Maddux is a Cub once again

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpg“We couldn’t be happier,” said Cubs GM Jim Hendry, announcing the return of Hall of Famer Greg Maddux to the Cubs. Except this time, “Mad Dog” will be barking up a new tree.

Maddux was named a special assistant to the general manager today and is set to take on three roles within the organization: working with coaches during spring training, aiding the in-season development of Cubs minor-leaguers, and evaluating talent for the baseball operations staff.

“He’ll certainly be involved in all aspects of the baseball operations department,” Hendry said. “As I’ve always said about him in the past, as a player and now as an employee, when Greg Maddux walks in your front door, your organization became a lot better that day.”

MADDUX G 050309 26.jpgThe eighth-winningest pitcher in baseball history with 355 victories, Maddux was drafted by the Cubs in the second round of the 1984 draft. He went 133-112 with a 3.61 ERA during his two stints with the Cubs, from 1986-92 and 2004-06.

Now he gets to return to the organization, continuing his demonstrated ability to instruct and mentor players. He also is ready to take on a new challenge.

“I’ll learn how to evaluate players the best I can,” Maddux said. “I’m sure there’s a system that goes along with that. Hopefully, I’ll have an eye for it and will be able to evaluate players properly.”

Hendry’s strong relationship with Maddux paid off in bringing the Las Vegas resident back to Chicago.

“I’m looking forward to getting back with [Hendry] and working with him and learning from him and the people around him, and doing what I can to help the players on the field and the organization,” Maddux said.

— Sean Ahmed

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