Mike Maddux, a longtime and well-respected big-league pitching coach, will hold that role on Dusty Baker’s staff with the Nationals, the club announced Wednesday.
Maddux, who just parted ways with the Rangers last week after seven seasons, becomes the first known member of Baker’s new staff in Washington, which could include other high-profile names.
The Nationals announced Maddux’s hiring Wednesday afternoon, saying the two sides came to terms on a contract Tuesday evening. USA Today reported that Maddux, who will attend Baker’s introductory news conference Thursday, had already agreed to work for the Nationals last week and would have served as Bud Black’s pitching coach had negotiations between the club and the former Padres manager not fallen apart.
Maddux, 54, brings instant credibility and experience to Baker’s coaching staff. He spent six seasons as Brewers pitching coach before joining the Rangers, where during the course of his seven years of employment he led a staff that appeared in two World Series and featured big-name stars including Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels.
Texas general manager Jon Daniels told reporters last week that Maddux’s contract was expiring but the club made him an offer to return in 2016. Maddux informed the Rangers he wanted to explore other opportunities, with several teams in the market for a new pitching coach.
The older brother of Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, Mike Maddux spent parts of 15 seasons himself as a big-league pitcher with nine different franchises, going 39-37 with a 4.05 ERA. Greg Maddux, who had been a special assistant to Daniels, also left the Rangers last week.
Mike Maddux becomes only the third pitching coach in Nationals history. Randy St. Claire, who remained with the franchise when it relocated from Montreal, held the position until June 2009. Steve McCatty replaced St. Claire that summer and remained in the dugout until he was fired along with the rest of former manager Matt Williams’ staff last month.