MLB Notes: Rangers Bring Back Mike Maddox as Pitching Coach |

Mike Maddow will return to his previous coaching position with the Texas Rangers, joining new manager Bruce Bochy’s staff.

The club announced the move Wednesday, as well as revealing that former Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore will be joining the Rangers as a senior advisor to their baseball operations department.

Maddux, 61, was the first major league head coach with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003 to 2008. He then began a seven-year stint with the Rangers that lasted through 2015. He was also a pitching coach with the Washington Nationals (2016-17) and the St. Louis Cardinals during the past season .

Maddox, who is the brother of Hall of Fame inductee Greg Maddox, has been in the big leagues for 15 seasons. He went 39-37 with a 4.05 ERA in 472 games (48 starts) for nine different teams.

Moore, 55, took over as general manager of the Royals in 2006 and helped lead the team to two World Series appearances, including a 2015 title. He was promoted to president of baseball operations before the start of last season but was fired in September.

Pujols and Verlander win Comeback Player of the Year

St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Albert Pujols and Houston Astros Justin Verlander have been named the National League and American League running back MVP, respectively/

Pujols won NL honors after ending his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. Verlander earned AL honors after winning the AL Cy Young Award.

Pujols, 42, hit . 270 with 24 homers and 68 RBIs in 109 games in the final season of his 22-year career. This was his second tour of duty with St. Louis as he spent 11 seasons with the franchise (2001-11) before also playing for the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pujols was released by the Angels in May 2021 before finishing the season with the Dodgers. But he bounced back in 2022 and hit out the most homers since 2016 while running back for the Cardinals and completed his career ranking fourth in homers (703), second in RBIs (2,218) and ninth in hits (3,384).

Verlander, 39, missed the entire 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery but recovered to go 18-4 with a major league best 1.75 ERA in 28 starts. He also led the AL in wins, WHIP (0.83) and opponents batting average (. 186).

Verlander made 185 in 175 innings while winning his third Cy Young Award in his 17-year career. His ERA was the lowest in Astros history and the best in the AL since Boston’s Pedro Martinez had a 1.74 ERA in 2000.

The winners were determined by voting by’s The Thirty Wins Journalists.

Harper has Tommy John surgery

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday and may not return until the All-Star break approaches, the team said.

The Phillies said Harper might be able to shoot well enough to play right field near the end of the regular season.

Harper requested surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his arm. The injury prevented him from playing right field for most of last season and he played in 90 of his 99 regular season games as the designated hitter.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Neil Al-Atrash, who routinely informs players of two options when performing a repair. He will either perform a complete ligament reconstruction (Tommy John) or a lesser procedure.

When Angels star Shohei Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery in October of 2018, he was able to return as a designated hitter after seven months, but he didn’t progress at all during the 2019 season.

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