The Greg Maddux of hitters

Fascinating breakdown of Ol’ Hoss by SI’s Michael Bamberger.

It helps that he has some ridiculous gifts. He was in a visiting clubhouse a while back, reading the crawl on a cable channel from about 30 feet away. A teammate said, ‘You can read that?’ Jones thought, You can’t? He can remember hundreds, maybe thousands of at-bats, what he hit off whom. One night last week, after a game in which he saw two dozen pitches, he could remember in detail all but two or three of them: count, pitch, location, result. He watches game tape like a detective, and if a pitcher tends to slightly open his glove before throwing a curve, Jones knows it.

Sounds like Mad Dog, no? Because he speaks with a drawl and enjoys hunting and fishing, some dismiss Chipper as a good ol’ boy who succeeds on talent alone, but his baseball smarts are what distinguishes him from 99 percent of his contemporaries.

I would not be surprised if he ends up managing the Braves down the road. Fine by me. I’d hire Maddux, too, if he was ever interested. I’d take their baseball IQ’s over Fredi’s any day.

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4 Comments on The Greg Maddux of hitters

  1. It’s a good article, written a few years back when he had his hunt for .400. The full piece is here:

  2. PepeFreeUs // August 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm //

    None of this stuff surprises me, one bit.

    Ditto on the hope of seeing him manage, especially if it’s here.

  3. roadrunner // August 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm //

    I’d give him Fredi’s job in a heartbeat.

  4. Viva Rufino Linares! // August 30, 2011 at 7:43 am //

    Pretty sure when Chipper retires he’ll be a hitting coach or manager somewhere. I just hope it’s with the home 9.

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