No matter that he’s pitched for the Cubs, Padres & Dodgers, Greg Maddux will always be remembered in my heart as an Atlanta Brave. Today, after 22 years in the Majors, Maddux has decided to call it quits.
On his illustrious career, “He ranks eighth all-time with 355 wins, 10th in strikeouts and owns a record 18 Gold Gloves. His career 3.16 ERA included back-to-back seasons of sub-2.00 ERA with Atlanta — 1.56 when he went 16-6 in the strike-shortened 1994 season and 1.63 when he recorded a 19-2 mark in 1995. They were the final two years of his four straight Cy Young seasons.”
His retirement is good news for young, free swinging hitters who repeatedly were fooled by Maddux’s stuff. It was always a treat to watch them slam their bats down in disgust after swinging over a low and away changeup.
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