It’s not every day that one of the greatest pitchers of all-time, and one of the top right-handed pitchers to ever toe the rubber, can help your organization by giving insight and advice to your pitchers. That’s the case with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Greg Maddux, though, as the team’s new special assistant of baseball operations was in camp on Wednesday.
Maddux will begin a new venture as he hopes to nurture and instruct the plethora of pitchers that the Dodgers currently have within their organization. He’s there at Camelback Ranch helping cultivate the next crop of successful pitchers in Los Angeles. And you have to love it.
“I think the main thing is to try to help the players,” Maddux said. “Obviously, I have to get to know them first, and they have to get to know you. I’ll just watch the players and get to know them. If there’s something I can say or do that might make them better, that’s the goal — to try to make the players better.”
It’s always great to have an assistant or coach who wants to help improve the quality of a player’s performance, and Maddux is definitely no exception to that rule. The Hall of Famer racked up 355 wins, 3371 strikeouts, and won four-straight Cy Young Awards. He knows a thing or two about the art of pitching.
When Maddux was asked about Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, he responded how you thought he would:
“You never think anybody is going to be that good,” Maddux said.
Coming from the mouth of one of the greatest to ever do it, that really means a lot. The Dodgers will open up the season on April 4th, and Greg Maddux will have his role as special assistant of baseball operations. But, for now, he’s there at Spring Training giving the pitchers a thorough examination.
If his help is like his pitching was, look out.