SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The coach leans on a fungo bat, standing to the side of where the Texas Rangers are stretching on a recent spring morning. He's out of the spotlight, just like always.
Dozens of cameras focus on Yu Darvish, the pitching phenom from Japan, documenting every stretch and warm-up throw. Ditto for Josh Hamilton, the slugger whose difficult offseason has many wondering what his Rangers future will look like.
And somehow, Greg Maddux surefire Hall of Famer, one of the finest pitchers of his generation, and now a special assistant with the Rangers goes unnoticed. In his warm-up jacket and sunglasses, he looks like the least imposing guy on the field. Even an autograph hound looks past him.
Yet Maddux's role with the Rangers this spring ought not go unnoticed. The cerebral pitcher will be working with his brother, Rangers' pitching coach Mike Maddux, and sharing with younger pitchers the knowledge gained from a 23-year big league career that saw him win 355 games and ...