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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Greg Maddux Elected to Hall of Fame with 97.2% of Vote

Although Greg Maddux will undoubtedly be enshrined as an Atlanta Brave, many of us will always think of him as a Cub for the years he dominated the mound at Wrigley Field.

Highlights from Maddux's career include a World Championship in 1995 with the Braves, four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992 (with the Cubs) through 1995.  He was a 20 game winner with the Cubs in 1992 and again with the Braves in 1993.

Amazingly, he also has two of the three best single-season ERAs since 1968, 1.56 in 1994 and 1.63 in 1995.  (Only Dwight Gooden's 1.53 in 1985 was better.)  And his control was so good, Maddux walked only 14 batters (unintentionally) in 1997 in 33 starts and over 232 innings.

He is 8th on the all-time wins list with 355 and 10th on the career strikeout list with 3371.  He has the sixth best single-season WHIP ever recorded with .811 in 1995.  Maddux won the Gold Glove Award every year from 1990 through 2008, except one.  (Mike Hampton was awarded the National League Gold Glove in 2003.)

Maddux also paced the National league with WARs of 9.2 in 1992, 8.5 in 1994 and 9.7 in 1995.  His lifetime WAR total of 104.6 is 6th all-time.

Plus he rocked the sweet mustache pictured above.  Congratulations to the newest Chicago Cub to gain entry into baseball's Hall of Fame!

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