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Maddux brothers a possibility for Cubs?

Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 8:31 pm
By Matt Snyder

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux interviewed for the Chicago Cubs' managerial opening Wednesday, and by many accounts it went very well. In fact, "he hit it out of the park," according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Sandy Alomar Jr. will interview with the new Cubs brain trust Friday while Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum are also said to be in the mix (and there could be more, of course). But let's focus on Maddux for a second. Namely because of his last name and the connection to the Cubs.

As pretty much any baseball fan with a brain knows, Greg Maddux is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He spent parts of 10 seasons with the Cubs, twice making the All-Star team and winning one Cy Young. His number 31 is retired (jointly, with Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins) by the Cubs. And many, including humble ol' me, believe Greg Maddux would make an outstanding pitching coach.

Mike Maddux was asked Wednesday by reporters about possibly bringing his little brother along (Mike is 50, Greg is 45) should he be hired as the Cubs next manager. Mike acknowledged the two did discuss such a scenario and wouldn't say Greg was not a possibility.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
‘‘We talked about it, yeah,’’ Mike said. ‘‘Sure did.’’

Their conclusion?

‘‘That’s kind of a private family matter,’’ he said.

Given multiple chances to rule out a Maddux family reunion should he get the job, Mike didn’t.

‘‘It’s family stuff that we should probably keep to ourselves,’’ said Mike, who also said Greg was one of the first calls he made after he was asked to interview.
Insert the famous line from Dumb and Dumber: "So you're telling me there's a chance ... "

Now, Mike hasn't even been offered the job and we aren't sure he would definitely take it if offered (though it seems likely, considering he pulled out of a scheduled interview with the Red Sox and still interviewed with the Cubs). But if he is named manager, it's worth discussing what kind of a job the Maddux brothers could do with the Cubs pitching staff in 2012 and beyond. They represent two of the best pitching minds this side of Dave Duncan and would surely prove a huge boost to the pitching staff assembled by Theo Epstein and company. Jim Bowden of -- who had stints as both the Reds and Nationals GM -- tweets that there is "strong sentiment" that Cubs' brass feels its best team in the dugout would be the Maddux brothers.

This is purely speculative on my part, but the biggest question with Greg might be whether or not he wants to have such a hands-on job. He's been a "special assistant" to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry the past two seasons, but being a pitching coach would require much more consistent hours. According to his Baseball-Reference page, Greg Maddux made more than $150 million in his playing career. So he doesn't need money. It seems like being in that situation, any job would be merely to escape boredom. Being pitching coach for the Cubs is a pressure-packed job for at least eight months of the year and requires work every single day throughout the entire summer. It's certainly no hobby. Would he really want such a strenuous job?

If anyone could convince him to do so, maybe it's his big brother -- if Mike even gets that chance. Stay tuned.

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Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:15 pm

Maddux brothers a possibility for Cubs?

Before we start buying ticker tape for the parade...

I think Cubs fans need to act like Yankee fans every once in a while. While I agree that the Maddux brothers may be two of the greatest pitching minds in and around the major leagues, does that equate to championships? I seem to remember Rudy Jaramillo's hiring being what some hailed as the greatest thing that could ever happen to the Cubs offense, and, while I'm sure he's a great hitting coach, that offensive explosion has yet to be seen.

Don't get me wrong. I'd love to see the Cubs raise a championship trophy on the North Side. I just think we need answers to some problems that are a lot more important to this team's success than just the manager. We've got aging players, bad contracts, guys we need to re-sign, and free agents to acquire. We only have a shell of the team we need to be contenders, at this point. The manager, the GM, and the organization as a whole have a lot of work to do. Let's save the celebrating for the actual championship. Until then, temper our excitement with expectations and realistic views and opinions. There should be just as much pressure to win (IF NOT MORE) as Yankees fans put on their managers.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:02 am

Maddux brothers a possibility for Cubs?

This would be amazing for the Cubs.  I've been a Cub fan for 40 years and I have felt good about Cubs teams in the past like the 84 team led by the "daily double" Dernier and Sandberg, and the 89 team that was basically beaten in the playoffs by Will Clark and Barry Bonds, and the 2003 team that came home up 3-2 against the Marlins with Wood and Prior pitching games 6 and 7.  People blame Bartman but it's the Cubs own fault that they couldn't get it done in either game at home with their 2 most dominant pitchers pitching.

All that being said, I have never felt as good about the Cubs organization and their chances to win and they haven't signed one new player yet.  Getting the Maddux brothers would just be some icing on the cake to go along with their fantastic hirings of team president, general manager and director of player personnel.  Way to go Cubs and keep moving forward!

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:33 am

Maddux brothers a possibility for Cubs?

I just wish these 2 would come be the Braves coaches

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 3:52 am

Maddux brothers a possibility for Cubs?

This is something that I have been dreaming about since I heard Greg was an "assistant" to Jim Hendry.  I've also had great respect for Mike since his days as the Brewers pitching coach and loved seeing his new team go to the World Series.

Bring the Maddux brothers to the Cubbies!  They would be a draw just by themselves!  Am I dreaming?  Is all this happening?  Is there really a chance I could see the CUBS IN THE WORLDS SERIES before I die?!?!

Please Lord...Ronnie.....and Harry!  Make it so! :D

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:26 pm

Maddux brothers a possibility for Cubs?

If Theo could pull that off it would probably be the best thing to happen to the Cubs since... since...  I'm sorry I can't think of anything positive that ever happened for the Cubs so let's just leave it at it would probably be a good thing.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:47 pm

Maddux brothers a possibility for Cubs?

As a ranger fan I really don't want to see Mike Maddux leave.  This guy has done so much work with the rangers pitchers over the past few years.  Every year under Maddux the pitching staff's ERA has gone down.  The Rangers should do whatever they can to pay Maddux and get him back.  Without Maddux at the helm of the pitchers I have a terrible feeling that the pitching will get back to its old ways!

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:36 pm
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