Mike Maddux, first reported on twitter by Ken Rosenthal, has been named the new pitching coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. This comes just 23 days after the Redbirds announced that Derek Lilliquist would not return in 2018. So who is Mike Maddux? My initial thoughts on this is that it is good hire for the Cardinals. I think Mike Maddux brings in a lot of experience and knowledge and that will be very beneficial to the Cardinals.
Mike Maddux played in the big leagues for 14 years with a multiple of different organizations. He spent time with the Phillies, Dodgers, Padres, Mets, Pirates, Red Sox, Mariners, Expos, and Astros.
Outside of being a 14 year MLB veteran, he is one of the most respected pitching coaches in the business. As a Coach, he has spent time with the Brewers, Rangers, and most recently the Nationals. As the pitching coach of the Rangers he was on the staff that reached the World Series in 2010 and 2011. His pitchers had a 4.06 ERA, good for sixth best in the AL. The Rangers’ 3.83 ERA from 2010-13 was the third best among AL staffs.
Maddux continued this success when he was hired by the Nationals in the 2015-2016 offseason. If you take a look at the numbers from 2017, the Nationals ranked sixth in the majors in ERA with a 3.88 ERA and fifth in opponents’ batting average at .239. You can say this came from a having a great staff and yeah that probably has a lot to do with this, but Maddux does have a hand in the bullpen decisions and the gamelans for attacking each lineup. When you look at it from that aspect, I think he has the possibility to raise the level of the Cardinals pitching staff.
Today on 101 ESPN, Jim Leyland, who coached with Mike Maddux, had nothing but great things to stay about him. Leyland said Maddux has a great attention to detail and works harder than anyone in the business. It was also mentioned that Maddux would be very helpful in Matheny managing the bullpen. The way Leyland talked about him reminded me a lot of Dave Duncan. Now I’m not saying he is going to the next great mastermind, but he could definitely be a game changer for this Cardinals team when it comes to bullpen management and gameplanning.
Overall great hire for the Cardinals, and if you include Jose Oquendo and Willie McGee to the mix this staff keeps getting better and better.
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