ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Greg Maddux is enjoying his part-time role in baseball these days.
The newly elected member in baseball's Hall of Fame gets to spend plenty of time with his family while also working as a special assistant helping the Texas Rangers' pitching coach, his brother Mike.
"That's probably the best perk, is I'm able to get a little bit of both," Greg Maddux said Thursday. "I have a kid that's going to be 17 soon ... I'm getting a chance to watch him grow up and play at the high school level, help his team out as well. And spend time with family and still get my baseball fix in too."
Two weeks after getting his call from the hall, and being on 97 percent of the ballots in his first year of eligibility, the four-time NL Cy Young Award winner said it was still "pretty exciting."
Maddux won 355 games in a big-league career that started with Chicago Cubs from 1986-92. He won his first Cy Young in his final season at Wrigley Field, then won the award in his first three seasons with the Braves. After 11 seasons in Atlanta, he returned to the Cubs for three more years, and pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego after that.
When Maddux is inducted July 27, he will not have any logo on his Hall of Fame plaque.
"I feel good about it, I spent half my career in Chicago and half of my career in Atlanta," he said. "So I'm going to go in neutral, I guess."