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Myth: Maddux was not a good postseason pitcher

October 5, 2014 // 2 Comments

I just heard Mike Lupica repeat the popular myth that Mad Dog was not very effective in October, that only hard throwers dominate in the postseason. Oh really? Maddux had a 3.27 ERA in 198 playoff innings, a half-run better than Roger Clemens posted in 199 October frames. And Mad Dog’s [...]

What makes Mad Dog the coolest guy ever?

March 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’m 90 percent sure his Twitter profile pic is a joke. That there is even 10 percent doubt makes Greg Maddux even more endearing. No move — except signing J. Upton, Jay Hey, Medlen and Freeman to reasonable contract extensions –would make me happier than naming Mad Dog manager. I [...]

Hire Mad Dog now!

March 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

It’s a crime that Greg Maddux isn’t employed by the organization that knows him best. How do you let that mind work for another team? Craig Kimbrel is the latest to marvel at Mad Dog’s baseball smarts. With a man on second base and Yadier Molina on deck, Kimbrel told Maddux he had [...]

Mad Dog joins Twitter

March 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

The greatest pitcher of his generation has joined Twitter: @realcj10 Hello Larry — greg maddux (@31gregmaddux) March 14, 2013 I wonder if serving as Team USA’s pitching coach has given Maddux the itch to return to the dugout? He’d be my first call if I was hiring a manager — [...]

Ichiro pulls a Maddux

October 9, 2012 // 3 Comments

By now you’ve seen Ichiro’s nimble avoidance of Matt Wieters to score the first Yankees run Monday night. Did it remind you of this? (h/t Buster Olney)   [...]

Med Dog, meet Mad Dog and Gibby

September 20, 2012 // 3 Comments

Medlen is on about as good a run as any Atlanta Braves pitcher ever, maybe any pitcher ever. After some (admittedly limited) research, I found a similar stretch composed by the master himself in 1994, and another super-human streak by Bob Gibson. That was perhaps Maddux’s best year. He was [...]

The Junior Maddux

August 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

I’m downright giddy watching Kris Medlen twirl yet another gem. He’s not Greg Maddux — never will be.  No one will. But he’s the closest facsimile we’ve seen since Mad Dog departed for Chicago. (And then he gives B-Mac a comical hug after the catcher is hit in the [...]

Aug. 12 a day rich in Braves history

August 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

There was the Smoltz trade, referenced in the previous post, and this: (1984) All hell broke loose at Fulco between the Braves and Padres. (2001) Greg Maddux walked Steve Finley after going 72.1 innings without allowing a free pass. (2011) On the night the Braves effectively ended Carlos [...]

JJ and Mad Dog

April 24, 2012 // 8 Comments

JJ may just need to clear his head, writes Mark Bradley, who spoke with the now-Gwinnett Brave after his last start in Atlanta. “A lot of people get on me about how fast I’m throwing. I need to go back to pitching. But [velocity] is a hot topic every time I pitch. Everyone wants to see how fast [...]

Five HOF’ers in one decade

March 22, 2012 // 18 Comments

Here’s a question I hope someone with the time and inclination can answer: The news of Chipper’s retirement means the Braves, in all likelihood, will send four players and one manager to Cooperstown in one decade. Has any franchise ever produced five Hall of Famers inducted in such a [...]

Merry Christmas from Rowland

December 25, 2011 // 9 Comments

On this day it’s nice to remember our favorite team didn’t have to cheat to win. Okay, that has nothing to do with Christmas but Rowland is cheap so a clip from an old Nike commercial will have to do. Ah, what the hell, Rowland is feeling [...]

Cooperstown 2014

December 6, 2011 // 6 Comments

I had been a little unclear as to who was eligible when so thanks to DOB for clearing it up. Not only will Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine surely be first-ballot inductees that July day at Cooperstown, but going in alongside the pair of 300-game winners could be their former Braves manager Bobby Cox. [...]

Bring back Mad Dog

October 1, 2011 // 9 Comments

Maddux‘s deal expires in December. He received a message from Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts last weekend, but said they have been playing phone tag so far. Maddux is not sure if there’s a job for him under the next GM, or if he wants to return anyway. “I don’t know, and I would [...]

The Greg Maddux of hitters

August 29, 2011 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

Rarefied air

May 29, 2011 // 6 Comments

I don’t compare anyone to Greg Maddux. But no Braves pitcher has come as close to the sustained excellence of Mad Dog as JJ in 2011. Consider: He’s pitched into the 7th in all but one start and hasn’t given up more than two earned runs or walked more than two in any of his [...]
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