When you think of Greg Maddux, you think methodical pitcher who dominated the league for a long time. You don’t think, really quirky guy whose teammates adored for his utter weirdo-ness. At least I didn’t, until I started reading about Maddux in recent years and realized there was so much more to him.
Over at Rolling Stone, I wrote about Maddux — the pitcher and the weirdo — who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.
Anyways, excerpt is below, you can read the whole piece here. Thanks.
Maddux’s numbers quickly tell the story of a pitcher who accomplished the difficult feat of attaining longevity while maintaining his dominance. In his 23-year career, he won 355 games with a 3.16 ERA. He threw 109 complete games and 35 shutouts. My favorite Maddux stat: he faced 20,421 batters in his career and only went to a 3-0 count on 310 of them. And 177 of those were intentional walks.
Maddux was so efficient he would often finish an entire game in under 100 pitches. He accomplished that feat 13 times in his career. In recent years, a pitcher throwing a complete game in less than 100 pitches has become known as "The Maddux."