And to Maddon, that means doling out support and advice here and there from afar.
"Listen, I have a strong, strong tie to these guys," Maddon said on the Laurence Holmes Show on 670 The Score on Monday afternoon. "I've still been texting with a lot of them over the winter time, and I'll continue to do that. When somebody is scuffling, I'm going to check in with them, absolutely. If there's something that I can do to help them from a distance, I will, based on our experiences together. So yeah, when you spend five years together and you grow like we did and you win a World Series like we did and you almost win two others like we did, you tend to get really close."
The Cubs let Maddon walk after their underachieving 84-78 season concluded in September. That ended his five-year tenure in Chicago, a run that featured four playoff appearances, three National League Championship appearances, two NL Central titles and a World Series championship.
It didn't take Maddon long to land his new job, as the Angels hired him by mid-October. As he moves on, Maddon will always still remember what he left behind.
"Javy maybe has not had the same offensive success that Mike has had, but as a baseball player, Javy and Mike are pretty equal in regards to their charisma on the field, their abilities on the field, their athleticism on the field," Maddon said. "I just got to Javy, so I think that's a great comparison right there."