When the World Baseball Classic is played in March, there will be a face very familiar to Rangers fans in the Team USA dugout.
Greg Maddux, the Rangers' special assistant to the GM, the brother of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and a Hall of Fame pitcher in his own right, will be the pitching coach for the U.S. team in the third installment of the world baseball tournament.
Maddux was in the dugout at times last spring training after joining the team last winter and has been on hand from time to time in Arlington at home games. It's clear he's had his handprint on the Rangers' pitching staff as he added to the brainpower in the organization at the pitching position, along with his brother and president/owner Nolan Ryan.
He'll be joined on the Team USA staff by manager Joe Torre, bench coach Larry Bowa, bullpen/pitching coach Marcel Lachemann, first base coach Dale Murphy, hitting coach Gerald Perry and third base coach Willie Randolph.
Maddux pitched for 23 years in the bigs with a career ERA of 3.16, leading the league four times, and had 355 wins with four straight Cy Young Awards from 1992-1995.