SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Former pitcher Greg Maddux and infielder Tony Fernandez have a combined 40 years of Major League Baseball experience. They have played in a combined 78 postseason games and 13 All-Star Games. They have much to offer and right now they are working quietly with players in Rangers camp. Both were hired in the offseason as special assistants. Maddux won 18 Gold Gloves but, in a camp where pitchers' fielding is a priority, he is not involved in that right now. He is mainly helping out on the pitching side.
"He's helping guys understand pounding the strike zone and using all their pitches," manager Ron Washington said. "Right now, his need is in the bullpen and when guys are on the field throwing." Fernandez, a native of the Dominican Republic, was hired at the start of Spring Training to help assist with infield instruction. "We're always looking for talent, and talent is not always in between the lines," Washington said. "We have a lot of Latin middle infielders and he can help them grow."