Maddux, Greg

Gregory Alan Maddux
Born: April 14, 1966, San Angelo, Texas
Bats: 
Right
Throws: 
Right
Played For: 
Chicago Cubs (1986-1992, 2003-2006), Atlanta Braves (1993-2003), Los Angeles Dodgers (2006, 2008), San Diego Padres (2007, 2008)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 2014
Biography: 

At times, Greg Maddux’s mastery of the strike zone truly seemed effortless.

Fastball down-and-away – on the black – for strike one. Fastball in on the hands for strike two. Change-up away for strike three.

Pitch after pitch, strike after strike for the average-looking right-hander who elevated “control” to a new definition in the 1990s.

Now, the winningest pitcher of his generation is heading to Cooperstown.

Gregory Alan Maddux was born April 14, 1966 in San Angelo, Texas. He spent some of his childhood in Madrid, Spain – following his father on his Air Force assignment – before graduating from high school in Las Vegas. Maddux’s father, Dave, taught Greg and his older brother Mike the fundamentals of the game – and Mike was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1982 MLB Draft.

[Scouting reports on Greg Maddux]

Two years later, Greg – who had not yet reached his full size of 6-foot, 170 pounds – was taken in the second round by the Cubs.

After winning a combined 27 minor league games during the 1985-86 seasons while demonstrating a pitching intelligence beyond his years, Maddux struggled as a 21-year-old in 1987 with the Cubs – going 6-14 with a 5.61 earned-run average. It would be more almost two decades later before Maddux posted another losing record.

In 1988, Maddux improved to 18-8 – the first of his 17 straight seasons with at least 15 victories, the longest streak by any pitcher in big league history. Maddux also earned the first of his eight All-Star Game selections that year.

In 1989, Maddux went 19-12 with a 2.95 ERA, leading the Cubs to the National League East title while finishing third in the NL Cy Young Award vote. He won 15 games in 1990 along with the first of his record 18 Gold Glove Awards, and led the NL in innings pitched in 1991 with 263 – the first of five straight seasons in which he led the league in that category.

Then in 1992, Maddux went 20-11 with a 2.18 ERA, earning the first of four straight Cy Young Awards – a record that went unchallenged until Randy Johnson tied it from 1999-2002.

After the season, Maddux became a free agent and eventually agreed with the Braves on a 5-year, $28 million contract. It would become one of the best bargains in big league history.

Maddux went 20-10 in 1993, leading the Braves to their third straight NL West title and topping theleague with a 2.36 ERA – the first of four ERA crowns he would capture. During the next two strike-shortened seasons, Maddux was practically untouchable – going 16-6 with a 1.56 ERA in 1994 and then following that with a 19-2 mark in 1995 that included a 1.63 ERA.

In 1995, Maddux and the Braves won the World Series – topping Cleveland in six games. Maddux was 3-1 in the postseason.

During his four-year stretch of Cy Young Award dominance, Maddux was 75-29 with a 1.98 ERA. And his control improved almost every year. In 889.1 innings from 1994-1997, Maddux walked just 102 batters – including 23 intentional passes.

Maddux used every edge he had and continued to dominate the batters as the Braves continued to amass NL West titles. From 1993-2003 – his 11 years in a Braves uniform – Atlanta won the division crown in each completed season, advancing to the World Series three times and winning the 1995 Fall Classic. In that time, Maddux went 198-88 with a 2.63 ERA.

Maddux returned to the Cubs via free agency in 2004, winning his 300th game in 2004 and leading the NL in starts in 2005 with 35 at the age of 39.

In 23 big league seasons, Maddux spent only 15 days on the disabled list – a two-week stint in 2002 with an inflamed nerve in his lower back.

He retired following the 2008 season with 355 wins and only 227 losses – a .610 winning percentage. His victory total is the eighth-best of all-time, and his innings pitched total of 5,008.1 ranks 13th

Year Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1986 CHC NL 2 4 .333 5.52 6 5 1 1 0 0 31.0 44 20 19 3 11 20 1.774
1987 CHC NL 6 14 .300 5.61 30 27 2 1 1 0 155.2 181 111 97 17 74 101 1.638
1988 CHC NL 18 8 .692 3.18 34 34 0 9 3 0 249.0 230 97 88 13 81 140 1.249
1989 CHC NL 19 12 .613 2.95 35 35 0 7 1 0 238.1 222 90 78 13 82 135 1.276
1990 CHC NL 15 15 .500 3.46 35 35 0 8 2 0 237.0 242 116 91 11 71 144 1.321
1991 CHC NL 15 11 .577 3.35 37 37 0 7 2 0 263.0 232 113 98 18 66 198 1.133
1992 CHC NL 20 11 .645 2.18 35 35 0 9 4 0 268.0 201 68 65 7 70 199 1.011
1993 ATL NL 20 10 .667 2.36 36 36 0 8 1 0 267.0 228 85 70 14 52 197 1.049
1994 ATL NL 16 6 .727 1.56 25 25 0 10 3 0 202.0 150 44 35 4 31 156 0.896
1995 ATL NL 19 2 .905 1.63 28 28 0 10 3 0 209.2 147 39 38 8 23 181 0.811
1996 ATL NL 15 11 .577 2.72 35 35 0 5 1 0 245.0 225 85 74 11 28 172 1.033
1997 ATL NL 19 4 .826 2.20 33 33 0 5 2 0 232.2 200 58 57 9 20 177 0.946
1998 ATL NL 18 9 .667 2.22 34 34 0 9 5 0 251.0 201 75 62 13 45 204 0.980
1999 ATL NL 19 9 .679 3.57 33 33 0 4 0 0 219.1 258 103 87 16 37 136 1.345
2000 ATL NL 19 9 .679 3.00 35 35 0 6 3 0 249.1 225 91 83 19 42 190 1.071
2001 ATL NL 17 11 .607 3.05 34 34 0 3 3 0 233.0 220 86 79 20 27 173 1.060
2002 ATL NL 16 6 .727 2.62 34 34 0 0 0 0 199.1 194 67 58 14 45 118 1.199
2003 ATL NL 16 11 .593 3.96 36 36 0 1 0 0 218.1 225 112 96 24 33 124 1.182
2004 CHC NL 16 11 .593 4.02 33 33 0 2 1 0 212.2 218 103 95 35 33 151 1.180
2005 CHC NL 13 15 .464 4.24 35 35 0 3 0 0 225.0 239 112 106 29 36 136 1.222
2006 TOT NL 15 14 .517 4.20 34 34 0 0 0 0 210.0 219 109 98 20 37 117 1.219
2006 CHC NL 9 11 .450 4.69 22 22 0 0 0 0 136.1 153 78 71 14 23 81 1.291
2006 LAD NL 6 3 .667 3.30 12 12 0 0 0 0 73.2 66 31 27 6 14 36 1.086
2007 SDP NL 14 11 .560 4.14 34 34 0 1 0 0 198.0 221 92 91 14 25 104 1.242
2008 TOT NL 8 13 .381 4.22 33 33 0 0 0 0 194.0 204 105 91 21 30 98 1.206
2008 SDP NL 6 9 .400 3.99 26 26 0 0 0 0 153.1 161 80 68 16 26 80 1.220
2008 LAD NL 2 4 .333 5.09 7 7 0 0 0 0 40.2 43 25 23 5 4 18 1.156
23 Yrs 355 227 .610 3.16 744 740 3 109 35 0 5008.1 4726 1981 1756 353 999 3371 1.143

 

Did You Know: 
that Greg Maddux won 18 Gold Glove Awards during his career, two more than any other player since the award debuted in 1957.