The Los Angeles Dodgers have added Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez to their front office, the team announced today. From ESPN’s report:
Maddux, a Hall of Famer, and Ibanez, a 19-year major-league veteran, will assist in every aspect of running the club, according to the Dodgers, from scouting to player development and even as instructors with the major-league club, as well as in the minor leagues.
Both former players are ex-Midwest Leaguers.
Maddux went 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA, 125 strikeouts and 52 walks in 186 IP (27 starts) for the 1985 Peoria Chiefs. He pitched six complete games (no shutouts) for the Chiefs. After Maddux was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, I took a look at some early scouting reports on him, which you can read here.
Maddux’s most notable Midwest League teammate was Rafael Palmeiro, who batted .297 with 5 HR and 51 RBI in 73 games with the Chiefs. Palmeiro is a member of MLB’s 3,000-hit and 500-HR clubs, but so far has been left out of the Hall of Fame because he tested positive for a banned substance in 2005.
Ibanez played 143 games with the 1993-94 Appleton Foxes, batting .300 with 12 HR and 80 RBI. His most notable Foxes teammate was Alex Rodriguez, who batted .319 with 14 HR, 55 RBI and 16 SB in 65 games with the 1994 team. After being suspended for the entire 2014 season, Rodriguez may face a fate similar to Palmeiro’s when he is eligible for the Hall of Fame, despite having more than 3,000 career hits and nearly 700 career homers.