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I have just posted another poll which should be up shortly. I want to know which team “cap” you think Greg Maddux should wear when he is inducted to the HOF in Cooperstown, OH.

True, he was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur by Chicago Cubs scout Doug Mapson.

“I really believe this boy would be the number one player in the country if only he looked a bit more physical.” – Doug Mapson

All “Mad-Dog” (aka:The Professor) ever did since being drafted by everyones’ favorite losers was become the only pitcher in the history of MLB to win 15 consecutive games for 17 seasons [correction: 15 wins in 17 consecutive seasons...thanks Dave.]…2 more than the pitcher who’s award he was honored with 4 consecutive seasons for the first time in the history of MLB…Mr. Cy Young…and all the while doing it with an ERA of under 1.99 for 4 straight years, the first time that was ever done since Walter “The Train” Johnson did his double and triple windups way back from 1907 to 1927.

Yes, he was drafted by the Cubbies but his best seasons’ arguably came while he donned an Atlanta Braves hat…and he, along with Tommy Glavine, John Smoltz, and Steve Avery became one of the best rotations in MLB history.

If someone…

    ANYONE

…wants to argue this point with me then, …the gloves are off and lets go!

These cats were the shiznit! :)

Since the introduction of the live-ball era in 1920, there have only been five pitchers to have full-season ERAs under 1.65: Gibson and Luis Tiant in the anomalous 1968 season, Gooden in 1985, and Greg Maddux, twice. Maddux’s 19 wins led the National League, for the third time in four seasons. – link.

On July 22, 1997, Maddux threw a complete game with just 76 pitches.

Maddux allowed just 20 bases on balls in 1997, including six intentional walks.

He throws darts folks… …and he did it all with an 88 MPH fastball.

…One more thing, he wasnt in the same report that …err what’s his name..oh yeah, Clemens was in!

…of course I am not trying to sway your opinion in one way or the other… :)

…just vote! :)

8 comments to Greg Maddux

  • Some fact checking…

    All “Mad-Dog” (aka:The Professor) ever did since being drafted by everyones’ favorite losers was become the only pitcher in the history of MLB to win 15 consecutive games for 17 seasons

    Maddux did not win 15 consecutive games for 17 seasons. He won 15 games in 17 consecutive seasons.

    and all the while doing it with an ERA of under 1.99 for 4 straight years

    He also never did this. He only had an ERA under 1.99 in two seasons: 1994 (1.56) and 1995 (1.63).

    With that said, Maddux has always been one of my favorite players. Of course, it helps that I am an obsessed Cub fan. I was severely disappointed when he left the Cubs back in 1993. And you are right – Maddux, Smolts, Glavine, and Avery

  • Buck

    Maddux goes down as my favorite pitcher of all time anywhere ever.

    I used to love to watch that guy pitch. He is very intense too. I once heard him say F@#K after getting a pitch called a ball that he thought was a strike. I believe you could have heard him in the upper decks.

    But I love the guy. He is the best of the best.

  • RW

    I remember going to see him pitch one game where he dazzled the Florida Marlins for nine innings & gave up all of two earned runs during the victory. Of course, my buddy & I commented on how his ERA was going to RISE for the year after that outing.

    And, to beat everything, he did it while facing guys who were juiced up freaks, too. Everyone else was artificially enhanced while he was doing things that were unseen for years….imagine his numbers if he were facing ‘natural’ opposition.

    I once heard him say F@#K after getting a pitch called a ball that he thought was a strike.

    I’ve never understood why Fox Sports kept showing him saying that – in slow-mo, at that – whenever he’d get angry about missing his target by, oh, a millimeter or so. Surely, they realized that kids were watching the games. But, every time, they had to go out of their way to show that footage, over and over.

    He’s earned the right to choose whatever cap he wishes, but I’m betting that he’ll go with the Braves. That’s how he’ll prolly be remembered, at least.

  • I’ve never understood why Fox Sports kept showing him saying that – in slow-mo, at that – whenever he’d get angry about missing his target by, oh, a millimeter or so.

    He would also throw a changeup down the middle and if the batter didnt swing at it…Mad-Dog would scream at him “What the hell was wrong with that one??!!”

    Maddux did not win 15 consecutive games for 17 seasons. He won 15 games in 17 consecutive seasons.

    I guess I need you to edit my posts from now on? Maybe?? …thanks dude, my bad. :)

    He also never did this. He only had an ERA under 1.99 in two seasons: 1994 (1.56) and 1995 (1.63).

    Recheck your facts…this was a cumulative ERA between 92′ and 95′ …and yes, he was, and has been, the only person since Walter “The Train” Johnson to ever do that since the 1920′s…

    His ERA’s afterwards were 96′ – 2.72, 97′ – 2.20, 98′ – 2.22…and no juice!!

  • Smolts

    Its actually…SmoltZ…you will recognize it once he is inducted to Cooperstown as well.
    :)

  • Buck

    He will always be a Brave in my mind.

    He could do things with a baseball that you wouldn’t think could be done. As I have said before, I am not a rabid baseball fan but if I knew he was pitching then I would watch the game if there was any way possible.

    And part of the fun was watching the on going conversation he would have with the batter and the umpire and himself.

    He is a hall of famers hall of famer.

  • jadarm

    btw…who the hell voted for the Dodgers??

  • Maddox should weat the Braves cap, no doubt. He had more wins for Atlanta and pitched in four World Series here.

    btw, you’d be VERY interested in this (maybe the last gasp of Neal Boortz):
    http://newsprism.wordpress.com/2008/03/14/last-word-an-open-letter-to-wsb-750-am/

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