Greg Maddux to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day
The Rangers have announced Greg Maddux will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Globe Life Park. The Rangers open the season on March 31 against the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. with Yu Darvish on the mound.
Maddux, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July, is beginning his third season as a special assistant with the Rangers. He is the brother of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.
The Rangers also considered Michael Young, who retired this off-season after a 14-year Major League career. The Rangers are planning a special night for Young at some point early in the season.
Maddux, who was born in San Angelo, retired in 2008 with a record of 355-227 and a 3.16 ERA over a 23-year career with the Cubs, Braves, Dodgers and Padres. He was an eight-time All-Star who won four Cy Young Awards and 18 Gold Gloves.
He will be inducted into Cooperstown on July 27. Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel will be honored the day before in Cooperstown with the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award for Broadcasting Excellence