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Lotte to Invite Maddux

by Patrick Newman (Oct 26, 2009)

Sayonara Bobby, konichiwa Greg Maddux?

Maybe. The Chiba Lotte Marines are planning to invite the future Hall of Famer to spring training next season as a temporary pitching instructor, somewhat similar to what Orix did with Hideo Nomo last year. Sponichi notes that with his legendary control and excellent circle change, Maddux is a great role model on how to get by without velocity for Japanese pitchers. I'd tweak that just a bit and say he's a great example for any pitcher.

Lotte's intent is to reach out to Maddux through former Padres teammate and current Marine Tadahito Iguchi. I hope this comes together, it would be great to see Maddux back in the game.


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