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Cardinals hire Mike Maddux to be their pitching coach


Mike Maddux was the Washington Nationals pitching coach under Dusty Baker. He was not himself let go when Baker was fired, but he was not under contract either. You snooze you lose, so the St. Louis Cardinals have swooped in to get one of the most respecting pitching coaches in the game. The report comes from Ken Rosenthal.

St. Louis fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist at the end of the 2017 regular season, so Maddux steps in.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

New Era

There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: