Greg Maddux leaves Cubs to join Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)
The Rangers said Tuesday that Greg Maddux will become a special assistant to the general manager, the same role he held with the Cubs the last two seasons.
When asked what drew him to the Rangers, Greg Maddux responded: ''Probably the majority of it was my brother.'' He also said it was very attractive to work with Hall of Fame pitcher and Rangers President Nolan Ryan.
Mike Maddux has been the Rangers' pitching coach for the last three seasons. He interviewed to become manager of the Cubs before Dale Sveum was hired this month.
Greg Maddux, a four-time Cy Young Award winner, will be an instructor at major and minor league spring training and will visit farm teams during the season.
"I like being around the game at the highest level possible,'' he said. ''I will be another set of eyes. I will try to use the experiences I've had in the game and just pass those down to the players and coaches, just try to help out any way possible.''
The brothers had first spoken about eventually working together when Greg Maddux took his job with former Cubs GM Jim Hendry, who was fired in August.
Greg Maddux said Hendry's departure made him more open to see if working with Mike was a possibility now.
The part-time gig also allows Greg Maddux to spent time at home in Las Vegas with his 14-year-old son, helping his team and coaching younger kids.
''I missed the first 10 years of his life, I'm playing catch-up right now,'' he said. ''At the same time, I want to try to keep my feet wet in the game.''
Greg Maddux pitched 744 major league games from 1986-2008. He finished a 355-227 record and 3.16 ERA for the Cubs, Atlanta, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego. His Cy Young Awards came from 1992-95.