December 18, 1992 |
The New York Mets, taking advantage of the Padres' winter clearance sale, grabbed another bargain Thursday by acquiring right-handed reliever Mike Maddux. Finding themselves against another self-imposed deadline, the Padres had to trade Maddux by Sunday or allow him to become a free agent by not tendering a contract. They simply refused to pay Maddux the projected $1 million he might earn in arbitration this winter.
July 2, 1992 |
The Padres have invested big bucks, made colossal trades, and done everything in their power trying to find someone to use as a bullpen stopper since the departure of Mark Davis. Who would have thought that the most reliable alternative was found on the banquet circuit a year ago in Las Vegas? His name is Mike Maddux, and after preserving the Padres' heart-stopping 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the Dodgers, he has emerged as the Padres' bullpen stopper. He can't throw 90 m.p.h.
April 25, 1992 |
Mike Maddux threw 36 pitches worth of batting practice Friday but was left on the disabled list. The Padres want to see how he feels today and then, according to pitching coach Mike Roarke, probably will activate him on Monday. "We wouldn't want to bring him back on one day's rest," Roarke said. Maddux, who has been out with tenderness in his right elbow, said he felt good and was encouraged because, for the first time, he threw all four of his pitches.
January 29, 1992 |
Reliever Mike Maddux, who was unemployed and desperately looking for work a year ago at this time, received the biggest payday of his life Tuesday when the Padres provided him with a one-year, $510,000 contract. "I didn't even know what I was going to do last winter," Maddux said. "Nobody would give me a job. I was begging just for an opportunity. "Now, look at what's happened. What can I say, this has exceeded my wildest dreams."
June 7, 1991 |
The phone call will come sometime today. Padre reliever Mike Maddux will answer it, hear the laughter and know exactly who's on the other end. It will be his little brother, Greg. The same guy who was the winning pitcher Thursday afternoon in the Chicago Cubs' 6-2 victory over the Padres at Wrigley Field. The same guy who snapped the Padres' six-game winning streak. That Greg Maddux. He's sure to be calling, all right, to boast about Thursday's performance.
April 18, 1991 |
Spring training had started and all through Las Vegas Tourists were busily losing their wages One man sat back as life passed him by He wanted to pitch, but who'd let him try? Mike Maddux was like a kid on Christmas morning who came downstairs to empty stockings, or maybe more like a kid in a Halloween costume who could find no one home. You know, he had a tux but not a date. This was a baseball player who had cleats and a glove and, most importantly, an arm.