Greg Maddux throwing out first pitch for Rangers

Greg Maddux, who will be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, will throw out the first pitch on Opening Day for the Texas Rangers.

Maddux, who never pitched for Texas, is a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels and has been working with his brother Mike with the staff in spring training. Mike Maddux will catch the first pitch.

The decision to have Greg Maddux throw out the first pitch was made in in January before longtime Texas star Michael Young announced his retirement. The Rangers have talked with Young about the decision and he’s fine with the organization honoring Greg Maddux.

The Rangers plan to honor Young during a game early this season.

The Rangers open the season March 31 against Philadelphia at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which performed the National Anthem when the park opened 20 years ago, will handle the duties for Opening Day this year again.

Cash parking lots open at 8 a.m. for Opening Day and the gates open at 10 a.m. The first pitch for the game, which pits Yu Darvish against Cliff Lee, is 1:05 p.m.