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A special assistant to former GM Jim Hendry, Greg Maddux has been a helpful mind to have in the Chicago Cubs’ front office over the past two years.

That helpful mind is now leaving.

According to Major League sources, Maddux has informed the Cubs that he will not return in 2012, instead potentially taking a similar position with the Texas Rangers, where his brother, Mike, is the pitching coach. You’ll recall that Mike Maddux was a candidate for the Cubs’ managerial gig before deciding to stay in Texas, and brief scuttlebutt had him bringing Greg along as his pitching coach in Chicago, if he were to get the job.

Cubs’ President Theo Epstein, who reached out to Maddux as one of his first orders of business upon taking a job with the Cubs, declined to comment.

Maddux’s role with the Cubs was never precisely defined or understood, and it was not a full-time role. Still, the Cubs had the benefit of Maddux’s insight, as he frequently met with minor league pitchers whom he helped as they developed their craft. And there was always a tacit hope that, one day, he’d take on a more formal, full-time role with the Cubs.

Maddux has been dealing with family issues for some time now, specifically related to his daughter’s serious migraine problems. Whatever role he takes with the Rangers may be as limited as his role with the Cubs.

There are no hard feelings, of course, and I have no doubt that Theo Epstein did all he could to retain Maddux’s services.

  • jstraw

    Whatevs

  • Spencer

    lame.

  • nonesuch

    too bad, but not a biggie if Mike isn’t coming and Greg will never be pitching coach. best of luck, Greg.
    (love that Robert California pose)

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    I’d secretly always hoped Maddux would take on a larger role with the Cubs once his family stuff was clear. So I’m a bit bummed. Dude knows baseball.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      Agreed.

  • ogyu

    Dear Greg:

    The 80s called. They want their wardrobe back.

    • EQ76

      Definitely that Crocket and Tubbs look isn’t it?

  • Katie

    You tawkin to me?

  • Ashley

    Damn always liked Mad Dog, and like you said Brett he knew his stuff and I had always hoped one day he would take a larger role. Wish him the best but wish he was still with the Cubs.

    Any idea if they will fill his position and with who?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Special Assistant isn’t really a position that needs to be filled, because it’s kind of made up thing for a guy whose brain you want around. It’ll be “filled” in the sense that the Cubs’ front office will have lots of smart baseball people (and some might be called “Special Assistants”), but Maddux’s specific job won’t be filled – because it was just for him.

      • EQ76

        We could hire George Castanza to fill the position.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          He’s too valuable as the Assistant to the Traveling Secretary. Heck, Boston asked to interview him for a promotion, but the Cubs wanted Adrian Gonzalez just to talk Costanza. Boston said no. They’re so unreasonable.

          • EQ76

            that sounds about right.. they’ll regret it when he switches them to the all cotton uni’s.

            • miggy80

              I heard that Theo likes Calzones

          • JasonB

            I’ve heard that Tyson’s Chicken is asking for Garza, Castro and Theo’s 2nd born child as compensation.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      The most likely guy to have a job similar to Maddux in the not-to-distant future would be Wood. I tend to think Wood will take on a more full-time job in the organization after he retires, but he might want to spend a lazy year touring the farm system and evaluating / working with the prospects like Maddux did.

  • die hard

    Connect the dots. His brother wanted no part of Cubs front office micro managing and he wants out too. Cubs loss is their gain. Bad omen.

    • EQ76

      Love it Die Hard! You’re the salmon poster of the group.. always swimmin’ upstream. Obviously I don’t agree, but still love the posts.

  • jt

    Whatever Greg was doing for our minor league pitching for the past two seasons I certainly hope it wasn’t much. Because the results haven’t seemed that good. Everything we’ve brought up from the minor leagues this last two seasons has been either very mediocre or just bad (save maybe the shark’s rebound this past season).

    Obviously love Greg Maddux, but from what I’ve read over the past two seasons about his actual involvement it really doesn’t seem like he was doing much more than just being given a title and a paycheck. Obviously if his daughter is having medical issues that plays into the perception as well.

    I wish him well, he definitely deserves it.

    • kubphan82

      Title, paycheck, and now packing… I’ve tried to find articles relating Maddux’s impact on young SP and mechanics, and while I’m not nearly as good as Brett in finding sources/articles, I couldn’t find one.

      I’m glad “he moves on” and I bet Theo’s extent to keep him was “Oh… no… don’t… stop…” (door closes by hand of Theo) At least Shiraz has a clearly defined full-time role.

  • hansman1982

    If I remember correctly, Greg championed getting Garza last year.  thanks for the big contribution before leaving.

  • Hawkeye

    7 articles posted today while still having time to take your daughter to the doctor this morning.  This is going to be a busy week, and Brett looks to be stepping up to the plate and hitting a grandslam…plus three extra runs.   As always, thanks for all you do!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Hawkeye. And there’s still another (long, rumor-heavy) post coming tonight.

  • BetterNews

    Who didn’t see that coming? It was always my impression Greg was trying to get Theo to scream “uncle” when it came to brother “MIke” being named manager.

    • Stinky Pete

      Where did you get that impression?

      • BetterNews

        Pete—Its called Nepotism!

  • Lou Cub

    Brett, as a Cub fan of 35 + years i’m really appreciative of your site and glad that you and others are really open minded and honest about the Cubs..Living in Phoenix, i’m not privy to all the Cubs info and am very grateful for your updates..Looking forward to the rumors and actual deals..It’s an awesome time to be a Cubs fan!!!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, LC.

  • Cubs8ball

    This is bad news… sorta. We don’t ever really see the “true” work that he has done for the Cubs organization. He probably “worked” 75% of the year on the golf course. I don’t think he’s looking to devote himself 100% to a full-time MLB gig. He did that as a SP and made plenty of money in the process.

  • die hard

    Maddux was worshipped by young arms and for good reason as he helped them figure out how to reach potential. How could Theo let him go? Theo couldnt make room for him or persuade him to stay?! True story as to why will eventually emerge and my guess wont be flattering. Cant believe this is second time Cubs didnt realize what they had in Maddux. First time only resulted in him having Hall of Fame career. This time could have worse consequences.

  • bacboris

    Die Hard, do you have a positive or neutral thought about anything? Seriously? And before the Tidrow jokes start, I just have to wonder what the F–k could have turned you into such a miser. Thank g-d for some new rumors today, or we would have heard about the cold weather or new construction being Ricketts, Theo, etc.’s fault.

    At some point the bloviating has to mean something right? You can’t actually believe that Theo shoved Maddux out the door (and kicked him for good measure) when he was one of the first people that Theo called when he got on the job. I really just have to pray that you get laid, drunk, and/or something because man do you need it.

    • die hard

      Stop drinking the kool-aid and you will be able to think clearly too. When comments are filtered through a persons natural bias, positive appears negative and vice versa. If you believe that there was nothing behind Maddux leaving, are you being positive or negative?

      What bothers me is that this front office purportedly wants only high caliber baseball minds. Yet, Maddux is gone. Doesnt that concern you?

      • BetterNews

        Die hard—Maddux made the choice not Theo. Furtheremore, what did Maddux really do for the Cubs. Yes he is an “icon” in many fans eyes, but what did he “really” do for the Cubs? I don’t think he is the “genius” you make him out to be.

        • die hard

          Why did he make choice? Anytime a hall of famer wants to help, you make a place for him.

          • BetterNews

            Diehard—Ryne Sandberg is not with the team. The name does not necessarily mean success in everything pursued.

            • die hard

              But Maddux was with team. Thats the rub. He wanted a bigger role and they showed him the door by saying NO. He also helped youngsters be better pitchers. Wells is one example. Smardzja and Russell are others. He also helped vets like Marshall. Guess they didnt want him around when new pitching coach hired. Too bad as he could have been front office pitching exec over all pitching coaches and pitchers in organization. Anyone in front office have his experience? Nope

              • BetterNews

                Does that mean Roy Halladay should be president of the United States. Sorry die hard, does not compute!(LOL)

  • Toosh

    Are the Cubs going to get compensation?

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