From the dugout to the TV studio, Cameron Maybin begins new chapter
Being around a clubhouse is nothing new for Cameron Maybin, but he has entered 2022 in a different role – this time as a member of the media.
In March, Marquee Sports Network announced the hiring of Maybin as a studio analyst, and he made his Marquee debut this past week. For Maybin, it’s a return to the Cubs organization where he appeared in 18 games after being acquired at the Trade Deadline in 2020.
While Maybin enjoyed his time with the Cubs, he does have one regret about playing with Chicago in the Covid-impacted 2020 season.
“I wish that I had an opportunity to play in front of a full Wrigley crowd as a Cub because I know how much passion these fans had and they appreciated me even as a visitor because of how I played and the way I could take the heckling and have fun with it,” said Maybin. “So I hated that I couldn’t have that home uniform on for one of those beautiful Chicago Wrigley days with a full crowd.”
But despite the lack of crowds in 2020, his impact on the organization was felt in his short time in the clubhouse.
“When I come back now, I can look back on all the great relationships I’ve cultivated just by the way I’ve treated people. For me that’s a legacy, these players saying I helped them with this or that, those are the coolest things to hear.”
After retiring this offseason following a 15-season MLB career, Maybin has found a home in the baseball broadcasting landscape, contributing to Marquee Sports Network as well as MLB Network, YES Network and SiriusXM. As a recent player, he is able to add inside knowledge about the state of the game into his media career.
“I get how hard this game is. I think the players appreciate that I’m not going to switch things up and turn on them just because I’m on camera now or I’m in the booth. They know I get it.
“But I’m right where I need to be now. When I watch the game and see how good those guys are … these arms nowadays with the pitching and the stuff, the athlete has never been better.”
So for Maybin, he’s excited to pursue his new career in sports media, noting that similar to his days as a player he’s looking for that constructive criticism as he continues to build reps in the studios and broadcast booths.
As for his competitive side, Maybin is active in a men’s league and enjoys playing basketball and golf. And he jokes that he is always around if the Cubs need an outfielder.
“Rossy knows if he needs a player, I’m here … I can give you a good day or two.”
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