UPDATE: It's official.
Boy, didn't see this piece of news coming.
The Washington Nationals decided to clean house and not retain their manager Dusty Baker or any of his coaches. That was certainly surprising, but it immediately led to the rumors that heralded pitching coach Mike Maddux might be up for the manager job or head to Chicago to be the Cubs pitching coach.
Neither happened, as according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Maddux has been hired by the St. Louis Cardinals to be their new pitching coach.
Mike Maddux about to be named pitching coach of #STLCards, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 26, 2017
St. Louis made huge news earlier in the week when they announced that Jose Oquendo was returning as their third base coach and former Cardinals great Willie McGee was also added to the major league coaching.
Now they get arguably the best pitching coach in the sport! No excuses moving forward, Mike Matheny.
Maddux, 56, pitched professionally in Major League Baseball for 15 seasons with nine different teams, and is famous for being the older brother of Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.
Before being the pitching coach for Washington the last two seasons, Maddux was the pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers, who endured great success in the pitching department under his guidance.