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Padre Notes: Maddux a great mentor

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by wrbanwal, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
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    PEORIA, Ariz. -- When the Padres re-signed pitcher Greg Maddux to a one-year deal for $10 million, they felt like the 347-game winner still had something left to offer in 2008.

    What he provides off the mound is of considerable value as well, as Maddux has helped several of the pitchers on the staff, especially younger pitchers like Jake Peavy and Chris Young.

    Young, for one, found himself sidling up to Maddux on the bench during games to talk pitching philosophy. The lessons were many, though the biggest is one Young will take with him to the mound for each and every start this season.

    M*A*S*H unit? Black was asked about his roster, which includes a number of players coming off injuries or surgeries, like pitchers Randy Wolf and Mark Prior, center fielder Jim Edmonds and non-roster invitees pitcher Glendon Rusch and outfielders Jeff DaVanon and Jody Gerut.

    "Coming to our environment, you hope that they recapture that [old] form," Black said. "It works both ways -- for us to want someone, they have got to want to come here, too. There are 29 other teams they could have gone to.

    "We feel as though -- and I wouldn't call it a gamble -- it's a nice calculated move, on a guy you hope can recapture his form."

    Friars notes: Black said that outfielder Brian Giles, coming back from offseason knee surgery, will likely be able to play in Cactus League games sometime during mid-March or about the time when the Padres leave for China (March 11). The hope is still that Giles be will ready for Opening Day on March 31. Until he can play in games, the Padres will be able to give playing time to several outfielders in camp. But who will hit leadoff? The most likely candidate would be new second baseman Tadahito Iguchi. ... Still no sign of pitcher Enrique Gonzalez (visa issues) or any indication of when he'll arrive in Arizona. ... Other than pitchers pitching, catchers catching and hitters hitting, how do the Padres spent their time each day? Early in camp, the Padres work on their defensive fundamentals, first-and-third defense, bunt defenses, pickoffs and rundowns. ... There were 30 members of the Mexican media in attendance Saturday at the Peoria Sports Complex. ... The prep basketball team that Tony Clark helps coach, Northwest Christian, won the Arizona 2A state championship Saturday in Glendale, knocking off Thatcher, 56-42.

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