Notes: Maddux a great mentor
Stauffer to start charity game; Estes on tap for Cactus opener
PEORIA, Ariz. -- When the Padres re-signed pitcher Greg Maddux to a one-year deal for $10 million, they felt like the 347-game winner still had something left to offer in 2008.What he provides off the mound is of considerable value as well, as Maddux has helped several of the pitchers on the staff, especially younger pitchers like Jake Peavy and Chris Young. Young, for one, found himself sidling up to Maddux on the bench during games to talk pitching philosophy. The lessons were many, though the biggest is one Young will take with him to the mound for each and every start this season. "One of the things Greg has taught me is don't evaluate the results, evaluate the way you threw the ball," Young said. "Really, that's what it comes down to. You can go out there and pitch a great game and lose. It's just the way pitching goes. The bottom line is giving your team a chance to win." Young said a perfect example came in September last season as he was rounding back to pitching form after struggling with first an oblique injury and then a back injury that was the result of overcompensating for the oblique. It was Sept. 24 and the Padres were in San Francisco to face the Giants. Young threw five innings, allowing seven runs with four walks as the Padres fell, 9-4. Terrible outing? Not so fast. Sure, the Padres lost a game in which Young started. That, he would agree, is never a good thing. But Young said he felt he had good stuff in that game and was the victim of some strange circumstances. "I feel like everything went against me. There were two or three broken-bat base hits. ... There were a few seeing-eye ground ball hits through the hole. I think that there was one hard-hit base hit and I gave up seven runs," Young said. "You just have to be even with it all and understand it's a weird game. You can't evaluate everything based on the numbers." The week ahead: The Padres will play an intrasquad game Tuesday, the day before they play their annual charity game against their parking lot brethren, the Seattle Mariners, on Wednesday at the Peoria Sports Complex. In order to give some of the pitchers they want to take a long look at more, well, looks, the Padres plan on using Tim Stauffer in the game against Seattle.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.