Rangers Hire Maddux as Pitching Coach
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Mike Maddux was hired Monday as Texas Rangers pitching coach after spending six seasons in the same role for Milwaukee and turning down an offer to stay with the Brewers.
Maddux will oversee a Texas pitching staff that had a 5.97 ERA this season, worst in the major leagues.
The Rangers also tabbed Andy Hawkins to be their bullpen coach. Hawkins served as interim pitching coach after Mark Connor was fired Aug. 1.
Maddux and Hawkins complete manager Ron Washington's revamped coaching staff for the 2009 season. Texas previously hired former Oakland Athletics manager Jackie Moore as bench coach and Dave Anderson as third base coach.
Connor and bullpen coach Dom Chiti were fired in August, and the team said right after the season that bench coach Art Howe and third base coach Matt Walbeck would not return.
First base coach Gary Pettis and longtime hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo remain on the staff.
Maddux pitched in the big leagues from 1986-2000, going 39-37 with a 4.05 ERA. His brother, Greg, has won 355 games and four Cy Young Awards.
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