Pitching legends Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers and Pedro Martinez of the Red Sox joined their teams this spring as consultants, Koufax as special adviser to the chairman and Martinez as special assistant to the general manager.
The roles, which usually mean helping out in spring training, are often handed to ex-stars, but are sometimes filled by journeymen. Some of baseball’s current special assistants:
Tigers: Al Kaline, Willie Horton
Two heroes of the 1968 World Series championship team.
Giants: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Will Clark, J.T. Snow
Something older, something newer.
Marlins: Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, Jeff Conine
This trio played five of their combined 61 major league seasons with the Marlins.
Rangers: Greg Maddux
The soon-to-be Hall of Famer helps out his brother, pitching coach Mike Maddux.
Reds: Eric Davis, Joe Morgan
Both former Reds greats played on World Series winners with the team.
Dodgers: Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Josh Bard, Aaron Sele
Two legends and two former Red Sox afterthoughts.
Brewers: Reid Nichols
The jack-of-all-trades utility player with the Red Sox, White Sox, and Expos is now a jack-of-all-trades special assistant, reporting to the GM, player development, and training center.