Greg Maddux is a Cubs once again – GM Jim Hendry has hired him as one of his assistants to help develop the future of the Cubs. Officially, Maddux will help with the coaching staffs during Spring Training, he will be involved in the development of minor league players at the minor league level and he will participate in talent evaluation within the baseball operations department.
Maddux had his No. 31 retired in May 2009 along side Fergie Jenkins. He pitched 10 seasons for the Cubs, with 133 of his 355 victories coming in a Cubs uniform. Maddux was the 8th winningest pitcher all-time when he retired in 2008 and he won his 1st Cy Young Award as a member of the Cubs in 1992 – 20-11 with a sparkling 2.18 ERA.
Maddux had this to say about the endeavor: “I’m looking forward to learning things about the game that I never thought I had to learn, and at the same time, trying to pass down what I’ve learned the last 20 years to the players who will play hopefully for the next 20 years… I’m looking forward to working my way back into the game and am happy that the Cubs have given me the opportunity to do that. I started my career with the Cubs, and Chicago has always been the best place in the league to play. I’m eager to do whatever I can to help the organization and am looking forward to getting started at Spring Training.”
GM Hendry echoed Maddux’s sentiments: “We’re thrilled to have Greg back with the Chicago Cubs. He has such a vast knowledge of all phases of the game and the ultimate respect of everyone from players to the front office. The addition of Greg Madduz makes us a better organization.”
Let’s hope Maddux learns quickly. I believe that Hendry is under contract for the next 2 years. Maybe when the Ricketts family realizes what a crappy position that Hendry has left the Cubs in player personnel-wise (with all the bad long-term contracts that have the Cubs hands tied for the next 2-3 seasons), they’ll see a potential replacement with Maddux. How about Maddux and Sandberg running the major league club in a few years? We can only hope…