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For the third time in his baseball and post-baseball career, Greg Maddux may be leaving the Chicago Cubs.

Maddux first left the Cubs for free agency in 1993 (after winning his first of four straight Cy Young Awards), and then left again when he was traded to the Dodgers in 2006 (Cesar Izturis, woot woot). And now, as a special assistant to former General Manager Jim Hendry, Maddux’s future with the organization is uncertain.

Maddux, who described his job as “help[ing] Jim with anything he wanted help with, which wasn’t much,” says he’s not worried about how Hendry’s departure will affect him. And he’s not sure he wants to return to a special assistant role with the Cubs next year anyway.

“I don’t know [if I'll be back next year], and I would feel the same way if Jim was still there now,” Maddux said. “I’m just trying to get my feet wet and figure out what I want to do in my post-baseball career.”

Tom Ricketts has tried to reach out to Maddux, but the two have been playing phone tag, according to Maddux. His contract with the team expires in December.

Now, setting aside the sentimentality associated with Maddux being a part of the Cubs’ organization, I’m not really sure how much practical impact he had on the farm system or on Jim Hendry’s decisions. Maddux worked part-time, touring the system when his schedule allowed, and offering input when asked. There’s no doubt that few know the game better than Maddux, but it was never made abundantly clear just what value he was bringing to the organization.

Is it better to have him on board than not? Absolutely. Do I hope he stays on board in some role under the next GM? I really do.

Is it going to be as crushing to the organization as the first time he left the Cubs (or even the second)? Nah.

  • BFM

    I think they should get him a uniform and let him be our fifth starter.
    He probably has more in the tank than Wells or Lopez.

  • MichiganGoat

    I imagine that as long as Maddux wants to be around he will have a special/honorary job with the Cubs. If he is looking to become a coach or major player in a front office then I could see him leaving- wouldn’t you want to get a job in a better organization? I wonder if the Braves want him, and if he wants a job developing pitching talent isn’t that the best place to work?

    • hardtop

      well the braves have pretty good young pitching; and it appears they don’t need a lot of help developing it ;) so maybe stay in Chicago where they really need you? its nice to feel needed? I’m trying here…
      The main reason to stay with the Cubs and develop/coach pitchers: its not f’in Atlanta! That place is hot and sucky – the choad of the nation.
      (no offense hot-lanta cubs fans, but I really did not enjoy your city and i encourage you to relocate at your earliest possible convenience)

      • MichiganGoat

        Yes it horribly hot there but a quality organization, with a winning history makes all that sweat easier to deal with.

  • Toosh

    If Maddux wants to stay, hopefully the new GM wants that too.

  • Jody

    I would love to see him as our pitching coach.

    • wax_eagle

      I agree, but in about 10 years

      • hardtop

        Eagle, why 10 years?

        • MichiganGoat

          I’ll take a stab at this. 1-he has zero experience as a coach, 2-being a HOF pitchers does not equal great pitching coach, 3-he has not shown any desire to be a coach, 4-if he does start coaching he’ll need around 5 years in the minor or as an assistant (or combination of both). Basically I think our fandom is clouding our expectations of him and although I think he could be a coach in less than 10 years I’m not holding my breath or expecting it until he shows some success in that role.

          • hardtop

            i wasnt suggesting that he be the pitching coach next year, just wanted to know why the window was 10 years in wax-eagles opinion.
            I have no “crazy fan” expectations… but i do have a stopry ill share later that has some bearing on this discussion.

  • swinquest

    I think that Ricketts should get all of the 80s and early 90s team back together to run the team. Sandberg, Grace, Maddox, etc. That team was a very good running team and I think that they can return and create a finely tuned game winning machine.

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Totally! I mean, between 1985 and 1997 we won 985 games, and only lost 1212! Over those twelve years, we finished above 3rd place twice!!

      I’m poking fun, of course, only to illustrate the limits of our Cubs nostalgia. While we had good players on our teams during that period, we were never a very good team. I don’t understand why anyone thinks that a reunion/promotion of our favorite members of those not-so-good teams would yield winning results at the major league level.

      • swinquest

        I know that they were not a good team, but you know the saying…Being older means that you are wiser??? Now that they are older (much older), their decisions would be wiser…NO????

        • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

          Perhaps. I prefer the saying “being older makes you much better able to cope with a crappy baseball team ’cause you can buy booze”.

        • MichiganGoat

          Being older also increases the possibility of senility, just sayin

  • Cheryl

    How would Maddux fit as a pitching scout? That might not take as long to get his feet wet as being a straight pitching coach.. Also, he’d generally be away from the day to day operations of the new GM and might feel better looking on from a distance but at the same time having his views on the value of certain pitchers listened to by the new GM.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I doubt he’d want to do that.

  • Steve

    Oh, God…please no. I don’t want to hear any more talk of retired Cub players coaching. No Sandberg. No Maddux. I don’t want Andre Dawson to be hitting coach. No Jodi Davis. No Mark Grace. Gary Matthews? Stay at home. You people are nuts. All those players were part of losing teams. Some, for many consecutive seasons. The teams is finally talking about new organizational philosophy, and a new approach. And people want a bunch of retired “lovable losers” to become the new coaching staff??? No wonder this organization his been ass backwards for a century…

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      I disagree completely. I think Jodi Davis would make an incredible baserunning coach.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      What about Joe Girardi….?

  • Steve

    No. No Joe, either. Thank you for your service. Have a nice life.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      You want a totally fresh start, I gather. Fine with me (though I’d have no problem with Joe, specifically).

  • Toosh

    How many LOB tonight? 26? Or less?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Push!

    • ron

      This is their way of letting Coleman off the hook. If it is bad enough noone will talk about the tater he gave up.

  • Coal

    The pictures of Colletti and Maddux remind me how painfully awkward so many baseball players/people look in “street clothes”. I can’t tell if it’s because most of us have only pictured them in uniforms in our minds, if it’s because ball players were just gym rats their whole lives who never got to the mall, or if their role models in the baseball world all dress poorly so it’s just self-fullfilling. Maybe some of both in play, but geez.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha, good call. Even the “hip” ones – give Ryan Braun a google, and you’ll see what I mean.

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