Maddon: Herzog was a shrewd evaluator

Maddon: Herzog was a shrewd evaluator

CLEVELAND -- Whitey Herzog was among the group slated to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Rays manager Joe Maddon knows Herzog from Herzog's days as the Angels' general manager while Maddon served as the organization's Minor League field coordinator and hitting instructor.

"I'm really happy for him," Maddon said. "I used to really enjoy the conversations with him, just talking about the game. I'd even take it a step beyond that, in the '80s watching the Cardinals play and even the Royals, and how he did things [when he managed those teams]. The aggressive nature of the teams, the speed and the defense aspect, the bullpen, all those things kind of never go away. That style of play can always be successful."

Aside from admiring the work Herzog did, Maddon called the most intriguing part of Herzog the fact that he was "really bright."

"He breaks things down and he always presented things in a way you hadn't heard before," Maddon said. "And on top of that, he's extremely funny. The guy's hysterical. The guy's got all these wonderful qualities. And the one thing I thought he did for the Angels' organization that I really thought had not been done to that point, he was the best evaluator of young talent up until that point in that system."