From the Wire … Greg Maddux Hired as Special Assistant to Jim Hendry

According to a report from Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000, the Cubs have hired Greg Maddux to be a special assistant to Jim Hendry.

Greg Maddux will help with instruction for Major Leaguers and Minor Leaguers during Spring Training and will scout throughout the season. Maddux will also provide input to Hendry on potential trades or free agent signings.

The official announcement will be made on Monday afternoon.

Updated – 7:29pm CST – With additional information on the hiring of Greg Maddux

Update – The official release from Cubs.com

Greg Maddux joined Gary Hughes, Ken Kravec, Dave Littlefield, Louis Eljaua and Mike Valarezo as special assistants to Jim Hendry on Monday.

According to the press release, Maddux’s responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting the Coaching Staffs at the Major and Minor League levels during Spring Training
  • Assisting in the development of Cubs minor leaguers during the regular season
  • Assisting Jim Hendry and the baseball operations department in talent evaluation

Jim Hendry on the hiring of Greg Maddux:

“We are thrilled to have Greg back with the Chicago Cubs. He has such a vast knowledge of all phases of the game and the ultimate respect of everyone from the players to the front office. The addition of Greg Maddux makes us a better organization.”

Greg Maddux on his new job:

“I’m looking forward to working my way back into the game and am happy that the Cubs have given me the opportunity to do that. I started my career with the Cubs and Chicago has always been the best place in the league to play. I’m eager to do whatever I can to help the organization and am looking forward to getting started at spring training.”

The hiring of Greg Maddux was a solid baseball decision by the Cubs’ organization. Not because he is a former player and fan favorite, because he was the best pitcher of his generation. The entire organization will benefit by the hiring of Greg Maddux.

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