Today the Chicago Cubs announced that legendary Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux (that’s right, Cubs pitcher) has been hired as a special assistant to general manager Jim Hendry. Let’s hope Maddux doesn’t have a Hendrian hard-on for mediocre, aging vets.
“We are thrilled to have Greg back with the Chicago Cubs,” Hendry said in a statement. “He has such a vast knowledge of all phases of the game and the ultimate respect of everyone from the players to the front office. The addition of Greg Maddux makes us a better organization.”
Maddux will help with instruction for major leaguers and minor leaguers during spring training, and he will scout throughout the season. “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,” Maddux said in a statement. “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.”
Maddux will be at Hendry’s disposal to evaluate minor-league affiliates and to provide input on trades or potential free-agent signings. ESPN Chicago.
Anyone secretly wondering how quickly Maddux, who did not pitch in 2009, could get back in throwing shape? I’m not going to suggest that Maddux would ever actually pitch for the Cubs, but I’m always fascinated when guys like Maddux – super rich, super successful, only barely retired – join organizations in roles like this. I think he’ll be great in this role, but you have to wonder how soon he’ll get the competitive itch.