Full Count Flashback: Greg Maddux Had An Amazing Career
Greg Maddux Career was unparalled
How does a guy who looks like an accountant and has an avg fastball speed under 90 mph win 350+ games and strikeout 3300+ players?
Like real estate, location, location, location.
I still remember when the Chicago Cubs let him go and he signed with the Atlanta Braves. I couldn’t stop shaking my head. I was so confused as to why the Cubs would let a guy go who had just won the Cy Young, his 3rd consecutive gold glove, his 3rd consecutive lead in games started, and innings pitched.
Always known as the thinking mans pitcher his stories about changing grip mid windup, watching a batters stance looking for an edge are legendary.
His number alone are mind boggling.
20 wins twice
19 wins 5 times
18 wins twice
18 gold gloves!
18 of 19 seasons with 200+ innings from 1988-2006 (in 2002 he pitched a paltry 199 1/3)
11 seasons over 230 innings pitched
Never walking more than 82 in a season
When he turned 28 he never walked more than 50 in a season
At 31 he walked 20 in 232.2 innings while striking out 177
Won 4 straight Cy Young’s and was in the top five in voting 9 times
I could go on forever with mind numbing stats, his control was out of this world. I remember watching him start guys on the outside corner, then slowly crawl his way farther and farther outside. Before long he would convince that ump that a pitch 3 inches outside was in fact over the plate.
I had to look it up but I remember watching a game against the New York Yankees in the summer of 1997 when the game seemed like it was over in 30 minutes. Maddux pitched a complete game in 2 hours and 9 minutes, 3 hits, no walks, 8 k’s. He threw 84 pitches, 84!!!
In these days of specialized bullpens and throwing programs I think our 300 games winners are about finished. Maddux gave hope to every guy who didn’t look like a pitcher but could at least throw 87.