Greg Maddux will retire monday, anouncing the end of his marvelous career at the MLB Winter Meetings.
Maddux, a nine-time All-Star while pitching for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs, started his major-league career in 1986. His 355 victories rank eighth in major league history, one more than Roger Clemens, with Maddux earning his final win by holding the San Francisco Giants to one run over six innings on Sept. 27.
To us, we’ll always remember Maddux vividly for a few different things. From 1993-1996 there was probably no pitcher in our lifetime that enjoyed a more dominating prime. Beyond that, Maddux was caught on camera several times picking his nose deeply and that always stuck in our minds. Maddux was also the original Fantasy League Whore to us. He’s a guy who we never really said to ourselves ‘this might be it for Greg Maddux’. We truly thought in our naive little minds that he’d go on pitching forever. But there comes an end to every career.
We tip our cap to you Mad Dog. Thanks for all the great games in which you baffled our favorite team and made baseball a better sport to watch.