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Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux

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Position(s):
P
Nicknames:
Mad Dog, The Professor
Born:
April 14, 1966
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6'
Weight:
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-03-1986 with CHN
Allstar Selections:
1990 GG, 1991 GG, 1992 CY, 1992 GG, 1992 TSN, 1993 CY, 1993 GG, 1993 TSN, 1994 CY, 1994 GG, 1994 TSN, 1995 CY, 1995 GG, 1995 TSN, 1996 GG, 1997 GG, 1998 GG, 1999 GG, 2000 GG, 2001 GG, 2002 GG, 2004 GG, 2005 GG, 2006 GG, 2007 GG, 2008 GG

Intro

The pitcher with the school teacher appearance, Greg Maddux won four straight Cy Young Awards in the 1990s, leading the Atlanta Braves to the post-season 11 straight seasons from 1993-2003. Four times in his career he posted an ERA two runs below his league's average, and he won at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons, tying a mark held by Cy Young. In five World Series starts, Maddux fashioned a 2.09 ERA, and his 176 victories were the most in the 1990s.

Unform Number

#31 (1986-)

Quotes About

"He's like a meticulous surgeon out there, he puts the ball where he wants to. You see a pitch inside and wonder, 'Is it the fastball or the cutter?' That's where he's got you." — Tony Gwynn "Every pitch has a purpose. Sometimes he knows what he's going to throw two pitches ahead. I swear, he makes it look like guys are swinging foam bats against him." — John Smoltz "Maddux is so good, we should all be wearing tuxedos when he pitches" — scout Phil Favia "Greg Maddux could put a baseball through a life saver if you asked him." — Joe Morgan "(He has) talent I've never seen anyone else have. He has a back-door sinker and wisdom to actually outsmart anybody in the game. I'm so glad somebody small, someone looking like me, actually did it. I'm very happy for him and I wish him all the best and I hope he doesn't stop there." — Pedro Martinez, on Maddux's 300th victory "He was the smartest pitcher I've played with or against." — Ozzie Guillen "Any pitcher on this team should have the pleasure of parking their butt next to him on the bench during games and learning whatever you can from him and then watching him when he is pitching." — Cubs teammate Ryan Dempster "He's the definition of pitching. He's not overpowering, he doesn't have tremendous stuff, but he gets it done every day, day in and day out. It's good that I can tell my grandkids that I had the chance to play behind Greg Maddux, the Hall of Famer." — Juan Pierre

Quotes From

"I could probably throw harder if I wanted, but why? When they're in a jam, a lot of pitchers try to throw harder. Me, I try to locate better." "You play the game to win the World Series. Cy Young Awards are nice, they really are. They're great and I'm proud of them...but easily the biggest thing I've accomplished is getting that World Series ring."

Best Season

Despite the strike-shortened season, Maddux proved to be baseball's most commanding pitcher by becoming the first hurler in history to capture three straight Cy Young Awards. He Led the league in ERA with a 1.56 mark and was named The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year. In 25 starts, he compiled the third lowest ERA in the majors since 1919. Maddux's ERA was 2.65 runs below the National League ERA of 4.21, the greatest differential in modern day history. He Started for the NL in the All-Star Game, and for the season he walked just 32 batters in more than 200 innings pitched.

Factoid 1

From July 31, 1993, through August 4, 1995, a two-year period, Greg Maddux started 57 games and posted a qulity start 56 times! In 36 of those qulity starts, Maddux pitched eight innings or more.

Factoid 2

In 2006, Greg Maddux participated in his 84th double play, breaking the record for pitchers previously held by Phil Niekro.

Coach

In a poll of his fellow major leaguers in 2005, Maddux was named as the pitcher most likely to become a manager after his playing career ended.

Transition

After being traded to the Dodgers at the July trade deadline in 2003, Maddux made his first start for LA on August 3rd. In that game, facing the Reds, Maddux pitched six hitless innings before a rain-delay halted the game. When the game resumed, Maddux did not return to the mound.

Strengths

Command of his pitches.

Weaknesses

None

Milestones

On August 7, 2004, Maddux earned his 300th victory, defeating the Giants in San Francisco, 8-4. He became the 22nd pitcher to reach the milestone... He won his 200th game on August 18, 1998, also against the Giants, and also by the score of 8-4... On May 31, 1993, Maddux beat the Padres, 2-1, to win his 100th game... On July 26, 2005, Maddux fanned Omar Vizquel of the Giants to record his 3,000th strikeout. He became the ninth pitcher to reach 3,000 K's and 300 victories.

Feats

From June 27, 1994, through April 11, 1996, Maddux posted a perfect 18-0 record on the road. Over that stretch, which encompassed 154 2/3 innings, Maddux allowed just 17 earned runs for an ERA of 0.99. His streak ends in San Diego, where he is the hardluck loser in a 2-1 game.

Good Company

Maddux extended his unprecedented string of Cy Young Awards by winning his fourth consecutive in 1995, his second consecutive year with unanimous selection by the BBWAA. Sandy Koufax remains the only other pitcher unanimously selected for two consecutive years, with Steve Carlton the only other four-time winner in the Senior Circuit.

How Low Can You Go?

Maddux enjoyed seven straight seasons where he posted an ERA more than one full run below the league average. That's the longest such string in baseball history: 7 - Greg Maddux 1992-1998 6 - Walter Johnson 1910-1915 6 - Lefty Grove 1928-1933 6 - Carl Hubbell 1929-1934 6 - Red Ruffing 1935-1940 6 - Kevin Brown 1995-2000 5 - Cy Young 1892-1896 5 - Christy Mathewson 1909-1913 5 - Grove 1935-1939 5 - Sandy Koufax 1962-1966 5 - John Smoltz 1995-1999 5 - Randy Johnson 1997-2001 5 - Mike Mussina 1997-2001 From 1992-2002, Maddux posted an ERA at least one run below league average in 10 of 11 seasons.

Career Quality Starts Breakdown

Year W L Starts QS Pct 6 7 8 9 10 1986 2 4 5 3 60.0% 1 1 1 1987 6 14 27 7 25.9% 1 3 2 1 1988 18 8 34 24 70.6% 1 7 4 10 2 1989 19 12 35 21 60.0% 4 6 3 7 1 1990 15 15 35 22 62.9% 3 7 5 7 1991 15 11 37 23 62.2% 5 7 4 7 1992 20 11 35 30 85.7% 3 9 9 9 1993 20 10 36 29 80.6% 5 7 8 8 1 1994 16 6 25 24 96.0% 2 5 6 11 1995 19 2 28 22 78.6% 3 4 4 11 1996 15 11 35 25 71.4% 1 13 7 4 1997 19 4 33 27 81.8% 7 9 7 4 1998 18 9 34 27 79.4% 5 9 5 8 1999 19 9 33 19 57.6% 6 5 5 3 2000 19 9 35 25 71.4% 3 16 1 5 2001 17 11 34 24 70.6% 6 9 6 3 2002 16 6 34 18 52.9% 10 5 2 1 2003 16 11 36 21 58.3% 7 11 2 1 2004 10 7 22 14 63.6% 6 5 1 2 299 170 593 405 68.3% 79 138 81 103 4

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