LOS ANGELES, January 23, 2014 — Earlier this month it was announced that Greg Maddux appeared 97.2% of the ballots for election into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Even though he spent 11 of his 23 years in the majors with the Braves and had some of his best years there, Maddux will be enshrined with no logo on his hat.
Maddux began his career in Chicago, where he spent seven years after being drafted in the second round of the 1984 draft. Over those seven years, Maddux won 95 games with an ERA+ of 115 and a 1.253 WHIP. Maddux won his first of four Cy Young Awards in a row in 1992, his last season in Chicago.
Maddux won 194 games for the Atlanta Braves from 1993 to 2003, winning three Cy Young Awards and throwing 61 complete games with 21 shutouts. His ERA+ with Atlanta was 163, his WHIP was 1.051 and he walked just 1.4 batters per nine innings.
His best years were split between Chicago and Atlanta, from age 25 through 29, where Maddux posted video game numbers. He started 161 games, winning 90, with and ERA+ of 174 and a 0.992 WHIP. He also had 44 complete games and 13 shutouts.
Maddux went back to the Cubs for two and a half seasons after his time in Atlanta, before pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and then ending his career with a second stint as a Dodger.
While there was no word on how much of a chance the Dodgers or Padres had of making onto his hat, when speaking about choosing between Chicago and Atlanta, Maddux said, “It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful,” according to the Hall of Fame website.
Tony LaRussa will also not have a logo on his managerial hat in the Hall after spending significant time and winning World Series with both St. Louis and Oakland. Both Bobby Cox and Tom Glavine will enter the Hall as Atlanta Braves.