Dec
08

The Greg Maddux retirement press conference

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Greg Maddux is in the house to officially announce his retirement. That’s a pretty cool mural for him. If he says anything of note we”ll update the post. For now, the only thing of note is that a ton of GMs associated with Maddux — we saw Hendry, Schuerholtz, and Colletti strolling in with Mad Dog.

Update by Mike (11:30am): Here’s Boras & Maddux:

Like Moose, Maddux said he knew for “quite some time” that he’d be retiring.

Update by Joe (11:32 a.m.): Maddux says he’s going to take a year off, see if he likes it or not, and then consider coming back as a coach. “I don’t feel like I know a whole lot about anything, but I know a few things about baseball.” He hasn’t made any decisions, but considering his acumen for the game, we could certainly see him back as a coach soon enough.

Update by Mike (11:35am): Here’s Maddux answering questions:

Bobby Cox is here too. Maddux is talking about the Mets-Braves rivalry now, he said he remembers “the smell” of Shea. He also noted how Chipper Jones annihilated the Mets. Good stuff.

Update by Mike (11:40am): When asked if there was ever one core piece of information he shared with all the young pitchers he mentored, Maddux said “not really,” but he mentioned that “the best way to learn is to screw up and not do it again.”

Update by Mike (11:55am): The press conference is over. Maddux gave the usual schtick, thanking everyone from his high school coaches to Leo Mazzone to his brother Mike, and everyone in between. Did you know he didn’t start pitching until he was 15 yrs old? Crazy.

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  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Chicks dig the long ball.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones
      • Mike Pop

        Hey, we got cy young winners ova here !

        • http://www.ilikemygirls.com Billy Beane

          i love that commercial.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Billy Beane says:
            i love that commercial.

            That’s because it’s full of swinging away for homeruns and has no stolen bases or sac bunts in it.

  • jsbrendog

    watching maddux o tbs when he was brave throughout the 90’s is partly what made me a “baseball” fan as well as a yankee fan. Watching a guy with his control, and his skill twirl a complete game shutout on 95-98 pitches multiple times was like watching a magic show. It was just poetry.

    the game is losing a great player. If anyone is interested there is a good article up on espn about maddux from the sarcastic side of it, What maddux wasn’t i believe. What he was was all class.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      I agree wholeheartedly.

      In a related story, every pitcher who doesn’t throw at least 98 MPH, including Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy, sucks horribly and will never, ever amount to jack shit.

      • Mike Pop

        Trade them both for Brett Myers.. We need stability

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Is Armando Benitez still alive?
          Is Ugueth Urbina out of jail yet?

  • steve (different one)

    i would love to have Maddux as the pitching coach, but i’m going to assume the Braves or Cubs would have first dibs.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      You know, Joe Girardi and Greg Maddux did grow up together in the Cubs system during the late 80’s/early ’90’s…

      • Mike Pop

        Mad Dog could teach Kennedy a thing or twenty

  • Mike Pop

    You guys are lucky

  • Baseballnation

    Maddox as a pitching coach would be an extremely valuable commodity to have. Though, I see him as a future coach down the line.

    • UWS

      …Wait, what?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        What’s the big deal? That was perfectly understanishable.

    • jsbrendog

      what i think he means, if you take the jump, is that while he would like to see him as a pithcing coach he sees him becoming a manager? i dunno, i’mgrasping at straws here

  • dkidd

    tsjc is right on. girardi and maddux came up together. get this man into pinstripes!

    was there a more fun pitcher to watch than mad dog in his prime? master of the 82 pitch, 2 hour shutout

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