hours later Chicago general manager Jim Hendry threw cold water on that idea:

Greg and I have a really good relationship. Obviously Greg’s intent is to stay with the Cubs in 2011, doing exactly what he’s doing now. And I’m sure we’ll have some other expansive duties for him. I’ve had numerous conversations with his since Lou [Piniella] left, including the managerial process. Kevin and I are friends. I’m glad Kevin is back, it didn’t really bother me because I knew what Greg is going to do.

Hendry speaking for Maddux is interesting, as is the assumption that he’d prefer to remain a special assistant to the Cubs than be the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach, but Hendry certainly seems confident about Maddux staying in Chicago.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    He must know something. Something Maddux doesn’t want us to know. Like maybe he’s contracted a prion – the one that causes die Vloek van der Geitbok.

  2. btberry - Sep 24, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Usually great pitchers make bad pitching coaches. The guys who really get the concept of maximizing what other pitchers can realistically do tend to be the guys who had to work harder themselves. But who knows … there are exceptions.
    This isn’t really related but I still think it’s funny the steroid-freak who swung as hard as he could in case he hit the ball got a job as the hitting coach for the Cardinals. What kind of advice could he possible give to other players? Shoot up more? I’ve never disliked the Cardinals but with that hiring I am ecstatic that they’re having a miserable season which clearly can’t be blamed on their pitching.

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