Maddux Announces Retirement
My favorite Braves pitcher ever has announced his retirement after 355 wins in 23 seasons. Greg Maddux is a no-brainer for the baseball hall of fame with all that he has accomplished.
I always enjoyed watching him pitch in a Braves uniform because I knew he wasn’t out there trying to overpower the batters – he was trying to (and succeeding) outsmart them. Don’t get me wrong, I like watching pitchers that can throw in the triple digits. It’s fun to watch batters try to catch up to it. But it’s fun to watch batters being made to look stupid by someone who throws a 90 MPH fastball.
After he left the Braves, I didn’t keep up with him all that much. I think he was with the Dodgers for a year before I realized he’d left the Cubs. But any time I happened across a game where he was pitching, I sat down and watched it.
Baseball will miss Maddux, and I’m sure he’ll miss it as well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in some sort of coaching or manager role for a team somewhere down the road.