Greg Maddux just can't stay away from spring training.
Maddux, who retired in December after winning 355 games and 18
Gold Gloves during a 23-year career, has agreed to become a spring
training instructor for the San Diego Padres. He's scheduled to
arrive in camp on Wednesday.
The four-time Cy Young Award winner, who is eighth on the career
wins list, pitched for the Padres from 2007 until August, when he
was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Maddux also played for the
Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves during his long career. He finished
with a 355-227 record and a 3.16 ERA.
"Last year a lot of our conversations were about the future,"
Padres manager Bud Black said Monday. "I said, 'Greg, you have
some freedom to explore. I'll tell you what I'm thinking about
before, during and after the game."'
Black said he and Padres general manager Kevin Towers kept in
contact with Maddux over the winter about the possibility of
returning as a coach. Black said the Chicago Cubs also inquired
about Maddux returning as a coach.
"His role is undefined," Black said. "It gives me and Kevin
and the other coaches a great resource."