Thursday, February 4, 2010
#431) MIKE MADDUX
Mike Maddux was traded to the New York Mets from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Roger Mason and Mike Frietas on December 17, 1992. He is the older brother of four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux. Mike pitched two seasons in New York enjoying much better success the first of those. In 1993 the right-hander finished with five saves and a 3.60 ERA. The next season that ballooned to a 5.11 ERA. So after the 1994 season Maddux was granted free agency and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 10, 1995.
While Mike was with the Houston Astros their general manager, Gerry Hinsicker convinced Maddux to retire as a player and explore coaching. He began his coaching career within the same week in July 2000. "Back when we were both with the Mets in the 1990s, it was pretty obvious this is what he wanted to do." Hunsicker said, "And it was pretty obvious he had a knack for it." After two successful minor league seasons Maddux became the pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, and then the Texas Rangers.
Mike Maddux signed his card in the set for my friend Tom during the Rangers Fan Fest in Arlington, Texas on January 30, 2010.