Future Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux is set to announce his retirement on Monday. Baseball will surely miss this gutsy competitor.
Let’s take a quick look at his stats:
4-time Cy Young Award Winner – the 1st time in 1992 with the Cubs when he went 20-11 with a 2.18 ERA. Then he left the Cubs to go to the Atlanta Braves where he stayed for 11 seasons. He won the Cy Young Award 3 times as a Brave (from 1993-1995), and won at least 18 games in 6 different seasons as a Brave.
355 Wins – 8th all-time and 1 more win than Roger Clemens
3.16 ERA with 109 complete games
3,371 strikeouts and 999 walks – the only other pitchers with 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks are Fergie Jenkins (a Hall of Famer), Curt Schilling, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez. And Maddux is the only one out of the group to have 300 wins.
18 Gold Glove Awards – from 1990 through 2008 – the only season he did not win the award was 2003 when Mike Hampton won the award.
To top it all off, Maddux is a great person and a great clubhouse guy. He has always been great with young players who are willing to absorb any knowledge that Maddux has to offer. Major League Baseball will surely miss a player and person of Maddux’s pedigree. Here’s to toasting a Hall of Fame induction to Maddux in 5 short years.