1/11/10 Lessons learned
Ask any pitcher who was Greg Maddux’s teammate, and he will tell you how much he learned from being around the 300-game winner. Maddux likes to give credit to the many pitching coaches he’s had, including the Cubs’ Larry Rothschild.
“Larry actually taught me how to scout hitters in a way that I had never looked at in the past,” Maddux said Monday when he was named an assistant to the Cubs’ GM. “Mechanically, he was very simple and didn’t really change a whole lot [in Maddux’s delivery].”
Most of their discussion focused on hitters and how to set them up and finish them off. Could Maddux help hitters and their approach to pitchers?
“I think you can help hitters with how a pitcher is trying to get them out,” Maddux said. “As far as messing with their swings and stuff like that, I think there’s a few more people who should be talking to them than me. Every now and then a hitter will have questions about pitch selection and patterns and stuff like that. Maybe I could have an idea what that pitcher might throw in a certain spot.”
– Carrie Muskat