It is Induction Sunday for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and one of today’s six inductees is, former Cub, Greg Maddux. In his first year on the ballot, Maddux received a whopping 97.2% of the votes and for good reason. Maddux won 355 games, four Cy Young awards and 18 gold glove awards during his 23 year career. Not bad for a guy whose fastball rarely broke 90 MPH.
Maddux will not wear a cap on his Hall of Fame plaque but he will most likely be remembered as a member of the Atlanta Braves where he spent 11 of his 23 professional seasons. But Maddux got his start with the Cubs when they selected him in the second round of the 1984 amateur draft. Maddux spent a total of ten seasons in Chicago, 1986-1992 and 2004-2006. During his time in Chicago Maddux went 133-112 with 3.61 ERA. He also made two all-star appearances, won five gold gloves and won his first Cy Young (the first of what would be four in a row) with the Cubs.
(Stats per baseball-reference.com)
*Maddux also played 2 years for the LAD & SDP
Greg Maddux will go down as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. Chances are that we will never see another pitcher dominate the game of baseball the way he did. Maddux was truly an artist the way he tied hitters in knots by running circle changeups back over the plate, throwing curveballs that “fell off the table”, and placing fastballs perfectly on the black. Patrick Mooney of Comcast Sports Net reported on how Maddux used to hone his control by throwing to a catcher who was blindfolded!
Today’s pitchers are so caught up in blowing up the radar gun and will do anything to gain an extra mile-per-hour on their fastball, and scouts look for big, strong kids who are 6’5”+, but who would have thought that one of the best pitchers of all-time (particularly in the steroid-era) would be a 6’0”, 170 lb. guy with an 88 MPH fastball? Here’s to you, Greg, congratulations on one heck of a career! You’ve earned it!
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