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Rangers hire Mike Maddux as pitching coach for 2023 season

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Texas Rangers have named Mike Maddux as their pitching coach. He returns to the Rangers with this move.

Maddux has joined Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff. The veteran manager turned to a veteran pitching coach to lead their pitching staff.

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Mike Maddux speaks with Jack Flaherty
Mike Maddux speaks with Jack Flaherty (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images)

This is the first time that Bochy and Maddux have worked together.

“Mike was amongst some very good other qualified candidates and we felt going through the process that Mike stood out for a number of reasons,” Rangers GM Chris Young said. “Ultimately, his familiarity and [Bochy’s] comfort level, we felt like he was the right fit for what we need right now. We’re very excited to welcome him back to the organization. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.”

Maddux is expected to work with starters Jon Gray, Martin Perez, Jake Odorizzi, Dane Dunning, and Glenn Otto. Their bullpen is expected to consist of José Leclerc, Jonathan Hernández, Brock Burke, Joe Barlow, Brett Martin, Josh Sborz, Taylor Hearn, and A.J. Alexy.

Before returning to the Rangers, Maddux had spent the last five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He had been employed by the Cardinals from 2018 through 2022.

Maddux was one of three coaches that were let go by the Cardinals at the end of the season. Jeff Albert and Bryan Evesgerd joined Maddux without a job.

The 61-year-old also served two seasons as the Washington Nationals pitching coach in 2016 and 2017. Before joining the Nationals, he was the Rangers pitching coach from 2009 through 2015.

He began his career as a pitching coach with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003 through 2008.

Maddux was a long-time pitcher from 1986 through 2000. In his MLB career, he pitched for 10 separate teams.

He began his career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1986. His career came to an end in 2000 with the Houston Astros.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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