Mike Groll / AP
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | 1:55 p.m.
Hall of Famer Greg Maddux will join the UNLV baseball program next season as a volunteer assistant, Rebels coach Stan Stolte announced today. Maddux, who retired in 2008, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 after a 23-year career that saw him win four Cy Young Awards and 18 Gold Gloves.
“To add arguably the smartest player to ever step foot on a baseball field to our staff is so exciting for our student-athletes and the program,” Stolte said in a statement. “After meeting with Greg, you are so impressed with him not only with his knowledge of the game, but how grounded he has remained and his genuine desire to share his knowledge with up-and-coming players. He may be the most respected teammate in the game past or present, which is the ultimate compliment as a player. We look forward to his immediate impact once we begin our fall season.”
Maddux, a Valley High grad, was drafted in the second round of the 1984 draft by the Chicago Cubs. He made his debut two years later and would go on to help anchor a dominant Atlanta Braves pitching staff, helping to win the 1995 World Series.
He also pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, with multiple stops in Chicago and Los Angeles. Along the way, he amassed 355 wins and 3,371 strikeouts. Maddux is the only pitcher in history to record 300-plus wins, 3,000-plus strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks.
“I really look forward to helping the Rebel program in the upcoming season,” Maddux said in a statement.
Maddux’s son, Chase, is a sophomore right-hander for the Rebels. In his post-playing career, Maddux has had various front-office jobs, most recently taking a job with the Dodgers as a special assistant to President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman.