In a surprising turn of events, today the Rangers announced that pitching coach Mike Maddux will not return in 2016.
Here's the statement from Jon Daniels:
"We made an offer to our coaches and at that point, Mike was looking around. We took the opportunity to do so, too. We did an internal review and decided that, as we talked it through, we felt like it was an opportunity for us to get better with a new voice in that role."
Maddux has been Texas's pitching coach since 2009, presiding over the best seven-year stretch of pitching in the history of the franchise. In that span Rangers pitchers combined to generate +133.7 fWAR -- 5th in the AL during that span -- including a 4.07 ERA (4.11 xFIP) in Texas's less than ideal pitching conditions.
It's easy to get sentimental about this departure because, well, Mike Maddux is one of the originals. He was Texas's pitching coach before the franchise reached its first World Series, helped develop prospects like Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz, and Matt Harrison, helped turn C.J. Wilson from a late-inning reliever to a #2 starter... he was there. For all of that. So much of what we love about the Rangers is how cohesive we perceive them to be, and Maddux was part of that stable formula.
Thanks for everything, Mike.