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Cubs Hire Mad Dog

By Garrett Monaghan

The best signing by the Cubs this off-season has arrived. The Cubs hired Greg Maddux today as a special adviser to GM Jim Hendry. Maddux will instruct both major leaguers and minor leaguers during Spring Training, and then act primarily as a scout during the regular season. According to an ESPN article, Maddux will also provide Hendry with some badly-needed analysis on the minor leagues, potential trades, and free agent signings.

Finally.

I'm trying not to get too excited, but it's possible that we've just seen the Cubs anoint Hendry's future successor. Maddux is one of the most intelligent men in the game, and his ability to analyze opposing hitters was nearly legendary during his playing career. If Maddux applies his considerable experience and intellect as effectively in the front office as he did on the field, he'll be an enormous asset to the team.

Hendry's clearly been in need of some help, and Maddux should give him some badly needed expertise. Of course, this isn't going to hurt the morale of Cubs fans either. A potential tag team of Maddux as GM and Sandberg as manager is a tantalizing fantasy that now seems possible.

Of course, I'm getting ahead of myself a bit. Maddux doesn't have any front office experience, and it's entirely possible he'll get bored with it or not be that spectacular. I'm not going to bet against the Mad Dog, though. This is great news for the Cubbies.

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