Topps wrote:I'd have preferred Greg Maddux but I think I'm okay with this move. I'm actually surprised they didn't promote from within, I suppose Hickey is definitely going to CHI then?
My understanding is that Hickey was the Cardinals' #1 option until Maddux became available. But it's also possible that they learned Hickey was going to Chicago and switched gears. My understanding was that was supposed to happen today, but I haven't seen it yet.
Maddux also reportedly received five job offers since being let go by Washington.
It's an interesting hire and it's a complete 180 on how they've handled the coaching staff and really play decisions for a long time. When Maddux was hired by Washington two years ago it was believed that he was the highest paid pitching coach in the game. You have to imagine he's at least the highest paid coach on the St. Louis staff now too. It will create some very interesting dynamics in that dugout.